#TravelTuesday – Issue #20 – Breakfast in Thailand – How to eat like a local for breakfast in Thailand!!!
One of the best parts of my vacation in Southeast Asia was enjoying the street food and no one is better at that than the Thai’s. When you go to Thailand, skip the hotel breakfast and enjoy the meal like the locals do…from streetside hawkers and roadside cafe’s.
How do you eat when on vacation? My philosophy has always been “When in Rome… you know the saying…
Why eat bacon and eggs when I can get that any time I want. I really don’t understand tourists who go to other countries and complain when they can’t get the food they are used to. If you want what you’re used to, stay home. My pet peeve is when I read reviews (and unfortunately its usually Americans) complaining about poor service if the restaurant did not include pancakes for breakfast as an example. You’re in another country. Why not explore the culture by stepping out of your comfort zone and eating breakfast the way the locals do.!
If you’re planning a vacation to Thailand, here’s just a few examples of some of the possibilities you can enjoy for breakfast if you take the plunge and eat like a local. Skip the continental breakfast at the hotel and explore. Thailand has one of the largest street food cultures in the world and it starts at breakfast.
What to Have for Breakfast in Thailand
1 – Khao Soi – Soup is a very common breakfast item in most of Asia. This is a delicious chicken noodle soup made with both boiled noodles and topped with deep fried noodle bundles. It originated in the northern city of Chiang Mai, but it is just as popular in Bangkok. You can get this at restaurants large and small, as well as street side vendors. This was my breakfast all of the three mornings I was in Chiang Mai. It encompasses the perfect balance of multi faceted flavors common in Thai foods. You can also check out my recipe here of this popular soup.
2 – Fried Chicken/Pork – On just about every street corner you can find Fried Chicken or Pork served with sticky rice in a small plastic bag. Sometimes it is served on a stick. Milk Pork is another common variation. Milk marinated pork which is very tender, again served with the ubiquitous Thai sticky rice.
3 – Sticky Rice – This is the staple grain of any meal that does not include noodles in Thailand. Any variety of savory dishes can be had with sticky rice. Here was one breakfast I had in Thailand with fried frog legs and sauteed morning glory with pork.
4 – Thai Toast – This is the closest thing you can get to an American breakfast. It’s very similar to French Toast, except it topped with sweetened condensed milk, instead of maple syrup. There is also a savory version of this made with shrimp and pork.
5 – Jok – Known as Jook in Korea and Congee in China, this thick rice porridge is a common breakfast item throughout Asia. Starchy sticky rice is cooked into a porridge consistency with a variety of meats and/or vegetables added. Flavored with fish sauce sauce and soy sauce in Thailand, it’s a tasty way to start the day.
Eat like a local and you will come back home craving Khao Soi..instead of pancakes!
Looking for what else to do in Bangkok – Check out this post for more ideas!
Ready to go to Bangkok and taste all the delicious food?