29.04.2017 - 29.04.2017 37 °C
As I travelled to Thailand, I try my best to share the Thai food that I came across while experiencing some of the best Thai culture, nature wonders, nice people and many more surprising and unseen encounters. Travelling indeed open up many opportunity to cherish life in multiple ways and it is where such little "luxury" brought colours to our life because of what we could experience from each moments that we were confronted with throughout the journey of travelling. This version of Thai food story would be the 3rd part of food moments in Thailand after having shared earlier 2 parts of such topic. The food story that I share here was based on the Thai food that I have opportunity to taste while on the go in this Kingdom of Amazing, some of may be new not only to me but to you as well.
Kanom pang sang kaya
One of such new food experience during my recent travel to Bangkok was this bread encounters which was so good that I thought one shall not missed this lovely sweet treat when in Thailand, not just specifically Bangkok. Kanom pang sang kaya translated into English means bread with sang kaya spread. Sang kaya is a sweet fillings made of mixture of pandanus leaves, coconut milk, eggs and sugar and is popular in Singapore and Malaysia and to a lesser extent, Hong Kong. The Hainanese clan in Singapore and Malaysia used to operate coffee shops in the old days serving steam or toasted bread with sang kaya and butter spread with some other specialties such as Hainan noodle and chicken chop. It is best paired up with cup of hot coffee or hot milk tea. While the Thai enjoy kanom pang sang kaya in a slightly different way, such bread culture can also be traced to the Chinese influence where the community formed one of the largest minority in Thai society demographic. Here in Thailand unlike in Singapore and Malaysia where the bread are served spreading the sang kaya and butter on a full slice of bread and topped with another slice, the Thai's version of kanom pang sang kaya has the bread cut into small cube size and then have them steamed up which the end results creating hot and soft dice bread. Most kanom pang sang kaya were available from the street food push cart and being prepared fresh while order being taken there and then. The sang kaya usually come on small cup size transparent container but larger size were also available in small transparent food plastic bag. This was yet another probably one of the best street food in Thailand that I had the opportunity to get to taste.
Patong ko or you tiao also known as yaw char kwai is a long deep fry bread stick and is also a well known snack in Singapore, Malaysia as well as Hong Kong. Commonly and usually eaten together with porridge in the countries mentioned,the Thais enjoyed patong ko in a different way. The size of patong ko for the Thai version also display a different character which come in smaller and much shorter in size. Other than eaten with porridge, in Thailand, patong ko is special and distinctive because you can enjoy it with sang kaya. Just like the kanom pang sang kaya, patong ko sang kaya is also probably one the best snack and great breakfast food with a cup of hot coffee or milk tea. Patong ko in Thailand usually found in fresh market or morning food market. If you are lucky, you might bumped into patong ko vendor on the sois (small street) among shops and buildings usually in early morning.
Khao tom mud
This is yet another delicious, mouth-watering Thai breakfast snack which also can be found in fresh and food market. It is also available on the street by street push carts vendors along the small lanes within blocks of buildings or shops though quite rarely and not easily found . Khao tom mud is made of sticky rice and has few sweet varieties as its fillings including banana, yellow bean, taro and red beans depending on the vendor who prepare the snack. Khao tom mud is wrapped in banana leaves and commonly comes in a double which each piece of this sweet sticky rice snack being tied together. It is prepared in the form of steaming it to have the stick rice and fillings in it cooked. Also, khao tom mud are available in the form of grilled style which come only on a single piece but slightly larger in size than the single steam khao tom mud. This is one of the tasty Thai breakfast food that is good to gushed down with a cup of fresh hot coffee.
Who doesn't love fried chicken? Well, gai thord or fried chicken may be a common food and is available everywhere in every country. But in Thailand, something could have differentiate it from rest of the world. I have not yet travelled extensively around the world but what I found distinctive about Thai fried chicken is that, to have maximum satisfaction in a fried chicken meal Thai style, it has to be paired up with sticky rice. Fried chicken with sticky rice is one of the food culture of the Thais and I quite enjoy it that way. This may not be one of the healthy food for health conscious travellers but to enjoy the local culture and eat like local, it is alright to indulge once in a long while.
This is another version of deep fry food that Thais are good at. Moo thord or deep fried pork is yet another tasty porky experience that is available in this Land of Amazing. Just like gai thord,Thais also enjoy moo thord treat with sticky rice. The Thai style moo thord is special on its own where the fine golden brownish external part of this pork treat is what differentiates it from other fried pork while the internal part of the pork comes with its white meat texture. Moo thord Thai style is yet another surprising new found tasty Thai food that I encountered. Just like gai thord, moo thord may not be a healthy choice of travel diet but have a small portion of it shall not do much harm. Its one the easy snack while on the go either shopping or on sightseeing.
Moo khrob or roast pork is not categorically being a Thai food but it is widely available everywhere from fresh market, food courts. street food vendors, floating markets and any kind of food establishments within a Thai neighbourhood. Or Tor Kor fresh market which has been voted one of the best fresh market in the world was one of the ultimate place to have a taste on this juicy, spongy, crunch porky experience.I have shared before story on Or Tor Kor which I believe the market really deserved the rating as one of the premier fresh market over the globe and not just within Thailand due to the organised structure, clean environment and huge variety of fresh produce from vegetables, fruits, seafood products,dry foods, cooked food and consumer daily essentials. Of course superior moo khrob is not just available specifically in Or Tor Kor but also on the street and food stalls serving khao moo deang (barbeque pork rice) which always come with moo khrob as well. Just across the street over at Chatuchak Weekend Market, there is also a moo khrob shop that sells yet another unrivalled moob khrob experience. A khao moo deang shop is easily identified in Thailand with large piece of the moo khrob being hung up on a display rack right at the front of the shop.
Kuay teaw look chin pla
This is a noodle dish which means soup noodle with fish balls. This noodle meal is yet another product of the Chinese immigrants who migrated to Thailand as long as 200 years ago and have become one of the favourite noodle dish among the Thais. There are many variety of noodles that are available including rice vermicelli, thin and tiny flat noodles, glass noodles for example and comes with a mixture of range of fish balls prepared in different taste and variety.
Kuay teaw khua gai
Kuay teaw khua gai is a stir fry flat noodle with generous portion of bean sprouts and comes with chicken meat and eggs. This is a very close noodle dish with pad see ew which I have shared under Thai food blog.What differentiates kuay teaw khua gai with pad see ew was the dark soy sauce used in the former where see ew means dark soy sauce. Though both noodle dish probably best produced in neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore, the Thai version in fact could be rated on par if not tastier that its southern counterparts in my opinion after having tasted it for few times where I really enjoy a lot of the Thai kuay teaw khua gai or pad see ew.