THAI TERRE BLOG
POSTED BY Thai Terre | June 30, 2017
In terms of taste, there isn’t much to separate delicious rice or sumptuous noodles in Thai cuisine. Both – when done right – are the perfect accompaniment to a good, traditional, well-cooked Thai take away dish or a great meal served in Thai Terre East Dean.
But which (if any) is better? Which one will work best for you?
Well that depends on taste, and the texture that offers you the most enjoyable meal. Noodles tend to be softer than rice, which has a little more bite to it – for the most part, although this isn’t always so. If you prefer something a little more al dente
then rice should work best for you. Otherwise, it’s noodles all the way. And of course, noodles tend to work as a meal all on their own (with the addition of vegetables, sauce, and perhaps some meat). Rice, however, needs to be added to other things.
But generally, rice and noodles are a matter of what you prefer – there is not that much to choose between them.
What, then, about health? Which out of rice or no...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | May 17, 2017
Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world thanks to its great taste and relative ease of cooking – it is possible to cook Thai food at home without too much fuss (although having it cooked by a fantastic Thai restaurant Eastbourne like Thai Terre is always a treat). But how much do you know about this wonderful food? These fascinating facts may surprise you…
If you’ve ever thought that great Thai food has a certain familiar taste to it, you could be right. Every single Thai takeaway or restaurant dish has a combination of salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy flavours. It’s what gives Thai food its own unique personality.
Thai cuisine is such a popular option that pad Thai (stir fried noodles and, coincidentally, the most popular Thai home delivery dish) can be found in every continent in the world. The same is true for the amazing tom yum goong dish (spicy and sour shrimp soup).
In Thailand, rice is considered sacred, and must never be wasted. Therefore, every little grain of ric...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | April 13, 2017
When it comes to cooking amazing, authentic Thai food, there are five ingredients that no chef – whether you are cooking at home, or you are one of our excellent chefs at Thai Terre East Dean – can do without. If you have these five staples in your kitchen, you know you can always rustle up some interesting and memorable flavours. And, if you’d rather not do the cooking yourself but you still have a taste for Thai, that’s no problem either – Thai Terre offers delivery services too.
In native Thai fish sauce is called ‘nam pla’, but whatever you call it, Thai cuisine simply wouldn’t be the same without it. It is tangy, vibrant sauce that, if it’s a good one, should only contain anchovies, salt, and water. It should be used sparingly as it is salt heavy, and it really packs a punch when it comes to flavour.
Perfect for fresh Thai curries, coconut milk is a great tasting thickening agent. It is made by rinsing the oils out of the flesh of the coconut using warm water.
Sticky rice is eaten using the hands and comes in a variety of different flavours including the f...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | March 13, 2017
Street food… it’s the ‘in thing’ at the moment, it’s the current trend, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, street food allows more and more people to sample different cuisines from around the world, including fabulous Thai dishes, in complete comfort. It’s fuss free, it’s quick, and it really hits the spot when it comes to giving hunger a bit of a kick.
But what is it that makes Thai food the perfect street food? The key to great street food is food that can be recreated for the masses, that tastes great, and is easy to eat on the go. And Thai food ticks all of those boxes. With the sweet and spicy, hot and sour elements all melded expertly together, just like in a traditional Thai restaurant like Thai Terre, you can have your meal and enjoy it without taking too much time out of your day.
Which is great… if you’re in a hurry. But if you want to savour your food, enjoy the delicate flavours and intricate ingredients that only Thai food can offer, then you need a real, authentic Thai eating experience – just like at Thai Terre. At Thai Terre East Dean we offer the same exquisite food you’ll find through a street vendor, but we also give you the time t...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | February 23, 2017
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POSTED BY Thai Terre | December 11, 2016
As we’ve mentioned a few times, Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, so Christmas isn’t celebrated in quite the same way as it is in Western countries. However, one of the cornerstones of Buddhism is respect and tolerance for other religions, so it is not unusual to see Thai people and businesses decked out in red and green, ready to join in with the festive season. As you’ve probably realised by now, Thais are a joyful people and we love any excuse to celebrate and have fun.
Christmas celebrations and events are more widespread in Thai cities than the countryside, and at this time of year it is quite common to see city streets and shopping malls decked out in trees, lights, and decorations, just as you would in the UK. Christmas Day is not a holiday in Thailand, though – the children still have to go to school, and the adults to work. But there is definitely a festive feel in the air; the children might receive a small gift in the morning and do some fun activities at school, and in the evening there might be a special meal, though it’s more likely to be curry and rice than turkey with all the trimmings!
One thing to be careful of though: in the West, if y...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | October 15, 2016
Summer is over, and here at Thai Terre we’re digging out our winter coats, enjoying warming soups, and turning our thoughts to Christmas. But there’s still nothing like a walk along Eastbourne seafront in the crisp autumn air, taking in the smell of the sea, and listening to the seabirds calling to each other. And no walk through Eastbourne would be complete without pausing to admire its iconic pier.
Work began on the pier in 1866 and took six years to complete. Later, in 1888, its domed pavilion was added, shortly followed by a 1000-seat theatre, two saloons, and a tower topped with a camera obscura.
The pier played its part in World War 2, when machine guns and an anti-aircraft gun were mounted on it, and camouflage net around its base was used to conceal a flotilla of small vessels, including assault landing craft.
It seems that a run of misfortune has affected the pier, though: in 1877 a portion of it was washed away in a storm; in World War 2 a mine exploded at its base, causing considerable damage; a fire in 1970 destroyed the theatre; and more recently, in 2014, another fire destroyed a large part of the pier, and for a little while its future was uncertain.
POSTED BY Thai Terre | September 15, 2016
It will come as no great surprise that, here at Thai Terre, we love Thai food. We love cooking it, we love serving it to our guests, we love eating it – why wouldn’t we? It tastes amazing! But did you know that eating Thai food is also really good for you?
Lemongrass is often used as a flu remedy as it treats symptoms such as fevers and headaches, and can also have positive effects on stomach pain and arthritis.
As well as smelling and tasting amazing, coconut milk, cream, and oil are believed to lower cholesterol, and have beneficial effects for diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. They also boost your immune system, and it’s even been claimed that coconut can slow the ageing process. Coconut oil can also be used externally to treat eczema or to give your skin and hair a beautiful shine.
Chilli is believed to aid sleep, as well as helping stabilise blood insulin and glucose levels, which is good news if you are diabetic. Meanwhile, coriander can be used to treat a stomach ache or to aid digestion; ginger can be used to treat mental health problems and is a common treatment for nausea; while garlic can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and some people even believe...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | July 6, 2016
In our last Thai Terre blog we mentioned that most Thai people (nearly 95%) are Buddhists, and discussed the part that meditation plays in a Buddhist’s life. But what is Buddhism, and what does it mean to be a Buddhist?
Buddhism is generally described as a religion, but this isn’t entirely accurate. Buddha is not a god and, although Buddhists show respect for and venerate Buddha, they do not worship him. Buddhism is more of a way of life or a way of viewing things. But let’s start at the beginning.
Siddhartha Gautama – the man who would become known as Buddha – lived around 2500 years ago in what is now Nepal. He was a prince and had a very privileged upbringing, but became troubled by the suffering he saw in the world. At the age of 29 he left his home and his family and travelled, seeking wisdom from philosophers and holy men.
POSTED BY Thai Terre | June 29, 2016
We’ve mentioned a few times in our Thai Terre blogs that the majority of Thai people (nearly 95%) are Buddhists, and one of the principle features of Buddhism is its focus on meditation and thus the attainment of nirvana: a transcendental state in which desire and suffering are overcome and the practitioner escapes the cycles of karma and reincarnation to attain a higher state.
There seem to be as many methods of meditation as there are teachers, but some of its common features are using a single word (often the name of Buddha) as a focus, controlled breathing, and an attempt to view your thoughts dispassionately and from the outside, thus finding ways to control and dismiss your worries and find solutions to your problems.
For example, you may be worrying about any number of things: your family; your relationship; your job; your health; and events in the wider world. Sometimes these worries can feel like spinning plates: just as you give one a little twist to keep it going, another will start to wobble. You run to set it going again, but now three more are wobbling and before you know it you are sitting among the shards of a ruined dinner service.
But by using meditation to e...