Thai Food for Lunch-Wednesday
Today I will talk about my Wednesday lunch but before I do that, let me give you a little explanation why I will not be able to write about Tuesday lunch for this week.
On Tuesday, I was all exited to order Thai salad “Somtam”, take a picture and write all praises about it. But only if plans were to work out and things were to happen as expected(**sigh**). On Tuesday, I had a seminar to attend before lunch and I was at the seminar listening to the wise old professor who was presenting his findings of past 4 years when suddenly, my feet felt colder than usual, I got anxious and I started having menstrual cramps. Yes, I have to deal with all the things that comes along with womanhood. The pain gradually increased and I started planning my escape from the seminar hall instead of paying attention to the talk. As I was about to make a move, my big Boss entered the room and sat in the chair right in front of me. My big boss is a respectable elderly person and I didn’t want to get up and leave the room as soon as he entered, thinking it might be a sign of disrespect. Well, in Thai culture, you would easily fall in the trap of disrespecting if you do not know the local etiquette, like you should half bend you body while you put your hands together to greet someone who is highly respectable like your Professor, Grandfather or in my case your big boss who is like your professor and is of your grandfather’s age(I still haven’t perfected the art of greeting my boss). So I wanted to avoid all that while I escaped from the seminar hall to attend to my misery (of menstrual cramps). I usually don’t like to mess with it when I get a cramp, I have had pretty dramatic experiences in the past(which I would talk about later may be in some other post). So I simply follow the routine: eat something, take my medicine and go to sleep. This usually works until I am too late to take the medicine, in which case I might have to painfully wait for the pain to go away until the medicine starts working. So, anyway because of my unexpected cramps on Tuesday right before lunch, I could not order any Thai salad, I went straight to my room, ate some fruits from the fridge, took my medicine and called the day off.
Now, let me go back to Wednesday lunch. On Wednesday, I had “Khao man Kai” for lunch. Khao Man Kai translates to buttered rice with chicken. This dish is simple, plain which retains the basic flavor of chicken and rice with a mildly spiced sauce. At first when I saw the Khao Man Kai stall, I was a little bit skeptical to try it. The chicken looked too plain and the whole dish looked white, well for a person who has never seen a chicken dish in any other color than yellow (curried) and brown(fried), a plate of plane white boiled chicken scared me.
In Khao Man Kai, the rice contributes to all the flavors. The rice used is fragrant Thai jasmine rice. It is a little bit sweet, has butter or oil and is very soft. Another important part of this dish is the sauce. The vendors usually provide a sauce containing yellow soy bean paste, soy sauce, garlic and a hint of Thai chillies.The dish is accompanied with a soup, sauce and sliced cucumber. The chicken is tender and soft boiled. The soup is chicken stock with salt, pepper, some cilantro and a chunk of winter squash floating on the bowl. Some venders offers a choice of chicken, for example you can order crispy fried chicken instead of tender boiled chicken, I personally prefer the tender boiled chicken. Another main ingredient of this dish is Cilantro, it is sprinkled over the chicken and soup. A good Khao Man Kai is perfect for lunch.
It looks something like this(courtesy of http://www.sichondesign.com)
I wish I could give you guys the recipe to Khao Man Kai, but I have never tried making it at home and I doubt if I’ll be able to make a good plate of Khao Man Kai. So, if you guys want to try it at home, you can refer to the following links: