This has been one of my favorite posts to write. I miss Thailand and its food.
We ate gooood while we lived there. Most of the time we ate Thai food but every so often, we’d go to a western-ish/international restaurant and splurge.
I would just like to start off in saying that I cannot believe I had never tried Thai food before going to Thailand. I was missing out!!!
Thai food is not the same everywhere which is sad. When I got it in the US it didn’t taste the same.
The spelling was always different everywhere we went because the English alphabet doesn’t the have exact translations for their vowels and consonants. I’ve noticed that here in South Korea as well.
Some Thai words that we learned were:
- Ma Muang = mango
- Kai = egg
- Mangsawerat (mang-sa-wee-rot) = vegetarian
- Khao = rice
- Goong/Koong = shrimp
- Pad = stir fry
- Pak = vegetable
- Chai Po = turnip
- Som Tam = papaya salad
- Boong = water spinach
- Tang Mo = watermelon
Whenever we’d go out to eat, we’d usually get the same dishes. Christina and I only ate fish so we had to learn our way around the menus in our town.
The Thai dishes that we’d get:
- Pad Thai
- Khao Pad Kai (egg fried rice)
- Khao Pad Pak (vegetable fried rice)
- Pad Hoi Lai (clams)
- Kai Jiew Chai Po (egg omelet with Chinese radish)
- Pla Pao (grilled fish)
- Khao Soi (spicy coconut curry)
- Yum Kai Dow (Thai fried egg salad: egg, raw onion, tomato, lime juice and fish sauce)
- Pad Kra Prow (spicy veggie rice)
- Tom Yum Goong (shrimp tom yum)
- Pad Pongali Goong (shrimp yellow curry)
- Khao Niaow Ma Muang (mango sticky rice).
My all time favorite dish was Som Tam. It was spicy, sweet and somewhat healthy. It had garlic and tomatoes in it which are two of my favs.
I got som tam ped nid noi (a little spicy) almost every single day at school for the cheap price of ฿25. Whenever I would walk in the line in the cafeteria, the lady wouldn’t even say anything, she’d just start making it.
My last plate of som tam made me emotional. I was obsessed with it. Sometimes I’d have it twice or three times a day.
My friend Mo ended up getting me a mortar before I visited home in October. I tried to make it and it just wasn’t the same.
Pad see ew was another mouthwatering dish. It was one of the first dishes that I had in Thailand.
⬆️ top left: pad pongali goong, pad pak boong, pla pao, ma kheu (some type of eggplant dish), pad hoi lai
Sometimes we’d go to Khod Tim Cafe after a scrumptious dinner and get some of their delish ice cream. Whenever we’d get a craving for something sweet, we’d go there.
The Michelin restaurant that was called Ruean Panya Restaurant was close to Christina’s apartment. I don’t even remember what we got but it was a lot of seafood. Some of it was okay and some we were like uhhhh what is this??
Michelin star pictures ⬆️
From top left: khao niaow ma muang (mango sticky rice), roti, fruit cart, pad pak boong, kai jiew chai po
There were dessert cafes at every corner in Mahachai. Our friends Smart and Namkang took us to one and we got some ice cream and sweet stuff.
There were also fruit carts and one bag of fruit was usually about ฿20-30. I’d usually get tang mo 🍉
I really cannot wait to go to Thailand again and shove my face with all of the delicious food!! Once Covid is over, it will be the first place I visit!