We had ‘10 Typical Phuket Dishes‘ and ‘10 Best Really Local Restaurants‘, and even ‘10 Fried Insects for Gourmets‘ now we need to move on to serious susiness: ’10 Hardcore Thai Food, only for the Brave’… Will you dare?
I will skip insects and focus on real dishes Thai people cook daily and really enjoy. After 22 years in Phuket I still can’t eat several of them, but I can tell when someone had some for lunch! Some look weird, some smell really bad, some taste terrible and some get all of it.Be daring! Try some of them when you visit! From the ‘Toughest’ to the ‘Less scary’ I give you the ’10 Hardcore Thai Dishes’ you have to try to say you have ‘Really Been in Thailand’
Sato is a local big seed smelling like cooking gas and growing inside a huge pod at the top of tall trees. Fried in shrimp paste and garlic, chili, fish sauce and lime.
The name means fish kidneys soup but in fact, it’s made with fish guts in general… add carrots, green beans and fak (don’t laugh, that’s a Thai veggie! a kind of gourd), turmeric and shrimp paste.
A fish soup best when done with a home made shrimp paste using garlic, galangal, lemongrass lots of chili, turmeric roots, plenty of local herbs, shallots, dry fish and curry paste. Put everything in a mortar and reduce to a pulp, which takes hours.
Boiled bamboo shoots salad north-eastern style (Isan) with mint leaves, shallots, ya-nang leaves and crunchy rice bits! On the good side: it has very little calories, great for diet! (if you can eat it)
Tam Sua means ‘Whatever goes’: Small rice noodles, shredded raw papaya, some kind of pickles, raw bean sprouts, chili, fermented fish and salted fermented black crab.
A really unusual dish made with the eggs of a horse shoe crab (Mang Da Talay) that resembles a prehistoric crawly, mixed with grated green mango, chili, and lime. Read more…
Deep fried Pork giblets: intestines, ears and fat belly, pork skin, well you get the picture: all the least appetizing parts of the pork, served with sweet brown sauce.
‘Nom Vou’ is a simple dish made with cow’s breasts, or tits, or whatever you want to call it. It’s very rubbery and gives you the impression of chewing on your mom’s breast… awkward.
A pungent violet shrimp paste with chili dip, served with uncooked strange green vegetables: green beans, raw wing beans, raw eggplants, raw cabbage.
Supposed to be great for your skin with the large amount of collagen contained, it’s half way between chewy, cartilaginous and a bit slimy too. For the rest, well… look at the photo.