Thai cuisine is internationally known, and in Kihei and Kahului, HI, no other restaurant makes this unique type of Asian food better than Thailand Cuisine. Their menu has a range of authentic Thai dishes to meet the cravings of everyone in your party and continues to embrace the traditions that have made Thai food a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
If you have ever had Thai food, you will know that it seamlessly combines Eastern and Western flavors, incorporating all five basic tastes (sweet sour, spicy, bitter, and salty) into a harmonious balance. The evolution of the Thai cuisine has a lot to do with Thailand's geographical setting and being at a crossroads for East and West sea routes. This allowed the Thai people and their culture to be influenced from all around the world.
As the majority of Thai people had migrated from different areas in China, many of the popular dishes that remain today were originally Chinese, including chok (rice porridge), salapo (steamed buns), kuaitiao rat na (fried rice-noodles), and khao kha mu (stewed pork with rice). The Chinese influence also contributed to Thai cuisines using a wok for cooking.
Indian and Persian traders would later settle in regions of Thailand, bringing with them dried spices. This played a role in the creation of numerous Thai dishes, including kaeng kari (yellow curry) and matsaman (massaman curry).
Later, Thai cuisine would be further impacted by the arrival of Portuguese diplomats. The dish foi thong was adapted from the Portuguese dishes fios de ovos and sangkhaya, which used coconut milk in place of cow's milk to make custard.
Thai cuisine was introduced to its most famous influence around the 16th century when chili peppers were brought over from the Americas. More ingredients that are now well known in Thai food, such as tomatoes, papaya, cilantro, cashews, peanuts, and pumpkins, would continue to arrive from this part of the world during the Portuguese and Spanish's Columbian Exchange.
When you are in the mood for Thai cuisine, visit Thailand Cuisine: the best Thai food restaurant on Maui. Call the Kihei location at (808) 875-0839 or the Kahului location at (808) 873-0225, and view their menu online.