After a couple of weeks I’m back with another Asian classic, this time visiting the kitchens of Thailand (at least in my mind).
Today I’ve decided to share my version of Pad Thai, because it’s one of the most popular Thai dishes, yet not many people make it at home. But it’s much easier than you think. And of course I tuned the recipe up a bit, so it’s as nutritious as possible. That’s why I’m using spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Because it’s delicious, healthy and super easy to cook with. If you can get your mitts on this special variety of squash, you should definitely give my Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb) a try. It’s packed with fresh amazing flavours and nutrients.
When going to Thailand, many tourists are excited to see elephants. Maybe even to have an elephant ride… But thankfully the education of the public on this matter is spreading quickly and most travellers know better now. Know that riding an elephant shouldn’t be an option. That even though elephants are such huge animals even a small weight on their back can seriously hurt them. Not even mentioning the practice used by the owners to “tame” the elephants. Like separating babies from the mothers, starving the elephants or using bull hooks to manipulate the animal… Continue reading →
You don’t have to be a master chef to join a cooking class in Thailand. You don’t need to have any kitchen skills really. The only thing you’ll need is a love for food.
If you walk through the streets of any Thai town or city and your sensations are dazed by the smells from the small street stalls, you are on a good way to enjoy a cooking class. If your mouth gets watery just thinking about the next exotic dish you are going to try on your travels, you should consider learning how to bring the little adventure home with you. If you wonder what are the names of all the beautiful fresh herbs and spices, you’d most likely enjoy yourself watching how to use them in the traditional cuisine. Only if you don’t like Thai food, I would recommend to skip this experience during your trip. Otherwise, you should definitely give it a try.
Have you tried Chicken Larb, the traditional Thai chicken salad yet? If not, you definitely should. Because it’s an embodiment of freshness in a dish. It will awaken your senses with it’s tangy, yet savoury taste, leaving your lips pleasantly tingly from the chilli and your belly nicely full. Close your eyes and transfer yourself to the busy street stalls of Thailand.
If you are planning to visit Autthaya, you should hop on the train after and make one more stop in this small city near by. Lopburi is an ancient capital and actually one of the oldest towns in Thailand. It’s history going back more than 1000 years back. However nowadays it’s mostly known for a bit different reason than in the history. Lopburi is popular among the travellers because of the cheeky little monkeys sharing the city with humans.
If you are planning a trip from Bangkok to the North of Thailand, don’t forget to make a stop in this ancient capital on the way. It takes only a short ride and you’ll find yourself in a totally new (old) world.
Don’t get scared away when arriving to Bangkok for the first time. Yes, this city can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning. It’s full of people and even fuller of vehicles of all sorts. There are lots of new smells and flavours, not appealing to everyone at the commencement of the holidays. But if you give it more time, before quickly “escaping” to the islands, you will find yourself in a place that offers so much more than that. And it doesn’t have to be necessarily all about temples either.
So What To Do In Bangkok? Here is a list of my favourite things to do and spots to visit.
I always loved to try new meals and ingredients when possible. But it wasn’t so easy at all the times. Just so you know, I am from a small Czech town with 7000 residents, where the new is not accepted so easily sometimes. Just for example, apart from Czech restaurants, we have one Chinese restaurant and few pizza places in my hometown. And that’s as far as the curiosity of new things can get. I believe that these days it might be better and the young people are more open to the new flavours. But it will probably still take some time before the food mentality changes here.
Bangkok. You will most likely love it or you will hate it. There are no more feelings than that for most travellers. Many people told me not to worry about Bangkok when travelling to Thailand and don’t spend too much time there because I won’t like it, as it is busy and chaotic, bustling with people, full of smells and the traffic there is never ending. And they were right about it. Except one fact. I loved it!