When it comes to some of the more exotic food experiences the world has to offer, Thailand is one country that delivers! From the more traditional – spring rolls, satay skewers, noodle and curry dishes – to the more daring – fried chicken feet, grilled worms, fried grasshoppers – the options are endless.
On my recent visit to Thailand, I got the great opportunity to go on a food tour with a local guide. This particular tour came with a twist – it was water based! Waterways form a HUGE part of traditional Thai day-to-day life. They connect villages and are part of the local’s livelihood. The floating markets are also a tourist paradise filled with coconut juices, street foods and tons of shopping.
We started the tour with a Thai omelette on the deck of one of the boats, it was stuffed with bean sprouts, sweet radish, dried shrimp, with sprinklings of coconut, tofu, sugar and peanuts. As you can imagine from the list of ingredients it was a big explosion of flavours. I personally would have preferred a thicker layer of egg to temper the strong flavours, but overall the dish was surprising and very tasty!
After this satisfying start, the day only got better. We went on to taste 17 different local dishes from savoury to sweet and everything in between. The mackerel on a bed of rice stood out the most. The woman who made these at her stall is so famous that there were lines of people just waiting for her to start serving. For dessert we feasted on Thai pancakes, sweet dumplings, and fruits such as the dragon fruit which has a taste that combines mango and peach. Our tour ended with a big dinner filled with loads of seafood like the famous tom yum soup, scallops, and stuffed Thai grilled sea bass with some fried rice and noodles.
We also got to do some sightseeing by visiting a temple where locals were offering prayers, as well as walk through the famous train market. When the sound of the horn comes, all the stalls and food on the track are miraculously moved away in seconds, once the train passes, they are all put back within seconds like nothing even happened. The best part of the tour, was the fact that each and every dish was sourced from the area and skilfully created by the locals.
If one is ever confused about what to eat in Thailand, this authentic culinary experience leaves no room to miss out on anything.