Foods in Thailand: Part I
Obviously this is an area Vince and I are very passionate about. We’re only just beginning to learn about all the different foods so we’re going to break this food blog into several parts. After 3 weeks in Thailand here are some important things to know about Thai food.
Meals: For dinner they eat rice, noodles, or soup. For lunch they eat rice, noodles, or soup. For breakfast they eat rice, noodles, or soup. The dishes all come with minimally the 5 basic ingredients, a rice/noodle, chicken/pork/beef/tofu, chili peppers, fish sauce, and SUGAR. Sugar is in EVERYTHING. You can’t get away from it. I ordered “iced black coffee” thinking ‘alas, no sugar’. The coffee came out black and iced, but it had so much sugar I couldn’t even drink it. Seriously… though overheating and under-caffeinated, I couldn’t even drink it! They put sugar on the food if it’s too spicy. The desert cookies are practically just little spoonfuls of sugar. The candies are out of the question. Even the ketchup is full of sugar. I think they may have a real addiction out here.
Fruit: There are a huge variety of fruits in Thailand, many that we’ve seen before and many that we haven’t. It’s interesting to see foods from the Earth that you never knew existed -especially ones that taste mac aloi (very delicious) , pronounced aroy as the Thai have difficulties with ‘R’s. For this blog we’ll focus on 3: Durian, Mangosteen, Ramputan.
1) Durian- Durian is known as the king of fruits in Thailand. It’s very large and spiky on the outside. On the inside it’s quite similar to rotting bananas in flavor, texture, and smell. Thai people love it. Farangs usually hate it. The smell is so foul that hotels will not allow the fruit on the premises. VP and I lean towards a slight dislike towards the fruit, though if they dry, fry and salt it and turn it into chips it’s awesome.
2) Mangosteens- She is known as the queen of Thailand fruits and is without a doubt both Vince’s and my absolute favorite. A mangosteen looks like something one would find on a Mario Brother’s Nintendo game. It’s purple on the outside with dark green thick leaves. Inside the fruit is about the size of a small tangerine and is divided into pieces like the tangerine, too. The texture and taste however is more similar to the banana, only juicier and sweeter.
3) Ramputan- This is the strangest looking fruit I have ever seen. On the outside it’s magenta with green hairy legs all over it. From the outside you’d have no idea what to expect on the inside. Inside it’s similar to a lychee fruit. It looks sort of clear and gummy. It’s very watery and has a huge seed in the center. It tastes pretty decent, but it’s the look of the ramputan that put it in the top three.
Snacks: Ice cream comes on a bed of rice with kidney beans, dried fruits, and a scoop of fruit flavored ice cream with coconut milk on top. You could eat it as a meal. Even the kidney beans taste good in it.
Interesting potato chip flavors- Wasabi, Thai Chili, Crab Curry, Seaweed, Seafood Mayonnaise, Hot Shrimp, German Sausage.