A long rugged coastline dotted with several islands and countless fishing villages. Southern cuisine is abundant in marine life and redolent with fresh turmeric and shrimp paste. The main characteristics are predominantly sour and spicy, which forms a perfect basis for the impeccably fresh seafood to shine through. The southern region produces the best quality coconuts in the country, therefore southern dishes with coconut cream are renowned to be luxuriously rich and wonderfully creamy. Dishes are served with long grain jasmine rice.