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.
Do you like Thai food? What’s your favourite dish?