Mar
09
2009
1

What’s On Your Spice Rack?

One reason I like Thai food is the diversity of flavors. A good Thai meal will have something sweet, something sour, something spicy, something salty, something bland, and something bitter.

Last night our waitress asked us if we wanted to add ________ to one of the dishes we ordered to make it more bitter. One of my friends answered saying no we didn’t want _______ added. After the waitress left, we asked what it was we didn’t want added. The answer: poop.

Not wanting to believe this, we asked the waitress herself what it was she had offered to have added to our food. She used the same word she’d used before. We said, “does that mean ‘poop’.” She told us it is not exactly poop. It is poop that is still in the animal when it is slaughtered. And she assured us that the food is well cooked to ensure that it is safe to eat.

I’ll stick to bitter herbs.

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Sep
28
2008
0

Food Update

I’ve gotten a little behind in writing (among other things). This is just a quick one to let those of you who enjoy tracking my diet know that I’ve now eaten grubs and snails. I’m not a big fan of either, but I would definitely choose grubs over snails.

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Aug
22
2008
1

Raw Pork

Tonight I was eating with friends. It is hard to tell what is in mashed-up-food dishes. (A lot of Isaan food is mashed fish and herbs, or mashed ants, or mashed chicken, . . .) To get a better idea of what I was eating I asked how the dishes were made.

The first dish was basically mashed chicken and herbs cooked in banana leaves. The second dish was boiled fish mashed with skewer cooked vegetables (kebab-esque). The third dish was made by cutting up pork and letting it sit for about a week. “You have to wait until it tastes sour. If it doesn’t yet taste sour, it isn’t safe to eat.” I’m not all that convinced that the fact that it now tastes sour means that it is now safe to eat.

Note: After further research the author has discovered that this sour pork is very much similar to salami. I hadn’t realized that Salami was a fermented meat.

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Aug
08
2008
0

Honey Pickled Garlic

Today Pi Lek gave me a jar of honey pickled garlic. I asked how to eat them. He said just to eat them right out of the jar. So I have been doing so. They’re good. You’re probably lucky I’m not breathing on you.

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Jun
13
2008
2

All You Can Eat Shrimp

Last night a neighbor invited me to celebrate his birthday with some family and friends. We went to a buffet that, among other things, served shrimp, crickets, frogs, fruit, and ice cream.

P.S. the cost was about $3.75

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