One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must
regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti
Well said, Mr. Pavarotti. And yes, yes it is.
I didn’t have to go to Thailand to fall in love with Thai food. It’s always been a favorite. Thank Buddha, in Thailand it was better than I’d even dreamed! Multiple flavors in every bite, all fresh ingredients, brightly colored concoctions – with proteins and grains taking a serious backseat to nuts and exotic fruits and vegetables. My kind of eating. Guy’s favorite Thai foods include curry, while mine include coconut or coconut milk, or both. While visiting Thailand, we never ate the same thing twice and often shared dishes. We ate a lot. And often. And did I mention a lot?
I find it funny that some doctor, at a clinic my mother went to before traveling to Asia, told her to avoid the street food in Thailand. She may have meant to avoid street food as a general rule, with which I can’t sweepingly disagree. But using your common sense, and eschewing filth and obvious signs of mold or rot, street food in Thailand is some of the absolute best cuisine. (And for the record, I never saw mold or rot anywhere. Urine soaked trash, yes. Mold? Rot? No.)
I’m a huge supporter of going right ahead and eating Thai street food. I’m jinxing myself, but I’ve never so much as had a wave of nausea eating or drinking in a foreign country. Yes, I know it happens. No, I don’t want to hear the horror stories.
Then again, the restaurants are equally incredible. I have never been happier to eat out every single day, for breakfast. Second breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. And snacks. And desserts. And coffee. Miraculously, I didn’t gain an ounce. Thai food is among the healthiest in the world (the fried bananas notwithstanding), and we took advantage of our time to swim at the hotels and walk a lot around the cities, too. If I had stayed another month, maybe I’d have gained weight and be looking more like the famous tenor quoted above. I promise you, I’d still be singing the praises of Thailand’s cuisine.