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    BANGKOK CRISPY DRIED LOTUS SEEDS SNACK

    by selagor11 Updated Jul 1, 2014

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    Thailand Crispy Dried Lotus Seeds
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    Favorite thing: If you plan to visit Thailand and intend to bring home some souvenirs but are clueless what to buy, i'm understand, since you have yet to set foot in Thailand. But as you touch down and visit the places of interests in Thailand you may want to know what products / items are a true representation of Thailand, so you can look out for them during your visit.

    There are obviously many items that can help you take back a little piece of Thailand, but, here I proposing a authentic souvenir ideas that are pretty to look at and can be bought without burning a hole in the pocket.
    YEAH,I thinking of Thai CRISPY DRIED LOTUS SEEDS SNACK!

    Crispy Dried Lotus Seeds is one of the popular local snack in the state of Bangkok,Thailand.
    Lotus seeds are obtained from the lotus flower. The lotus seeds popped like popcorn and eaten.

    These seeds are highly useful in terms of nutritional benefits. They are the edible seeds of lotus flower which can be roasted or fried. These are used in many dishes of Thailand. They are also considered as very pious food and used in many rituals. Along with this they are also highly beneficial in terms of nutritional values.
    Just 140THB for a nice box packaging as picture.

    You can buy these almost everywhere around Bangkok...especially in supermarket (The Mall, Tops, Rimping...), groceries and even in night bazaars.

    Fondest memory: smiles, local snack, local food,Crispy Dried Lotus Seeds

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    Spicy Dried Meats, Seafood and Fruits

    by machomikemd Written Nov 1, 2013

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    Favorite thing: thailand is known the world over as a nation who loves spicy food and even when you are shopping dried fruits, dried meats and dried seafoods in Bangkok, the difference is that although this kind of dried foodstuffs are available in other east asian and south east asian countries, thailand made theirs unique by adding hot stuffs like chilli peppers and chili leaves at these dried foodstuffs, to make tham uniquely thai. you can but these assorted dried foodstuffs around bangkok and prices depends on the kind of spicy dried food stuffs you are buying, like a pack of spicy dried squid at 120 baht, a pack of spicy dried juvenile crabs at 150 baht, a pack of spicy dried or pickled fruit at 60 to 80 baht a pack.

    Fondest memory: lots of dried and spicy food stuffs in bangkok.

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    Ready Made Thai Curry Sauces

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 1, 2013

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    Favorite thing: althoug you can buy the packed thai curries (green curry, red curry, yellow curry, massaman curry) at supermarkets and convenience stores arond bangkok, you still need the additional aromatic flavors of thai spices like galanggal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and right concentrations of fish sauce, lime juice and chilli peppers to make your favorite thai dishes such as tom yum or tom kha gai. it's a good thing that the supermarkets and the duty free stores offer the all in one thai curries in plastic packs and inside include the pre packed concentratied curry, the dried aromatic herbs and spices, the lime juice and fish sauce at separate containers, which you can now mix in your kitchen and then add the ingredients like fish, shrimp, meats, mushrooms and more. it also has an english step by step instructions on how to mix the ingredients.

    prices are 70 baht at supermarkets and 98 baht at the duty free stores (as compared to 25 baht for the powdered thai curry in supermarkets).

    Fondest memory: these pre-packaged thai curries are more expensive than the regular powdered thai curries sold at supermarkets, but at least you don't need to find the necessary additional flavors to cook authentic thai curry dishes,

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    Massaman Chicken Curry

    by machomikemd Written Oct 23, 2012
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    Favorite thing: Massaman Curry originated in India but it's popularity spread to all around asia as the Indian Diaspora began in the middle ages and many settled in southern thailand where this dish became really popular and made into a thai favorite ad they have adapted it to thai cooking and is now popular in the central thai areas and bangkok as well. It's a fragrant yellow curry that incorporates lemongrass and nuts and coconut milk. chicken massaman curry consists of chicken thighs, drums or breast, preferably with bones and skin on, potato, coconut cream and milk, roasted peanuts and seasoning with palm sugar, fish sauce, tamarind juice and massaman curry paste and is available everywhere in bangkok too, one order costs 40 baht at food stalls and street carts.

    Fondest memory: taste the sauce of the massaman chicken curry first as it is usually the spiciest chicken curry dish in thailand.

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    Soft Drinks, Sodas

    by machomikemd Written Oct 23, 2012
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    Favorite thing: If you are really a soda or softdrinks junkie and would just want to drink soft drinks and bottled water when travelling, instead of trying the local favorite drinks in the country you visited. then don't despair as thailand and bangkok has your fix of Soft Drinks and Sodas! they have a large selection of soft drinks and you can buy them everywhere, even at the fast food stands and at the local KFC's, Mc Donalds, Burger King, Th Pizza Company and at the assorted local food stalls and supermarkets and convenience stores all around bangkok. for a 330 ml alunimun can of your favorite soda will cost 15 baht at the convenience stores and the bottled ones at 12 baht at the food stalls and up to 35 baht if buying really large cups at burger king!

    Fondest memory: lots and lots of soft drink choices

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    Thai Fish Sauce

    by machomikemd Written Oct 23, 2012
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    Favorite thing: Fish Sauce is really popular around south east asia and various south east asian countries like Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc has their own version and own ingredients and have different levels of saltiness. It is usually made with fermented anchovies, stored in jars with salt for months. In thailand, it is named Nam Pla and is s often used as a marinade for fish and meat, as well as a condiment (usually mixed with fresh-cut chilies and lime juice) and you can find it along with chili paste, chili sauce and soy sauce at tables at thai restaurants and food stalls, where it can be used as a dipping sauce. It adds flavor to the meal and is available everywhere and it costs 25 baht for a small bottle and 50 baht for a big bottle.

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    Thai Style Satay

    by machomikemd Written Oct 19, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Satay Style of Barbecuing Meats originated in Indonesia and spread to Malaysia and Indochina and eventually to thailand via the former malayan sultanates that became part of thailand. Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish, other meats, or tofu; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings.The thai version of the Satay Barbecue is also served with the peanut sauce but the difference is that the peanut sauce in Thai Style Satay is spicier than the malaysian and indonesian counterparts and there are many other sauces in the Indonesian Satay. Satays are available all over Bangkok and cost 20 baht a stick for the chicken and 22 baht for pork and 25 baht a stick for th chicken.

    Fondest memory: the thai style chicken satay barbecue with spicy peanut sauce!

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    Eating in Bangkok!

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 10, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The Thai cuisine can be ranked among the worlds best with an enormous diversity in dishes. Rice is of course the main ingredient but western food is also widely available. Be Careful! as it is a habit in Thailand to put entire chillies in the food, these are not for eating and remember: The smaller the chili the louder it will make you scream. Eating in Thailand is a social event, Thais therefore never order individual dishes but order a bunch of them and all share so if you don't like a certain dish you can safely switch. Also ttell the waiters or the people you order from to make the meal less spicy or no spiciness at all as not to make your stomach churn if you are not used to spicy foods.

    (pls see my restaurant and local customs tips for assorted thai foods, drinks and sweets!)

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    driinking water

    by adyw Written Mar 7, 2010

    Favorite thing: dont buy your bottled water in the Hotel, it is too expensive. "triple 7" type stores or mini supermarkets are usually opposite the big hotels or they are always only a few steps donn the street. buy a pack of bottled water so CHEAP!
    dont waste your money on buying expensive bottled water save it to spend on shopping for clothes, bags and shoes!

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    Sweetest Tamarind in the World!

    by machomikemd Written Aug 15, 2007

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    Thai Tamarind, Such Sweet Fruit!
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    Favorite thing: It is a tropical tree, native to eastern Africa, including parts of the Madagascar dry deciduous forests. It grows wild throughout the Sudan but has now been introduced into tropical Asia, Australia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The fruit pulp is edible and popular. It is used as a spice in both Asian and Latin American cuisines, and is also an important ingredient in Worcestershire sauce. The ripened fruit is sweeter, yet still distinctively sour, and can be used in desserts and sweetened drinks, or as a snack. In Thailand, there is a carefully cultivated sweet variety with little to no tartness grown specifically to be eaten as a fresh fruit. Ma-karm-See-Thong" is the name of the Tamarind Fruit Golden Sweet Tamarind in Thai language.

    the best ones come from Phetchabun Province. The fruit is, as the name suggests, a sweet variety of a fruit generally associated with an acid taste. After being peeled it is generally eaten fresh, though boiled in water it also makes a refreshing juice. Other, more sour varieties of tamarind are used in various cooked dishes for flavouring.

    You can buy this everywhere in Bangkok whether in Chautchak, MBK, Siam Paragon, Night Markets and even in My favorite Foodland Supermarkets. It cost 60 Baht for 500 grams and 120 Baht for 500 grams!

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    Consuming a grasshopper?

    by RoyJava Updated Jan 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Did you know most of the Western people has a weak immune system after eating out of cages. And because we stopped eating natural food like vegetables and meat grown in the wild, including insects! Our Western civilization is horrifying for eating grasshoppers, cockroaches, scorpions ... oh nooh, bug dishes are not at all that favourites with tourists visiting Bangkok. We get sick when just watching Thai people eating roasted, sugared mealworms, scorpion-soup and deep fried cockroaches. Seen on TV I always have to visit these street-stalls when going for a walk on a market, along the busy boulevard downtown ... where grasshoppers are tiptop today!

    Fondest memory: *LOL*, mjammie ... eating a bug isn't that bad, is it? Just the mass of these creepy creatures on a plate worries us, does it? I had some cicades, I had some worms once, and my grandmother used to be so good in preparing some other dishes I forgot the exact name. Walking in Pattaya and Bangkok I always am looking for the insects vendor carts on the market, even it still gives me the creeps! Nope,... I never had a grasshopper. Still ... it always will stay in my memory, heeheehhh

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    Taste the Local Flavor - "Noodles"

    by i-s-a Updated May 18, 2006

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    Fondest memory: We arrived late and there's not much time to grab anything to eat before going out to see the cabaret show. Our guide brought us to a street nearby and encouraged us to try what the locals were having....noodles!

    There's a portable cart full of veggies, squid balls, noodles, etc. One just have to point whatever ingredient she likes and the noodles will be cooked. You may wait at the tables and chairs provided at the sidewalk. Not the typical way to have your first dinner abroad but surely a good place to experience the local vibe. There are plenty of youngsters having their late meal.

    The food is simple but very tasty. I love the chili powder (but not too much of course) and the fish sauce they provide as condiment....surely an acquired taste!

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    This is from my first Bangkok trip in March 2004.

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    Taste the Local Flavor - "Grilled Sour Sausages"

    by i-s-a Updated May 18, 2006

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    May I have one please?

    Fondest memory: Also outside the National Museum, there's another one of those street foods that we love....the Sour Sausages. The taste is similar to "longanisa" that we have here at home but with a tangy twist.

    When in Bangkok...taste one and enjoy!

    Note:
    This is from my first Bangkok trip in March 2004.
    Part of the independent walk-tour I did with my mother.

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    Taste the Local Flavor - "Banana Pancake"

    by i-s-a Updated May 18, 2006

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    Fondest memory: Outside the National Museum there's this small push cart selling banana pancakes. Sliced banana is dipped in a batter and deep fried while you wait. So yummy and filling...my Mom can't wait to taste it ;0) It cost 5baht a piece.

    The vendor is very nice...he gamely posed and smiled for our souvenir photo.

    I would love to taste one again!

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    This is from my first Bangkok trip in March 2004.
    Part of the independent walk-tour I did with my mother.

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    Taste the Local Flavor - "Snacks of All Types"

    by i-s-a Written Apr 5, 2006

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    hay sarap!

    Fondest memory: Wherever I am, I can't resist sampling the local snacks and tidbits. At the photo you can see rice crispies, spicy anchovies and my favorite Thai sweets...tamarind!

    You can buy these almost everywhere around Bangkok...especially in markets, groceries and even in night bazaars. A good "pasalubong" to your friends too.

    Excercise your tastebuds and try these local specialties!

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