Nailing that authentic recipe comes down to achieving the perfect balance between four key styles of ingredients.
SALTY: fish sauce, shrimp paste
SPICY: chillies, pepper
SOUR: lime, tamarind
SWEET: palm sugar, fruits
Every dish in Thai cuisine incorporates at least two of these – sometimes all four. One flavour may be dominant, but the others will be there too, like notes in a chord. That’s what makes Thai food so interesting.