Tag Archives: vegetable

Fried banana flowers

Here’s a quick, but interesting, snack. Fried banana flowers, called tawt man hua bplii [ทอดมันหัวปลี]. Actually, this food is very similar to the common, traditional Thai fish cakes which is where the tawt man part of the name comes from. Just replace the fish part with a banana blossom. I have had banana blossoms on [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, thailand | Also tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mushroom dip

Thai cuisine is notorious for including chili dips containing just about anything. And, if you can withstand the spice, they are all extraordinarily tasty. I have posted about quite a few different chili dips (nam prik [น้ำพริก]) in the past, and I plan to write about many more in the future. This particular one is [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, thailand | Also tagged , | Leave a comment

Thai style pumpkin pie

This here is one of my favorite Thai desserts. I call it pumpkin pie, although technically the filling is a custard. Thai’s call it fak tawng sangkayaa [ฝักทอง สังขยา]. The cool part, as you can see, is that it is actually cooked in the pumpkin itself! This works out great for me because I always [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, thailand | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Tapioca

Here’s something plain but interesting. I think most of us have heard of tapioca, but maybe not had much experience with it. The only real experience I can recall is of tapioca pudding when I was younger. Anyway, here is the actual root in all it’s boring glory. This food is similar to a potato [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, travel, vietnam | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Thai eggplant salad

Thailand has many kinds of eggplants.  Before I moved to Thailand the only eggplant I knew of was the big purple one and it wasn’t even used in that many dishes (that I knew of).  Well, they don’t have the big purple eggplant over here.  Instead they have long eggplants (makua yao [มะเขือยาว]), small green [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, thailand | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Banana blossom salad

This was an interesting salad that tasted better than I expected. Banana blossoms are used in quite a few cuisines. I find that they aren’t used all that often in Thailand. Only in a few dishes and as an accompinament (commonly with pad thai). It is very, very bitter. This brings up an interesting point [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, thailand | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, thailand | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, thailand | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pickled bamboo

This here is a roadside stand located somewhere between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. You see stands like this all over the major roadways throughout Thailand selling whatever the local specialties are: from grilled pork to seasonal fruits to corn on the cob to rat (yep!…see here and here). The roadside vendors are a great [...]

Posted in food, southeast asia, thailand, travel | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment