Onions

Onions can and are used in just about any dish for the Thai table. You can never be sure where they’ll show up. Thai onions are rather sweet compared to most other kinds around the world. This leaves it up to the garlic and other spices to add zest to a dish. One of the curious things about onions in Thai cuisine is that they are the one vegetable that is prohibited during the annual vegetarian festival observed among members many of Thailand’s Chinese community. True observants of the festival must abstain from the consumption of all types of onions, including shallots and garlic. Nobody seems to know the reasoning for this rule.

Pork or Beef Stir-fried with Chili

Although the name of this dish implies that the main ingredient is chilies, it's really the onion that provides much of the taste and flavor of the recipe. This is one of the first Thai recipes that I ever learned to make, way back when I lived in the USA. I've shown the traditional pork as the meat component, but it works just as well with beef. You can easily get thinly sliced pork loin in any supermarket in Thailand, but elsewhere you may have to slice it yourself. It helps if you partially freeze the meat first.

Onions

Onions can and are used in just about any dish for the Thai table. You can never be sure where they'll show up. Thai onions are rather sweet compared to most other kinds around the world. This leaves it up to the garlic and other spices to add zest to a dish. One of the curious things about onions in Thai cuisine is that they are the one vegetable that is prohibited during the annual vegetarian festival observed among members many of Thailand's Chinese community. True observants of the festival must abstain from the consumption of all types of onions, including shallots and garlic.

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