Thailand

Breakfast around the world

What’s for breakfast where you are? In some countries, sweet foods are the norm. In others, breakfast is always savoury. Sometimes it’s a light meal, other times it’s a filling dish that will keep you going for many hours.

Selected from our previous posts and photos posted in our Picture Postcards photo group, here’s what PocketCultures readers and contributors around the world are eating for breakfast.

Italy

cappuccino-e-brioche
Photo by Marcello

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January 12, 2011 16 comments

Best of of 2010: a world tour in twenty-three posts

We’d like to say goodbye to 2010 wıth a world tour of favourite posts from each of our contributors. Here they are, in the order in which each one celebrates midnight. Happy New Year!

Marie (New Zealand): The New Zealand Dairy

Where would Kiwis be without the local dairy? Certainly situations such as running out of the milk needed for the perfect cup of tea or not having enough snacks to share while watching a film on TV could get quite hairy.

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December 31, 2010 2 comments

Khao Chae: A Cooling Thai Summer Treat

April is the start of the Thai summer. Actually it’s one big hot summer all year long here in Thailand, but this particular month is important. Not only that it is the hottest month of the year, it’s also the month that we celebrate our Thai new year, known as Songkran.

Songkran isn’t just about its famous water festival, but it is also a time to refresh oneself, to turn over a new leaf, to start afresh.

So I’d like to introduce you to one of the most refreshing treats to be had this Summer. The dish is not as popular or well-known as phad thai or tom yum kung, but it does have a significant role in Thai culture — Khao Chae.

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April 12, 2010 3 comments

Back to Bangsaen

Thai retro cool

I am a huge fan of anything retro. I collect film cameras and I wear clothes my grandmother thinks are fashionable.

So I was ultimately crushed when I heard that there will be a Bangsaen Retro Festival this coming weekend (Feb 26-27), the very weekend I am on assignment to the opposite side of the country.

To help me cope, I’d like to share with fellow PocketCulturers about this interesting event, just in case you or someone you know will be in the country/town this weekend.

Bangsaen is a small beach town in the province of Chonburi, in the same province as the infamous Pattaya. Popular more among locals than tourists, Bangsaen is many locals’ first choice of a beach getaway as it is close to Bangkok and it doesn’t carry the same stigma as a scandalous destination as Pattaya.

The festival will take visitors back to Bangsaen’s glory days before the cluttered beaches and rows of concrete hotels. People are encouraged to dress up in 1960s fashion and there will be old school activities such as ballroom dancing by the beach and orchestra concerts, as well as exhibition of art and photographs and antique store booths available.

So if anyone is planning to head to Pattaya this weekend, take a detour to Bangsaen instead for something different and refreshing.

For more information and photos from last year’s event, check out Tourism Authority of Thailand‘s website (in Thai) or a writeup by Pattaya Daily News (in English).

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February 25, 2010 2 comments

Hot, Sweet, Salty, Sour

The four major flavours in South East Asian cuisine are hot, sweet, salty, and sour and the clever cook will get a good balance into each dish that they cook. This photo contributed by Gnarlykitty on Flickr shows the condiments you see on every table in Thailand.

It includes some chilli, sugar, fish sauce, and vinegar for the diner to add in the proportions they feel fit.

Thai Condiments

Do you have interesting food photos you’d like to show on Pocketcultures? Join our Food of the World Flickr group where we are always on the lookout for new images.

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January 29, 2010 Comments disabled

Thai takeaway

Sweet and refreshing Thai iced tea

Drink in a bag photo by Shanti, shanti on Flickr

Takeaway meals and drinks come in all manner of containers around the world. Did you know that a popular way to take away food in Thailand is in bags? You can even order a drink to take away and it will come in a bag with handles and a straw stuck in for sipping.

You can attach the bag on to your motorbike handles or the little hook on the back of the seat in front of you on the bus. Very convenient, but just remember not to set it down!

We love food photos from all over the world. If you have a great pic to contribute, go ahead and join our Flickr group where we are always looking for delicious things to post.

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January 22, 2010 7 comments