Growing up watching my mother prepare family meals made me realize how much time it takes to prepare traditional Thai dishes. I remember how my father so enjoyed her meals, always carefully prepared with great attention to detail. He would choose her cooking over dining out on any given day! My mother never took shortcuts, and spent hours and hours in her kitchen making sure that everything was "Just Right". No ingredient was left out, and every dish was perfectly seasoned. Simply Thai has been created with these same principles in mind. We select fresh produce, utilize genuine ingredients and follow traditional Thai recipes as best as possible in order to maintain authenticity. Seasonal fare is also incorporated to allow us to show imagination and tradition side by side. We are pleased to add a new ethnic cuisine to the dining landscape of Oneonta, where people appreciate the variety of cuisines offered and the increases international presence within the community. The staff and I here at Simply Thai have one primary goal, and that is to ensure you have the most pleasurable dining experience with us.
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Some Ingredients of Thai Cuisine - Components of good food, good health and a good life!!
Thai cooking makes extensive use of both fresh green peppercorns (Prik Thai Awn) and ground dried peppercorns (Prik Thai Pohn).
Onion (Horm Yai) is a popular Thai folk remedy. It is applied to tumors, made into a syrup for relieving coughs and also prepared into a tincture (using gin) to relieve "dropsy". Many herbal practitioners consider it to be a weaker version of garlic. Like garlic, onion also has a longstanding but unsubstantiated reputation as an aphrodisiac.
The kaffir lime (Ma-Krut) is unusual, in that its skin is often very lumpy, unlike other citrus fruits. Come Thais wash their hair with an herbal shampoo made from the juice because it is supposed to prevent dandruff. Some people even believe that the kaffir lime wards off evil spirits (like garlic for vampires), and hang it outside their houses.
Ginger (king) adds flavor to Thai cooking. Ginger juice can help to cure light fevers, a runny nose or indigestion.
THAI SWEET BASIL
Thai sweet basil (Ho-Ro-Pa) is similar to the variety used in Italian cooking. Sweet basil oil can be used to make a curative drink to treat indigestion caused by eating too much meat. The oil helps to kill germs, induce sweating and clear phlegm. Fresh sweet basil makes a great natural breath freshener - just pop a few leaves in your mouth and give them a chew. Sweet basil also contains the know cancer fighting substance beta carotene.
This well known plant herb used the world over is also used extensively in Thai cuisine, where it is called "Gra-Thiem". Garlic has been medically proven to contain allicin, which can reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood.
The English name for this herb comes naturally from the lemony aroma that it gives off, especially when cooked. In Thai it is called "Ta-Krai". The oil that gives the plant its aroma is a good cure for upset stomach and indigestion. Lemongrass juice, or tea, is a popular herbal drink in Thai traditional medicine. It can also be used to water houseplants, since it functions as a natural insect repellent.