Thais give a damn about Thai food. Their daily lives centre around eating and cooking. My sister, who I always ordered to cook whatever I demanded, gives a damn about what she eats. She usually spends at least two hours preparing dinner for the entire family. As a fussy eater, I often requested her to cook a different dish just for me. If she did not give a damn about Thai food, cooking and me, she would have told me to kindly fuck off. I think it is pretty idiotic that some people make a big deal about Thai culinary culture and feel the need to impose their own standards of cooking and eating on other people. People’s tastes are very personal. When preparing a particular dish, some will like a certain flavour and some won’t. Personally, I am extremely masochistic about spicy Thai food. It is my cup of tea but I don’t feel the need to shove it down other people’s throats. Most people don’t feel the need to be ostentatious about cooking and eating. People see food for what it is – food.
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To understand how food is produced and imported to the UK, six young Brits, three men and three women, travelled to south east Asia to live and work with the people who produce the food that they daily consume in the UK. In the two previous episodes, they had had to work in remote areas of Indonesia in the tuna and prawn industry respectively. In their latest journey the Brits had to go to the rural area of Isan, the northeast region of Thailand, to live and work with the locals and earn a living as the Isan people do.
To do this, they had to rent a house and work in the rice field as the local workers do to earn money for the rent and food. They had to plant rice all day to earn their wage. On the first day they did not do very well. The owner of the rice field had to ask Thai workers to help them out. Because of this, the Brits were given only half of the wage that they were supposed to get. On the second day, despite the struggle and moaning, they eventually did well and received their full pay. When the summer arrived there was no work for them in the rice field. Like the Thai locals, the Brits had to find other work to do to get money to pay for food and rent. They went to work in a mill. As they were not used to the working conditions, as usual, drama arose. Only one guy, a British farmer, never complained about anything. He just got on with the job. He even did the work that a couple of the Brits could not do. At the end of the day, even though they did not finish by the deadline, the owner of the mill decided not to pay them less than he had promised them. They earned the full 750 baht, hence they had enough money to feed themselves and pay the rent.
When the rice season finished, they had no work to do. One again, they had to find other ways to support themselves. Because they did not have enough money left, they could not afford to buy food. The Thai neighbours even gave them a chicken, but they had to catch it and kill it first. There was no choice for the Brits except to travel to Bangkok to find alternative work, just like the Isan people do. They thought they would encounter better conditions. Instead, they ended up living in Khlongtoei, Bangkok’s largest slum. The final part of their journey is broadcast next week on BBC Three, in Blood, Sweat and Takeaways, in the poorest area of Bangkok and they will have to work as Thai migrant workers do.
Between 15 March and 2 April, I had a holiday in Thailand. It was a great trip despite there being some nuisance from the hotel staff who continually tried to persuade me to spend money on unwanted things. The journey, in the end, was quite an experience which was pleasant in an irritating way. I will discuss more about this in a later post.
This is the place that overlooks the sea, where we sat for dinner during our entire stay. From the day we arrived at the hotel, quite late in the afternoon, our butler kindly reserved a table for us and at approximately 19.00 each day, we would descend to the restaurant to enjoy a delightful Thai meal. The reason that we went early was to avoid having to dine next to other guests – I do not mind eating next to other people, but I prefer to eat without any distraction. On top of that, since we were the first to have our dinner almost every day, our meal was served pretty quickly. I must admit that as a person who is extremely fussy about what I eat, the chef and his team provided a good selection of Thai food. This suited me well as I could have a different choice daily. Sitting there and looking out to sea while having dinner, in a bizarre way, made the food taste better. It could have been because of the serenity of the scenery and the gentleness of the warm breeze blowing in our direction which seemed to make our chow all the more appetising.
For years I had not eaten Suki Yaki and I could not take it any longer. So I decided to make this delicious Thai chow for dinner yesterday. It was moor-ish despite the fact that I could not get everything needed to make a proper Suki Yaki. Here is the recipe and how to cook this dish, in English: khiewchanta. It is a very healthy dish. There are so many things that you can put into the soup, such as slices of pork or beef, seafood such as prawn, squid and jelly fish with lots of different kinds of vegetable as you can see in the picture. It all depends on your taste.
Thanks to this blog for the picture.
I did not have any seafood yesterday. I got slices of beef and pork, thin noodles -I could not find glass noodles in the supermarkets in Britain – but luckily there were plenty of vegetables that suit my taste pretty well. It did not take much time to prepare the soup and the suki yaki sauce. I finished cooking it in good time. After that, I just slowly took my time to devour the big bowl until my stomach could not take it anymore. Simply delectable. 🙂
This post does not mean to offend overweight people, no matter where they live, whether Thais or foreigners. To me, your weight is yours, not mine, and as long as you are healthy and happy with your life, it is a matter of indifference to me how fat or thin you are; I personally am in the latter group. So, it should not be a big deal.
“The number of obese Thais aged 20-29 years increased 7.5 times, according to the public health ministry.” as reported in the news.
I do not know where these “over healthy” Thai people come from. They seem to indulge themselves too much. But then again, I should not be surprised by this latest trend, given that there is more than enough food available in Thailand. In fact, Thais should have become large-sized ages ago. But not me even though I am in the age group mentioned in the news. Quite the opposite in fact, I am male model sized, I mean the type of male model on the catwalk.
I wonder what is making my current generation overweight. I suppose the contributory factors are the same as other nations where their citizens have to deal with this heavy issue, like the news says; eating too much and lacking exercise. Even so, why are these people fat, but not me and a great deal of my Thai friends too? I eat all the time, and my choice of food is very complicated as I am very bloody fussy about what I shovel into my mouth. I cannot eat the same food for every meal. So, for me, no exercise is needed as I have no extra flab in my body, let alone muscle. I guess people’s metabolisms are just different. Some, like me, are luckier than others.
Different kinds and tastes of Luuk Chin
Grilled Luuk Chin
Last night, while I was lazing around on the sofa and doing nothing in particular, I suddenly had a craving for a certain kind of snack which is seen ubiquitously in Thailand. It is often sold on busy streets and footpaths. It is called “Luuk Chin” and is very yummy and cheap.
I did not know where this delicious tiny ball originally came from, but I have been aware of it from my earliest childhood. It has been around since the year dot. It is certainly one of the most popular snacks and more often than not, people prefer to eat it straight from the stick. More precisely there are at least four or five balls per stick. The seller will skewer them together and lay them on the grill or put them into boiling oil – personally I prefer grilled Luuk Chin. In my youth, if I had ten or twenty baht – more than enough to buy sufficient to fill my tummy – I would often visit the Luuk Chin seller nearby, sometimes with my friends. We would stand there eating as many as we liked, depending on our budget, with a lot of succulent sauce and slices of cucumber and cabbage, which the seller kindly provided to accompany the Luuk Chin. In typically Thai way, we would carry on eating and talking to both the seller and other customers on various matters, mainly gossiping. It is a good way for Thai people to obtain some revealing information at street level. To me, the people who make a living like this tend to be streetwise and instinctively aware of what is going on in their surroundings. Because of this, their sincere opinions cannot be ignored. On top of that, these people also provided me with affordable and delightful chow.
Thinking about Luuk Chin is making me feel a tad homesick. My life was so easy then, while I was living in Thailand. If I was hungry, I simply went out to find something to eat, like this tiny little meat ball or other Thai street food. I could not have asked for a better way of indulging myself. If you are a foreigner living in Thailand and happen to walk past a Luuk Chin seller, I would like you to take a few seconds to picture me being very eager for the food and smirk at my misery.
According to the news, eating a certain amount of watermelon could have the same effect as taking one tablet of viagra. The citrulline found in the melon helps to relax blood vessels in our body. More information about this story can be found here.
I personally love watermelon. I like the sweetness and juiciness of this fruit, particularly in the summer when the weather in Thailand is excruciatingly hot. I would often buy at least one a day and shove this exotic fruit in the refrigerator after cutting it into small pieces and keep it there until the afternoon when the temperature became unbearable. The taste of this succulent was exceptionally pleasant in the summer heat. I love the feeling of biting and chewing a piece of it. Talking about this is making me realise how much I miss Thai fruits as a whole seeing that they are so cheap, healthy and tasty. That is just one of many problems of living abroad as you cannot get what you normally take for granted in your own country. Maybe I will just have to make do with the local fruits. In fact they are not bad either.