Food Eaten in Thailand (w/ Locations, in progress...)

  1. Kuay Teow Reua
    First meal in Thailand--great way to start. "Boat noodles" because they were originally served off of boats, super meaty broth, blood, pork, egg, pork meatballs, rice noodles. Add chili flakes, vinegar, sugar, fish sauce as desired. Taken here in an earnest slurry of enthusiastic thai (which I didn't understand) by the uncle of a Thai student back in Denver. 35 bhat ($0.99 USD). Address: 270 ซอย จุฬาลงกรณ์ 50 Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
  2. Kanom buang
    Bangkok--tinny crepe (mung bean flour/rice flour) with coconut cream, persimmons, and shredded egg yolk (not cheese). Crunchy + chewy. Nat, my students' college-age cousin, got me one while waiting in line for what her aunt said was the best pad thai. Not sure about price, probably 5 bhat ($0.14 USD).
  3. Phat Thai Kung
    Bangkok--first plate was very good, second plate, regretful: freaking hot and suffocating humid. With Shrimp, add lime juice--I'm told is a must, and I can see why. Not sure what the price was--Thai hospitality didn't allow it (this will be a theme for the next many posts. Probably 60-70 bhat (around $1.50 USD).
  4. Kanom Sod Sái
    Bangkok--these were super hot, right out of the steamer, and Nat said it was rare to find them in such a state. Rice flour, coconut milk, with coconut inside. Both sweet and slightly salty. So good. Price unknown.
  5. Khao Krapao Muu
    Bangkok--very simple, but the best version I've had. Many use ground pork and taste kind of...McDonald's-y, for lack of a better description...but this was earthy and used chunks of perfectly cooked pork. The egg, spicy, saltiness, and rice went together wonderfully. Taken her by Nat's father: extremely generous and helped the owner make the food, probably both out of a sense to be a good host and also probably (and understandably) to avoid an awkward gesture-ridden conversation with me.
  6. Tom Yum Kung
    ...continued... Very good version, and he ordered it spicy for me since he saw how much I liked the spicy Kuay Teow Reua the day before. Perfectly cooked everything, though I'm still not sure why people in every country insist on putting shrimp in soup with tail still on... If it's a whole shrimp, it makes sense, but just the tail?... Price unknown.
  7. Som Tam (pet pet!)
    Bangkok--Nat's mom took us to get this at what she said is a famous place. She ordered it very spicy, and it was good (and it sounds like this was a very good version), but it just doesn't do it for me. I think it's the texture and temperature: child raw veggie- type texture. Nat taught me that to eat it properly, you need to smash the sticky rice into a small dense ball and dip it on the sauce. She said that Thai people would be impressed if I did this. No one was. Price unknown.
  8. Kanom Kai Nok
    Bangkok--fried balls of dough (rice flour/mung bean flour). Not much to say other than they are amazing because their fried balls of dough, and I usually can't eat fried balls of dough. Cost 10 bhat for a bag ($0.06 USD).
  9. Saikok Isan
    Bangkok--northern Thai style sausage. Looks innocuous enough, but it's night be the most flavorful thing I've eaten in Thailand (which is saying a lot) so far (9 days in). Aggressively aromatic rice and pork mixture. Normally I'd be all over meat on a stick, but I was uncomfortably full, so I reluctantly got one at the urging of Nat. My head almost exploded because of the pure aggression of flavor. Cost 10 bhat ($0.06 USD).
  10. Satay muu
    Bangkok, Chinatown--apparently a very famous place for this, and for good reason. Peanut sauce on the side, very tender pork. Price unknown.
  11. Ka popa
    Bangkok, Chinatown--thickened fish soup. I was so full by this point that my judgement was skewed. I basically just wanted to no longer be eating. Price unknown.
  12. Tom Leau
    Bangkok, Chinatown--thickened pork parts soup. Ear, liver, intestine, etc. I was so full by this point that my judgement was skewed, so it was hard for me to enjoy it. I basically just wanted to no longer be eating. Price unknown.
  13. Pad Pikping Muu
    Bangkok--ate it too fast...will add photo next time... at the beginning of the soi my couchsurfing host, Toom, lives on off of Gnamwongwon. Late night Food and whiskey with Toom, Mark, and Andre, other couchsurfers. Pork, long beans. Cost 40 bhat ($1.14 USD).
  14. Durian
    Bangkok--the king of fruits, famously stinky. It's not that bad, and the flavor is very good (very custardy). They're is supposedly variation in how it smells to different people (like the whole asparagus/pee thing), so I must have gotten lucky. Cost 350 bhat for quite a bit, maybe a kilo ($9.94 USD).
  15. Laap Muu
    Koh Samui--this is a northern dish, but I wanted to try it. At a place that caters to foreigners, and it tasted adapted, but it was good nonetheless. I'm looking forward to the Laap up north because I've made it quite a bit back home from Andy Ricker's book, and I want to improve on it. Paid more than usual because of where I was, 250 bhat ($7.10 USD).
  16. Kaeng Muu Wan (bottom) and Gaeng Som Gai
    Koh Samui--at Ran Lan Saka (ร้านลานสกา) Restaurant in Naemon. Spicy and delicious pork curry, and a great chicken sour curry with what I think we're radishes. Very tasty. Cost 60 bhat with a coke ($1.70 USD).
  17. Herbs and naam prik
    Koh Samui--at Ran Lan Saka (ร้านลานสกา) Restaurant. In the south, this comes whenever you order something at a curry restaurant (catering to locals). You can identify them because they are often in a makeshift-type structure and they always have big silver pots right out front. Just point to what you want, sit down, and they bring you food and this plate of herbs, cucumbers, Chinese eggplants, sometimes long beans, and always naam prik pla (spicy fish/chili sauce). Free with meal.
  18. Kuay teow naam talay
    Koh Samui--
  19. Kaeng (panang) talay
    Koh Samui--
  20. Kaeng kung wan
    Good heat
  21. Muu Ping
    Koh Samui--slightly sweet, unbelievably tender. From a woman who runs a little visa services shop on Had Lamai Rd. in Lamai. She set up a charcoal grill the size of toaster oven on a fold-out table in front of her shop. Waited awkwardly for my two skewers, which weren't quite finished when I ordered. Two for 10 bhat ($0.28 USD).
  22. Phat Si Ew Muu
    Koh Samui--this was ridiculously good. Like, hard to believe good. As all the vendors were opening before the Friday night market in Lamai. Unintelligible Indian-sounding bagpipe-like music, group of Chinese girls who keep awkwardly inching closer to me. Huge plate for 70 bhat ($1.98 USD). Pretty awesome lighting on this picture if I do say so myself. Good one Samsung.
  23. Kaeng Dai Pla
    Koh Samui--
  24. Sa Kuu
    Koh Samui--
  25. Thai Crepe
    Koh Samui--
  26. Khaoniao Mamuang
    Koh Samui--
  27. Mangkut (Mangosteen)
    Koh Samui--
  28. Rat Na
    Koh Samui--thickened fish broth, wide rice noodles, seafood, veggies. Very strongly Chinese influenced or just straight up Chinese. Quite bland, so liberal condiments are a must. Enough prik pon to require napkins, also a must. Hot day at Bo Phut market, mostly empty because it's 2:00pm and things don't start moving til around 4 or 5. Little boy, 2 or 3 years old, running around with a broom trying to get my attention and living the smiles. Cost 60 bhat ($1.70 USD).
  29. Ko Muu Yang
    Koh Samui--easily one of the best meals I've had in Thailand so far. Without hesitation, I would say that I do not like sour, as a flavor profile, in food. This meal single-handedly changed my mind (this and the next two entries). Smokey grilled pork neck with spicy/smokey/sour sauce (jim jaew) and fresh cabbage/cucumbers. Why the hell don't we use pork neck in the US??? The owner is very motherly and helped me with the Thai names of everything and clearly enjoyed my shitty attempts at Thai.
  30. Jim Jaew
    ...continued... This sauce was mostly sour, smokey, and spicy. Not very sweet or salty like most recipes I've looked up seem. I'm guessing it's a southern thing. This sauce was life changing and I will be making it regularly back in the US.
  31. Tom Som Muu
    ...continued... Incredible sour pork soup. Not sure what the cut was, maybe short ribs (cut cross-bone at 0.5 inches) but more cartilage. Seemed like ox tail, but it was pork. Maybe pork tail? In any case, it was some of the most perfectly cooked pork I've ever had, which is saying a lot given that it's sitting in a hot soup. Ate with chili and fried pork skin. Totally insane. Entire meal cost 160 bhat ($4.54 USD)
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    ...continued...the aforementioned naam prik (???). After a bit of Googling, I think it's tamarind/sugar/chilis/green onions and maybe a few other things.
  33. Laap Muu
    Koh Samui--night market in Choeng Mon. Dry curry, pork, very spicy, with Thai basil, long beans, and fried pork skin. This Wednesday night market was somewhat small, but had some decent food. Cost 60 bhat ($1.70 USD)
  34. Pla Tod
    ...continued... Fried fish. Good, but I got it to take home without any sauces, fried garlic, etc., so this one was a bit bland. It also may have been not super freshly cooked, so it may have contributed to a food poisoning scare that only ended up lasting a couple hours...and good thing too: departing for a 2 day journey to Chiang Mai by way of songthaew>ferry>bus>sleeper train>day train. Food poisoning would have made for a rough 48 hours. Cost 30 bhat ($0.85 USD)
  35. Nang Let, Khao Taen
    Koh Samui--fried rice cakes drizzled with cane sugar. Somehow both intensely savory and perfectly sweet. Cost 35 bhat for a bag of maybe 15 ($0.99 USD).
  36. Jok Muu
    Chiangmai--surprisingly meaty and rich (though not overwhelmingly so) breakfast rice porridge. Now one of my favorite foods. True comfort food. Rice is cooked in a meaty broth, then add soft boiled or poached egg, green onions, shredded ginger, rice...things..., black pepper, then season with a little vinegar/chili powder/ soy sauce to taste. Cost 45 bhat ($1.28 USD).
  37. Chiangmai--
  38. Sai Ua
    Chiangmai--perhaps the best sausage on the world, and that's coming from a sausage lover. The meat is mixed with generous amounts of thai chili paste and aromatic herbs that smack you in the face on the best way. Cost 35 bhat for a large hot dog size cut ($0.99 USD).
  39. Cha Dok An Chan
    Chiangmai--Butterfly-Pea Flower Tea (honey + lime).
  40. Tom Kha Thi
  41. Khao Ka Muu
    Chiangmai--braised pork shank over rice from the famous woman with the cowboy hat. Probably one of my least favorite dishes so far, but it was probably an off night because everything about it sounds delicious. A little bland and overcooked/tough. I was told by some local friends that her stall has a reputation for being famous for tourists, the hat, and a low-cut shirt. They said the suki place right across the alley is much better, and it was (below). Cost 35 bhat ($0.99 USD).
  42. Suki Haeng Muu
    Chiangmai--bean thread noodles, cabbage, pork, other things. Cooked in a wok without broth, but you can get it with broth instead ("naam" instead of "haeng")...but without is better. Cost 50 bhat ($1.42 USD).
  43. Look Chin Ping (Muu)
    Chiangmai--little grilled pork balls with sweet chili sauce. Tender and addictive. Price unknown.
  44. Mamuang Pan
    Chiangmai--preserved mango. Made by my couchsurfing host's (Jeab!) mom. To make: cut, cooked yellow mango with sugar/ salty stir for hours, dry on a tray for 2-3 days, cut, and roll.
  45. Pad Kra poa muu krob
    Chiangmai--holy basil, fried pork belly, chilis, soy sauce- based sauce. Meat, salty, spicy, slightly sweet, crunchy. In my top 10 for sure. Cost 60 bhat ($1.70 USD).
  46. Gai pad med Mamuang (him ma pan)
    Chiangmai--stir-fried chicken with roasted cashews. Very nutty and delicious, and I'm not usually a fan of cashews. "Med Mamuang (him ma pan)" = cashew nut. I think it was 30 bhat ($0.99 USD).
  47. Kanom jin naam ngio
    Chiangmai--mild curry with coagulated pig blood cakes over rice noodles. Not bad, but not particularly flavorful at this particular place. I think it's more of a southern dish.
  48. Lunch at Laap Kao Cham Cha
    Chiangmai--absurdly delicious plates of pork parts and pieces. Maybe the best meal so far in Thailand. Details in the following 3 entries. At Laap Kao Cham Cha behind Prince Royal's College. One of Andy Ricker's favorite places for laap, so as a food-loving Sen Yai and Pok Pok fanatic, I had to go. Took about 30 minutes in the hot sun to find it, but SO worth it. Meal totalled 120 bhat ($3.41 USD).
  49. Laap Muu Dip
    ...continued... Laap has become somewhat of an obsession after discovering it via Andy Ricker. This one is raw: pork, skin, blood, super fragrant herbs, a healthy dose of chilis, and fried shallots/lemongrass. Squish a 3-finger pinch of sticky rice into a flat, shallow spoon shape and use it to grab the laap.
  50. Sai Yang
    ...continued... perfectly grilled, deeply smokey pig intestine served with a mild and sweet naam prik (???). Intestine can be prohibitively chewy. This was not chewy at all--much more tender than, say, your typical American steak. So great, and it was the perfect complement to the fragrant, herby laap.
  51. Kuay Teow Kua Gai
    Chiangmai--love this SO much. Stir Fried wide rice noodles (sen yai) with chicken, egg, pickled squid, crispy chicken skin, generously seasoned at the table with chili flakes (prik pon), prik naam pla (chilis in fish sauce), and som prik (chilis in vinegar). Two bowls, of course, seasoned to the edge of your tolerance for spice--sweating with a big cold beverage is the only way. Cost 50 bhat ($1.42 USD).
  52. Chaa Manao
    Chiangmai--black thai tea with lime and sugar. This one was slightly weak and a little too limey, but in general, these are stellar. Cost 30 bhat ($0.85 USD).
  53. Kai Nok Kratha
    Chiangmai--actually, in the mountains northeast of Chiang Mai at Sankhampang Hot Springs. Buy a basket of these before you enter, and boil them in the hot springs (105° Celsius). Half boiled. The air already smells like sulfur because of the springs, so don't worry about offending others with sulfery eggs haha. Cost 20 bhat for a bag of 10 ($0.57 USD).
  54. Tom Sap Graduk On
    Chiangmai--sour soup with short ribs
  55. Laap Muu
  56. Naem Pad Kai
  57. Jim Jum
    100 bhat
  58. Naam Jim
  59. Krueang Prung
  60. Khao Mok Gai
    60 bhat
  61. Khao Soi (modified)
    60 bhat
  62. Kua Gring Muu Kia Geaw Lad Khao
    60 bhat
  63. Gai Yang
    30 bhat
  64. Hoy Malaeng Pu
    Bangkok--Yaowarat (Chinatown) at a little street shellfish bar called Hoy Kraeng Pa Jeen (หอยแครงป้าจิน). 100 bhat
  65. Hoy Kraeng Luak
    Bangkok--Yaowarat (Chinatown) at a little street shellfish bar called Hoy Kraeng Pa Jeen (หอยแครงป้าจิน). 100 bhat
  66. Kuay Jab Nam Sai
    Bangkok--Yaowarat (Chinatown) at a little street restaurant called Kuay Jab Nay Lek (ร้านก๋วยจั๊บนายเล็ก (อ้วน)). 50 bhat
  67. Hoy Shell Yang
    Bangkok--Yaowarat (Chinatown) at a little street restaurant called Lek & Rut Seafood. 160 bhat
  68. Goong Yang
    Bangkok--Yaowarat (Chinatown) at a little street restaurant called Lek & Rut Seafood. 300 bhat
  69. Pu Pad Pong Karri
    Bangkok--Yaowarat (Chinatown) at a little street restaurant called Lek & Rut Seafood. 300 bhat
  70. Pla Kapong Neung Manao
    Bangkok--Yaowarat (Chinatown) at a little street restaurant called Lek & Rut Seafood. 300 bhat
  71. Bua Loy Nam Khing
    Bangkok--Yaowarat (Chinatown) at a little street dessert spot across from Hotel Royal Bangkok. 30 bhat
  72. Oa Suan
  73. Gai Yang
  74. Tod Mun Pla
  75. Kuay Teow Kua Gai
  76. Gaeng Kiaw Wan Gai
    Krabi--between Railay East and Railay West. Sweet green curry
  77. Pla Tod Gratiem
  78. Pla Tod Gratiem Prik
  79. Panang Kung
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    Squid with garlic
  81. Tom Sap
  82. Kuay Teow Nam Tok
    Chiangmai--Blood noodle soup.
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  90. Kao Man Gai
  91. Nam Gai
  92. Gai Yang
  93. Yam Muu
  94. Yang Reuam (sp?)
  95. Laap Neua Dip
  96. Naam Neow
  97. Háng Muu
  98. Luu
  99. Aeb Ong Muu