Visiting Thailand – food edition

Do you know I love food? I’d call myself a foodie, but I am not that picky. I love, love, looove food. That means wherever I go, I have to try new food, flavours and follow the saying “in Rome do as the Romans”. That means lots of local food.

So Thailand was the perfect excuse to try everything I could. The weirder it looked, the better.

If you missed my first post about Visiting Phuket, Thailand, you can read it here.

1. Fruits

We started by trying all the different fruits we could find and there were many! From Thai bananas, mango, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, mangosteens, dragon fruit, guava, coconut, durian (yup!) and salak/snake fruit. But there were many that we wanted to try and didn’t manage to. Maybe next time.

You could get fruit right at the beach or walk a little and find a stand with it. The prices were more or less the same, except right at the beach were more expensive as on the stands further from the beach.

Our absolute favourite was the mangosteen. We loved it. All of it! The texture, taste and how cute it was. We couldn’t get enough of it! We’re still dreaming of it two months later, but unfortunately it’s nowhere to be found here.

We did try the king of fruits, durian, as I wanted to see what the hype was all about. There say there are two types of people: those who adore it and those who hate it. They also say that it smells like rotten/garlicky/smelly feet, but I do not agree. To me it smelled good even though a little garlicky. I found it tasty. The texture was weirdly creamy and the two pieces of it left me really stuffed. Nataša tried it as well and she absolutely hated it as it tasted disgusting to her. We did not buy it again, because in the abundance of everything else it was just something to tick off from my bucket list.

The biggest let down (for me) was the dragon fruit. I was expecting something really tasty and good, but it was just an “eh”. To me it tasted like a very watered-down kiwi. So i’ll skip it next time.

2. Street food and markets

I’m a huge fan of their street food. Everything is prepared right when your order it and it tastes amazing. My favourite were the markets. The bigger ones were open on weekends and they had SO MUCH FOOD. I tried a lot of it! Even the bugs. I have to say that they do not taste like chicken, but as cracklings (fat and crunchy) or some like seafood (the big fatty ones that pop in your mouth). Did I say that the food is really cheap? Everything is around 50 baht or around € 1.4 per portion.

Did I already say: I love markets? Well I do.

3. Local food

Of course we didn’t just eat fruit or stuff at the market. We also went out to try their local food (Pad Thai anyone?) and mostly it was a good experience, but some of it was way too spicy for my European taste buds.

The food was good, but the last couple of days (in Bangkok) we were sick of it and wanted something more European/American, hence some European looking food. Also somewhere in the middle of our trip I had my birthday and Nataša took me to a lovely Italian restaurant on Kata Beach.

4. Snacks and junk food

What can I say? When in Thailand, try every snack you can get your hands on? We were the best customers 7-Eleven had. We were buying banana cakes almost daily, along with everything that tickled our fancy. Of course I don’t have pictures of everything, as everything is not pretty or I forgot to take pictures until it was too late.

The healthy evening snacks.

5. Coffee and tea

Let me tell you something about coffee. I love coffee, I drink coffee and I do recognise good (or bad) coffee when I taste one. I am used to good strong Italian coffee and love that taste. Well in Thailand they have disgusting bad coffee. We tried a lot of different coffee shops and places in the search for a coffee “just like at home” with no avail. The sweets were amazing though, but the coffee was not. Only in one place it was good and that was the one where Nataša took me for my birthday. Yay imported stuff!

Also if you like mint tea or chamomile tea or any other herbal tea… forget about it. Their typical (Thai) tea is full of sugar, creamers and is undrinkable if you’re not aiming for diabetes II, but they do have strong black teas if that’s your cup of tea (mine isn’t).

Some lovely coffee spots we visited and a more trendy food place. Most of the places we visited were really not photogenic (as in they look like a garage or something you put together in your backyard), but the food was very good!

Did anything in the photos tickle your fancy?

Till next time,
Helena

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