At almost any Thai restaurant in the U.S., many dishes can be ordered with a specification of how spicy the dish should be. Usually, this is on a scale of four or five stars (with possibly an extra "Thai hot") at the top. I'm curious as to how this tradition got started and why it's primarily associated with Thai food. (And I guess as a side question, whether this phenomenon extends to Thai restaurants outside of the U.S.)
I've tried to do some searching myself, but either the info is hard to find, or I haven't found the right search query to separate the wheat from the chaff. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn
on May 30, 2014 -
So I have googled, I promise. But I'm not sure I'm finding the right recipes. I want to make a dipping sauce like the stuff that almost every Thai place around here (Portland area) serves with their fried egg rolls / spring rolls / veggie rolls. [more inside]
posted by peep
on May 19, 2014 -
A local Chinese restaurant makes the best tom yum vegetable soup I've ever tasted. I'd like to make it at home, but I don't have the recipe. [more inside]
posted by akk2014
on Apr 24, 2014 -
I've lately been trying to make thai-style glutinous rice
but may attempts so far have not been as satisfyingly sticky
as I had hoped. I think it may be down to needing a more authentic brand. [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80
on Feb 8, 2014 -
Asking for a friend who does not share my intense love for cilantro: "Can someone please translate some simple cilantro-avoidance phrases into Thai, Mandarin, and Japanese for me?" [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Jun 25, 2013 -
Which script / language is this
tattoo? What does it mean?
posted by Akeem
on Apr 10, 2013 -
I'm taking a beginning Thai language class, with an emphasis on oral communication. Is it vital to learn the tones/alphabet first? [more inside]
posted by elisse
on Sep 16, 2012 -
Mefites of Holland! Send me to your favorite ethnic grocery stores and trattorias in de Randstad.
Bonus points for North Holland (esp. Haarlem-A'dam-Alkmaar), and you win 1,000 internets if you know of a real Mexican, Thai or Indian grocer anywhere within 250k of Amsterdam.
posted by digitalprimate
on Aug 15, 2012 -
My wife has this leather painting/art kind of thing which was made by taking a hide of leather and cutting out patterns in it. I think it was then painted a bit. It was made in Thailand originally. The problem is that it got stored somewhere damp and the bottom bit has shrunk, so now it is not rectangular but more rhombussy shaped. (Not a lot, but noticeably).
Is this repairable? I mean, leather stretches right? If so, where would you go to get it fixed? I don't even know what sort of craftsman to ask.
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Mar 26, 2012 -
I bought some Kaffir Limes. (I also bought the leaves, but I've cooked with those before.) What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by Hactar
on Mar 24, 2012 -
I am seriously allergic to shellfish (crustaceans). I need to be able to communicate this in several languages. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher
on Mar 16, 2012 -
I need a quick and awesome reco for a Thai restaurant in LA for tonight! Anywhere near Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City, or downtown. Less than $30 per person. Casual attire.
posted by JPowers
on May 27, 2011 -
A Thai place in Berkeley where I had dinner some time ago had those really nice drinking bowls/cups made out of aluminum or silver or some other metal - where can I buy them? Here's a picture
(with a table spoon for size comparison). [more inside]
posted by The Toad
on Nov 9, 2010 -
Next year i want to travel to Thailand and start to learn Thai in Bangkok. Can anyone suggest any courses there or have any tips for me?
posted by terminus
on Nov 5, 2010 -
I need your help making Thai iced tea like that served in Thai restaurants! Can you help? [more inside]
posted by karizma
on Jul 26, 2010 -
Any good uses for Thai curry pastes, besides the usual red/yellow/green curry? [more inside]
posted by k.
on May 5, 2010 -
I'm a yoga teacher and have long been interested in learning thai yoga massage. 2010 is the year for it! I live "overseas" so will have to travel to take a course and it would have to be an intensive (2 weeks rather than a number of weekends over a period of months for example). I'm boggled by all the options out there ...where in the world to go - who are the best teachers? I'm drawn to Saul David Raye....but would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
posted by LivinginYes
on Dec 18, 2009 -
I really really love all types of Asian cooking that involves noodles (banh pho, udon, ramen, whatever!). Problem: kosher asian noodles are crazy hard to find in my neck of the woods. Could you help me out by suggesting cookbooks or websites with great make-it-from-scratch noodle recipes? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Dec 9, 2009 -
Tell me about the Thai image that shows an evolutionary progression from a rabbit to a general. [more inside]
posted by chez shoes
on Nov 24, 2008 -
I need help finding parts for a Honda City on a Thai website. Would appreciate it if someone could translate important bits for me :) [more inside]
posted by cyanide
on Oct 11, 2008 -
Which brand of bottled peanut sauce comes closest to approximating the rich, coconutty taste of the peanut sauce served in most Thai restaurants? [more inside]
posted by chickletworks
on Jun 2, 2008 -
Why do I often see two, three, even four different Thai restaurants on the same block, sometimes even right next to one another? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba
on May 19, 2008 -
Can you guys please translate these sentences into Thai for me?
They're (paraphrased) excerpts from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
. [more inside]
posted by Taksi Putra
on Apr 28, 2008 -
What's the best way to prove ongoing transit for the purposes of Thai immigration for the least amount of money?
posted by matkline
on Jan 21, 2008 -