Monthly Archives: November 2007

Fish kidney curry

Here’s a dish that might sound strange: fish kidney curry or แกงไตปลา [gaeng dtai bplaa]. A Southern Thai dish, it is usually spiced accordingly. In other words, it is extremely spicy. According to the Royal Thai Institute dictionary: TAI PLA ไตปลา (noun): word for the collection of organs in a fish’s abdomen of certain fish [...]

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Jicama, part 2

I had a post about jicam before.  Here’s a nicer shot from a different occassion of the jicama found in Thailand.  Look at the other post for more details.

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Candied lotus root

Candied lotus roots is a snack especially popular among the Chinese community. These are fairly thick cross sections of lotus root that have been candied. Don’t ask me about the candying process; I’ll just let you know that they are very sweet and kind of like a gummi candy. I don’t really notice any lotus [...]

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A bag of deep fried minnows

Thai’s love frying stuff and here’s another snack that emphasizes that.  Bplaa siuw tawt [ปลาซิวทอด], or deep-fried minnows, is pretty basic but tasty…if you like fried stuff.  Just pop them in your mouth, a handful at a time.

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Khao yam – the before and after

Here we have two images of khao yam. This is a popular Southern Thai dish run in to surprisingly infrequently in Bangkok. On the chance that I do find it it is usually premade, but in this case everything was in its own separate packet waiting to get mixed. Khao yam [ข้าวยำ] appropriately translates as [...]

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Jicama

Jicama’s (มันแกว [mangaew] in thai) aren’t too common around Bangkok, but once in a while they come to the market. If you’ve never had jicama before, it’s a pretty bland root.  I believe they are much more common in South America.  Similar to a potato in texture, although more watery and a little sweeter.  The [...]

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