Something that goes hand in hand with traveling is of course, FOOD. And boy, do I love food. Here I have an ongoing list of the food I love, or at least have tried, so be sure to check back often for updates. I will give you my best description, possibly the Thai name if I know it, and the price (USD) I paid for each item.
Something to keep in mind. I enjoy the Thai food at the street markets. This is where I frequent for awesome yummy food. Not only is it cheaper, but in my opinion, more authentic and delicious! Sometimes restaurants try to westernize their dishes, and this is exactly what I DON’T want. I mention this, because this will affect the price you see. If I ate these dishes at a restaurant, I would be looking at paying at least $1-2 extra for each dish.
Also, most of the things you see won’t have a Thai name because it’s completely unnecessary. When you wander a street market, you look, point, buy. This is how you can ‘shop’ for food at the markets. Use your eyes to gather what they might be selling. I can pick out certain ingredients and see right away what food they sell. Train your eyes, then you can point and eat. Easy!
PS- I am a vegetarian. Sorry! Don’t worry, I will start taking more photos of all food, not just the ones I eat. Promise! With that said, every dish you see here regularly comes with meat, I have to ask for it with out… So really, just imagine a juicy piece of pork or chicken sitting on top of these dishes.
Enjoy your meal….
Pad Thai. Noodles, tofu, egg, bean sprouts and spring onion in a tamarind based sauce all stir-fried together and topped with peanuts. I have also added my heaps of dry chili on top too. ($1)
Khao Soi – Northern Thailand curry dish.
Red curry, spices, coconut milk, vegetables/meat and noodles. The soup is topped with crunchy noodles, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, raw onion and a squeeze of fresh lime.
This is one of my favorite Thai dishes! ($1.50)
Som Tam – Spicy papaya salad. It’s shredded unripe papaya, tomatoes, long beans, garlic, fresh chili, palm sugar, peanuts, and sometimes a few other things like dried shrimp and black crab (but I don’t eat that stuff). It’s all mixed up with a mortar and pestle. ($1.25)
These last three dishes were made my ME! After two years of living in Thailand, it’s about time I took a cooking course to learn how to cook Thai food. These are my top favorite dishes in Thailand. (Price is what I would have paid if I bought it at a street stall)
Tofu Laab – This is a Laos/ Issan, Thailand dish. This dish particularly was in Laos and is a mixture of fried tofu, banana flowers, and fresh herbs like mint. On the side is sticky rice. ($2)
On the far back left is a plate of plain rice, to the right is Pad Ka Pow- a chili and basil stir fry with vegetables over rice, and the large thing in the front is a vegetable omelet- Kai Jeaow Paak. ($3)
Pad See Ew- Essentially a soy based sauce with fat noodles and vegetables. I prefer pad Thai noodles or Chinese egg noodles instead as fat noodles can be gummy in my opinion. ($1)
Simply some mango and sticky rice. There is a coconut milk drizzle on top. Sounds odd, but sooo good! ($1.25)
From the left- Spicy herb salad, fresh spring rolls (mushroom and herbs inside), fried sweet potato and fried banana ($3.80)
Morning Glory (similar to spinach) and rice. The morning glory is sautéed with chili, garlic, and soy sauce (usually oyster sauce if you’re not a veg). I feel like Popeye after eating this meal, you can FEEL how good it is to eat a nice plate of greens! ($1.25)
Rice cake (that doesn’t taste like cardboard …) and a coconut carmel drizzle. ($1 for a bag of 12)
Sugar palm cakes. ($1)
Smashed banana, grilled, then smothered in coconut sauce. ($ . 75 for 2 sticks)
Som Tam again… But I didn’t make this one. AND, the lady cut up a green apple in this som tam for me. Something I have never had before …. It blew my mind! So good! ($1.25)
A simple veggie omelet over rice. Of course, I have already topped mine with tons of dried chili. If I can’t find a western breakfast spot, this is my go to meal. But I’ll eat this anytime. So simple and so good. ($1)
Thai Pancake…. Surely not like the kind you have at home. It’s crispy and totally covered in butter, but it’s OK… Inside you can get fruit, banana being the most popular, and then any topping you want. I have an ‘original’ here- Banana pancake with ‘milk’ (they call sweetened condensed milk, ‘milk’) Other awesome toppings are honey, Nutella, peanut butter…. YUM! ($ . 75)
A close up of the pomelo. there are like little juice packets! Do you see it? It bursts in your mouth. It’s one of my fav fruits here.
Pomelo- In my opinion this fruit taste like grapefruit minus the intense bitterness…. So, amazing. No need for sugar here! I recommend getting it when it looks pink. Sometimes you can find it with a more dull color, lacking its pinkness. When it’s like this, the taste changes and I don’t like it. ($1.25)
Grilled tofu and grilled mushrooms ($1.25)
These things are fun… It’s a twist potato that’s covered in any random powder flavor. I have “cheese.” ($1)
Waffles! The orignal and taro flavored. ($ . 50)
All randomly filled- pineapple, beans, pumpkin…. ($1 for 7 pieces)
Sweet potato balls and tapioca balls. ($ .75)
The right one is filled with bean and the right, pineapple. ($ .30 )
Banana (left) and Pumpkin (right)… What is it? Don’t know, it’s kind of gel like, but not in a gross way? I’m horrible at describing things! ($ . 30)
This is a common thing to see at your table. Its their condiments. Starting from the top left- Vinegar chili, soy sauce, dry chili (bottom left), and sugar. The dish to the far right is chili with fish sauce. (This picture was taken at a vegetarian place, so the fish sauce would regularly be in the ‘soy sauce’ place…also, don’t ask why there is fish sauce is at the vegetarian place.)
Gin Jeah! = I eat vegan There are vegan restaurants randomly spotted in most cities and towns. They are usually sporting a yellow sign with a red image that almost looks like the number 17. (I’ll post a pic of it later) These places offer all vegan food and this is a heaping pile of random veggie goodness over rice. ($1.25)
Red curry veggies with rice and a fried egg. I already poured soy sauce and chili too!
This is raw veggies with rice. The pile of brown at the bottom is toasted coconut and on the rice is chili.
Tangerines at the top, rambutans (like a lychee), and the guava (like a dry apple) on the right. The guava has a bag of sugar chili for dipping. It’s actually really good…
Chili fish cakes.
Not even sure what to call this. It reminded me of a taco though so I had to get one. It’s kind of a crepe like “shell” and inside was coconut and peanuts. Super random, surprisingly delicious.
Good ol’ stir-fried veg with basil and chili over rice. $1 Pad Ka Pow. Be careful of the chili’s! Take them out before eating! Do you see mine? It’s that sneaky red chili on the left near the cucumber. Eat a whole like that and you will be on fire for a good while.
Some crunchy yummy things i got at the store. $1
Mango sticky rice with colorful rice! Oh what a treat :-p It tastes the same. $1.60
Random veggie platter from the vegetarian restaurant.
The sign that looks almost like the number 17 means vegan in Thai. No meats, no egg, no fish, they actually don’t have garlic or onion in the food either. This place is safe for veggies 100%.
Red curry veggie with rice and a fried egg. Soy sauce already poured on top of the egg and rice.
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