Both of us being absolute foodies, Thailand was no exception for us to explore Thai food. The places we explored were Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Chang.There was so much delicious food in this country that we had to make a separate blog on this!
Thailand is HOT- even for someone who comes from India! So we found ourselves continuously reaching out for some ice teas,shakes,iced juices and ice creams.You will find these every where you go. Apart from the various types of smoothies and juices, the most popular ones were the freshly squeezed Orange juice and the Gac fruit+ passion fruit juice bottles which are sold in all the night and day markets across Thailand.Another local favorite is the Iced Thai milk tea, which is really refreshing.We liked this drink so much that we decided to get some back with us.
Try out the very popular Mango sticky rice and Coconut ice creams when you are in Thailand. The coconut ice-creams come with various toppings like sticky rice,coconut jelly,peanuts etc and all of them are equally good! These desserts were available at most of the restaurants, streets and markets across Thailand.
Satisfy your sweet cravings with some traditional and popular Thai sweets like Luk Chup or Look Choop-a sweet made from green mung, coconut milk and sugar shaped into various fruits and vegetables, Banana & Nutella Roti, Steamed buns filled with custard, peanut, kaya (also come with savory fillings) etc. called as Bao or Pao and Miang Kham which is some shrimp paste with palm sugar, shallots, peanuts and other condiments wrapped in a betel nut leaf.
Any website that you read up for Thai food will tell you that Pad Thai is among the most popular dishes of Thailand. Apart from all the street vendors, one restaurant that was highly recommended was the Thip Samai restaurant located on Maha Chai Road, Bangkok. Since we were short of time in Bangkok, we took a midnight cab-ride to Thip Samai to have a very delayed supper. This recommendation didn’t disappoint. This place starts at 5:30 pm and goes on up-to 2 am.Needless to say, it is constantly buzzing with people and there is usually a big line to get into the place.The place serves up many versions of Pad Thai and the one we absolutely loved came wrapped in an omelette. Coconut water and Orange juice here is also very popular.
We came across this stall in Chatuchak market called Hello Garlic which serves some yummy buttery garlic bread. These melt in the mouth garlic breads come with choice of toppings to satisfy your hunger pangs.
The Rub-Arroon restaurant Opp Wat Pho
We came across this restaurant while visiting the Wat Pho in Bangkok and on our way to the Tha Tien Pier to cross the river. Right opposite to one of the gates of Wat Pho, this place served up the best Tom Yum soup we had in Thailand! Spicy, flavorful and loaded with all kinds of seafood, this dish was a treat. We also tried out a stir fry noodle dish which was also yum. Wash it all down with a glass of iced coconut water! This is comparatively expensive than the regular Bangkok street fare that we had gotten used to, but the food was really worth it!
Som Tam Nua at Siam Square, Bangkok –
Som Tam means “green papaya salad” and as the name suggests, this restaurant serves up a variety of green papaya salads along with other dishes.We had the Som Tam with eggs, Fried Thai rice flour noodles as well as some fried chicken.The spicy and tangy salad is an absolute must try here.
Boat Noodles at Victoria Monument
There are a number of restaurants along the Victory monument in Bangkok which serve these amazing boat Noodles. Taking our cab driver’s recommendation we decided to try one of the stalls which serve the boat noodles. They are not large in quantity which makes it perfect if you want to try out all the varieties in these places.You can choose the type of noodles you want (shown in the pic) and can add the fried toppings if required (you will be charged separately for these). The place is popular for its pork or beef noodles with your choice of soup.
Khao Soi in Chiang Mai
Khao Soi is one of the most popular dishes in Northern Thailand, and you can find it in any of the restaurants there. A mix of deep-fried crispy egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, , shallots, lime, ground chilies fried in oil, and meat in a spicy coconut curry.
Northern Thailand spicy sausages in Chiang Mai
These sausages are spicy and full of flavor and are a Northern Thailand specialty.
Grilled meat, quail eggs, Lamb and pork skewers, seafood and all things fried at the Chiang Mai night markets
One of the most popular things to do in Chiang Mai is visit the night markets here. Although every day there is a Night Bazaar here, the Saturday and Sunday walking street markets the hugely popular here. You will find all kinds of artifacts, clothes, bags, lights and lanterns,ornaments, gems and other kinds of knickknacks. These markets are filled with food stalls at every step of the way. The aromas coming from these stalls fill up the air and you are forced to try out each and every thing at these markets even though you will be full just tasting things!
AANA Resort & Spa,Koh Chang
Kanom Krok (seen below) is a coconut and rice pudding that’s unique to Thailand which comes with various toppings like shredded coconut, sweet corn ,sesame seeds etc. Another popular side dish here is the banana fritters.
Phu Talay seafood- Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang
This sea-food restaurant was right next to our resort and we we read good reviews, so checked it out. The decor itself is so impressive with a blue and white theme all across and the river view right next to it.
But the food was definitely the highlight of the place!
Fried meat and sea food all across the island of Koh Chang!
As you ride along the roads, every few kilometers you will find food markets lining the roads. We made our way to one of these after a day’s worth of trekking.
We’ll end this now not because we don’t have more to say but we want you to discover the rest on your own when you visit Thailand- a place where you can never have a bad meal!