An online search for “Thai cuisine” will result in nearly 40,000 results in a month, including many restaurants offering Thai-inspired dishes, and most of them will be of Indian origin.
But some have opened across the city, some are still relatively unknown, and others have only opened a few months ago.
The most notable of these, Bangkok’s Zanzibar, has opened a restaurant in the National Stadium since July and has been hailed by its fans as the city’s most authentic Thai restaurant.
While it may not be the most exotic of Thai restaurants, it is definitely the most authentic and, with the right ingredients, can be as delicious as the original.
“There is no way in hell I am going to go anywhere else.
It’s like the Thai word for home.
You can’t go anywhere without having something to eat,” said Dang, a 24-year-old who works at a local restaurant, who asked to be identified by his first name only.
“But in India, we have to live with our own identity.
There is no room for other cultures.”
But the restaurant is not the only one offering a new twist to Indian food.
Zanzabar’s chef, Sukhbir Singh, has been a chef for four years and is known for his spicy dishes like a coconut curry and his signature dish, which consists of a simple bowl of rice noodles with onions, coconut, tomatoes and pickled jaggery.
His recipe is based on the traditional dish of Thai cuisine, which uses chicken and coconut, but the sauce is more thick and flavorful than traditional.
“We love the traditional Thai curry, but we have tried new things with it.
We like the new Thai flavor,” Singh told Al Jazeera.
“You get this delicious tangy, rich coconut sauce.
The flavors are different but the same.”
“It’s a little bit of a change from Thai food, but it’s not as bad as some other places,” he added.
Singh’s restaurant has a very high-quality staff of five and is well-loved by the Thai community.
“I’ve always been very happy to be here and it’s a great place to meet new people.
It is very well-equipped, very well maintained and very modern.
We also have good staff,” he said.
But the wait for food has not been the only drawback for Zanzabi.
Although the restaurant has only been open for a few days, many of the customers have left.
“The only problem with the restaurant was that we did not know how to cook the food,” said a 23-year old restaurant owner, who did not want to give his name.
“It wasn’t a good restaurant, and it wasn’t very comfortable.
It was also a very expensive place.
I’m really sorry for that.
But at least the food is good,” he concluded.
For the people who have stayed at Zanzabor, they have also been surprised by the cuisine.
“Many of the people were surprised by our food.
They did not expect to be eating Thai food and Thai cuisine,” said Zanzariya, an employee at a nearby restaurant.
“People from other parts of India like to come here for their Thai food.
It makes a difference for us,” said Kirtan, another restaurant employee.
“They came for the Thai food because of their food taste, not because they were looking for a Thai restaurant.”
The wait for their food is another downside for some people who are still trying to make ends meet in the capital.
“When you have to buy something for the whole family, it’s very hard,” said Srinivas, another waiter.
“And they can’t afford to eat at home.
So, the whole country feels the pinch of this.
We feel the pinch.
We want to go somewhere where the Thai people can go to eat.”
But while some Thai restaurants in Delhi have started serving new dishes, others are struggling to keep up with the demand.
Some restaurants in the city are even losing money because the Thai population is aging.
“Now we are seeing more and more people coming in.
The Thai restaurants are struggling,” said Raman, a 26-year local.
“Most of them are still struggling, but there are a few restaurants which are doing well.
We are working to bring them back, but even if we don’t succeed, the restaurant industry here is still here,” he continued.
The issue of over-saturation of the Indian market in the cities is not new.
But it is a major issue now, according to Misha, a 33-year resident of New Delhi.
“For a long time, the Indian food was not as good as the Thai.
So many restaurants closed down in the 1990s and the only thing they were selling was Indian food,” he explained.
“So people from other countries come to India to eat Indian food.”
However, the recent surge in Indian tourists