The Thai people have long resided in large valleys locating along rivers and streams where have had famous fertile paddy fields such as Muong Tac, Muong Thanh, Muong Lo, etc. The ecological system of valleys helped establish the traditional living of the Thai ethnic minority, that is cultivating paddy and breeding fishes.
The processing of tasty dishes is not only integral daily demand of the
Thai people but also a criterion to assess people, especially new
brides and bridegrooms. Delicious cooked glutinous rice eaten with
Thaiâ€™s special dishes processed from meat, fishes and forest vegetables
demonstrates the harmonization between the nature with patience and
creativeness of the Thai people. Thaiâ€™s dishes are not finical but very
tasty. The most traditional dish is Pa Pinh Top (Grilled fishes).
Thai ethnic group has a famous proverb, that is ''CÃ¡y mÄƒn má»k mÃ¡ ha,
BÃ¡u to pa pá»‰nh tá»™p ma sÃº'', which means a stewed chick is not as
valuable as a grilled Pinh Top fish. Since the old times, fishes and
other aquatic products have been important food in daily meals of the
Thai people. A mother often uses a new pair of chopsticks to pick up a
piece of grilled fish and touch slightly the piece to the lips of a
child who has just been given a birth, which implies that the child
will grow fast. White rice and grilled fish are a symbol of a life with
the sufficiency of food and happiness of the Thai people.
order to process the dish â€œPa Pinh Topâ€, people choose a no-less-than
0.5 kg carp which is fat and fresh. Then, they scrape scales of the
fish before dissecting it. Afterwards, the fish is mixed with spices.
Finally, the fish is grilled on live coals. A Fish which is used to
process Pa Pinh Top dish must be mixed with powdered chilli and salt
for 5-10 minutes before being fully filled with minced raw vegetables
like ginger, garlic, citronella, onion, etc., and shoots of sa nhan
trees in its abdomen. Then, folding the fish and rubbing alpinia powder
on the face of the fish before grilling it.
Thaiâ€™s dishes have
their own flavor thanks to the good mixture of kinds of spices like
chilli, garlic, ginger, citronella, mac khen, and raw vegetables.