A Rich Culinary Tradition
As the co-owner of Escape Gastro Bar – home to a range of Thai-infusion creations – I’m more than aware of what this style of culinary artistry has to offer the modern consumer.
A rich culinary tradition, Thai dishes blend an array of enchanting South-East Asian aromas, flavours and textures to craft a wide variety of mouth-watering meals. The skill and heart that have traditionally characterised Thai cookery have seen it rise to become one of the world’s most popular modern culinary traditions.
Seattle’s Favourite Dishes
Yet the popularity of Thai cuisine was brought into such sharp relief, it surprised even a person such as myself, who has long championed Thai dishes, by a new survey in faraway Seattle.
According to Q13 Fox, a new survey from market research firm Scarborough has revealed that Thai food has become more popular than both pizza and Chinese food in the Washington State metropolis. Considering the fact that Seattle didn’t see its first Thai restaurant until 1981, this is an astounding feat.
29% of People Have Frequented a Thai Restaurant in the Past 30 Days
The survey polled the eating habits of 2,319 adults in King and Snohomish counties, asking them where they’ve eaten in the last 30 days. Seattle lies in King County.
A staggering 29% said that they’ve eaten in a Thai restaurant in the last 30 days. Only Mexican establishments ranked above Thai cuisine houses. Whilst this isn’t necessarily indicative of global eating habits, the fact that Thai food ranked so highly in a city that didn’t even boast a restaurant until the 1980’s is telling.
The Thai Cuisine Experience
So is Thai cuisine more popular than pizza? Chances are that the answer to that question would vary depending on which part of the world you were asking. Nevertheless, the fact that a culinary tradition that has only really hit the radar in the last several decades ranked so highly shows just what kind of experience you’re in for when you decide to frequent a Thai – or Thai infusion – restaurant.
Htet Tayza, Escape Gastro Bar