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A peek into the local Thai market- A photo blog

We live in outskirts of Bangkok and we do not have a lot of supermarkets in this area. So, every Wednesdays and Sundays there is a huge market where locals sell stuff like meat, vegetables, food, clothes and what not. We buy our vegetables and fish from this market since it is more fresh than the supermarket and its cheaper too. Thailand is famous for its street food. On this market too, we can see lots of stalls selling local Thai food. Its pretty convenient to buy food there for people who don’t want to cook at home.

So, in this post I’m sharing with you the pictures from the market taken with my phone. The market is quite vibrant and definitely worth a share :).

Motorcycle taxi ride to the market, costs around 20 Baht

Motorcycle taxi ride to the market, costs around 20 Baht

Tropical fruit Rambudan right at the entrance

Tropical fruit Rambudan right at the entrance

Market entrance

Market entrance

Thai/Chinese style pork

Thai/Chinese style pork

Famous Thai pork and rice balls with sweet and sour sauce

Famous Thai pork and rice balls with sweet and sour sauce

Tropical fruit, I don't know its name 40 Baht per kilo

Tropical fruit, I don’t know its name 40 Baht per kilo

A very sour Thai fruit used to make sweet and sour salad, sorry for thw blurry pic :)

A very sour Thai fruit used to make sweet and sour salad, sorry for thw blurry pic 🙂

Local Deli

Local Deli

Some kind of spicy soup with mushroom

Some kind of spicy soup with mushroom

You can buy some lottery too...

You can buy some lottery too…

A drink stall, very famous in Thailand...you can find similar stalls in each and every corner.

A drink stall, very famous in Thailand…you can find similar stalls in each and every corner.

Thai curries with steam rice ready to take away

Thai curries with steam rice ready to take away

Pork BBQ

Pork BBQ

Fried fish

Fried fish

Some kind of salad

Some kind of salad

You can find SIM cards too

You can find SIM cards too

And shoes as well for 100 Baht per pair

And shoes as well for 100 Baht per pair

Our favorite stall, all kinds of seasonal greens are found here.

Our favorite stall, all kinds of seasonal greens are found here.

A's favorite stall which sells onion and garlic

A’s favorite stall which sells onion and garlic

Durian Durian

Durian Durian

Fruits

Fruits

Fruits

Fruits

More fruits

More fruits

Clams and shells

Clams and shells

Boiled veggies with different kinds of spicy sauces.

Boiled veggies with different kinds of spicy sauces.

Steamed, fried fish ready to eat along with omelet

Steamed, fried fish ready to eat along with omelet

These tiny shrimps were still alive!

These tiny shrimps were still alive!

Fried eggs with two yolks

Fried eggs with two yolks

In case you feel sunny ;)

In case you feel sunny 😉

Thai sausage

Thai sausage

Thai steamed red curry

Thai steamed red curry

Local pizza

Local pizza

Charcoal grilled whole chicken

Charcoal grilled whole chicken

Thai dessert

Thai dessert

Fresh seafood

Fresh seafood

A flower stall

A flower stall

Grilled mackerel

Grilled mackerel

Steamed mackerel?

Steamed mackerel?

Find me!:)

Find me!:)

Inside the market

Inside the market

Fried pork or Moo Crob in Thai

Fried pork or Moo Crob in Thai

Red Snapper grilled with seasalt

Red Snapper grilled with seasalt

A must have Thai ingredient.

A must have Thai ingredient.

Steamed crab

Steamed crab

Local version of KFC :)

Local version of KFC 🙂

Fried crickets :)

Fried crickets 🙂

Thai Northern style sausage

Thai Northern style sausage

fried pork skin, sorry for the blurred pic!

fried pork skin, sorry for the blurred pic!

End of the market!

End of the market!

I hope you all enjoyed going through the pictures :).

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Thai Food for Lunch- Friday

On Friday, I had one of the yummiest and most popular Thai food, “Pad Thai Kung”. Pad Thai Kung is fried flat broad rice noodles with shrimp, “Kung” stands for shrimp. Everyone who visits Thailand must try Pad Thai. Pad Thai is sweet, a little bit sour and a little bit spicy. Like most of other Thai food, preparation time for Pad Thai is not long but getting the ingredients right is the challenge when it comes to making Pad Thai at home. Although mostly broad rice noodles are used to make Pad Thai, it can also be made with regular thin rice noodles. In our canteen, there are two shops that sell Pad Thai, one shop usually doesn’t have the broad rice noodles, so she makes it with the thin ones, which is equally delicious.

In Thailand, like many other places in Asia, rice is the dominant meal. Thai food consists of three main types of curries green curry, yellow curry and the red curry. All these curries are served with rice. Green curry is made with coconut milk and the green curry paste which consists of lemon grass, shallot, coriander, ginger,basil, cumin and pepper ground together and blended with coconut milk to make a paste. Yellow curry paste consists of fresh turmeric, curry powder, onions, ginger and garlic ground together. The red curry paste is the most spicy of all, it consists of lemon grass stock, small red chillies, dried hot red chillies, ginger and garlic ground together. Among the three kinds of curries, yellow curry is my favorite since it is mildly spiced and has the flavor of curry powder and it the most familiar one for me :).

After rice, the second most widely served dish in Thailand is noodles. There are many kind of noodles available in Thailand. Thai noodle soups are one of the best and resembles Vietnamese “Pho”. They use simple ingredients and yet they are full of flavor and tastes very good. Besides noodle soups, a variety of fried noodles are also served in Thailand and Pad Thai is the most authentic one.

The ingredients for Pad Thai are:

1. Broad Thai noodles

2.One egg and 5-8 shrimps

3. Pad Thai paste

4. Bean sprouts

5. One clove of chopped garlic Fish sauce

6. Roasted and slightly ground peanuts(pebbled peanuts?)

7. Finely chopped shallots

8. Ground dried red chillies

9. One table spoon oil

10. Fish sauce and sugar to taste

11. Fried Tofu

12. Pad Thai paste

13. Tamarind juice concentrate-1 tablespoon

Method:

Soak the noodles in hot boiling water for 2 minutes until soft and cooked. In a frying pan heat the oil and fry the garlic and shrimp until done and then break the egg and stir. Add the noodles, pad thai paste, fried tofu, tamarind juice, fish sauce, sugar and stir for sometime until all the ingredients are mixed well. Then add the bean sprouts and chopped shallots and its done!! To serve, place it in a plate and add the ground peanuts and dried chillies on top. Serve hot and enjoy the most delicious Thai food!!

The method and ingredients are according to what is used in my canteen. Our canteen has open kitchen, so we can go and watch while our food is being prepared, how great is that!!

It looked like this:

Pad Thai Kung 🙂

Thai food has a lot of variety. The five day recipes I have included in this blog is just the beginning of my experience with Thai food. I will try to write more about other Thai food that I enjoy as well. Other dishes that we order in our office canteen are “Tom Yum Kung(spicy soup with Shrimp )”, “Kai curry/Kung Curry(Chicken/Shrimp with yellow curry paste)”, “Kai Kathiyam(Chicken Garlic)”, “Sunlek Yai(noodle soup)”, “Som Tam(spicy papaya salad)”, “Yam Pla(fish salad)” to name a few.

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Thai Food for Lunch- Thursday

Thai Food for Lunch- Thursday

One of the most common lunch time dish in Thailand is “Krapao Kai”. It is a saying here, when you don’t know what to eat, you order Krapao Kai. Krapao Kai is stir fried chicken with basil leaves. It is a little bit spicy and super easy to prepare. It is also known as farmers food in Thailand.

So my lunch for Thursday was “Krapao Kai with Khai Jeaw”, stir fried spicy chicken with fried egg and of course rice. Almost all the food stalls in our canteen takes order for Krapao Kai, but my favorite is stall number 13. She remembers how I like my Krapao Kai, so when I order Krapao Kai, she puts more onions and less chillies by default. I am always amazed by how things are managed so well here. It is not chaotic at all. I try to imagine how it would be like in Nepal to run around 13 to 15 food stalls in one area with over 300 people ordering during lunch hours. Ofcourse our canteen looks crowded and the air is filled with the aroma of all kinds of Thai spices, but it is not chaotic, its like an organized chaos. People are much more disciplined and relaxed here. The process is same, we go to the canteen, look around stalls and place our order. Usually there is a note placed in front of each stall, people write down their order, find a table and patiently wait for their food to be prepared. And since we cannot write down our order in Thai, we place our order and go back to waiting. After around 10 minutes, we go and check for our order, if its ready we pick it up, pay and return back to the table. If not, ask the vender how much longer is it going to take, come back and wait.

When I first started working here, I was awed by all kinds of Thai food stalls, the variety or food available, the simplicity of ordering food and the price. One order never exceeds 40 Thai Baht, unless you order an entire grilled fish(which will cost you 45-60 Thai Baht) or one half of grilled chicken.

Krapao Kai( Stir fried chicken with Basil leaves)

Ingredients:

1. Minced chicken breast
2. Basil Leaves
3. Red chillies, finely chopped
4. Onions(optional)
5. Garlic (one clove, crushed)
6. Oyster Sauce(one tablespoon)
7. Fish Sauce(as per taste-in place of salt)
8. Oil(one table spoon)

Method:
Heat the oil in a pan, fry the red chillies, garlic and minced chicken breast and cook until done. Next put oyster sauce, fish sauce and basil leaves and stir for about a minute. And your spicy chicken with basil leaves is done!! Serve with steamed rice and fried egg.

It looked like this:

Spicy Krapao Kai!!

Happy Lunching, and I promise Friday will not be chicken :).

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Thai Food for Lunch-Wednesday

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)

Khao Man Kai

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:

http://www.awesomethaifood.com/khao-man-gai-chicken-with-rice/
http://www.sichondesign.com/home/2012/3/3/recipe-for-khao-man-gai-hainanese-chicken-rice.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/mix/index.ssf/meat-poultry-recipes/nongs_khao_man_gai_recipe.html

Happy Lunching!!

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Thai Food for Lunch-Monday

This week, I am going to talk about Thai food. Everyday at lunch, we go to the office canteen and browse through around 13 stalls for Thai food, I think its great that I work in Thailand and I have so much options in terms of Thai food.

Thai food is generally spicy and has rich aroma and flavors. Authentic Thai food is all about spices and aromas from herbs like lemon grass and lemon leaves. But there are milder version of Thai food that is more Chinese inspired which emphasizes on the actual flavor of the food itself rather than relying on other ingredients.

Today I will talk about my lunch for Monday and discuss the ingredients.

Yam Kai Krob (Spicy fried chicken salad)

Yam Kai Krob with rice is one of my favorite dishes for lunch. “Yam” means sour but refers to hot and spicy and sour flavor(like in Tom Yam) in Thai, “Kai” is chicken and “Krob” is crispy. So “Yam Kai Krob” is Hot and Spicy and lemony crispy Chicken salad.

As I walked to the stall where they sell Yam Kai, I said “Yam Kai Krob ka”, but they usually don’t understand what I say in Thai so the canteen guy asked me “araina?” meaning what? So at this point A stepped up front and said the same thing and the canteen guy nodded. A’s Thai is very good compared to all the expats here.

After this, the big guy started tossing all the ingredients in a large bowl, mixed it and my salad was ready on the plate besides a scoop of rice (it took only about a minute).

It looked like this:

Yummy Yam Kai Krob 🙂

If you want to try this spicy Thai salad at home, you can refer to the following recipe that I guessed from my dish ;), but don’t worry its quite precise :).

Main ingredients

1. Onion-finely chopped
2. Tear drop tomatoes- sliced(tomatoes for salads, not cherry tomatoes though)
3. Lemon juice- one tablespoon
4. Red chilly flakes- as per your taste, I order mildly spiced which is a pinch
5. Freshly cut Cilantro
6. Thai roasted ground rice- a teaspoon full
7. Fish sauce- substitute for salt (in Thailand salt is seldom used in cooking)
8. Crispy Fried Chicken

Method:

Place all the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl, toss it and the salad is ready!! 🙂

Happy Lunching!!

Tuesday is my vegetarian day, so wait for some more Thai salad recipe.

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