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The Food in Thailand

Some of the food is so good, and some of it is so weird.

It took me a few weeks to figure out what I liked and how to get it, but still, every meal is an adventure. Most of the dishes are either a meat with rice or some kind of noodle dish. I normally go for the rice and meat option because the noodles can be unpredictable. Plain noodle soup is good, but sometimes the soup is really strange and has curdled blood and mushrooms so I stay away from soups. The pad thai is also good but sometimes there is mysterious crunchy things in it so I don't eat it that much either. But there is an infinite number of delicious meat and rice dishes. If I am afraid it will be too spicy I will get an egg on the side so I have something to eat.

Chicken Pad Thai $0.98
The fork is used to push the food onto the spoon, works best for rice dishes. The spoon is also used as a knife because they don't use table knives.

For breakfast I often get a fried egg with rice and sweet chili sauce, or an "omelet," or my favorite vegetable chicken stir fry. There are also lots of fruit venders on my walk to school so I will get mango or papaya as well.

Fried egg and rice $0.42
They always give me a plastic soup spoon like this when I get food to go, but it is practically useless when I am trying to cut up an egg or meat.

Most school days I eat lunch in the cafeteria where there are so many choices and everything is around $1. My favorites are yellow curry (tastes more Indian) or friend noodles (tastes more Chinese).

Chicken and rice $0.84

Pork(??) and rice and veggies $1.13

Fried noodles $0.98

Sometimes for dinner we'll go to a real sit-down restaurant. At cheep restaurants Thai food is $2-3 and non Thai food is $3-5. Last week I splurged and paid a whole $6 to make my own cute pancakes:

Best dessert: Roti (might be middle eastern/Indian) - crepe with banana and egg inside with sweetened condensed milk on top

Best Thai-take on western food: spaghetti with egg and ketchup

Best Idea: sweet potato chips

Best Restaurant name:

That was recently covered up...

I eat a lot of 7-eleven food too. 7-elevens are everywhere and have everything we could ever need. If I am craving something almost american I will get a "toastie," its like a hot pocket but better, or I'll get a sushi roll, or chocolate bread, there are so many things I love at 7-eleven.

I miss sourdough bread, cheese, bagels and cream cheese, and wine more than anything else. But I think when I get back to california I will really miss the food culture here, its so easy and cheep.

Posted by juliaaugh 22:09 Archived in Thailand Tagged food thailand pad_thai curry chicken_and_rice 7-eleven

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