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Thai culinary and eating idiocy

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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What a way to dine!

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.

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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.

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Thai Suki Yaki

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. 🙂

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Luuk Chin

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.

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Shrimps dancing in my mouth

I reckon a lot of foreigners might think we Thai people like to eat various bizarre things. Well, actually, they are not wrong there. Much of the food that we like to eat is perfectly safe to eat although some of these dishes’ hygienic standards can be questionable and the taste is usually too overbearing for non-Thais. Take this shrimp dancing thing for example; for me, if I have to eat this delicacy, I just need to make sure I know where the seller gets his supply from. If I know that the shrimps were taken from water that was not quite clean, I would definitely not risk stuffing these tiny little things into my stomach since I would not know whether there are parasites living inside these aquatic animals. Having said that, I would like to applaud the courage of the lady in this video, who certainly has more balls than men, in experiencing our unusual food. Eating live shrimps is easy and yummy. I’ve done it before quite a few times. You should try it. Enjoy!

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Fussy eating and me

I do not particularly like fast food like McDonalds or KFC and the others. I find the quality of the food is average and one dimensional. It just does not really appeal to me. I do not mind eating it but I would not dream of having it as a meal once a month, let alone every week, like many westerners do. To make it clear, I am not trying to attack this type of food. It is just a matter of fact that I prefer slow food to fast food. Thai food needs to be cooked properly anyway and it takes time to be ready to eat. You cannot just dish it up quickly like junk food. I think I can certainly live without having to resort to gobbling chips and burgers. Also, in Thailand, people have plenty of time to pleasurise themselves with a decent meal, which is vastly different from some other countries where people tend to spend hours at work and do not have time to wander around like Thai people do so as to find something to eat. To Thais, especially me, there is nothing that can always satisfy their mouths and stomachs. People do not eat the same food every day. I personally have to have three different meals per day and no meal the same in a week. Do not call me gluttonous; as a matter of fact, I am very skinny. This is just the way I was brought up and It sucks when I live abroad and cannot eat like I used to. But having said that, I am still able to put up with it.

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Thai yumminess

I was not going to write about the same kind of topic two days running, but at the moment I cannot help thinking about the sharply exquisite and strong taste of Thai food. It does not help my craving either when some other bloggers in Thailand keep launching a campaign against my tummy, by incessantly composing stories regarding Thai grub, particularly the kind I like to eat when I am at home.

Austin Bush, from RealThai: I do not know much about the guy, but he always gives incisive information about Thai food, from street level to chic taste. He knows so much. I am beginning to dislike the guy! And do not forget to check out his blog – there you will find all you need to know about Thai cuisine.

EnjoyThaiFood probably belongs to a blogger who writes on a well known blog called Thai-blogs.com. As the name of the site suggests, it specifically deals with every Thai dish from Somtam to Tom Yam Goong. The website also gives you information on how to cook Thai food accompanied by pictures and recipes.

Lastly, it is Jamie’s Phuket who is giving me a big tease. This blogger resides in Phuket. He usually writes about the island, but it just so happens that his latest topic is about Phad Thai or Pad Thai, which is definitely one of my favourite Thai dishes. I just feel like I am being tortured!

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