What I Will Miss About Thailand: 1 of ?

March 2, 2019

Only time this isn’t included in my snacks for a bus to Bangkok is if I can’t find it.


Only reason I don’t eat it more often is there are more nutritional ways to consume the same amount of fat.


I’ve Never Seen This Flavor Instant Ramen

July 31, 2015

Last week, while looking for the instant ramen brand and flavor I like, something small and green on the bottom shelf caught my eye. Not just any green …

Green Curry green. Whoo hoo! I love green curry but stopped eating it after developing chronic stomach acid issues. By controlling how much curry powder goes in, it’s been no problem. Not the greatest tasting green curry, but I’ve had worse.

The many instant ramen flavor varieties include all the best known Thai dishes, or at least the ones that translate well into noodles and broth. Ramen is one of the foods I keep stocked for rainy days. For some reason the pork flavored ones go best with canned fish, though maybe that’s because I never use more than 1/4 of any flavoring packet, then drain most of the broth before eating.

Lesser Known Aspects of Thai Food

June 11, 2015

1. They don’t know what it is either.

2. About 8pm, Tesco-Lotus workers mark down or make bundles of multiple items for the price of 1 for both produce and bakery. These people seemed to be waiting for the clerks to finish attaching all the new price tags. No idea why they weren’t grabbing what they want as it was marked.

3. Had I noticed the boss lady wasn’t in the shop that morning, I wouldn’t have ordered soft boiled eggs. Usually this place is dependable, but I guess boss lady took the kitchen timer with her. My 4 minute eggs:

They Ordered What?

April 21, 2013

It’s common to see foreigners eat fried rice and nothing else for lunch. It’s not uncommon to see 2 couples where the men order fried rice while the more adventerous women order actual Thai food. These two couples set the bar to a new low.

If you look close and take my word for it, that’s fried rice on her spoon and plate:

Four people equaled 4 orders fried rice and two orders french fries.

Black Chicken, WTF?

June 14, 2012

Usually throw a few chicken thighs or legs into the rice cooker if I can predict rain far enough in advance to buy some, otherwise it’s some form of canned fish added after cooking.

Tesco-Lotus had a special on both legs and thighs. The bins were picked clean (actually not clean, what with slimy pink water left behind) by the time I went shopping. Wandered over to the prepackaged poultry and saw double bagged small black semi-bird-shaped blobs marked ‘Black Chicken’. WTF?

I’ll try just about anything twice* so in the basket it went. If I didn’t want it maybe the dogs would. Got home, saw the landlady and asked her what I’d purchased. ‘Black chicken’ she said. Uh, yeah. I asked what made it black but she didn’t know. She did say it was a healthy food, good for the stomach.

Opened the bag carefully, expecting a goosh of black liquid. Nope. Hmmm … guess the bird absorbed the liquid and that’s what turned it black. Hacked it into the usual parts, added them to the rice cooker a little later than the usual time because the bird was small. Ding, rice is done. Bird parts come out of first so I can debone while the rice finishes.

The black penetrated the flesh farther than I expected. Cut some more and WTF? It’s black to the bone and the bone is black!** Decided to eat now, Google later.

It doesn’t taste just like chicken. A little gamey, a bit musky, a note like what the inside of a Chinese herb shop smells like, all on top of a background chicken flavor. Far leaner and stringer than any chicken I’ve ever eaten. It was good. And it was black.

Here are the parts I didn’t cook.

Black chicken are born that way, it’s not the result of processing. Read about it in the New York Times Dining and Wine section.

Silkie chickens are best known black chicken but my lunch was a different breed. How could I tell? Easy. Silkies have 5 toes, most chickens have 4.

* Why twice? First time is as much about expectation as the actual experience.

** If that’s not a song title or lyric, it should be.

“I do not think it means what you think it means”

March 23, 2012

Canned fried brown rice with shrimp or tuna.

The vagatarian version.


The Second Worst Mistake While Eating Thai Food

March 14, 2012

Obviously the first mistake is eating more chilli peppers than one can handle. Been there, done that and survived.

The second worst mistake is knocking the table’s container of fish sauce onto your shoe. Good shoes are hard to find here, so I was relieved that enough detergent, soaking and sunlight eliminated the fermented fish smell.

Yes, I do season some foods with fish sauce. Didn’t at first but have acquired a taste for it.