So first a quick apology for my slightly sporadic posting of late. The subject of this post should hopefully explain my slightly irregular updates though! Having spent 2 weeks in Thailand I’ve come back all fired up about Thai food, however it’s taking me a little time to actually get to the point where I’m confident enough to share the results of my cooking with you!
The second apology is for breaking with tradition today: there is no recipe at the end of today’s witterings. I know, shock horror. Instead, I want to set the scene for the next couple of recipes I have in store for you and also share some of the photos I took during our trip. Yes, if you’re done boring friends and family with your holiday snaps in the flesh, it’s time to turn to internet sharing!
So as the title of this post probably explains, I’ve been on an adventure to Thailand. It was my first time to the country and I’m completely taken with it. Everyone we met there was so welcoming and friendly, the weather was fantastic, the beaches beautiful, and, most importantly, the food was sensational. Just to
bring out the green monster in you inspire you to visit too, here are some photos of the stunning scenery…
Whilst my love of Thai food isn’t a new thing, my excitement over the amazing array of deliciousness on offer is. It’s fair to say I’ve never been the most adventurous of orderers when visiting Thai restaurants here in London – pad thai and green curry were my pretty much my two go-to dishes in the past.
But after eating Thai food for 2 weeks straight (the only exception being a minor slip-up involving a craving for pizza) and visiting a couple of markets, local shops and, the most authentic stop of all, a Tesco Lotus, I discovered so many delicious dishes and ingredients. All sorts of weird and wonderful fruits, names and concoctions were on offer and it’s safe to say I’m completely obsessed!
One of my favourite stops on our trip was to a market in the old town of Takua Pa, about 40 minutes north of Koh Lak. It’s a quaint town (well, with the exception of the aforementioned Tesco Lotus we spotted there!) that hosts a street market every Sunday from about 2pm onwards. It’s a little bit touristy but there are also plenty of locals there to make up for that and the array of seriously yummy (and weird and wonderful!) things for sale is just fantastic.
Unfortunately my grip of the Thai language only extends to “how are you?”, “thank you” and “hello”, so some of the foods on offer were a complete mystery but that did make it all the more fun to try! From rice steamed in banana leaves with dried shrimp, a pot of the most delicious fried rice complete with ginger, coriander, chilli, onion and what we think may have been raw pork (!) (see below), boiled duck, and salads in polythene bags, to a slightly more mundane Oreo milkshake, it’s fair to say there was a feast on offer.
From the moment we arrived to the time we left we never had a bad meal. Green papaya salads, tom yum soups, curries of every variety from red to green to massaman and everything in between, fresh rolls, prawns in every guise, fresh coconuts and mango sticky rice. The list is endless.
The moment we tucked into our first meal (at the glamorous location of Krabi Airport, no less!) we knew there were good things in store for us. The spot we found at the airport (and no we don’t usually choose to eat at airports but we had a hour wait for some friend’s arriving on another flight!) was completely full of locals. With no menu in sight we had no idea what we were ordering but the result was just divine – a seriously spicy dry chicken curry served with rice and a fried egg. I’m sure it has a proper name, and I know my description doesn’t do it justice but you’ll have to take my word for it that it was yummy.
So, after all that wittering, I hope I’ve succeeded in getting you excited about the next couple of posts I have up my sleeve, or at least got you craving a visit to your local Thai restaurant, or even better, a visit to Thailand itself! Next up: Thai Prawn Cakes…watch this space.