Especially since I LOVE Southeast Asia. LOVE. IT. If you haven’t been there yet, put it at the top your list, FOR REAL. The whole region is deliciously rich in culture, history, color, flavor, you name it. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Thailand, Laos and Vietnam and let me tell you, I plan on going back MANY times.
My husband, on the other hand, had never been to Asia before our Thailand trip. So I insisted we go. We had two weeks, and we were determined to make the most of it. We started with Bangkok, where we indulged in a two-day eating spree. Bangkok street food is EPIC to say the least, making it easy to spend entire days grazing on your surroundings. It’s also hard to get sick from it; street food often seems even cleaner than restaurant food there.
After Bangkok we went on an island-hopping adventure, boating to Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Panghan. We spent the whole time vegging out, drinking juicy coconuts and reading books on the beach. To put it simply: life was PERFECTION.
These pics are from the two days we spent in Bangkok – just a little taste of what you get to try when you land in this glorious city.
Bangkok street food-
The BBQ in Thailand is ridiculously good – and easy to spot, too! Just keep your eye out for smoke on the streets and head in that direction. Popular grilled pork called, “moo ping” is all over the place and impossible to miss. It’s marinated in oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar, among other things, so it’s sweet and sticky but also really moist and juicy. And it’s always served with sticky rice, which is undoubtedly my most intense Thai food obsession.
Sticky rice is also called glutinous rice or sweet rice. It’s soaked overnight and then steamed. It’s insanely dense, sticky and has a light nuttiness to it. I swear, I could LIVE off that stuff.
And you can see that Ido likes it very much too!
As you half-eat, half-make out with your food (and who can blame you?), make sure to grab a beer. Fewer things in life will make you as happy as the happy you get walking around Bangkok, sipping on Singha, Chang or Tiger, and filling up on local delights.
Another fun treat are small grilled bananas called, “gluay ping.” They’re all over Thailand. Greener-looking ones are grilled without the skin and riper ones are grilled with one side of the skin sliced down. They are usually served with a coconut and palm sugar syrup but you can also have them without. When cooked with the skin, they’re mushy and sweet and when cooked without, they’re starchier and only a little sweet. I just lurved these guys.
Now for the sweet buttered toast with condensed milk. This snack got me all confused. I thought I would love it, but I actually found it was way too buttery and rich for me. That being said, people go crazy for this stuff and you should try it anyway when you see it. I would probably get it again but ask for less butter and condensed milk. The ultra soft and fluffy bread gets brushed with butter before hitting the grill and bathing in LOADS of sweetened condensed milk.
As for the coconut custard cakes, I’m singing a different tune. (But maybe that’s because I will eat ANYTHING with coconut inside.) This trip marked the first time I came across a vendor making individual cakes. Usually they make them smaller in a wide cast iron pan. First, they pour the batter, made from rice flour and coconut milk, into a pan and swirl it around to coat the bottom. This creates an awesome brown crunchy exterior. Then they fill this crust with a coconut custard batter and add a topping (in this case, coconut), sugar and a little MSG. Fold this baby in half and GORGE.
Oh, what I wouldn’t give to eat it RIGHT. NOW.
BY-Eden & Renny Grinshpan (@faceyogagame)