We eat cheap. Still, as we've gotten older we're eating more often at more upscale places like where the seats have backs; but often it's still plasticstools, standing on the sidewalk, or the floor of the guesthouse or hotel. It's hard to find better food or have a better time. What could be better than this (Photo at left)... In our Bangkok hotel room - The Ultimate food - mango and sweet sticky rice with coconut milk, and in this case, some mangosteen!
Fruit in various places: Jackfruit, mango (really amazing mangos), mangosteen,pineapple, papaya, banana (not the same as American supermarket banana), watermelon, rambutan, lychee, pomelo, and mixed fruit smoothie
Hong Kong: Our goal in HK is to have all the duck and pork we want, all the dim sum we want, and all the brilliant shrimp wonton noodle soup we can eat – big wonton dumplings with the best shrimp everDim sum from a street stand in Mong Kok, including hargow (steamed shrimp dumplings),sui mai (steamed pork dumplings), steamed BBQ pork buns, fried curried chicken rolls, steamed pork with black beans and chillis, stuffed fried dumplings
Roast pork with rice and vegetable
BBQ duck with rice and vegetable
Indian food, including curry, samosas, naan, pickles
Ham and egg sandwiches at Cherikoff Bakery or 7-11 (7-11 not the same as in U.S. - way cheaper).
****Shrimp wonton noodle soup almost every day at Tsim Sha Kee – the shrimp here have a wild taste, unlike the bland shrimp we get in the US – and vegetable with oyster sauce
Chicken tikka masala, naan,pakoras, vegetable samosas, and milk tea in a hallway at the Chungking Mansions
Vietnam: Porkarama! Vietnam is the place where pork, especially grilled, reaches a pinnacle of porkdom.
****Banh cuon (steamed big crepe with pork, vegetables, served with herbs,fish sauce, and massive amounts of smashed fresh garlic in vinegar)
Banh xeo (like a big crepe with shrimp, pork, vegetables)
Bun bo Hue (spicy beef stew with noodle)
Bun thit nuong (grilled pork on cool noodles and vegetables)
Nem nuong (grilled pork wit
h sauce and vegetables)
****Grilled pork chop on rice with egg and vegetables; always with strong iced coffee
The coffee!!! - $.50 for large iced strong
Omelet with baguette
Photo: The people who make roti in Chiang Mai
Banh khoai – kind of like a fried pancake folded over pork and
Chicken fried with garlic and chillies
Fried dumplings, one stuffed with
yellow bean and some coconut and the other a "salty mystery mix" including meat
Photo: Part of the food area in the "walking market" in Chiang Mai
Cambodia: Most of our meals were with Samnang's family – a blur of good food and good company
Chicken with garlic and chillies
****Raw beef salad
Red curry with noodles and baguettes
Thailand: Here is where the food fun really takes off. We experience Thai food as a brilliant melding of sharp, sweet, sour, spicy, sometimes rich, and always fresh. Fish sauce with chillies and some variation on lime and ugar is part of almost every meal; other sauces usually available.
Photo below: Khao soi stand - serve yourself to vegetables
****Mango with sticky rice and coconut milk -
Red curry with steamed rice
Green curry with steamed rice and lots of herbs, etc.
Panang curry with steamed rice, cucumbers
****“Meat curried in sweet peanut” - turned out to be masaman or Muslim curry – this was from the Big C grocery store, served in a plastic container, 39 baht. We took this + some unsweetened sticky rice up to the food court where we also got some larb and steamed rice and various fish sauces. Finished the meal with jackfruit.
Photo below: Meal at Big C food court - pad se eu, green curry, fried shrimp - US$3 for all
****Khao soi (red curry soup with noodles, crispy things, chicken and various vegetables
Jungle curry, which was okay – red curry soup with a lot of different vegetables
Satay (chicken, pork, beef in various marinades)
Grilled chicken, grilled sweet beef
Pad se eu (fried noodles with chicken or pork and egg and vegetable)
Chiang Mai sausage – grilled, spicy, with lots of cilantro
Ground chicken with chillies and peanuts
Ground pork with chillies
Photo: Pad Thai street stand - 45baht for pad Thai with shrimp - good!
Tom ka (spicy coconut soup with chicken)
Tom yum (very spicy clear soup with shrimp)
****Larb, chicken and pork
Fish cakes, fried (this was just okay)
Sticky rice, sweet, flavored with fruit
Peanuts with garlic, lemon grass, citrus leaf
Photo: Entrance to a lane in Chinatown - ladies are cooking it up!
Northern Thailand sampler plate, including Chiang Mai sausage, eggplant and chillies, fried sour sausage, steamed vegetables, pork roll, pork crackling
Banana roti from the Muslim couple who set up a stand every night outside a wat
Som (papaya salad with green beans, lime, tomatoes, etc. with dried shrimp – [the ones with little beady black eyes]; also with crab)
All sorts of vegetarian breakfast things at the Lanna House in Chiang Mai, like noodle, soup, pizza, pineapple, watermelon, banana
Photo: Rice with two things place in Chiang Mai - 30 baht!!! (US$1)