I’ve been meaning to get all my Thailand travel posts out for a while now, between sorting through tons of pictures, and struggle internet, it’s been hard but here’s the first one 🙂 Enjoy!
If there’s one thing Thais don’t play with, it’s food. I have never been to a place so immersed in “food culture”. There is food everywhere, the variety is dizzying and the quality is simply superb. The general food culture is of a high standard, focusing on freshness and vibrant flavours. It would be an understatement to say I ate my way through Thailand. From street food, to cute café’s to traditional Thai restaurants, to a very wide range of international cuisine, my inner foodie was the happiest she could have been.
Food was generally cheap, with street food being the cheapest of all, you could easily eat a full meal for the Thai Baht equivalent of $1 and we went to an amazing fresh seafood buffet for only $11. On average my meals cost about $3- $5 at nice restaurants. I dreaded coming back to Lagos to eat out, the quality, service and price could not even come close.
I loved how fresh veggies were, I reveled in how much seafood was always on offer. Street food vendors had such a variety of different foods sometimes I had to decide what I wanted during my lunch break way before lunch so as not to get trapped in the sea of choice.
The street food differed according to the time of the day, in the morning, there were iced tea and coffee vendors and packed food usually noodles or rice being sold, in the afternoon fresh tropical fruit such as mangoes, pineapples and dragonfruit were everywhere and in the evening, my favourite- all kinds of grilled food, from chicken satays, to grilled sauage and squid skewers. Amazing! Unfortunately I didn’t photograph these because they were often eaten on the go or quickly during lunch breaks- so this post isn’t as Thai food photo heavy as I would have hoped.
The international restaurants weren’t left out, they infused Thai styles and ingredients into their menus and often had an additional Thai menu to choose from. The international food scene iss amazing; I ate Indian, Mexican, Full English breakfasts, American fare, Japanese food (my current fave- I think), Korean food, greek cuisine, Lebanese… I could go on, and everything was great. No kidding.
Dessert is a whole other story, Thais love sweets. I remember once walking around a mall looking for a quick place to eat and I passed by four dessert shops and cafes before I found a food restaurant. I had a friend who would bring me something small and sweet to try daily and it was so nice seeing how traditional ingredients such as rice, beans and coconuts were used to make delicious sweet treats.
The funny thing was, even though I ate so much I didn’t gain any weight, in fact I lost some. I think because of how good the food all is, the focus isn’t on eating a lot but really enjoying and savoring it all. I also stayed away from fast food as much as I could, why eat junk when freshness was readily available? I walked a lot too, taking public transport often I had to. But eating fresh and good food really does the body well. I was pleased.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and know that if you visit Thailand even just for the food, it will be well worth it.
What’s your favourite cuisine, and how important is food for you when you travel? Are you adventurous or safe?
p.s. I never got “Bangkok Belly” -Food poisoning
p.p.s. Special shout out to my Friends Bee and Tayo who are as enthusiastic about food as I am and took me everywhere. Love you.