I consider myself a foodie which makes this blog post an absolute must. In Thailand, whether you are eating from a cart off the street or having a sit down meal you are going to walk away wondering how the next meal could get any better.
Don't shy away from the street food carts! They are an experience that must be had in Thailand - and an easy one to fulfill. From fresh fruit, pad thai, coconut ice cream and kebabs there is something for everyone. For the first week I was afraid to eat off the street, especially after hearing about traveller's diarrhea and other sicknesses caused from unsanitary food preparation. Be smart about it, make sure they peel the fruit in front of you and make sure the meat is being cooked on the spot.
My favorite was the fresh juice! A large glass full would be a dollar or less and they'd peel and juice it right on the spot. Mmmmm :)
Let's talk rice. Because it is a common thing to eat with. every. single. meal. For breakfast it is common to have rice in your porridge, at lunch you eat it with your curry, and for dinner you have it with your fish, veggies or meat. I personally limited my rice intake to once or twice a day (eating rice for breakfast never really grew on me - I am more of an egg and pancakes person).
Of course, you are all waiting to hear about the Pad Thai, right? I was anxious to compare it to the Pad Thai I love to eat at home so much. Surprisingly, out of all the dishes to eat in Thailand it didn't make my top five. It varied a lot on where you got it, as if each restaurant or food cart had their own recipe. It was delicious still, but probably just as delicious as my favorite Thai restaurant at home.
Although the meals consisted of rice or noodles and were served in large portions, I would feel full after every meal, but not excessive or bloated. At home after I eat a large meal I feel the need to sit and relax, I might feel oily or bloated. The food prepared in Thailand seemed so fresh and simple that even though I cleaned my plate I felt great afterwards.
In conclusion, I will share my favorite Thai dishes: vegetable fried rice with cashews (served everywhere in Thailand and cashews are the most wonderful addition to fried rice!) and coconut cream with banana (I think this one speaks for itself).
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