Thai food has to be at the top of my list.
This has been one of my favorite posts to write. I miss Thailand and its food.
We ate gooood while we lived there. Most of the time Christina, Indria, and I ate Thai food but every so often, we’d go to a western-ish/international restaurant and splurge.
Look how beautiful this som tam is: 😋
I would just like to start off by saying that I cannot believe I had never tried Thai food before going to Thailand. I was missing out!!!
Thai food is not the same everywhere which is sad. When I got it in the US it didn’t taste the same.
The spelling was always different everywhere we went because the English alphabet doesn’t have exact translations for their vowels and consonants. I’ve noticed that here in South Korea as well.
These words came in handy whenever we went to a restaurant in Mahachai, or anywhere they didn’t speak English:
- Ma Muang = mango
- Kai = egg
- Mangsawerat (mang-sa-wee-rot) = vegetarian
- Khao = rice
- Goong/Koong = shrimp
- Pad = stir fry
- Pak = vegetable
- Chai Po = turnip
- Som Tam = papaya salad
- Boong = water spinach
- Tang Mo = watermelon
Whenever we’d go out to eat, we’d usually get the same dishes. Christina and I only ate fish so we had to learn our way around the menus in our town.
The Thai food that we’d get:
- Pad Thai
- Khao Pad Kai (egg fried rice)
- Khao Pad Pak (vegetable fried rice)
- Pad Hoi Lai (clams)
- Kai Jiew Chai Po (egg omelet with Chinese radish)
- Pla Pao (grilled fish)
- Khao Soi (spicy coconut curry)
- Yum Kai Dow (Thai fried egg salad: egg, raw onion, tomato, lime juice and fish sauce)
- Pad Kra Prow (spicy veggie rice)
- Tom Yum Goong (shrimp tom yum)
- Pad Pongali Goong (shrimp yellow curry)
- Khao Niaow Ma Muang (mango sticky rice).
My all-time favorite dish was Som Tam. It was spicy, sweet, and somewhat healthy. It had garlic and tomatoes in it which are two of my favs.
I got som tam ped nid noi (a little spicy) almost every single day at school for the cheap price of ฿25. Whenever I would walk in the line in the cafeteria, the lady wouldn’t even say anything, she’d just start making it.
My last plate of som tam made me emotional. I was obsessed with it. Sometimes I’d have it twice or three times a day.
My friend Mo ended up getting me a mortar before I visited home in October. I tried to make it and it just wasn’t the same.
Pad see ew was another mouthwatering dish. It was one of the first dishes that I had in Thailand.
⬆️ top left: pad pongali goong, pad pak boong, pla pao, ma kheu (some type of eggplant dish), pad hoi lai
Sometimes we’d go to Khod Tim Cafe after a scrumptious dinner and get some of their delish ice cream. Whenever we’d get a craving for something sweet, we’d go there.
Michelin star pictures ⬆️
There was a Michelin restaurant that was called Ruean Panya Restaurant. Ruean Panya was close to Christina’s apartment. I don’t even remember what we got but it was a lot of seafood. Some of it was okay and some we were like uhhhh what is this??
Also when we were leaving we all almost got attacked by their dogs so that was interesting.
From top left: khao niaow ma muang, fruit cart, roti, pad see ew, ice cream from a dessert cafe
There were dessert cafes at every corner in Mahachai. Our friends Smart and Namkang took us to one and we got some ice cream and sweet stuff (roti pictured above).
There were also fruit carts and one bag of fruit was usually about ฿20-30. I’d usually get tang mo 🍉
I really cannot wait to go to Thailand again and shove my face with all of the delicious food!! Once Covid is over, it will be the first place I visit!