People who love to eat are always the best people. – Julia Child
Food is something that brings us together, it connects us, we can share and appreciate meals together and make new friends who will become later your family and it doesn’t matter where you are from. Cooking food is an art and that is the beauty of life, appreciating the little things in life.
I have always been adventurous and always wanted to explore new places, meeting new people and trying new food..Life is short so why not enjoy divine food?
Food in Thailand – what can I say? It’s a food feast, you will never be hungry in Thailand, its an absolute food culture and that is what I love about this gorgeous country. I have been living here for the past 14 months and it’s been one of the best years of my life, Thailand is a gem and beautiful in so many ways, you just have to embrace it and take it all in the great moments, the challenging moments, the sad moments because at the end you will learn something new about either the place, about someone or even yourself. If you are a foodie or if you just want to try new foods taste like me you should definitely come to Thailand and if you are in Thailand, experience the local food, go to the local open-air markets, go to local restaurants, make local friends, try to learn how to order certain dishes in Thai (that is just a few things I have learned over the past year) don’t go for western food, you can get that when you are back in your home country (that is if you are from a western country) and usually the western food is more expensive so if you truly want to experience a food culture eat what the local food.
I’ll be going to Chiang Mai for the first time in about 2 weeks’ times and this is apparently a really good place to experience traditional food and also do a Thai cooking class so I am really looking forward to that. I will give you an update about my trip after that.
Here is my favorite food that I have tried in Thailand:
1.Mango and sticky rice Khao Neow Ma Muang or Colored sticky rice Khao Neow Moon
(you can find this pretty much most open-air markets and some restaurants will also serve it)
2. Coconut ice cream (served with bread, potatoes served in a banana leaf) Sounds like an odd combination right? but it was divine It was at a local village, close to Trang and I haven’t seen this anywhere else.
3. Black jelly dessert
The jelly is made from herbs so that is why it has a mild herb taste. They also sometimes use the black jelly in bubble tea.
This is not how you normally would know roti as these roti’s in Thailand is made usually used for dessert and they use a lot of oil. This one I had in Khao Sok which was basically roti served with banana and chocolate. It was sweet but so good.
4. Yogurt dessert ( this is quite something unique). This is actually yogurt and colored ice (reminds me of slush puppy) and any topping you can think of (brownies, smarties, jelly, marshmallows), etc
5. Bread dessert (they see bread as a dessert not like in the western culture that you will eat bread with meals)
So here I had this at a restaurant in the south. It’s basically a slice bread served with whipped ice cream, coco pops and chocolate sauce – very sweet but it was worth it.
7. Coconut dessert
This was also at a market in Trang. It has the dough of a pancake (hard to explain) but inside its just fresh coconut but wow it was divine, very tasty and in fact Trang has super good food so if you ever get a chance go to Trang, the food is very different from the north.
8. Mango and sticky rice ice cream
Who would ever think this will go together? But it does, the ice cream just melts in your mouth.
9. Khanom Moa Gang
This is served in banana leaves but there are different flavors, it has a unique and an interesting taste to it.
10. Coconut Cream Jelly (Takoh)
Tapioca flour mixed with heavy coconut cream, coconut pulp, and sugar and all mixed and steamed to create an intense coconut custard. Sometimes takoh is served just plain while other times it’s placed over a bed of tapioca. It’s often prepared in banana leaf wrappers. It’s quite sweet but it’s so tasty, I have tried this Surat Thani.
10. Dumplings in coconut (bualoy)
Bualoy means literally “floating lotus.” It is made out of coconut milk is simply spiced with sugar and salt, while the flour is kneaded into tiny balls with a soft but slightly chewy texture, quite similar to tapioca pearls in Boba tea. This I have tried in Khao Sok, absolutely amazing.
11. Papaya salad
This is a very popular dish, it usually gets served with peanuts, it is usually spicy so if you don’t like spicy just say (mai ped which means not spicy) as the Thai people love spicy food especially in the south of Thailand. On a hot day, this is a perfect choice for lunch.
12. Dim sums
I used to live in Trang and the south is very popular for its dim sums. This was taken at a local restaurant in Trang. If you are vegetarian you can just say “mangsawirat” which means vegetarian in Trang and they will point out the types of dim sums you can have.
13. Pad thai
This must be my favorite Thai dish – no doubt about this. This was at a local market in the south and they serve it with shrimp and in a banana leaf. Like the Thai’s would say “Aroi mak maa”
14. Omelette and rice
This is also a really popular, very simple but so delicious. They sometimes put pork inside the omelet but you can have without it and underneath there will be rice. Really simple but so good!!
15.Fried rice with chicken (kao pad gai)
This is very popular and you can pretty much get it in most places.
16. Noodles with chicken
There are many different types of noodles available, it just depends on your preference. Its usually served with either chicken/pork but if you are vegetarian they can serve without it.
17. Fresh coconut
(fresh from the market, they will cut it open for you and will give you a straw) – very healthy and super good on a hot day.
18. Fresh fruit smoothies
On the side walks they have vendors that sell it or in markets you can find it too. This was a kiwi smoothie and the other one was a dragon fruit smoothie – amazing!!
Everyone comes to Thailand for different reasons, some come for the food, to study, to work, yoga retreats, shopping, islands but whatever it is everyone’s experience is different. I love Thailand and it has so much to offer and what i like the most is the people and their simplistic way of life, they are humble and so appreciative of everything but I have learned that you should just embrace all the moments, take it all in and imagine the stories you will tell one day to your friends and family.
Life is too short to eat bad food. Just try it all, why not? Try at least something once, if you don’t like it just don’t eat it next time. Be adventurous when it comes to food.
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food”
Hi there! My name is Ané du Preez and I am from South-Africa but currently teach and live in Thailand. I am a writer and a solo traveler. I love learning about other cultures and traditions. My interest started when I was only a child and my grandparents shared their travel stories through pictures, stories, and writing. This blog is to share my wonderful adventures with all of you. I’ve been discovering the gems of mother nature and its amazing people. Join me as we venture into the beauty and inspiration that is all around us. I am an advocate for all to live their life to the fullest. To travel is to live!