Lets Eat: Bangkok, Thailand

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

    Pad thai (ผัดไทย), served in Bangkok.

    Phad Thai

  • 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

    Thai mango with glutinous rice.

    Mango Sticky Rice!

  • Ruam mit – Water chestnuts in coconut milk.
  • Deep Fried Banana drizzled in Chocolatee
To Drink?
  • Sang Som – Whisky Thai style – Cheap and toxic!
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice: Mango, banana, Orange
  • Coconut Milk
  • Chang Beer

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) $$$
  • Soi 38 street food (After 19:00 there are stalls open with everything) $
  • The Mango Tree (Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road) $$$
  • Doo Dee (Siam Square Soi 4) $$$

$ = 0 – 100 THB      $$ = 100 – 250 THB      $$$ = 250 – 400 THB      $$$$ = Too Many THB

Overall, Thailand food is some of the best in the world. I can’t wait to return!

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New City Life: Bangkok

Hey Friendfolk,

I have been out and about doing random things these past few days. So here are some pictures to catch you up! 🙂
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.”

Yay for Thammasat!! This is Jackie (Wisconsin), me, and Becky (California). Dressed in Uniform for school. Aren’t we Purdddyyy. haha

This is part of the Grand Palace. We went to go inside, and as a Thammasat Student we get free entry, but we only have temporary identification currently so they would not allow us in. So I have have this picture. WHen they let me in I shall video tape the splendor!!

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! Thais 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 (never the peppers cause I cried last time I did that haha). Hopefully by the end of this trip I can handle anything!! hahah

I went to the Market again today and bought more stuff! yay me!! 🙂 So lets see what I bought!!
Orange day pack – 200 Baht = $6.67
Red Travel Pack – 700 Baht = $23.3
Two Towels – 300 Baht = $10
Socks – 5 pair for 100 Baht = $3
Watermelon Rug – 150 Baht = $5
Colourful Purse – 300 Baht = $10

This is for Jeannie! haha These are salt and pepper shakers of two cows that hug!!! 😀 they come apart but then they sit on the table hugging!! Aww!! and I love Jeannie even more now that she is visiting me in Thailand in May-June!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 YAY MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so super excited now!!!

Last night it was Fredrik’s 23rd birthday so we all went out!! Here is a bar called Naz that we went to!! This is Emily (Ottawa), Geoff (Ottawa), and Becky (California). We waited and waited to get in but it was one huge debacle so then we switched clubs. haha 😀 but still a lot of fun!
This is on campus. Pretty things i can look at.
This is more things on campus. Just from a different angle. It is the side of campus I wont be on much. it is the Graduate Law school.
So I went shopping to this GINORMOUS mall called MBK – I think it means Mall Bangkok. So I bought these 3 dresses!! Since most places in Thailand only make clothes for tiny Asian people and I am not a tiny Asian person. So MBK makes normal sized clothing sooo I bought these!!! Very Fun!!! 😀 I love to shop shop shop!!! Each of these dresses cost me 300 Baht = 9$. Oh Thailand…..what a fantastic country!!!