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Thai food isn’t ALL fiery on the lips and tongue!
...so many tastes… so many possibilities…

Thai food was a huge reason I initially came to Thailand. I wanted to experience an exotic oriental (no snow!) culture… with the food being another incentive!

Here's a thorough article
on the complexities of Thai cuisine.

Remember.... this website is mostly about what
I've come to love and respect about Thailand..

Unfortunately…
from a girth standpoint…
I really like food! 


In urban areas of Thailand, all the world cuisines are available;

  • Chinese
  • Fast-Food American
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mexican
  • Vietnamese
  • and more

For the most part, they are delicious and not overly expensive. 

In fact, the best Mexican food I’ve had (outside of Mexico) was at a place in Chiang Mai.

You can eat the cuisine(s) with which you are most familiar… should you wish… no problem

But in more rural areas,
and down the smaller sois (side streets) in cities,
there is Thai cuisine, only.
And what a cuisine it is.
Spicy, varied, tasty, inexpensive…
 
I should write poetry to extol its virtues.

You crave tasty food?
urge you: try Thai cuisine!
A treat for taste buds.

Thais eat with a fork and spoon (although chopsticks are ubiquitous.)

Shovel the food onto the spoon using the fork, ladle on some spicy stuff, then put spoon in mouth.

NO! WAIT!
That's how I do it...
Thais are far more refined in how they eat. 

“Cha! Cha!”, I am continually admonished.
( Cha Cha = SLOWLY! SLOWLY!)

Put a small veggie piece on spoon, then some rice/noodles, then some meat which has been minimally dipped into a spicy condiment,

THEN move gracefully to mouth and savour the flavour.

Thai food has so many subtle nuances,
each manifesting itself on your taste buds in sequence.

Awesome!


Two tips for someone being adventurous
and venturing to taste a new Thai food
that is somewhat an unknown quantity!

I learned early in my eating time...

  1. Do not ask what the food is
  2. Do not try to guess/imagine what the food is

MOSTLY, I have succeeded.


Thai Food That I Like to Eat
and that I understand


PAD THAI
is fried rice noodles, which is almost a national dish.
It varies from cook to cook.

An on-street vendor will charge 25 ฿ which is laround $1.  [CAD$]

PAD = fried

(฿ = Baht, the Thai unit of currency)

In fancy restaurants, the same dish (quantity and quality) goes for $5.

It is a rice noodle dish, with

  • eggs,
  • fish sauce,
  • tamarind juice,
  • red chili pepper,

plus any combination of

  • bean sprouts,
  • shrimp,
  • chicken,
  • pork,

garnished with crushed peanuts, sugar, coriander and the juice of lime

It is usually served with scallions and pieces of raw banana flower.


KHAO PAD 
is fried rice (rice = khao, pronounced cow)
with accompaniments that vary from cook to cook.

This was breakfast for me at a local [Thai]  Bangkok restaurant: khao pad with egg, goong (shrimp/crayfish) and salad (a generic term for raw vegetables). There may be some pork and/or chicken added. A great way to rid oneself of leftovers.

The green cylindrical veggie is what I call Morning Glory, and it's one of my favourites.

The “soup” cup holds coffee (instant) with the equivalent of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed milk. Unfortunately, I have a sweet tooth and can slurp down many cups of this stuff.

The little red innocuous looking garnishes are incredibly spicy peppers same same  jalapenos.

same same” is used, by Thais, to mean
“THAT IS EXACTLY THE SAME”.

Almost all Thais pull the peppers out of their food and discard them… the spiciness remains… although somewhat subdued.

If I inadvertently eat one of the little suckers, I get the hiccups. A spoonful of rice puts out the mouth fire, and the hiccups disappear in a minute or so.

Spiciness varies.
Here's how you order!

  • VERY SPICY = pet mak mak
    Only for the brave, adventuresome, and those whose taste buds are already destroyed!
  • A BIT SPICY = pet nid noy
    I order my food like this
  • NOT SPICY = pet my ow 
    How most farang order… if they know how to say it!

FRESH FRUIT
Fresh fruit is a delicious staple of Thai food.
Local farmers' markets sell fruit that was
picked the evening before,
or even earlier that morning.

Supermarkets will have far better looking fruit than a local market... BUT... it won't be as fresh, nor as tasty. For some reason, that I don't understand, the less perfect the fruit looks... the better it tastes.

Mangoes

This is mangoes with sticky rice, and it's decadent!

Mango (sweet) with sticky rice (sweeter) and coconut cream (sweeterest)

ADDICTIVE

Upwards of $2 per dish


Bananas

fresh off the bush 

10 ฿ a bunch (35¢)


Terrible Food (I use the term cautiously)
GAG!

BARBECUED RAT
Split from knave to chaps then done to “perfection” over a charcoal brazier

I actually ate one of these. Kinda "chickeny". I was likely drunk.


SUN-DRIED ROAD-KILL TOAD

 I think these were crossing a highway and were flattened MANY TIMES by 18 wheeler trucks, then scraped off the pavement a year later and passed off as “food”.

I was never so drunk that I'd try one.


SUN-DRIED YEAR-OLD FISH

Often the heads are left on.

I just cannot get past the strong smell... so another delicacy passed up by a squeamish farang.


There's lots more to say about Thai food!
I'll add links in the
right hand column
[desktop and laptop]
OR
bottom of page [mobile phones and tablets]
as I create pages.

Warmest regards,


Garry says

p.s. There are a multitude of reasons why I really enjoy my stay in Thailand. In case you missed it, THAI FOOD is nigh onto the #1 reason.