Quiz about 10 Dishes Thai Cuisine
Quiz about 10 Dishes Thai Cuisine

10 Dishes: Thai Cuisine Trivia Quiz


Thailand offers up a culinary array with a vast spice cabinet, whether you want something spicy or mild. With incredible seafood, rice, vegetable, and meat dishes, Thai food has much to offer any palate.

A photo quiz by trident. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
trident
Time
3 mins
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409,121
Updated
Nov 13 22
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1. A hot and sour soup, "tom yum goong" combines several powerful flavors in one bowl: chili peppers, kaffir lime, fish sauce, and galangal (similar to ginger). What ingredient is the "goong" in this version of tom yum soup? Hint

swordfish
clams
shrimp
squid

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2. From Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Phuket, you'll find this incredible stir-fried street dish made with rice noodles, seafood, egg, peanuts and bean sprouts. It is also a staple of restaurants overseas, considered by many to be an unofficial ambassador of Thailand and an iteration of Thai "soft power." What is this Thai national dish? Hint

kao pad
pad thai
pad kra pao moo
kao tom

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3. "Som tam" is an incredibly refreshing salad and a national dish of Thailand. It uses an ingredient that originally came to Southeast Asia from the Americas by way of Spanish and Portuguese explorers. Which fruit (unripe in this dish's preparation) is it? Hint

papaya
watermelon
quince
kiwifruit

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4. "Kaeng phet" (pictured) and "kaeng khiao wan" are two spicy, fragrant dishes cooked with sweet and soothing coconut milk. The first is red and the second green. What kind of dish are they? Hint

curry
chowder
bisque
potage

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5. "Moo ping" is a pork skewer that is marinated and then grilled. It is a common street food in Thailand.

True or false: "Moo ping" is commonly eaten as a breakfast food in Thailand.

True
False

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6. It frequently beats out rice and rubber as the top export from Thailand in total baht. Thailand alone grows 300 varieties of it. What is this supremely popular (and supremely smelly) fruit? Hint

lychee
mangosteen
rambutan
durian

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7. Served in a small bowl and flavored with pig's blood, "kuay teow reua" is a Thai noodle dish that was traditionally sold in what interesting way?

It was sold to climbers at the tops of mountains.
It was sold by merchants travelling in boats.

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8. The main ingredient in these savory Thai cakes (tod mun pla) is the meat of a clown featherback. What kind of creature is that? Hint

mollusk
fish
insect
bird

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9. The Thai chicken dish known as "gai pad med mamuang" finds its roots in Chinese Szechuan dishes such as kung pao chicken. Instead of the peanuts found in the Chinese dishes, which culinary nut is used in this Thai dish? Hint

cashew
pistachio
walnut
almond

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10. "Khao niew mamuang", or mango with sticky rice, is a simple, yet traditional, Thai dessert. Coconut milk is added to the sticky rice to sweeten it. A synonym for "sticky", what other name is given to the type of Asian rice used in this dish? Hint

aqueous
gelatinous
lustrous
glutinous


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. A hot and sour soup, "tom yum goong" combines several powerful flavors in one bowl: chili peppers, kaffir lime, fish sauce, and galangal (similar to ginger). What ingredient is the "goong" in this version of tom yum soup?

Answer: shrimp

A Thai menu will often have many dishes ending in "goong" due to the fact that shrimp is such a staple protein in that country. "Tom yum goong" is the most popular variant of tom yum soups, and it is most often served with a clear broth (though coconut milk can be added if one desires). "Tom yum goong" uses the shrimp as a base as well as including cooked shrimp.

Many restaurants will also serve the shrimp without removing the head, as some patrons would like to get a little extra meaty goodness.
2. From Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Phuket, you'll find this incredible stir-fried street dish made with rice noodles, seafood, egg, peanuts and bean sprouts. It is also a staple of restaurants overseas, considered by many to be an unofficial ambassador of Thailand and an iteration of Thai "soft power." What is this Thai national dish?

Answer: pad thai

Of the dishes listed, only pad thai is noodle-based as opposed to rice-based. "Kao pad" is Thai-fried rice. "Pad kra pao moo" is a fried pork and basil dish that is usually served with rice. "Kao tom" is a rice soup with a simple broth and other ingredients.

Modern food historians believe pad thai to have been invented in the mid-20th century by Chinese immigrants in Thailand, though the dish was quickly adopted by the Thai government as a distinctly Thai creation. One theory is that rice shortages due to wars and flooding led the government to propose noodles as an alternative foodstuff to rice. Nonetheless, the dish is a Thai staple and favorite.
3. "Som tam" is an incredibly refreshing salad and a national dish of Thailand. It uses an ingredient that originally came to Southeast Asia from the Americas by way of Spanish and Portuguese explorers. Which fruit (unripe in this dish's preparation) is it?

Answer: papaya

Green papaya salad (som tam) uses unripe papaya as a main ingredient and includes a largely varied list of secondary ingredients including tomatoes, beans, nuts, dried shrimp, chilies, fish sauce, and squeezed lime. The ingredients are pounded with a mortar and pestle during preparation.

The dish is believed to be possibly Laotian in origin and is a national dish in that country as well. In Thailand, the dish was traditionally showered with a handful of bird's eye chilies, making it incredibly spicy. However, with international tourism a main draw in Thailand, less spicy versions have become more popular.
4. "Kaeng phet" (pictured) and "kaeng khiao wan" are two spicy, fragrant dishes cooked with sweet and soothing coconut milk. The first is red and the second green. What kind of dish are they?

Answer: curry

Thai red curry and Thai green curry both contain coconut milk, but since their main ingredients of chilies are spicy by nature, you are not guaranteed to be spared from the heat of these dishes. The chilies also give the dishes their distinctive colors: red chilies for Thai red curry and green chilies for Thai green curry.

Both of these curries are usually served with a protein, often shrimp, chicken, pork, or beef. Spices and herbs such coriander (cilantro), lemongrass, cumin, garlic, and galangal give these dishes a strong fragrant taste.
5. "Moo ping" is a pork skewer that is marinated and then grilled. It is a common street food in Thailand. True or false: "Moo ping" is commonly eaten as a breakfast food in Thailand.

Answer: True

Though meat skewers might not typically be the most common breakfast choice for most cultures, in Thailand, their ubiquity and convenience make them a popular food for those on-the-go in the morning. Grilled chicken skewers (gai yang) are also fair game and commonly seen in morning street markets.

In terms of other breakfast foods served in Thailand, porridge and fruit are popular. Fried Thai donuts can also be purchased from street vendors.
6. It frequently beats out rice and rubber as the top export from Thailand in total baht. Thailand alone grows 300 varieties of it. What is this supremely popular (and supremely smelly) fruit?

Answer: durian

Commonly grown in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, the durian is perhaps the smelliest fruit on the planet due to its unique blend of chemical scents layered on top of one another. This makes it a frequent target of public banning by hotels, transportation systems, and governmental buildings.

The mangosteen is another popular fruit in Thailand, both in a culinary and agricultural sense.
7. Served in a small bowl and flavored with pig's blood, "kuay teow reua" is a Thai noodle dish that was traditionally sold in what interesting way?

Answer: It was sold by merchants travelling in boats.

Thai boat noodles, with their strong, dark broth, are infamous for both their flavor and their history. Their rich flavor comes from dark soy sauce, pickled bean curd, and pig's blood. Merchants traveling the canals of Thailand would cook and sell the noodles directly from their boats. Small bowls were needed because passing large bowls from boat to land could result in either seller or buyer spilling and burning themselves in the process.

The dish, more often served on land nowadays, is served in small bowls to honor this tradition.
8. The main ingredient in these savory Thai cakes (tod mun pla) is the meat of a clown featherback. What kind of creature is that?

Answer: fish

Asian-style fishcakes generally differ from their European counterparts in that the former are usually held together by a simple starch whereas the latter are usually combined with potato and then coated or battered. Asian fishcakes are also usually made with a fish paste; Europeans mostly chop or mince the fish.

Thai fishcakes add a variety of ingredients, including Thai basil, long beans, lime juice, and fish sauce.
9. The Thai chicken dish known as "gai pad med mamuang" finds its roots in Chinese Szechuan dishes such as kung pao chicken. Instead of the peanuts found in the Chinese dishes, which culinary nut is used in this Thai dish?

Answer: cashew

Cashews are a mainstay in Thai stir-fries, and Thai cashew chicken is perhaps the most popular among them. Since cashews grown on the island of Phuket, this ingredient is widely available in Thailand.

With a sweet and spicy flavor, "gai pad med mamuang" consists of chicken, onions, shallots, garlic, and vibrant bell peppers for extra color. The sauce is composed of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and fish sauce with extra sugar for sweetness. Like most stir-fries, the dish is then cooked in a wok and served.
10. "Khao niew mamuang", or mango with sticky rice, is a simple, yet traditional, Thai dessert. Coconut milk is added to the sticky rice to sweeten it. A synonym for "sticky", what other name is given to the type of Asian rice used in this dish?

Answer: glutinous

Glutinous rice is popular throughout East and Southeast Asia, and it is the type served with this dish. Numerous Thai dishes utilize the stickiness of the rice in their recipes, since that aspect tends to add a slightly sweet flavor to the dishes.

Despite the name, glutinous rice contains no gluten at all.
Source: Author trident

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