It’s a good thing Auntie Krista likes noodles. Or maybe it’s a bad thing. It’s hard to tell some days.
In Thailand there are just so many noodles. I’d like to eat all of them but I’m not sure I could. So I try to eat as many as I can.
Today Uncle Richard joined me for lunch at my favorite pad thai spot close to my office. It’s a little stand in a HUGE food tent/building down the street from where I work. There must be over a hundred food vendors selling everything from roast duck to Vietnamese sandwiches to pancakes. But one of my favorites is the pad thai stand.
They serve three different kinds of pad thai. One is with shrimps, one is with prawns and one is with chicken (called “gai” in Thai). I always order the gai because, well, I’m allergic to crustaceans. Other things I always do include adding lots of crushed peanuts, leeks, bean sprouts, banana blossoms and red chili flakes.
Eating in the food tent can get a little warm but I like to do it so we can avoid having to use plastic take away containers. Then, after lunch, I like to get a fresh coconut water smoothie. But I’m going to have to do a whole other post on coconut because they have so many great coconut foods here.
I did a little Internet research to learn more about the origins of pad thai . Apparently, during World War II, Thailand faced a rice shortage and the government promoted noodles as a popular lunch choice because, even though the noodles are made of rice, they use less rice than, well, rice. The slogan was “noodle is your lunch.”
Now that’s some propaganda I can get behind! I will continue to do my part for the war effort, even though the war is long over 🙂
Another noodle dish I eat for lunch at least once a week is Ba Mee Moo Dang. Isn’t that fun to say? Ba Mee means noodles, moo means pork, and dang means red. Or so I’ve been told.
This dish is basically what it’s name means, delicious Thai-style roast pork with egg noodles, lots of greens (I ask for extra) and a sauce made with soy sauce, pepper and chilies. You can order it with soup but I get it dry. Sometimes I get green noodles too. This always reminds me of Dr. Suess. Green egg noodles and ham anyone?
If you want to try to make red Thai-style roast pork at home I found this recipe adjusted for American ingredients.
And if you want to watch a super fun video about eating ALL the noodles in Bangkok, I highly recommend this one:
Can’t wait to eat noodles together in Thailand some day soon. Maybe we can make our own super awesome video!
Love, Auntie K