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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!
In urban areas of Thailand, all the world cuisines are available;
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
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.
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.
I learned early in my eating time...
MOSTLY, I have succeeded.
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
plus any combination of
garnished with crushed peanuts, sugar, coriander and the juice of lime
It is usually served with scallions and pieces of raw banana flower.
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.
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.
This is mangoes with sticky rice, and it's decadent!
Mango (sweet) with sticky rice (sweeter) and coconut cream (sweeterest)
Upwards of $2 per dish
fresh off the bush
10 ฿ a bunch (35¢)
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.