日本での一年間

August 24, 2011

Thai Food

I didn’t need to got o Thailand to find out that I like Thai food. And the food in Thailand did not disappoint. Here are some examples of food that I saw and food that I ate.

Of course, Pad Thai. My first meal in Thailand.

All the necessary condiments to adjust the flavor of your food. (clockwise from top left) Chili pepper flakes to add spicy kick, chili peppers in rice vinegar, sugar for sweetness, and nampla fish sauce.

Thai iced tea. It was so hot the whole time I was in Thailand. I couldn't imagine having hot tea. While walking around, I kept popping into 7-elevens to get water. I tried the green tea and was amazed at how sweet it is! In Japan, putting sugar in green tea is a big no-no.

Foi Thong

Foi Thong was what I brought back as a souvenir for my co-workers. Foi Thong means “Golden Threads.” Foi Thong is based off  of a Portuguese dessert and there are several similar dishes to Foi Thong found in places like Japan and Brazil.  A woman of mixed Portuguese and Japanese ancestry who lived in Thailand in the 17th century is credited with introducing the dessert in Thailand.

Making Roti (flat bread) in the basement of a department store in Bangkok.

American Fried Rice (This is a plastic model). Because Americans love to coat their rice in Ketchup, right? Uh.... not that I know of.

Apparently American fried rice was first made in Japan to feed US soldiers who showed up during the Vietnam war. The side dishes that go along with the rice are things like fried chicken or bacon, anything that US soldiers might want to eat.

Japan also seems to think that Kethcup=USA.  There is a dish in Japan called Napolitan, it’s spaghetti with kethcup instead of marinara sauce.  I read on the back of a tea bottle once that Napolitan is a popular dish in the US (News to me…). According to other internet sources, the dish was first made in Yokohama and inspired by US military rations, which sounds a lot more plausible to me.

making Tokyo sweets

These is called the Tokyo sweet. It's an egg crepe wrapped around a little weiner. Although it has Tokyo in the name, you probably won't see it in Tokyo.

Department store basement food court, a good place for a quick meal. You first go to a counter to get a food court card and put money on it, then you buy the food using the card and eat. Finally, return to the counter to get back whatever extra money you have left on the card.

A food court meal. Less than 100 Bahts (less than 3 USD).

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