Monday, 20 June 2016

KHAO LAK - THAILAND : Market Mini-Series

The first time I travelled around Thailand I fell in love with the country and every time I go back, my love affair is rekindled.

I love the people, the scenery, the culture, the architecture, the scuba diving... and the food.

Thais excel at street food. Anywhere you travel in Thailand you'll see these mobile market food stalls.





Think bar-be-que with a twist. 




The twist often being food which has been marinated in glorious Thai flavours like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce and garlic.

Not to mention lashings of chilli, which the Thais eat in great quantities.




Did you spot the extra pair of legs?







To the extent that I found pre-prepared pomelo (fruit similar to grapefruit) in the supermarket complete with a little bag of sugar mixed with dried chillies to sprinkle on the fruit.






I was initially a little nervous about trying spicy Thai food from a market stall, so my first experiment was with a lady in Bangkok who was cooking pancakes to order. 






It was an extraordinary experience. I have eaten pancakes in many countries, but none more delicious than the Thai version: a thin and crispy pancake slathered in condensed milk and sliced banana.








These days I'm braver and one of my favourite snacks is Thai bar-be-qued chicken. I don't know what all the ingredients are in the marinade - but it's an inspired combination of mouth-watering flavours.









Do you like street food? Would you try unfamiliar food in other countries?



29 comments:

  1. I love trying new foods, but anymore I have to be very careful as I have Crohn's. :(

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Bish. I can see why you have to be very diligent about your food.

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  2. I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to street food, but you've definitely sold the banana pancakes to me!

    Helen Laycock

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  3. I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to street food, but you've definitely sold the banana pancakes to me!

    Helen Laycock

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  4. Oh, I'd definitely try strange foods in other countries! That's the fun of it, isn't it?

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    1. Absolutely! (Although I didn't sprinkle my sachet of sugar and chilli on my fruit!)

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  5. I would try but I would be careful at first because you never know with meat. I would not be eating any bugs either

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    1. I agree that you do have to be careful, Birgit - especially with fresh meat. A lot depends on the country too and I also always take a good look at the vendor!

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  6. I love Thai food and would certainly try street food from a vendor who cooked their food to order. I'd be very wary of anything pre cooked, especially if it was kept warm rather than chilled.

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    1. Couldn't agree more, Patsy - especially in hot countries.

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  7. I've eaten all kinds of Canarian food handed out from floats at fiestas, and washind it down with locally made vino tinto. Chilli on pomelo sounds interseting!

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    1. Sounds good, Liz - I only ever saw sweets being thrown from floats at Spanish fiestas. My husband liked the sugar/chilli sprinkles on his pomelo.

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  8. I do like spicy, Susan. And I've always wanted to go to Thailand. :)

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    1. Thailand is a perfect introduction to South East Asia, Jo, and if you like spicy food, you'll be in heaven.

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  9. I do like spicy, Susan. And I've always wanted to go to Thailand. :)

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  10. I don't like street food, but street food here is pretty ordinary! I think that if I had access to street food like what you describe it would be a completely different story. I would try strange food as long as I knew that it wasn't meat.

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    1. Ah, but 'ordinary' is in the eye of the beholder, Tracy. Only today I saw a small group of Chinese tourists in a restaurant in Cork City gingerly tasting mashed potatoes. :)

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    2. That is very true! When we went to the Grand Canyon I couldn't understand all of the people taking pictures of squirrels since they are so common here. But not everywhere. And I'm sure locals didn't understand why I needed to take so many pictures of the sea lions in Galapagos!

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    3. Ha ha! I know, it happens everywhere, doesn't it? When I first went to Fiji and got excited about seeing mongooses, the locals looked at me as if I was nuts. :)

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  11. Susan I will admit to being pretty cautious about street food. It sounds like you have had some extraordinary culinary experiences. The pancakes sound delicious!

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  12. Sue, sometimes you have to just go by instinct and bite the bullet... or the chicken... or the pancakes! :)

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  13. Oops - should have added to that last post... because I firmly believe that food is very much part of the whole travel experience - whether you've gone somewhere exotic, or visiting somewhere in your own country.

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  14. One of the things I loved most living in Houston was the vast variety of different cuisines. I adored Thai food. Luckily, here in out little city of Gloucester we have a superb Thai restaurant so I can get my fix.

    @Kathleen01930 Blog

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  15. Lucky you, Kathleen. I have to rely on my own cooking skills when I want to eat Thai food as we don't have a local Thai restaurant. :)

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  16. I would try strange food but I'd be weary of guts and gore! ;-)

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  17. Oh, guts and gore are definitely to be avoided, AJ! :)

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