Stories about Thai Food

Thai food blogs written by Richard:

Choosing a Cooking School in Chiang Mai
"A Lot of Thai" Cooking School
The Four Flavours
McDonalds in Thailand
What do monks eat for breakfast?
Thai Superstitions about Food
Eating Pork on a Hot Plate
Top 10 Thai Street Food
Top 10 Thai Food
Doing Atkins diet in Thailand
Fat Children in Thailand
Visiting a Thai Restaurant
Thai People and Meals

Cheese Sandwiches
Thai Food from the Central Region
Thai Food from the Northern Region
Thai Food from the Southern Region
Thai Food from the Northeastern Region
Top 10 School Lunches
Thai School Lunches
Thai School Snackshop
Eating Lunch at School

Thai food blogs written by Wit:

How to Make Iced Tea
Making Pad Baigrapao
Red, White and... Thai?

Thai Food Quizzes:

Thai Food Picture Quiz
Menu Decoder - Noodles
Menu Decoder - Curry
Menu Decoder - Rice
Menu Decoder - Soup
Thai Drinks
Thai Foodstalls
In the Thai Kitchen Quiz
Herbs & Spices Picture Quiz
Vegetables Picture Quiz

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Fried Noodles in soy sauce
Khanom Chun
Fried rice with pork
Stir-fried pork with holy basil
Tom Yum Kung
Stir-fried pork with long beans
Foi Thong - Golden Threads
Noodles in a thick gravy

Meals with Rice:

Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste
Chinese Chicken Rice
Chicken with Yellow Rice
Rice Porridge with Pork

Curries:

Yellow Curry with Chicken
Massaman Curry
Chicken and Wax Gourd curry
Stir-fried Chicken with Curry Powder
Sour Curry

Noodles:

Thai Fried Noodles
Noodles in Fish Curry

Soups:

Chicken Coconut soup

Seafood:

Fried Mackerel with Shrimp Paste Sauce
Fish Curry in a Cup
rolled wafer
Coconut Pudding with Mussels
Fish Cakes

Crispy Fried Catfish

Other Dishes:

Stir-fried Chicken with cashew nuts
Stuffed omlette
Rice Pancakes
Thai Sausages
Satay Pork in Peanut Sauce
Papaya Salad
Fried Quail Eggs
Fried Insects

Desserts:

Khanom Buang (Crispy Pancakes)
Khanom Jaak (Nipa Palm dessert)
Khanom La
Khanom Mor Gaeng (Custard Pudding)
Bananas in Syrup
Sticky Rice in Banana Leaves
Sticky Rice and bananas
Sticky Rice Slices
Steamed Pandanus Cake
Coconut Puddings
Ice Cream in a Bread Roll
Poorman's Pancakes
Pad Thai in an omlette

Restaurant Meals:

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2. learningthai.com
3. thailandguidebook.com
4. thailandlife.com
5. thaichatbox.com
6. top10thaimusic.com
7. gorsworld.com
8. thai-blogs.com
9. thaihypermarket.com
10. paknam.com

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Fat Kids in Thailand
Posted: 21st February 2005

I talked before about the eating habits of Thai people (see Thai People and Meals). I mentioned that they seemed to snack all day and still remain quite slender. However, this is not saying that there are no obese people in Thailand. Far from it. There are quite a few very chubby students at my school. I would go and take a picture of them now but my Western sense of decency would forbid it. However, if I asked one of my Thai computer teachers to take a picture, they would go and do it. Not only that, they would also tell the student and everyone within hearing distance exactly why I needed the picture! (see picture above)

To Thai people there is nothing wrong about this. After all, some people have nicknames from birth until adulthood that mean “fatty” or “piggy”. If you are fat then they will tell you without any malice. In fact, I had quite a few teachers last year point at me and say “fat” and “big big” and gestured with their hands which parts. (I had put on quite a bit of weight over the last year or so and the teachers were only too happy to point this out to me.)

I do believe that the reason why some people can snack all day and not get fat and others do is a lot to do with their diet. Many of the children today are snacking on Western junk food. Take a look at the canteen in our school for starters. Everything is deep fried. Then there is the toast which is covered in sugar and cream. I think that if the Thai people stick to Thai food only, then they would stay thin.

Newspapers are now reporting that 14% of Thai children are obese. They are mainly blaming Western fast food, like McDonalds. However, they also note that the new generation spends too much time watching t.v. and playing video games. They are not going out to play as much as they did in the past. I think all of these are contributing factors. At our school they are now trying to promote a healthy lifestyle by having a big aerobics session every Friday after assembly. What they probably need to do next is sort out the snack shop menu.

As I mentioned before, last year I became overweight and so I decided I should do something about it. I was getting too many jibes from the other teachers about it. I will tell you tomorrow which diet I went on and how I managed to lose 15 kilos in less than three months.

INTERESTING FACTS: According to the Kasikorn Research Centre, the country's quick-service restaurant industry is now worth about 12 billion baht a year. Of the total, chicken menus account for about 6.2 billion baht, 2.9 billion for burgers and another 2.9 billion baht for pizza. A survey in 2004 by market researcher ACNielsen showed that KFC was the leader in the chicken market with a 72% share, followed by McDonald's with 15% and Chester's Grill at 11%. In the burger market, however, McDonald's is the leader with a 72% share, followed by KFC with 24% and the rest shared among other brands.

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