A Thai Meal

Hello! It’s been a while. During the month of October Thai public schools have a 4 week break, so we were off exploring north and central Thailand. We have since started our second semester teaching and we’re slowly returning to our pre-vacation life and habits. We also have over 1000 photos we are slowly working our way through, so we’ll be sharing with you a little of our holiday soon.

Today I would like to show you what a traditional Thai meal looks like. I get really excited about food, so it usually isn’t until after the meal that I even consider taking a picture of it, and by then it’s too late. But today I remembered to take the pictures when the meal was only half eaten (like I said, I get excited). So here today for your viewing pleasure- The traditional (half eaten) Thai meal. This meal in particular was our lunch during English training for school administrators.

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There are 6 parts of the traditional Thai meal. A soup, a curry, a stir-fry dish, a chili dip and the vegetables that accompany it, and the base of it all- the rice. Ours also included a Thai omelet and a plate of local fruit for dessert. Everything, including the soup, is mixed and eaten with rice.

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Our curry was a fish curry, though deboning a whole fish with a fork and spoon is not one of my strong points. It was delicious.

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This is the stir fry dish- mixed vegetables with pork- and our soup- tom yum tale- or seafood in a broth infused with young ginger, lemongrass, and kaffir lime.

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This is nam prik. While this food is generally not known at curry houses in the western world, nam prik is the most traditional of Thai foods. It is essentially a dip/ flavoring- a protein of shrimp paste, fish, or pork is pounded in a mortar and pestle with Thai herbs and chili. It was the base of the Thai square meal- providing the protein and flavoring for the rice and raw vegetables that accompany it. It doesn’t look like much but it’s very strongly flavored and very spicy.

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One thought on “A Thai Meal

  1. You two make a great couple. Todd has always been my child who would eat – or at least try – anything and obviously you have that same quality. I’m glad you enjoy the Thai food. It would be sad if you did not since you are there.

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