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Summarize the following article about Thais and their cuisine in not more than 120 words.

 
Thais give a great deal of thought and time to the planning and preparation of their meals. There is an infinite variety of recipes from which they can choose, and rarely would a household repeat the same dish within a fortnight.

The staple food is rice which is the base for most meals. The most commonly-used meats are pork and chicken, with a little beef. Fresh fish and other seafood are plentiful and very popular. Fish can be eaten fresh, salted, dried, fermented and in many other ways. Vegetables too come in profuse variety and are unbelievably cheap. Green leafy vegetables, shoots, roots and young leaves are popular in salads and soups. Even pumpkins and watermelons are used in soups.

Normally, breakfast in a Thai household would probably consist of a lightly boiled egg or rice soup, followed by 'ba ton ko' which are crisp, hollow, fried roots, often dipped in condensed milk. Lunch is likely to feature one of many different sorts of noodles available; and perhaps, dumplings made from flour and sago with a savory filling. The main meal of the day is usually taken early in the evening, with rice as the base for the accompanying dishes such as curried meat, fish, vegetables and noodles. Other savory concoctions generally called 'kap khoa' are prepared with great care and add to the main course. Sweet meats and dishes and fresh fruits, complete the meal. A glass of water is the usual drink taken with the meal.

In Thailand, people virtually eat all day long as it is very convenient to buy snacks. Food vendors station themselves outside offices during the day and outside cinemas at night. Other vendors ride bicycles or motorcycles peddling their wares. When traveling by train, the most outstanding feature of the journey is the rush of food vendors every time the train stops at a station. They offer drinks, sweets and even hot dishes like rice and chicken. However, these vendors are slowly disappearing as commuters are more careful about the food they eat.

Thais do not customarily mix everything into one plate, but take one serving at a time, to be eaten before proceeding to the next. Meals are eaten with a fork and spoon. Noodles are often taken in Chinese fashion with chopsticks.   

 
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Thais have such a great variety of food to choose from that a typical household rarely cook the same dishes in a fortnight. A variety of meat, fish and vegetables are used in different ways with rice as the basis for most meals. A typical household would serve a simple breakfast of egg or porridge, followed by noodles and dumplings for lunch. Dinner is more elaborate where rice is usually served, accompanied by various other dishes. However, Thais seem to eat all day long as there are plenty of food vendors that line the street everywhere one goes. When one travels on a train, one can see many of these vendors selling their wares when the train stops. ( 117 words )
     
staple   basic or main; standard or regular
     
ferment   to (cause something to) change chemically through the action of living substances, such as yeast or bacteria
     
concoction   to make something, usually food, by adding several different parts together, often in a way that is original or not planned
     
 
 

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