Jump to content
BANGKOK
Sign in to follow this  
brit1984

Why Don'T Thai People Like Indian Food?

Recommended Posts

Yeah, I get the distinction. But I don't plan to ever try any of the foods I've mentioned. Flavor isn't the only factor in not liking something. Yes of course there are lots of things I used to be grossed out by that I now love. Like squid tentacles, one of my favorites!

Edited by Jingthing

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, I get the distinction. But I don't plan to ever try any of the foods I've mentioned. Flavor isn't the only factor in not liking something. Yes of course there are lots of things I used to be grossed out by that I now love. Like squid tentacles, one of my favorites!

crunchy...in a nice squid salad...nicely dressed with mirin...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know why they don't like Indian food, asked the mrs, but l can't write the answer here and risk a free holiday.cowboy.gif

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Thai gf is with me in London now.. I have taken Indian food home a couple of times and she loves it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A lot of the Indian food being discussed is Northern Indian. Have them eat Goan, Keralan and Tamil. For the best Indian food in BKK go to Punjabi Sweets in Little India and be a good Indian boy and eat with your hands (God's spoon).

Sent from my HTC Desire using Thaivisa Connect App

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My wife can eat Thai spices that would burn a hole in my stomach, but can't handle a vindaloo, which I eat often. I think it boils down to what you're used to eating.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My wife can eat Thai spices that would burn a hole in my stomach, but can't handle a vindaloo, which I eat often. I think it boils down to what you're used to eating.

Yeah.When I worked at a hotel in Bangkok every Xmas the staff canteen put on an international buffet as a treat. There was me scarfing down this vindaloo style curry and the Isaan staff ( who regularly stuck in excess of 20 chilis in their somtam ) were sweating and saying it was too spicy. Bloody hell if I have 5 chiiis in somtam it's hit or miss as to whether I should go to the local A and E

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with the comments that Thai folks don't like Indian/south Asian food because of a long-running prejudice against south Asians.

That said, the Thai friends I've taken to have Mexican/Tex-Mex food didn't like it at all, and couldn't eat more than a couple of bites. This intrigues me because I always figured that if you like Mexican food, you gotta like Thai food, and vice versa. Obviously not the case...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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 !

Japanese curry is an adaption of a British dish that was an adaption of an Indian dish. Since it uses curry powder it has a very distinct taste.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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 !

Japanese curry is an adaption of a British dish that was an adaption of an Indian dish. Since it uses curry powder it has a very distinct taste.

It also uses apples, which give it a distinct taste.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with the comments that Thai folks don't like Indian/south Asian food because of a long-running prejudice against south Asians.

That said, the Thai friends I've taken to have Mexican/Tex-Mex food didn't like it at all, and couldn't eat more than a couple of bites. This intrigues me because I always figured that if you like Mexican food, you gotta like Thai food, and vice versa. Obviously not the case...

It shouldn't surprise too much as Mexican/Tex-Mex food has a totally different flavor profile than Thai food. Comments I have heard is that it is "too spicy" and that's hilarious as the problem is that is it is DIFFERENT spicy. Maybe someone should do a fusion Mex for Thais? Fish sauce fajitas, anyone?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The answer is obviously their perception of Indian people has extended to their perception of indian food. ie Thai people are thick as pigsh*t

Ironically I am of indian origin (although born in UK) and i've nailed plenty of Thai girls.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

while i like indian food i rarely eat it because it generally makes me fell sluggish and disgusting.

it also disturbs me that it smells the same coming out as it did going in.

and i can smell it coming from my pores the next day, especially at the gym.

and it is not racist to remark that the indian diet can affect the way a person smells, and not necessarily due to hygiene.

i find the excessive perfumes and musks affected by other cultures far more offensive though, especially when used to mask poor hygiene.

Edited by nocturn

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Japanese used to say westerners smelt 'batta kusai' (stinking of butter). Apparently, those of us that eat dairy products stink but we can't smell it.... Of course, the Japanese now eat lots of dairy products so they are no longer afflicted by our smell...

...I wonder if there is something like this with Indians, more than westerners can smell of Indians.... We don't know we don't know...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...