Happy new year to you all! I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be a wonderful year. 2010 certainly was for me - between getting married, taking up a new job, travelling lots and of course starting this blog and getting to know so many wonderful people through it - it couldn't have been better! And our trip to Thailand was the perfect ending. In terms of food, talk about heaven! From exotic fruits to spicy curries to fresh juices to incredible street food on every corner, Thailand was a feast for the senses! Here are a few photos of our culinary discoveries there...enjoy!
Whether in nice restaurants or little hole in the wall joints, we had some amazing meals! Much like Indian cuisine, Thai food is known for emphasizing fresh ingredients and balance between the five taste senses in each dish or in the overall meal, thus combining hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty and occasionally bitter tastes. The different regions of the country have their own distinctive cooking styles, heavily influenced by neighboring countries (Myanmar, the Yunnan Province of China, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia). There is also what is commonly known as "Thai Royal Cuisine," which was developed during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom (1351-1767 CE) and favored refinement and innovative cooking techniques. All of this history makes for an incredible contemporary Thai cuisine!
|Som tam (green papaya salad) - we had this at every meal!|
|Battered and fried radishes - delicious!|
|Phad thai, considered to be the national dish|
|Fruit for sale at the Phuket Carnival|
|Garlic chives, bean sprouts & an unidentified vegetable|
|Fresh coconuts are a source for all kinds of goodies!|
|Pungent Thai red chillies...so good!|
|Fresh dragon fruit|
|Fresh coconut shake|
|Fresh mango shake|