Photo Essay: Thai Food

It is not a secret- I am a food lover. I love to eat, try new dishes, experience new flavours and take photos of the food I eat when traveling. Every country surprises me a lot when it comes to its cuisine and every journey is, in some way, a culinary adventure. So far, I experienced extremely spicy food in Sri Lanka, ate way too much rice every day in China or craved Vietnamese soups for my dinner.

Craving some food
Me craving some local food: Sri Lankan cakes (top left), Sri Lankan rice and curry (top right), Chinese pancakes (bottom left) and Chinese noodles (bottom right)

However, Thailand is by far my favourite food destination. Why? Because…

Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something special and unique”.

Everyone, even those who have never been to Thailand, love Thai cuisine. Whether chilli-hot or comparatively bland, harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish. Moreover, dishes can be refined and adjusted to suit all palates.

I love the taste of Thai noodles, fried vegetables and herbs with some large chunks of meat. Fresh herbs, lemon and a perfect combination of sweet chilli make each dish irresistible. Instead of serving dishes in courses like it is being done in China, a Thai meal is served all at once, permitting diners to enjoy complementary combinations of different tastes. There is always a harmony of tastes and textures within the dishes.

Are you already hungry? Great! Here are some of my favourite Thai dishes. Enjoy!

Fried and salty bugs
Fried and salty bugs. Many people are scared of eating them, but in fact, they are very tasty and crispy
Spring rolls
Fried vegetable spring rolls topped with sweet chilli sauce. That’s Cez’s favourite food, but after trying one I loved them too!
A variety of grilled shish-kebabs with meat, vegetables and seafood
Bugs
Scorpions, grasshoppers, worms and bugs
Different types of noodles with some vegetables
Different fried types of noodles with some vegetables
Spicy vegetable salad with peanuts
Spicy vegetable salad with peanuts. So yummy!
Fried tofu
Fried tofu
Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice
Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice
Sausage pancakes
Sausage pancakes. We still don’t know what the green thing is ;-(
Thai soup with chopped meat balls
Thai soup with chopped meat balls. It’s pretty delicious, but Vietnamese soups are much better though.
Thai doritos filled with meat served with sweet chilli sauce
Thai doritos filled with meat or whole small eggs served with sweet chilli sauce. They are served either with sweet or spicy chilli sauce
Seafood served with steamed rice. Always served fresh
Papaya salad with peanuts
Papaya salad with peanuts. My favourite one! The peanuts were spicy though
Ice coffee
Iced coffee, much better than Vietnamese in my opinion, not that sweet
That's a very weird tropical fruits- a mixture of pear and pineapple. Very sweet and sour
That’s a very weird tropical fruit- a mixture of pear and pineapple. Very sweet and sour
Fried chestnuts
Fried chestnuts
Pad Thai
Pad Thai- stir-fried rice noodles with eggs/ chicken/ shrimp or fish with some tamarind juice, red chili pepper garnished with crushed peanuts, garlic, chives, pickled turnip, coriander, lime, spicy chili oil, chili powder, vinegar, fish sauce, sugar.
Chicken and vegetable soup, very milky
Chicken and vegetable soup, very creamy
Fresh bananas
Fresh bananas
They taste like dumpligs and pancakes mixed together
They taste like dumpligs and pancakes mixed together

Do you have any favourite Thai food? If so, what is it?

If you are looking for more Thai food on a budget, check out out Culinary Journey in Bangkok on the cheap.

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Agness Walewinder
Agness Walewinder
Travel freak, vagabond, photography passionate, blogger, life enthusiast, backpacker, adventure hunter and endless energy couchsurfer living by the rule "Pack lite, travel far and live long!"
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