My tastebuds have been over-stimulated and exceedingly pleased here in Thailand! Food choices in Thailand, especially Bangkok -which is plagued with street food vendors, are overwhelming and yet intriguing; unique and unexpected flavor combinations and spice make eating an ever interesting experience for fervent foodies like me.
(This post is by no means an exhaustive list of all Thai food; rather a way to share some of my favorite pictures that capture the distinctiveness and vibrancy of Thai food.)
Noodles- They are appealing to every single one of the 5 basic tastes and contain a mingling of many flavors ranging in intensity and spice.
Mystery Meats- Octopus, chicken, pork, and what is that? – it all comes together on skewers & sticks on the streets.
And sometimes, the mystery meat is not so mysterious….
Fish- Always whole.
Desert- Fun to look at (abstract art in food form?), but too sweet and syrup-y for me to enjoy.
Bugs- A delicacy! The worms on the right side of the picture were surprising tasteless and less crunchy than a cheerio. If given a tiny piece of a deep fried potato and these dudes in a blind taste test, one may not be able to tell the difference….
Spicy Soup- I ordered this ‘Tom Kha Gai’ soup at My Terrace restaurant down the street from where I live; it is my favorite dish yet. It’s a brutally fresh and exhilarating culmination of lemongrass, galangal (in the ginger family), mushrooms, kaffir lime leaves, chillies, tomatoes, and chicken in a spicy coconut broth.
REALLY Spicy Soup- Good God, I was so wrong to assume that the ‘spicy herbal soup’ served up at Bangkok Brass wouldn’t inflict physical pain. After about 3 measly bites, my lips were quivering; I could barely wrap them around the spoon. My entire body was pulsing, and my mouth and my head could no longer decipher if the food was spicy hot or temperature hot, or both, or is it this restaurant that seems REALLY HOT all of the sudden?
Thai spice does not compare to anything. ever; it’s a whole new spectrum of blazing, insane spice. I’m currently working on increasing my tolerance of spice.
Random Street Food Finds- Deep fried dough balls with bits of octopus, with some things on top (mayonnaise? dill?)… suprisingly good.
One of my favorites that I can always find on my walk home… basil leaves, shredded carrots, and small mushrooms rolled inside a wide noodle, and dipped in a zesty green sauce.
I don’t know what all of these foods are, but I did want to include these pictures because they show the culture of food: huge quantities and selection ready to be served up into baggies and taken home to eat! As precarious as the concept of ‘soup in a bag with a rubber band to close the bag’ may seem, it works impressively well.
As you may have noticed, I don’t know the name of every dish; pointing and nodding eagerly at food is my usual method of ordering. There are always so many options, more than what I can share in this post. Sticky rice, spicy papaya salad, exotic fruit, frogs, and curries are just a few more.
I’ll be continuing to ferociously devour and and share about it! Any recommendations? Do you have a favorite Thai food?
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” -George Bernard Shaw