Kra-tiem is the Thai word for garlic. It is one of the main ingredients in Thai cuisine. Thai cuisine is known for its balance of four fundamental flavors in each dish or the overall meal - hot (spicy), sweet, salty and sour. Thai cuisine has been influenced by Chinese stir-fries and Indian curries while maintaining a unique taste of its own. Like Vietnamese food, Thai food is known for its enthusiastic use of fresh (rather than dried) herbs and spices as well as fish sauce.
Instead of a single main course with side dishes found in Western cuisine, a Thai full meal typically consists of either a single dish or rice khao with many complementary dishes served concurrently.