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What's cooking, Thailand?

FOOD FOOD FOOD

sunny 90 °F

I've been eating the greatest foods lately! Let's get this blog cookin' and spice it up (pun intended) with adventures based solely around their snacks!

Pancakes with bananas and strawberries
Let me preface this meal that may sound a little boring with a disclaimer: we don't have a kitchen in our apartment! Therefore, any American dish is insanely rare. A few of us girls slept over at our friend Dre's place in one of the EAP suggested housing, and her pad is fully equipped with a California king-size bed, stove, and microwave. Such luxury! We woke up to Mama Dre flipping pancakes and cutting up fresh fruits for breakfast and I could not have had more of a homey feeling. The last meal that I had in the states was a giant plate of French toast and fruit, so this one really hit the spot. We then proceeded to laze around all day and hung out on the roof of her building, looking out at the Bangkok skyline. I slept over one more night and got some of the best sleep of my life!

Cashew nut chicken, green curry with shrimp, and Thai desserts
Just like classic Thailand, I woke up promptly at 8 am to walk get to a Thai cooking class on a Sunday, but we didn't end up needing to be there until 9:45. After the buses finally came to pick us up from Thammasat though, we were taken to the coolest of outdoor markets! There were so many fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, and the largest hunks of raw meat that I've ever seen. I'm talking pig faces staring right at you (slightly smiling as well...it was a tad creepy). We did get to watch someone prepare fresh coconut juice at a stand to buy though--he chopped the coconut, shredded it, strained it, and concocted the juice right before my very eyes! The class was at Pii Maa's house, one of the staff members at Thammasat. Pii in Thai means "older sibling" so we use it whenever we're addressing an elder. Pii Maa showed us how to make green curry soup, skin and clean fresh shrimp, craft taro balls for a sweet dessert, and make fresh coconut sticky rice. And yes, I do indeed remember how to make them so that I can do some proper cooking when I return to California! First up will be that sticky rice. The cooking class was only two days ago and I've already had dreams about the sticky rice.
Cashew nut chicken. This dish is originally Chinese but we made Thai adaptations with chilies and it was wonderful!

Cashew nut chicken. This dish is originally Chinese but we made Thai adaptations with chilies and it was wonderful!


Coconut sticky rice in the making! You don't want to know how much or how many kinds of sugar are involved, but it's worth every bit.

Coconut sticky rice in the making! You don't want to know how much or how many kinds of sugar are involved, but it's worth every bit.

Chicken adobo and Filipino spaghetti
I'd heard all about my friend Lex's cousin who lives here in Bangkok and has a city-perfect lifestyle, but had no idea how great it would be until I actually visited! Her cousin and the girl's husband are ex-pats and are raising their two kids in an international school here, and because of his job have a very nice home. They have an apartment/condo/penthouse-type home in the heart of the city fully equipped with a swimming pool and gym facility! Lex was sweet enough to invite us over for a change from our routine, and change it was. We went swimming in a gorgeous pool, chatted in the sauna, worked out in the gym (my first real workout session in ONE MONTH! It felt so nice!), and had home-cooked food! I tried Filipino spaghetti and chicken adobo for the first time and fell in love with Filipino food. The spaghetti was almost sweet, which is like the way I cooked it back in the day when I had a kitchen--only with sweet Italian sausages instead of banana ketchup. We sat around the table with the sweetest of families and got to take in the cityscape from the 23rd floor! If I ever get the chance, I don't think I'd mind living in Bangkok when I'm older. I'm not a city person in the least, but Bangkok is the least overwhelming big city that I've ever been to. That Buddhist culture really shines through all!
After a swim and about to continue on to the sauna! This is the life.

After a swim and about to continue on to the sauna! This is the life.

Frog
That's right. And it tasted like popcorn chicken. Tonight we went out to eat near our friend Ryan's place on a canal and ordered tons of food to share. We had the staples--fish, some chicken, and the always questionable dish that tastes great so no one asks questions--and frog! It was cut up and deep fried and although I had no idea what part of the frog I was eating because of the cutting, I took out the bone and popped it right in! It's so fun going out to eat with a group because we end up ordering things that I'd never think to try on my own. I've heard that a few places around my apartment make a tasty frog, so I may end up ordering myself a plate in the days to come. It was that good!
Dining canalside and about to feast on some frog!

Dining canalside and about to feast on some frog!

I'm quite tired from the hot day and food coma that has set in since dinner, so I've got to go to sleep before Thai language class tomorrow. But on the menu for breakfast tomorrow: I picked myself up a guilty pleasure box of Cookie Crisp cereal and some soy milk so I will surely feast away! Hope you're all eating well wherever you are in life, and I dare you to go out and try some adventurous food this week!

Posted by jenfeen 09:17 Archived in Thailand

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