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Bangkok with Pim

Posted date:  January 27, 2006

Spent a pleasant couple hours yesterday with Pim, of chez pim fame. She took me to the Tha Phra Chan area, a wonderfully congested part of Old Bangkok that is positively reeking of good eats. Among the things we feasted on were khao chae, a bizarre combination of jasmine-scented rice in ice water and savory tidbits:

Here’s another vendor just up the road selling the same thing:

Khao chae is something I didn’t care for too much the first time I tried it, but the mixture of sweet and savory is actually quite good, and you can expect to hear more from me about this unique dish in the near future.

Also espied were a right handsome basket of Chinese rose apples:

Some technicolor Thai treats:

And some equally colorful juices:

And this veg, called phak waan:

The fact that I knew the Thai name for this semi-obscure vegetable really freaked the vendor out, and I think she thought I was Thai and Pim was a foreigner!

Came across these:

A kind of crispy roti, a snack I’d never seen before.

And finally, keeping with my Thai Baked Goods theme, an appallingly disgusting-looking baked treat labelled simply as “Thai Pizza”:

Don’t you always ask for lengthwise-sliced hotdogs, mayonaise, and peas on your Thai pizza?

And for those of you who are wondering what the real Pim looks like (she chooses to hide behind the false safety of a gigantic tea cup at her blog) I’m offering images of Pim in in her home environment for $20 a pop. Contact me for delivery details.

4 Comments for Bangkok with Pim

I’m jealous you got to meet Khun Pim! Heh I’ve never been a fan of kao chae. Have fun in Laos and see ya when ya get back. 🙂

I just read your old message to see what others wrote about Thai food. It is good for you to have a chance to go to Tha Phra Chan. Let me share more information. If you want to try deep fried spring roll, there is a shop when you get out of the boat toward Thammasat university. It is sort of on the far right side of “Ran Nong Tha Phra Chan.” It is the best place to eat spring roll. You may ask anyone around there. The spring rool comes in a small piece. The owner were a twin. Just don’t think to much about saniaty in Bangkok. Then, you will be fine.

The Japanese loooove mayo on pizza — they pile it on, in criss-cross fashion, on top of the pie. I thought they were the only ones with strange pizza habits … until I saw your Thai Pizza!

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