I love food. A lot. Maybe not much more than the average person, because the average person really loves food, but I really really love food. Although I wouldn’t consider myself a “foodie” per say.
One of the questions I had to answer on the application of this blog was “What are you most excited for?” So of course, along with other things, food made that list. In the States I had never had Thai before, but many of my friends and various others had told me that they love Thai food, so naturally I thought I would too. I really didn’t know what Thai food consisted of, mostly rice and noodles and various sauces. And also chilies. Essentially, I was spot on. The first traditional Thai food I had was sticky rice with black beans in a grilled bamboo stalk. It was mushy and sticky but sweet like condensed milk and coconut, and the beans offered a layering of texture that I was surprised I liked it as much as I did. Then I was introduced to authentic pad thai (super yummy, you can’t go wrong with that stuff) and fried rice with anything you could want. Recently I’ve found a dish called Tom Yum. It’s a noodle soup, and it’s delicious. I could get it every day if I wanted.
And that’s the scope of what I’ve eaten. Of course there’s various alterations you can make to your dish, but Thais primarily eat 2 things: noodles and rice. And it’s good, I’m not bashing it at all. I think if I spoke more of the language I would be able to order a bigger variety of food, but regardless, it’ll either have rice and/or noodles.
I’m homesick for food. I miss pizza. And tacos. A nice big vegetarian burger filled with black beans and a nice piece of cheddar on top sounds so good right now. I didn’t expect to miss home food this much, but here I am.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s fantastic food here. Ripe fruit is my favorite market snack. Pineapple. Mango. Watermelon. Bananas. All ripe. All cheap. All delicious. I got 3 ripe mangoes for 75 baht which is roughly 2 USD. TWO DOLLARS. And there’s these pancake things called roti that they fill with whatever you want. My go to is banana and nutella. Holy yum.
The world awaits…discover it.