I love Thai food! Mild and hot curries, flavourful stir-frys with lashings of chillies and spices, noodles in soups and salads mixed with papaya and mango, coconut milk-based desserts, sweet milk tea and coffees – what’s not to love? A trip to Thailand is definitely one for the foodies and I had a great time eating my way through the country.
Unlike Laos and Cambodia, I ate almost exclusively on the street. It’s hard to say no when food is that good and cheap. Mealtimes were eagerly anticipated daily as I dreamt about what dishes I would try during lunchtime and dinner – usually something I had seen someone else eating the day before.
It is easy to get excited about Thai food, as you tend to smell it before you even see it. I have found that Thai cuisine tends to have a strong, distinctive aroma, which translates into a complex combination of tastes when you do finally get to try it. Aside from the spicy edge that Thai dishes tend to have, there’s also the sweet, sour and salty tastes that really make up a dish, something I had never really given a second thought to until I took a brilliant Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai.
Since coming back to London, I have tried to recreate some of the amazing dishes I ate in Thailand. My mango sticky rice ain’t half bad, but my phanaeng curry with chicken still requires a bit of work. There’s still a lot of other dishes I tried in Thailand that I can draw inspiration from – here’s a selection of them.
Street food at Khao San Road in Bangkok
The very first thing I ate upon arriving in Thailand from Cambodia
Thai green curry with chicken and aubergine
Coconut ice cream, with REAL coconut bits, IN a coconut! Please do yourselves a favour and get your hands on some of this if you’re ever in Thailand
Street stall selling Pad Thai in Bangkok
Pad thai with chicken
Mango sticky rice with coconut milk. I love this dessert so much, I learnt how to make it whilst in Thailand.
Khao Soi Kai, Numyeum and Suki bowls, all for a grand total of £1.50
According to the photo menu, this is called numyeum. Google doesn’t seem to think so though! And yes, that is congealed pig’s blood in case you were wondering.
The spicy noodle salad that I had in Pai, with the key word being spicy. I mean, look at those jars of chillies on the left. Yum!
Rice with stir fried chicken and vegetables – simple but surprisingly flavourful while packing a good punch!
Queuing for some fried flatbread in Pai
I chose to have mine with banana and condensed milk
It was so good that I came back for seconds – this time with Nutella and peanut butter
Northern Thai sourish noodle soup with…
…a range of garnishes. I unfortunately have no idea what it’s called as everything was written in Thai and it was very much a case of point and eat!
Thai chicken soup with rice for breakfast
Khao Soi Gai (Northern Thai curry noodles) – definitely a dish I’m going to attempt
Grilled and puffed up black sticky rice…
…served with sugar, nuts and condensed milk on a banana leaf
Thai iced coffee
Thai milk tea. I brought back a few packets of dried tea to recreate in London.
Do you like Thai food? What’s your favourite dish?