Living in Bangkok for 6 Months – you find some GREAT places to eat and enjoy.
So what does Thailand cuisine include? Noodles, Chilies that make me cry, Fresh vegetables, Curries and More! Thailand has a wide assortment of food, all of which is spicy (unless asked otherwise – “my pet” – No spice). The food is highly aromatic, filled with amazing fresh vegetables, and known for its mixture of four taste senses: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. All of which makes me salivate just thinking of.
Thai food is eaten with a Fork and a Spoon. Not with Chopsticks, as the surrounding Asian countries do. The fork was introduced during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV (1851 – 1868) to “westernize” the country.
Throwing food away if not finished during the meal enrages the Thai god of rice. She is the deity who watches over the people to ensure everyone is fed. Bad luck or famine may result.
So lets get to it! What are the traditional foods of Thailand that you MUST try?
Sticky Rice with Everything
Phad thai – Rice noodles with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, peanuts, egg. Choice of meat.
Khao tom – Rice soup with pork, chicken or shrimp
Khao khai chiao – Omelet on top of white rice
Tom yam – hot & sour soup with meat
Kaeng khiao wan/Kaeng phanaeng/Kaeng phet – Curry – Green, Coconut, or Red. Green chillies, basil, and chicken or fishs.
Som tam – Papaya salad
Khao phat – Fried rice with any of: Chicken, Shrimp, Beef, Pineapple, Crab, Coconut, Veggies.
Khao soi – Chicken curry soup with crispy noodles
Stir-fried prawn with curry powder
Kai Med Ma Muang – Chicken with cashew nuts
Lots, Lots More!
And for Dessert?
Khao niao mamuang – Mango & Coconut Sticky Rice
Mango Sticky Rice!
Ruam mit – Water chestnuts in coconut milk.
Deep Fried Banana drizzled in Chocolatee
Sang Som – Whisky Thai style – Cheap and toxic!
Fresh Squeezed Juice: Mango, banana, Orange
Thailand is an extremely vegetarian friendly country. All foods come in vegetarian options, and with the abundance and diversity of vegetables, if vegetarianism is ever being considered- Thailand is the place to start! Thailand is known for its amazing street foods which comes at amazing value. There is a less formal dining experience required, but if you want to enjoy a sit-down meal, it will cost you more, but here is a list of some of the restaurants I’ve been and I’ve loved!
Cabbages & Condoms (Sukhumvit soi 12) $$$
Soi 38 street food (After 19:00 there are stalls open with everything) $
The Mango Tree (Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road) $$$
The park is in the shape of Thailand and all the attractions are miniatures of the real attractions within Thailand. I saw every important sight in Thailand in one day (at least the fake version). I also obtained the worst sunburn (and funniest) of my life.
A few nights ago a bunch of us went to a club called Bed Supper Club. Now why do they call it this? Well because earlier in the evening they serve you dinner in bed, which is expensive but delicious apparently, and then later it is a Club….that has beds everywhere! Now, while I was there I did not see anything inappropriate on said beds, but I was there early and left early as well.
Bed Supper club offers ladies night every first Wednesday of the month. Means no cover and 3 free drinks! Which is a steal since drinks are expensive at this club – $10 a drink. Catch is you have to get there before 11 and drink your drinks before 11. So we arrived at 10:45pm. I ordered all three of my tequila sunrises at once, so I ordered em up, and drank em down. Too bad they were half shot drinks. Otherwise it may of taken some effect. No such luck. Just some tasty orange juice really.
But the club is filled with Beds, which were funny to hang around on. They played bad techno on one side of the bar, and Latino style music on the other. So we were on the Latino side, but that is hard to dance to if you are untalented – WHICH I most CERTAINLY am – an untalented dancer that is.
Overall the bar is a pretty interesting place to spend an evening – but it is not budget friendly.
This is a photo of something on campus. It says ” October 14th, 1973″ completed and opened on October 14th, 2001. Students and citizens uprising againsted the dictatorial regime turned a new page of Thailand’s political history at “Lan Poh”, Thammasat University. Consequently, the constitution was restored and democracy bloomed to its fullest, along with the development of social culture.”
Uniformed up for University
This is part of the Grand Palace. We went to go inside, and as a Thammasat Student I get free entry, but I only have temporary identification currently so they would not allow me in. So I have have this picture. For now.
So this is death by Thailand spices. haha. Top Left is Curry powders, Top right is curry and red chili peppers (death), bottom left is red and green chili peppers (spicy but managable after a few tears), and bottom right is Sugar! Thai’s like it sweet and spicy all in one! I hate spices, Im a bland person, but surprisingly after only 2.5 weeks here I am learning to enjoy more spices – by no means to the Thai standard, but I throw on some curry and pepper juice now.
I am here to tell you: Do not always eat like the locals!
Yes, eating like a local is great for cultural immersion and appreciation. BUT, only let this go so far. Sometimes, you are better off ordering the regular than adventuring where you do not want to be.
I'm Chrystal McKay, a 24 year old Canadian who travels the world seeking knowledge. I am a World Citizen, Globe Trotter, and Continuous Learner. A Lover of Ancient Ruins, Castles, Churches, and all things Old and Beautiful. Follow me as I learn my way around the world.
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