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Thailand is famous for its seafood. No wonder! It has two long coastlines along the southern peninsula: on the Gulf of Thailand and on the Indian Ocean. Village fishing boats bring in fish, rock lobsters, crabs, squid, shrimp, giant prawns, and scallops. These fresh gifts from the sea are often simply steamed or grilled.

Coconut, which grows abundantly in the South, appears in many seafood dishes, its milk used to thicken soup and curries.

Note: Thai seafood recipes may call for prawns. That name is sometimes given to larger shrimp. In Bangkok, they serve the most gigantic prawns available, often in a simple sauce or grilled over charcoal.