Thai food is no secret cuisine as Thai restaurants tend to have a fair amount of real estate over the globe, but do you really know the staples of this eastern culture or just a westernized version of it? You can expect a variety of sweet and sour dishes along with hints of bitterness and, of course, plenty of spice to go around. As Thailand has avoided western influences, its flavors are very authentic to Asian cuisine. Some dishes pulled straight from Thailand include Nam Pla Prig, or a commonly used dipping sauce, tom yum goong, gaeng daeng, pad thai or kai med ma muang. If your dish doesn’t have some combination of coriander, garlic, turmeric, lemon grass, cardamom, chili pepper, or some sort of fish sauce or paste, it’s likely not authentic Thai food.