Eating all the way through Thailand

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Pad Thai, Thailand Food

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to leave everything behind in Europe and go for a little exploring in South East Asia. It is definitely a stressful decision to quit your job and buy a one-way ticket but it was the best thing I could have ever done. I knew it would be a journey to the unknown, at least for me, but I was very excited to discover new countries and cultures.

Why Asia? Well, it is still a lot cheaper than any other places, so my money would last for a longer period of time and also, I was already falling in love with Asian food. During the 6 months that I spent there, I visited quite a few countries but the gastronomic highlights of them were Thailand and India. Today I would like to write about the first one.

I strongly recommend everybody to spend some time in Bangkok at some point in their life. It is such an amazing experience and if you are a food lover like me and like trying different things then you will feel like you are in heaven on every corner of the city.

Dragon Fruit, Thailand Tropical

Dragon Fruit, Thailand

I personally spent only a few days in Bangkok, it is an amazing city but there is so much more to see in the rest of the country. The most popular part is the south with all those islands on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. They are really beautiful but too crowded with tourists for my taste. This is why I chose to spend a month in a northern city called Chiang Mai. It is still a big city but not as hectic and crowded as the capital and most importantly the food scene is even better here if that’s possible.

I have spent 5 or 6 weeks in Thailand all together but I don’t think I had a meal once in a restaurant that had walls and a roof. It is all about street food there and plastic chairs on sidewalks. Of course, if you wish for something fancier, you will find a proper restaurant, I just don’t have any experience with that.

But let’s not get ahead of us that much. How do you start the day in Thailand? You wake up and the first thing is that find a place to buy a huge iced coffee with a lot of sugar. Ok, the sugar was only for me, you can have without it. You should also buy some fresh fruit like banana, mango or papaya. This is your breakfast. Then you do some sightseeing or sunbathing on the beach but because you are thirsty you should probably pick up a freshly blended juice from basically anywhere on the streets.

Thailand Sea Food Fish

Thailand Sea Food Fish

My all-time favorite was mango with pineapple or banana or even strawberry. Very refreshing. Now you can go back to the beach or carry on sightseeing. A few hours later you will start to feel hungry so you should eat something but 35 degrees so you don’t fancy too much food just maybe a light snack.

You need a Papaya Salad, the best salad ever. It has obviously papaya, some tomato, fish sauce, dried shrimp and lot more. Very refreshing, perfect for a light lunch. After the meal you can either have another coffee or tea or even fruit juice and go back to the beach and have a short nap or do some more sightseeing. Make sure you save some energy for dinner because that’s when all the fun starts.

Thai Tropical Fruits, Floating Market

Thai Tropical Fruits, Floating Market

All of the cities in Thailand come to life at night. Everybody is eating out, having fun. It is just a totally different social experience compared to the European one that I was used to. There is food everywhere, it is actually not easy to choose, I remember I was often struggling to decide what I wanted to eat. For this reason, its best to spend more time in Thailand and try every kind of food so you can choose your favorite.

You can start with the famous dishes like Pad Thai or a Tom Yum soup and maybe a sticky mango rice to close off dinner. Fortunately, there is a lot more to eat here. You must try crispy pork with rice, some fried noodle in a million variations and one of the million other soups. If you want to walk and snack something, no problem, pick up some fried chicken or even a scorpion on a stick for the more gourmet candidates.

Pad Thai, Thailand Foodie

Pad Thai, Thailand Foodie Diaries

I had a personal favorite dessert in Chiang Mai that I ate almost every day. It is called Khanom Buang (or Thai crepe), it is very similar to crepes but a lot more crispy, you can have a million different fillings and nice sauces. It is served in a paper cup and you eat it as a snack. It tastes amazing though, be careful, eating it every day can be unhealthy as it makes you pick up weight quite easily. At least that’s what happened to me 🙂

To cool down after dinner and help digestion, don’t forget to pop into a massage parlor to get a foot massage. Don’t ask for a full body one because that shouldn’t be following dinner as it can be too much for your stomach, but a short foot massage won’t hurt.

Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Food

Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Food

The possibilities are endless and every day you can discover a new food market with a different interpretation of a traditional Thai dish. The best thing about eating in Thailand is that you can do it a lot more often because the prices of the meals are lot less than in most of the other continents of the world.

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