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Old 02-22-2014, 03:54 PM
 
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Looking at Wikipedia, there are only a bit over 300, 000 Thai Americans, about 53,000 Thai Australians and only 15, 000 Thai Canadians!

Yet, Thai food is pretty popular in all these countries in larger proportions it seems relative to population than these numbers would suggest. How did this cuisine become so popular despite the immigrant population who presumably introduced them to it, being low in numbers?

It seems there are other cuisines from immigrant groups larger than Thai immigrants that still aren't as popular.
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Old 02-22-2014, 03:57 PM
 
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I personally have never had Thai Food however, I have beent old it is very hot spice wise and I just don't do extremely hot food.
Those I know who love it also love hot spicy food so I would guess that is the reason Thai Food is so popular.
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Old 02-22-2014, 03:59 PM
 
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Looking at Wikipedia, there are only a bit over 300, 000 Thai Americans, about 53,000 Thai Australians and only 15, 000 Thai Canadians!
Thailand is a very popular travel destination for Australians. I don't know anyone who hasn't been there at least once, so its a pretty familiar cuisine.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:02 PM
 
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That makes sense, if the familiarity comes from traveling to the place where you are exposed to the culture rather than the culture coming to you through immigration.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:09 PM
 
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Because it tastes good, and it is riding the wave of better eating habits.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:32 PM
 
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Thailand is a very popular travel destination for Australians. I don't know anyone who hasn't been there at least once, so its a pretty familiar cuisine.
Yes, when I was there, could not tell if I was in "little Australia" or Thailand at times; but love the Aussies, very fun group to be around.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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Yet, Thai food is pretty popular in all these countries in larger proportions it seems relative to population than these numbers would suggest. How did this cuisine become so popular despite the immigrant population who presumably introduced them to it, being low in numbers?
There is a very large Asian population in Australia so people are very comfortable with Asian foods in general. The rest is due to Thai's quality as a food, it's delicious and became very popular!
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:42 PM
 
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People were ready for a change from Chinese.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:46 PM
 
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Thai food has sort of taken over the market for cheap Asian food from Chinese food in much of the West Coast of the US. I'm not even sure how many of the people running the restaurants are Thai at this point, many of them could be Vietnamese.

I like Thai food, but a lot of places need to have more interesting menus. Most of the places serve a sort of general Thai cuisine acceptable to Americans--pad thai--yellow, green, and red curries, tom yung gai soup, spring rolls(not even sure how Thai that is) and some other noodle and curry dishes. It's often good, but I look for places that serve more specific regional Thai food since the average Thai places are on every block these days. Finding a good Cambodian or Burmese place is rarer, but Thai is just everywhere.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:47 PM
 
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There is a very large Asian population in Australia so people are very comfortable with Asian foods in general. The rest is due to Thai's quality as a food, it's delicious and became very popular!
Yes, in addition to those here as permanent residents or citizens, you need to consider the huge number of Asian students who come here to attend university. They're a large market for Asian foods, and a pretty significant force in the casual labour market that supports the food and restaurant sector.
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