Monthly Archives: December 2007

Filipino blood soup

Another interesting food I happened to have in Hong Kong. Not Chinese at all, but due to the large number of Filipino workers their cuisine is quite common there. This item is dinuguan, which is essentially a stew of pork meat and pork blood. It’s the item in the cup there. The mess around it [...]

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Balut, partly-developed eggs

Here’s a good one… balut. Partly-developed duck or chicken eggs, commonly eaten in the Philippines. They can also be found in Cambodia, Vietnam, and even in some parts of Thailand. These ones that I tasted were actually found in Hong Kong, but at a Filipino street restaurant. Anyway, on to the eggs. I think the [...]

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Insect vendor

There’s never enough bugs for sale, is there? Here’s a typical insect vendor’s cart with all the bugs divided into neat little compartments. And of course, I had to get a closeup of the lovely maengda yet again.

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Duck beaks. Yep, they’re edible!

Here’s one that ranks up there with the strangest: grilled duck beaks (baak ped yang [ปากเป็ดย่าง]). This dish is usually eaten by Isaan folk when they need a snack during their drinking sessions.  The beaks are quartered when looking at them head on so each piecea is actually just one fourth of a beak.  The [...]

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Dried, pressed squid

This is a tasty bar snack with the vendors peddling their wares from push carts while honking their horn to inform other potential customers that they are nearby. These vendors frequently congregate in nightlife areas as these snacks go great with beer. Sometimes you’ll even see a vendor standing outside of a bar serving customers [...]

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More insects

Here we have (again!) some:  (miang mot daeng [เมี่ยงมดแดง])  (maengdaa [แมลงดา]) bamboo worms (rot duan [รถด่วน]). There name literally means train which sort of represents their shape.

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Beach vendor

This is a beach side vendor selling a variety of things.  He’ll spend all day in the hot sun walking up and down the beach carrying all that stuff trying to sell his wares.  The peanuts are the tasty, boiled kind. He’s also got some cookies, , and eggs. Also notice the  sticking out of [...]

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The strangest Thai food of all

As interesting as Thai food is, sometimes it’s their take on Western food that is truly amazing. Not just amazing, but very, very weird. Now, admittedly we probably come up with some similar aberrations of Asian food back in the West. Even so, Pizza Hut is a perfect example of oddness. Honestly, this stuff is [...]

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Gooseberries – mayom

In my yard there is a gooseberry.  These goosberries, called mayom [มะยม] in Thai, are quite common in Thailand. They are very sour, but still a popular snack as the Thais like to dip fruits (sweet or not) in sugar chili dips.  They grow quite abundantly on the tree as shown here is only a [...]

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