It ’s all about food. Walking down the street — almost any street in Bangkok — you’ ll be struck by the multitude of stalls (sometimes literally) and amazed by the variety of food. There you can f ind ever y k ind of cuisine, from regions north to south and east to west , from sophisticated royal palace fare to street offerings. Thai s a re obsessed wit h food. Chinese cooking techniques have influenced our cuisine since the thirteenth century. Siam was a crossroads of the East to West sea routes, causing its culinary culture to be infused with Persian and Arabian elements.