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Thai Fast Food (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Pre-made Food at Aw Taw Kaw Market

Pre-made Thai Food

Pre-made food at Aw Taw Kaw

Kasma sent this picture to me when she was at Aw Taw Kaw (Or Tor Kor) market in Bangkok enjoying herself and I was back in California taking care of things here. I am such a sucker for pictures of street food / market food. I loved the picture: just seeing it brought up the feel of a Thai market, with the delicious looking pre-made food amongst interesting stalls, the smiling vendors and the jostling crowds. It would be very hard to just walk past this delicious looking crab. Yum!


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.


Previous blogs on Aw Taw Kaw:

BBQ Chicken (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Nakhon Pathom Chicken Vendor

BBQ Chicken Vendor

Kasma buying BBQ chicken

I like this picture of Kasma about to buy some barbecue chicken in Nakhon Pathom. It gives a bit of the sense of how crowded these markets can get and how hot, with the steaming chicken under a characteristic umbrella (barely visible at the top).

I went back into the archives for this one: it was originally taken as a slide back in 2003 and converted to digital by scanning the slide.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Loei Market Vendor (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

NE-Style Crispy Grilled Sticky Rice

Loei Market Vendor

Yummy grilled sticky rice in Loei

This picture of a smiling vendor selling grilled sticky rice was taken in the morning market at Loei. I’ve seen it sold at a street stall on Sukhumvit Road at Soi 55 (Thong Lo); presumably the vendor is from Isaan.

In Northeastern Thailand (Isaan or Isahn) the preferred rice is Sticky rice. For most meals it’s served in small baskets and one dips the hand directly in the basket and rolls the rice into a ball for eating.

This picture shows another alternative, seen is most Isaan markets is a crispy grilled sticky rice, on a stick. It’s really quite delicious, typically dipped in a mixture of beaten eggs, salt and pepper and then grilled until golden brown and lightly charred and crispy. In Thai it is called kao jee; Kasma calls it Northeastern-Style Crispy Grilled Sticky Rice.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Curry Paste for Sale (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Krabi Market Curry Paste

Curry Paste for Sale

Fresh curry paste outside Krabi Market

In Thailand, you can find fresh made curry pastes such as in this photo in nearly any market. Here in the United States when we make curry, we generally are limited to pre-made curry pastes, such as Mae Ploy brand, when making Thai curries. The front paste in the photo is used to make Gaeng Som, a fiery hot southern curry.

This picture was actually taken on a street just outside the lively, fresh market in Krabi, Thailand. We’ve blogged previously on the Krabi Morning Market. We’ve also had a previous Wednesday photo of a curry paste vendor in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Michael took this picture on Kasma’s recent trip to Southern Thailand.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Boat Noodles (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Boat Noodles at Damneon Saduak

Boat Noodle Vendor

Boat boodle vendor

Readers of this blog know that we do love our noodles. One of our favorites would have to be Boat Noodles, or Gkuay Tiow Reua.

Damneon Saduak floating market is a popular tourist destination and for good reason. Kasma does stop there on her “off-the-beaten-track adventures” but she always arrives at the market around 7:00 a.m., at least a couple hours before most of the tourists show up. After taking a boat trip around the surrounding canals she’ll invariably breakfast on Boat Noodles at the far end of the market. Although this gentleman appears to have retired, his daughter has taken over the operation.

Boat noodles are a particular type of noodle, usually with a very rich and tasty broth. Sometimes in the city you’ll see a storefront selling “boat noodles” that advertises the fact by having a boat out front to draw in customers.

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The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Thong Lo Mangos (and Sticky Rice)

Michael Babcock, Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Another great food treat that you can find at Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Soi 55) is White Sticky Rice with Mangoes.

Thong Lo Fruit Store

Look for the mangos!

My last blog on March 18 was on Thong Lo Duck Noodles; here’s one more blog on a Thong Lo stop. Thong Lo (pronounced “Tawng Law”) has its own skytrain stop. Kasma puts her small-group tours at a hotel there close to the mouth of the Soi. I’ve also written on its street food in One Soi’s Street Food Scene. I’ve enjoyed the chance to get to know one particular Thai neighborhood a bit better. Although Thong Lo is considered an upscale area, there are plenty of store fronts and street vendors that depend on un-trendy people (such as myself) to keep them in business.

Mangoes

Luscious mangoes!

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One very strong candidate for “Favorite Thai Dish of All Time” would have to be Coconut-Flavored Sticky Rice with MangoesKao Niow Ma-muang. When Kasma teaches it in her cooking classes (week 3 of the beginning series) it is one dish that seldom has any leftovers!

There’s a store on Thong Lo that does a very good version that you can purchase to go. It’s “Ma Varee Fruits Store” and is the first fruit store you come to as you walk from the skytrain down Thong Lo (on the same side as the sky train exits). You’ll recognize it by the display of mangoes in front.

Sticky Rice and Mango

Sticky Rice and Mango, to go

A quick word on Thai mangoes. They are heavenly. Mind you, I’ve never been in Thailand during the actual mango season when they are at their peak. Nevertheless, the ones I have eaten bear no resemblance to anything we get in the San Francisco Bay Area. My favorites are the yellow ones; even off-season when you get a good one, it melts in your mouth with sweetness – an “ah ha!” taste experience. Add the sticky rice, mixed with delicious, rich (fresh) coconut milk, slightly sweetened, and you have ambrosia.


Written by Michael Babcock, April 2010