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Cooking Thai food in Bangkok

A foodie journey into Thailand. Fet shares his thoughts and easy Thai recipes.

11 Dec 2012

When someone says Bangkok I often think of the quirky fable “Confusius say, man who goes through airport door sideways going to Bangkok”.

Bangkok is alive with culture and influences from everywhere across the country. This shows in two ways, the way different classes coexist in harmony and in the food. The food gels these people like nothing else.

From high end, opulent hotels and restaurants to the dingy street stalls littered all over the city. Everyone eats everywhere no matter who you are. When I recently arrived here this struck me more than anything.

Food is a huge passion of mine, to cook, to understand food and ultimately to eat and enjoy it.

Thai food stands out the most for me. It’s the flavours, the aromas and the complexity that such few ingredients can give. 

First hand experience

Two days after arriving in Bangkok I started an intensive cooking course with a private teacher. I’ve been shown some typical dishes and a few surprising ones too.

Here are three that have stood out for me most of all.

3 traditional Thai recipes

Thai green curry
My first meal in Thailand had to be the effervescent Green Curry.

For me it’s quintessentially Thai. Here’s an authentic recipe with some surprising ingredients.

Chicken Satay
Next I discovered the secrets of Chicken Satay with a creamy peanut butter dip.

Little skewers of chicken thigh grilled on an open flame served 10, 20, 30 at a time. You just can’t get enough of them. Give them a little time to marinate and soon you’ll be stuffing them into your mouth one after the other.

Tom Kha soup
One of my best memories so far is Tom Kha soup. Despite being 34 degrees this spicy coconut broth with loads of chicken, actually cools you down.

Maybe it’s the little beads of sweat on your forehead from the chillies or you completely forget about the heat as all you focus on are your taste buds.

Here’s a quick recipe you can whip up on a hot or cold night in under 30 minutes.

Journey into Burma

Only one week into my foodie journey I’m already full of knowledge and looking forward to gaining much more. Bangkok is done and now I travel east towards Burma.

More exciting recipes await, ones you can make at home to share with friends or just to have when you are searching for a taste of the exotic.

I look forward to sharing them with you so watch this space!

Follow my foodie adventures on my blog where I travel, eat and learn.


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