Have we mentioned the food?

Of the many good reasons we had for visiting Thailand, the food was pretty high on our list. So far we’ve happily enjoyed Pad Thai, Massaman Curry, Panang Curry, a variety of Spring Rolls, and several delicious fruit shakes (my favorite so far being pineapple and milk. Mmmmm.)

Our first dinner was not really Thai at all, but rather a hybrid Mongolian/Chinese (?) delicacy: Hot Pot. This was pretty simple, really, just a big, long buffet of raw meat and vegetables from which to choose. While you’re hunting and gathering, a server brings a bucket of red-hot coals and places it in the table’s red-hot coal receptacle. Then your chosen meats and veggies are cooked in another metal pan, in and around hot broth. Here’s a few pictures for your culinary enjoyment:

The hard-working coals that cooked our dinner
Food safety, food schmafety
Michael enjoys his hot pot

Did I mention they don’t call it “hot pot” for nothing? The coals are right next to your knees, actually, and it’s already 100 degrees (F) outside. Surpisingly, the heat is not as oppressive as I had thought it would be; and it’s definitely not keeping us away from the spicy foods!

Other well-known Thai dishes we’ve enjoyed are pictured below. My new favorite condiment is the chili oil that sits, temptingly, on nearly every table we’ve seen. My brother explained it’s some combination of  sesame oil and garlic, with chopped red and/or green hot chilies.

Chili Oil

Spring rolls have been a favorite of Michael’s, and I confessed today that they might even be tastier when fried. Saturated fat, be damned. I hear it’s not so bad after all.

An un-fried Spring Roll

Hot tea and Tom Yam have topped the favorites list, too. We’re planning to take a cooking class, after which you can expect a Thai-food tell-all. The many variations on themes in Thai cooking has already been noted… But I have yet to have been served a dish I didn’t like.

Herbal Tea

Tom Yam… Or is it Yum?

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5 Responses to Have we mentioned the food?

  1. Tammy says:

    Oh silly Brooke… all food is better fried.

    Well… except maybe twinkies.

    (I wish I could be there to see the look on your face right now!)

  2. Lara says:

    That’s what I’m most jealous of! I love Thai food!

  3. Kelli says:

    You’re making my mouth water!! It is cold and rainy here today so I’m especially wanting the hot herbal tea. Tell your brother hello for me and keep the blogs coming! I love you!

  4. Momma Lou says:

    Listen to Gee! Go for the city food!

  5. Ann says:

    Send me some mango and sticky rice!

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