Which country has the most sophisticated cuisine

Thailand: a kitchen that radiates all over the world

The Land of Smiles has understood how to incorporate the culinary influences of its neighbors Myanmar, Laos and China into its culinary heritage and to import products from distant countries - especially chillies that were once brought from Latin America by Portuguese sailors.

Thanks to this cosmopolitanism in combination with traditional know-how, the country was able to forge a unique culinary tradition.

From street kitchens to royal kitchens - a unique palette of flavors.

Thailand is a real paradise for restaurateurs, which mainly relies on ultra-fresh products in endless combinations. Aromatic herbs like lemongrass, basil and coriander take precedence, supplemented by spices and coconut milk to refine soups, shellfish and vegetable, meat and fish dishes eaten on the street as well as in high class restaurants. Gluten-free food fans and vegetarians will get their money's worth: Wheat side dishes are rare in the land of rice, and Buddhist culture means that vegetarian options with tofu are commonplace.

Food is often served on the street, for example hot fritters with soy milk for breakfast, grilled chicken skewers and cool drinks like Nam Gek Huay, a chrysanthemum flower juice in a plastic bag with a straw.

A few typical dishes that you find all over the country?

Tom Yam Kung, a very spicy soup with crabs that is considered the national dish of the country. Just as ubiquitous is the famous Pad Thaï, fried rice noodles with shrimp or chicken, vegetables and peanuts, which was not invented until the 1950s.

Curry dishes are inextricably linked with Thai cuisine. They come in all the colors of the rainbow - green, yellow, red, depending on the mixture used - and in different forms of preparation with meat, fish or vegetables.

Salads are also offered everywhere: Laab will delight anyone who likes to eat spicy. This very spicy minced meat salad is the counterpart to the papaya salad. Gourmets who like sweets will love Khanom Tuay, a coconut dessert, or Khao Nao Mamuang, a mixture of rice, coconut milk and fresh mango.

These are just a few names chosen from a unique palette, culminating in the regal cuisine, A-harn Chao Wang, officially classified as an art. In the constitutional monarchy of Thailand, she embodies a kitchen whose coveted recipes are kept secret, passed on from generation to generation and kept in the Visaman Housework School, which is entirely dedicated to these recipes.

Despite the secrecy, it is possible to taste these delicacies in certain restaurants, especially in Bangkok.