Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Curries & More in Thailand

We ate out every night for dinner. Normally I ordered a green or Massaman kaeng with chicken. I liked to order the same thing each time to compare the flavors.Massaman curry is a good choice for beginners due to its mild taste. The name means "Muslim curry" due to its origins in the Muslim-populated south. Ingredients include cinnamon, tamarind, cardamom, chilli, cloves, turmeric, chicken, and potatoes.

A variation of Massaman curry, the Massaman curry pizza:
Curries aren't exactly a health food. An important ingredient in curries is coconut milk, which contains unhealthy saturated fat. Curries are also high in calories thanks to the coconut milk (and other oils). When I eat a curry dish, I eat the solids and a small amount of liquid. I'm sure I ate a year's worth of saturated fat during our trip. (I had curry for every meal!)
A beautifully displayed pad Thai (wrapped in egg):
The four condiments used to season pad Thai:
Sweet - sugar
Sour - vinegar
Hot - red chili powder sauce
Salty - sliced chili sauce
Pad Thai is made to be seasoned. I always thought the dish was flavorful "as is" until I added condiments. What a flavor explosion!
Morning snack on our guided tour of Khao Lak National Park:
Banana-based products taste better in Thailand. I couldn't resist this dense, mildly-sweetened banana-coconut muffin:

As you can tell from these photos, we ate most of our meals in our room. More on that subject later!


Trvlgyrl said...

We need to go to Budda's Belly for some Thai food - I am craving some curry!

MandyKat said...

We should go after you return from your trip!

MandyKat said...

Actually, I did read portions of Dr. Enig's article on coconut oil along with information from medical websites about coconut oil. Since I found contradictory information (coconut oil - healthy; coconut oil - not healthy) I decided not to directly address the subject at this time.