I stayed just 2 days in Bangkok (BKK), and I am now in Na Harn, a relatively sleepy beach town on the southern end of Phuket. Phuket itself is an island off the southern coast of Thailand. Yes, it is a tropical paradise, and so is the food. If I were not training Thai boxing I would have been plumper than a Jenny Craig dropout in a Krisp Kremes. The transition is quite interesting. Of course BKK is straight Thai food, however the heavy European tourism influence means that restaurants here always have a dual menu: Thai menu and Euro/western menu. This would make for a interesting breakfast, but more on that later.
On my first day I visited the famous MBK mall in BKK. They have a huge food court that sells Thai food, I did not see any chains I recognized. All the food cooked when to order in front of you. I ordered chicken with flat noodles, and got me a coconut (top chopped off) so I can drink the coconut water. Its an interesting position when your palate tells you you are at a Thai restaurant and your senses remind you that you are in a food court. Their entire approach to food and food service is different. And that was just "asian mall food".
I stayed one day at 13 coins hotel so I can train alongside and get a photo-op with currently the best pound for pound Muay thai fighter in the world. Training was brutal but I got my photo-op from a very gracious champ who loved that I came from America just to meet him. The hotel was a dive..but it made a big promise on food. AFter a good workout I sauntered down at 1030AM for a good breakfast of Hot Duck Curry. What strikes you is how exceptionally good every meal here is. it is like having food at the best Thai joint every time. The duck curry had chunks of pineapple, mushrooms and some basil leaves alongside an order of sauteed snow pea tips . The creamy coocnut curry was a perfect balance of heat, spice and sweetness: a veritable sensual massage for your tongue..a foodgasm. It was so good that I tipped my young pretty server quite well. She rewarded me by stating in her not so good english that I was very cute and asked if I had a girlfriend !? Wow..even the food has a happy ending=)
However my most interesting foodie experience come as I was leaving BKK airport. Apparently Bangkok Air doesnt have you sit at a gate, they have a lounge and wait for your boarding time They have free finger food: a sandwich with a spiced chicken deli meat, and some banana and papaya sticky cakes..and one that was wrapped in banana leaves. And of course when not in the US, you always have Nescafe coffee!. It was most refreshing, these locally inspired hors douevres.