Nothing compares to Thai food. The Thai people LOVE their food, in fact they generally eat so many times a day it will blow your mind, there is a constant flow of food. Thai food is one of the world’s great cuisines. It combines a variety of complex flavours and textures. The typical Thai ingredients include ginger, coconut milk, tamarind, lemon grass, lime, basil, turmeric, garlic, fish sauce and oyster Sauce.
Food is available everywhere; on street corners, in markets, on motorbikes and vans, in shopping malls and restaurants. Many top-rated restaurants and resorts have world-class chefs to create culinary wonders, which means that you can enjoy fabulous cuisine at a cheaper price than in the west.
Thailand is fast becoming a foodie’s destination of choice. You’ll find that dining out, snacking, and experimenting with new tastes is an integral part of your touring holiday.
Bold flavours are a defining characteristic of Thai food. The use of strong flavourings is common in most Thai dishes. Thai chilis add a fiery kick to most of foods. Lime leaves and lemongrass are frequently used and fish sauce delivers an authenticity to many dishes. Don’t be afraid to try out unfamiliar Thai foods.
One other unique thing about Thai food is the specialism. A family business might have generations of chefs cooking the same iconic dish. People will travel for miles to sample the best of the best.
What do we eat on tour?
You can be as conservative or as daring as you like.
- Breakfast: This will vary depending upon the remoteness of the accommodation. Thai style breakfasts will include rice, eggs and pork. But most of out venues will offer Western and Thai menus. The most common dish to start the day will be Pad Krapow Moo (Pork, chilli and basil, served with rice and a fried egg) or perhaps a soup of rice and pork mince.
- Lunch: Typically Thai style, with rice, noodles, meat and fish options.
- Afternoon snacks: Comfort foods such as fried pork, mango & sticky rice, seasonal fruits and barbeque meats.
- Evening meal: Aromatic fish & seafood, chicken and pork dishes, noodle dishes, curries, BBQ, and soups always form the core of all menus. The neal usually comes with copious amounts of fried rice (seafood and meat based).
- Street food: Vendors are simply everywhere selling every possible dish into the early hours.