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Why Don'T Thai People Like Indian Food?

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Every country has it's own food but the British are gradually being weaned off fish n' chips to accept International food.

If you wrote this in the 1970's I'd agree with you.

You do know that the national British dish is now chicken tikka masala, don't you?

Yeah and that SALSA has outsold ketchup in the USA for many years now.

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It bloody stinks

You obviously haven't tryed Thai/Lao bara yet. licklips.gif

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when we were in Abu Dhabi the wife never liked indian food much...then we went to Penang on a visa run and she went crazy...we peered into the street side tandoori oven and the secrets therein and I said: 'that's where they make the bread and the chicken...'

she would then silently tuck in without further discussion...

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when we were in Abu Dhabi the wife never liked indian food much...then we went to Penang on a visa run and she went crazy...we peered into the street side tandoori oven and the secrets therein and I said: 'that's where they make the bread and the chicken...'

she would then silently tuck in without further discussion...

Yep, must agree, my mrs hates anything not Thai or Lao, BUT, when l buy Indian stuff she/they are around me like a honey pot. Very strange, but, we/I are always wrong in everything UNTIL proven right.

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Lot's of Indian style food that Thai's have called their own. The best of Thai food is Indian,. Mamasan curry, Penang, Boo, ka pong kalee.

Moving away from food. The Ramayana Indian epic was a nice story. And a guy called Gutama Buddha was pretty cool.

India rocks in Thailand. It's the love that don't speak its name.

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Easy, cos Indian curries are disgusting! why does anybody like them?

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If there is one dish that is eaten all over SE Asia for breakfast, it is rotis with a curry gravy dip.

Of course, it originated in India.

N ot in Thailand!

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If they don't know it's Indian food then they like many of the plainer dishes, and I would think would get used to the stronger alien spices. Muslim Thai food is different, many Thais from other regions are fine with many of those dishes.

But they aren't willing to acquire unfamiliar tastes when they don't have a good impression of the associated ethnic group.

Same with Arab, Persian, Turkish/Greek, African etc.

Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, French are fashionable and therefore worth it to them to go to the trouble of getting used to the unfamiliar stronger aspects.

I think Bigjohnny's comment above pretty much nails it.

The Thai's I know who have been encouraged (or often in the cased of our wives) forced to enjoy more than one gastronomic Indian in general like Indian food.

The Thai's I know who have never tried it don't like it.

Both 'groups' would agree that it smells, both would likely agree that Pla-Raa smells, but thats acceptable, much in the same way we in the west tolerate the whiff of blue cheese.

Strange how the Japanese curry is popular here, I find it remarkably Indian !

But they aren't willing to acquire unfamiliar tastes when they don't have a good impression of the associated ethnic group'

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when working in Vietnam the last time there was a blustering english fat man...he was tiresome but he sure did know how to cook...here we were with a microwave and he assembled a memorable curry...it got me offa my ass and I discovered a new world of hotel room cuisine...

the last days of western colonialism in north Vietnam...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrG1UGx2Yfw

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My experience with a couple of Thai women has been that they have a very stong knee jerk "I wont like that", and then look for a reason why they wont like it.

However, perserverence is the key, and a couple of exposures to something like curry get them "used" to it, and eventually, much to their surprise enjoying it.

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I was surprised by this when I first came to Thailand. I told my Thai teacher (middle class, university graduate) that I had been for an Indian meal the day before and she said she didn't like Indian food. I thought that perhaps she had had some that just wasn't very good so I asked her where she had eaten it. Her reply? "Oh, I've never eaten any because I don't like it". I have since encountered this phenomenon several more times, so you might want to check that the Thai people you're talking to have actually eaten Indian food!

I'm that way about smelly old grease fried insects, Haggis, dog stew, "sweetbreads", Pizza Company pizza, and a bunch of other stuff, so maybe they're just being human ...

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I'm that way about smelly old grease fried insects, Haggis, dog stew, "sweetbreads", Pizza Company pizza, and a bunch of other stuff, so maybe they're just being human ...

I didn't mean to imply that I like all food, but that I decide whether or not I like something by eating it. It wouldn't occur to me to say that I don't like something that I've never eaten, I would instead respond that I've never tried it. I've tried a few things that look unappetising to me like fried bugs and scorpions or feel unappetising because of my cultural background like grilled rat and sun dried dog (but I do draw the line at haggis and Pizza Company). Having tried them, I then know whether I like the taste. (FYI - farm fresh bugs fried in chilli and garlic, yes; scorpion, yes; rat, yes; dog, no.)

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