Monthly Archives: October 2009

Whiskey shots, anyone?

No, this is not the infamous Varinthip whiskey, but something of a much better quality. Of course, that would include just about every other whiskey you’ve ever encountered. Besides the fact that it’s whiskey (Whiskey is very common around here and by far the liquor of choice in Asia), I thought the ice cube shot [...]

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Food in Phayao

During my recent adventures around Phayao I enjoyed this delicious meal. The first dish to arrive was (goong dten [กู้งเต้น]). The bowl looks dirty already, but that’s because the shrimp weren’t very happy to be in there. The shrimp are actually still alive and flopping around while you eat them. The combination of no water [...]

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Thai surf n’ turf

You frequently see stands like this all over the countryside in Thailand. Oftentimes you will encounter a stretch of highway littered with ten or more of these stands in a row, each about 100 meters apart, and all waiting for a hungry customer to pull up. I often wonder how they could all make money [...]

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Fresh oil

You can’t get any oil fresher than this! As I’ve demonstrated in many posts before, when an animal is killed in rural Thailand, every single piece gets used in one way or another. In this skillet is a big pile of pig fat that is getting melted down into some fresh oil that can be [...]

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Dragonfruit field

This is a small dragon fruit field in the northern Thailand province of Phayao. Dragon fruits are seasonal, but when they’re in season I eat my larger share of them. They remind me of a kiwi fruit in their taste and the texture of their flesh with tiny black seeds throughout. The good thing is [...]

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Buffalo soup

This is some really tasty buffalo soup (gaeng juut nua kwai [แกงจึดเนื้อควาย]) that was prepared at a recent wedding I attended. I want to reiterate: it was really, really tasty. Part of the wedding routine was to purchase an entire buffalo and pig to prepare the massive amount of food required for the guests. You [...]

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Santal sherbet

While wandering around in Chiang Rai we encountered a tiny little shop specializing in homemade ice cream and sherbet. I picked santal (gratawn [กระท้อน] in Thai) over the other interesting flavors which included durian and longan.

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