Everyone knows the phrase “Thai food”, but to taste and find out what they eat in Thailand happened only to those who at least once visited this country. And those who live there or winters are lucky more – for them, this exotic food is becoming common. I know that some Thai cuisine manages to get bored during the wintering, but I have not bothered for all these years, so I can only give positive feedback. Now sometimes in Moscow I try cook something Thai or just go to a Thai cafe.
Only I have never eaten in Russia, really, normal Thai food that Tom Yam that Pad Thai is very different from that to what i’m used to in thailand. But it may well be that you more like Russian Thai food, as more adapted, after all, any azitian food is specific.
The content of the article
- 1 About Thai food
- 1.1 Food Cult
- 1.2 Is it dangerous to eat in Thai cafes?
- 1.3 What to taste from food, main dishes
- 1.4 Price for food in Thailand in a cafe
- 2 Types of Thai Cafes
- 2.1 Makeups
- 2.2 Street cafes for Thais
- 2.3 Cafe for tourists and foreigners
- 3 Street Food Videos
About Thai food
We can safely say that in Thailand the cult of food. Not only that the Thais themselves are absolutely not shy about eating absolutely everywhere (soup or Roast is often eaten straight from a plastic bag, sitting on stop or just on the sidewalk), so also the step is impossible step on not to stumble on sold food – it’s here everywhere. Thanks for this you can, above all, the so-called makashnitsy (this is any kind of seller who carries his “kitchen” with him on wheels, whether it is a bike or just a bike). I will tell about them separately below.
Eat from bags at the station
Is it dangerous to eat in Thai cafes?
In Thais it is customary to use only freshly prepared dishes and Do not leave cooked food the next day. So even in scary at first glance, the type of street cafes food will be fresh and delicious. In general, often food is cooked right in front of you – be it fried pancakes, pad thai or even soups. Especially clearly it can watch in food stores of hypermarkets, where you can order right in front of you stir fry noodles in sauce, throw ingredients tom yama into broth and pounded in a mortar dressing salad som-tam. In addition, Thais put in eating a lot of hot peppers, curry and other spices that kill extra microbes.
At first, buying food from these dubious cooks was scary, but, having tried it once, they realized that often food in makashnitsah or simple cafes (including fukdortah) even tastier than licked European cafe. And never for everything the time spent in Tae we personally didn’t wander by anything experienced problems with digestion, although boldly tried to eat at different seemingly not presentable places.
So the safety of food in Thailand is not worth worrying about. Not Immediately try to try everything, but also be afraid of Thai food, Bypassing her side, do not. On insanitary conditions simply Score.
Street mode at the festival of flowers in Thailand
What to taste from food, main dishes
It may seem that Thai food is a little diverse, but it is far from it. Sometimes you even wonder the courage of their culinary art in the mix at first glance do not combine products and tastes. The basis of all dishes is rice and its derivatives. And rice itself is of several types (brown, crumbly white and sticky), and rice pasta is striking in its variety of forms. For Thais rice is like bread for us, it can be served with anything. AND this great many things! Not to say that I tried the whole Thai cuisine, but a couple dozen dishes for sure. The most beloved so far long remain Pad Thai and Khao Pad.
- Pad Thai Kung – rice pasta with vegetables, sprouts, shrimp and gravy. Occasionally Fried noodle may be written on the menu, but most likely it will not be Pad Thai.
- Kao Phad (fried rice) – fried rice with vegetables, chicken or shrimp.
- Tom Yam – sour and terribly spicy soup, usually with shrimps and mushrooms (Tom Yam Kung), but maybe with chicken (Tom Yam Gai).
- Tom Kha is also a soup, but less sour and less spicy than with Tom Yam, with a lot of coconut milk added. Also served either with shrimp or chicken.
- Som Tam (Papaya salad) – spicy green salad (unripe) papaya interspersed with small shrimp. If not warned, will very sharp. In its different varieties found more adding eggs, rotten crab and so on.
Please note that when ordering dishes do not warn that you need not spicy (no spicy – “know spicy”), then get ready to be fire-breathing the dragon. But don’t worry if you live in Thailand long enough then you gradually get used to the sharpness of dishes, and then this not even enough. By the way, sometimes passing by preparing food in his eyes already start watering from the pepper, and you just wonder how They stand there quietly over the stove.
Pile of smoke on the streets
The price of food in Thailand in a cafe
Let’s talk about how much food in Thailand. Food prices in cafes mostly low. Even in the capital you can eat cheap almost everywhere, the choice – numerous food courts in shopping centers, and even inexpensive restaurants at hotels in Bangkok.
Food prices in Thailand in cheap cafes start at 30-60 baht per simple dish like fried rice with shrimps, and increase in depending on the civility of the cafe and its proximity to the sea. Exactly the same rice with shrimp in a cafe on the beach or in a cafe with the interior will cost about 120-200 baht. Civilian and inexpensive you can eat at food parks in supermarkets, prices are 50-100 baht per dish. As you can see, the prices are small, and everyone can choose in what amount to fit. That is why the Thais themselves and living in Tae foreigners do not often cook at home, meaning it is special in this simply not.
Here are more examples of food prices in food courts: som-tam – from 35 baht, pad Thai and fried rice – from 40 baht, a large plate of noodles with various fillers – from 60 baht, tom yam – from 60 baht.
Approximately the same prices in simple Thai cafes are not on the shore seas. European dishes are, by definition, more expensive, from 150-200 baht For example, spaghetti bolognese or cream soup depending on places will cost 200-250 baht and above. Cocktails – from 40 baht and up, up to 180 in bars for tourists by the sea. The same tom-pit in the tourist place will cost in a cafe for tourists and 80 and 120 and 200 baht, in depending on the interiors and promoted place. Russian dishes Kitchens in cafes at resorts usually cost between 100 and 200 baht. Coffee costs from 40 to 120 baht per cup (if natural), cocktails – from 20 baht and up.
Thai menu in a simple cafe in Chiang Mai
Prices in a cafe in the mall Phuket
Fried Rice – 50 Baht
Tom Yam with mushrooms – 80 baht
Rice with vegetables and oyster sauce – 50 baht
Shrimp monsters – plate for 300 baht
Fruit Necks in Phuket for 30 baht
Types of Thai cafes
As already mentioned, makashnitsy in Thailand can be found almost every corner. This is a kitchen trolley on wheels where you can buy soups, som-tam salad (from green papaya), rice, noodles, pancakes, peeled vegetables or drinks.
In addition, all kinds of kebabs and B-B-Q. Everything that can be strung on a stick is smoked in the form kebabs, the rest – just on the grid. Often braziers stand straight along the street, filling all with very pleasant kebab scents.
Food in Thailand on wheels
Traditional roti – pancakes with filling
Tea on tap in Pai
Cooking Potato Chips
Street cafes for Thais
I noticed an interesting feature: the Thais themselves do not attach much meaning the place where they eat. Well, there are ordinary plastic chairs, well there lies a half-polished oilcloth on the table, well, shabby walls, you will think! Faranghi (i.e., you and I) prefer to go to more neat places, where somehow more pleasant to sit.
The first time, the order of dishes I have caused difficulties, because very a lot of meat, and I’m partially vegetarian. And if there was no menu on English, then generally a pipe case. A little later, I came out of the situation ordering something with seafood. Usually they have either meat or sea. And after, adapted to explain in English or on the fingers, that I generally just rice with vegetables. And god you forbid, say “without meat”, only “no meat” (no meat). And then the first week we just blew the brain to local residents without their own and other words. Similarly, it is worth saying “no spicy “(not sharp).
Although, if you go to a popular resort, such as Phuket, Pattaya and Samui, then there will be no problems at all, the menu will be attend not only English, but sometimes Russian. Especially if we are talking about more civil cafes, but about them below.
Thai food court on the market
Simple Thai cafe in Chiang Mai
Cafe in the back street of Bangkok
The whole family at lunch on the banks of the Mekong River
Free ice water – only in cheap cafes
Traditional spice set on the table
Coastal Cafe on Phuket in the afternoon
Cafe for tourists and foreigners
In popular tourist places there are no problems finding a cafe almost any kitchen. First of all it is European cuisine All sorts of pizzerias, kebabs, hamburgers, sushi. Of course there is and Russian cafes, as without them. Often in a cafe for Europeans offered and local cuisine, but it’s more adapted for foreigners there, almost not sharp.
Of course, the interiors in such cafes are much more interesting, everything is clean and beautiful Often it is a closed room with air conditioning. But also the prices taller than ordinary street Thai cafes.
Civilian cafe in Chiang Mai
Cafe in Phuket – prepare yourself
My usual food in Thailand
Street food video
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P.S. In the following articles I will talk about Thai supermarkets and Thai markets.
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