1. Green is the hottest curry
If it doesn’t have basil, it’s not a green curry. And all these years I’ve been using coriander. #fail
tell her, green is the hottest curry.
2. You always want what you can’t have
I’ve never really made friends with the fruit of my youth: apples, oranges and most disgusting of all, bananas. But in Thailand tropical fruit was my daily breakfast delight: dragon fruit, rose apples, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, rambutan and the sweetest of all, mangosteen.
I want to eat tropical fruit every day. You always want what you can’t have and my cooking teacher James lamented the sour strawberries that grow in his country’s north. I left him with my homemade strawberry jam.
3. The flavours of Thailand are awesome
Rooftop bars proliferate Bangkok’s skyline and so we found ourselves at a couple in the hip Sukhumvit where the cocktails and bar snacks are abundant. At Above Eleven, a three-level roof bar you enter off the 32nd floor of the Fraser Suites you’ll find a Peruvian-Japanese inspired menu that blends flavours like chimichurri sauce and sushi, and Pisco-based cocktails.
The most delicious donut ever was fried in the Phuket markets and served with a papaya and coconut cream dipping sauce.
4. Stop for street food
We ate food from street vendors steaming hot and cooked in front of us. Heaped plates of Pad Thai at Khao San Road market, huge spring rolls wrapped in basil leaves at the floating markets and freshly juiced pomegranates.
5. Remember your manners at the breakfast buffet
Food buffets bring out bad behaviour. This isn’t Thai specific, but I found myself reflecting on the phenomena at the Centara Karon breakfast buffet. It’s the equivalent of mass clearance sales where shoppers force their way through Department store doors to grab the bargain. Calm the farm. If you find yourself in a buffet, there’s food enough for all! And don’t forget to say excuse me, or just wait your turn