the Durian fruit is always decribed as "smells like hell and taste like heaven" and this spiky and stinky fruit is commonly found in south east asia and there are various cultivars of this wonderful fruit, and for me, thailand has the sweetest cultivars of this fruit (better than in singapore, indonesia, malaysia and the philippines) and the inside of this fruit, which is creamy and yellowish white, the creamiest and most custard like flavor is in the thai cultivars of Durian! and you can buy this sweet fruit everywhere in bangkok, availabe either in it's unopened spiky form and the prepacked styrofoam containers. Prices vary, from 100 to 150 baht for a 250 grams in a containers at street stalls (depending on your haggling skills) and 110 to 120 baht at supermarkets.
thailand is a powerhouse in growing various fruits from around the world and it has a large fruit agro-industrial industry besides the traditional rice growing. evidence of this is that you can buy assorted fruits and fresh fruit drinks in Bangkok Streets, which are sometimes not seen in other South East Asian Countries and an example is the pomengranate. which is readily available. the pomengranate is popular in the middle east, but the thais have successfully cultivated and propagated this wonderful fruit and you can buy the pomengranate juice anywhere in bangkok and the cost of fresh pomengranate juice, which is made in front of you via a juicer, is about 40 baht, which is very cheap as it will cost you 3 times that amount when buying in the middle east.
you would notice that the sex industry of bangkok is alive and kicking even is you are not in the red light district areas like patpong or soi cowboy or nana plaza. why? even if you are shopping in the respectable malls, you would notice in the men's restrooms, that they have condom vending machines that sells 2 regular condoms for 10 baht (see my pictures here in this tip) just beside the vending machines for facial tissue papers. some hotels (even the respectable ones!) even have condoms ready at the rooms and you are charged accordingly if you used them
During Songkran, most office buildings, banks as well as family-run shops and restaurants shut down completely, while big shopping malls usually remain open.
During Songkran,Thais throw water at each other forgood reason. The meaning behind the splashes is to symbolically wash off all misfortunes in the past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh new start.
Again, as everyone would know by now, not only do I collect fridge Magnets but also shot glasses and here in tourist friendly thailand, there are literally tons and tons of assorted souvenir items to choose from and among these are my favorite shot glasses and they are available anywhere in bangkok, mose so at the main tourist areas and the shot glasses have lots of different designs and logos imprinted on them and are available in regular glass, stained glass, frosted glass, aluminum, pewter, painted glass, etc. a shot glass will cost 150 baht if you don't know how to haggle but it will go down to 60 baht if you know how to haggle. buy one now.
I'm an avid collector of fridge or refrigerator magnets of my travels and here on a revisit in Thailand and Bangkok is no different and being a tourism oriented country, it has a wide selection of assorted souvenir items and tons and tons of assorted fridge magnets of all designs and shapes and are made from magnetized strips, aluminum with magnet pins inside, wooden carvings with magnets, pewter fridge magnets, porcelain fridge magnets and a whole lot more. they are available everywhere in Bangkok and the average price of a fridge magnet withour haggling is 100 baht but you can bring it down up to 60 baht if you are good in haggling skills!
Thais from all walks of life still have deep respect and a genuine affection for their royal family. You will find pictures of the King adorning not just every public building but even holding pride of place in most private homes. All television channels devote at least half-an-hour every evening to a round-up of the royal family’s activities for the day and you will have to stand to pay your respects to His Majesty before every film or public performance of any kind. Speaking disrespectfully or jokingly about any member of the royal family in Thaiwill make you go to jail since Thailand still has leste majeste laws! (leste majeste law means is is a crime to defame the king) thailand may be a democracy but criticising the king is sill taboo and is punished by 12 years in prison!
In Thai cuisine green curry is one of the spicier variations of curry (the spiciest is the southern thailand favorite the indian inspired massaman red curry!). The thickness of the sauce varies with the amount of coconut milk used. The main ingredients are coconut milk, green curry paste, eggplant, sugar, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and thai basil leaves. Thai curries are names from their color, not for the spiciness. The paste is briefly fried in a wok and coconut milk is added, then the meat and vegetables added along with a pinch of brown sugar. Finally, kaffir lime leaves and thai basil are added just at the end of cooking for fragrance.
Thai green curry can be made with meat, chicken, fish or vegetables and is usually eaten as an accompaniment to rice or round rice noodles known as "khanom jeen".
Also Available in Packs like in the picture, Available at Foodland Supermarkets and other Supermarkets like in tesco or Big C and at the 7-11 stores or family mart stores in Bangkok for 18 Baht (0.620 USD) a pack!
Dried fruits (or dehydrated fruits as thai's would say) are plentiful in bangkok, you can buy them anywhere. they cost about 90 baht (3 USD) a pack and you can select from many kinds like pineapple, mango guava, tamarind, pomelo, jackfruit and a lot more! It is cheaper to buy in MBK than in places like Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Central World or Gaysorn. so when it thailand, buy these assorted sweet and dried fruits!
Abalone (from Spanish Abulón) are a species of shellfish (mollusks) from the Haliotidae family The meat of this mollusk is considered a delicacy in certain parts of Latin America (especially Chile), South East Asia, and East Asia and some abalone are fermented and developed into abalone sauce, which is similar to oyster sauce in flavor and acts as a flavor enhancer of soups, stir fried dishes, braised meats, vegetable soups, wet noodles and a lot more! The thais have their own abaolone suace is is a little spicy. it is best as a flavor enhancer for stewed dishes. you can buy them at the convenience stores and supermarkets around bangkok.
Instant Thai Fried Rice Seasoning! with english instructions. You can make thai fried rice at your home with it. I bought many of this packs at Foodland Supermarket for only 24 Baht (0.73 USD) each! You can also buy them at assorted convenience stores around bangkok like in 7-11 storesm family mart, tesco stores and more. It has no spiciness whatsoevr so if you want to make your thai fried rice spicy when cooking, then add fresh chilies or chili powder. you can add any topping you want like pork, beef, shrimp, chicken, seafood or a combination of all.
Like Most Countries in the East Asian and South East Asian Region, Thialand has a sweet tooth and tbhey have numerous sweet desserts and sweet snacks that you can think of of which some are similar to other southeast asian sweets (like in vietnam, cambodia, laos, malaysia, philipiines. etc). You can buy these assorted thai sweets everywhere and prices start at 10 to 80 baht, depending on the quantity and on the ingredients. Examples of thai desserts include Pun Crib, Khao Tang, Krong Kraeng, Khao Niaw Ma Mauang, Thai Spring Roll, and more! Dee Licious!
Thai Pork Sausage which are similar to Chinese pork sausages. Best as topping for Asian Fried Rice or an ingredient to chop suey or even as topping for fried or wet noodles. Available everywhere in Bangkok, I Bought This is Foodland Supermarket in front of my hotel for 40 Baht (1.32 USD). They also sell these kind of pork sausages at the street food stalls together with the barbecued meats like pork, chicken, beef, satays, innards and more. these thair pork sausages are spicy! so it is best to have a thai iced tea handy when eating it.
Mango with sticky rice is a sweet south east asian invention. It is composed of Ripe yellow Mango with glutinous sticky rice and sometimes flavored with brown sugar or coconut milk. I don't really know which country started it but it is the BEST DESSERT! Here in Thailand it's called "Khao Niaw Ma Muang" and it the Philippines, it is called "Suman sa Lihiya at Mangga". Look at the Pictures here for the similarities of Both! It is available everywhere in bangkok and prices starts at 40 baht!
Chicharrones is a popular dish that originated in Spain and became popular in Latin America, Philippines, Guam, Mexico and others. The singular form, chicharrón, is also used as a mass noun. They are usually made with different cuts of pork, but sometimes made with ram meat. In Puerto Rico chicharrones are also made with chicken, in Argentina with beef, and in Peru with chicken or fish.The pork rind type is the skin of the pork after it has been seasoned and deep fried. In Mexico they are eaten in a taco or gordita with salsa verde. In Latin America they are eaten alone as a snack, with cachapas, as a stuffing in arepas or pupusas, or as the meat portion of various stews and soups.
This Thai version of Chicharrones, called chainarong differs primarily from Spanish Type in that it is Very Thin in texture but is also crispy. It costs 140 baht (4.50 USD) a 250 mg pack and is available everwhere. I bought this at Siam Paragon and at MBK.
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