Don't let anyone scare you away from something you like.
Cook the way you want; to get the taste you like best.
I have found that sometimes people don't like some foods, just because
they heard someone else say they don't like it.
Such as Sushi, or Anchovies....but; anybody that eats a Ceasar Salad,
is eating Anchovies.
In Thailand; you commonly use spices and ingredients that are not well
known in America and the West.
Here in America we have been taught to over cook food; and eat it
without much flavor. But; this group here has learned that rubbing
meat, with spices and then Smoking it will give it a great flavor that
other people don't understand until they try it for themselves.
So...cook the way you like; with the ingredients you like, and you
will have the best food ever.