Living in London has really opened my eyes to the colossal amount of different cultures that inhabit the city. And a way that I love to explore these cultures is through the numerous varieties of cuisines that line the streets. Each exotic meal I try makes me just want to pack my bags and travel the world to these countries who’s food I enjoy SO much. One of my personal favourites has to be Thai food and so I’ve teamed up with Destination2.co.uk, for their exotic food campaign. They focus on incredible long-haul travel experiences, what better way to try out different cuisines than to actually visit the country itself and delve into their culture whilst trying out their national dishes and delicacies. So, what are you waiting for? begin your culinary adventure and visit the website!
Thailand is top of my traveling list. I’ve been toying with the idea of going for quite some time but just need to wait until I’m completely financially stable before forking out and not being able to pay my rent (although Destination2.co.uk‘s prices seem so incredibly good that I may just have to bite the bullet soon). I’ve heard so many good things from friends about the Thai way of life and all the exciting places to visit whilst you’re visiting…and more importantly…THE FOOD. It would be like a dream come true.
Until I head off on my dream holiday to Thailand, I’ll have to stick to working my way around all of the country’s food that has made it overseas to become a part of my staple diet. I’m currently in a phase of being addicted to noodles, I have them all the time, I just can’t get enough of the noodly goodness. One of my favourite Thai dishes has to be Pad Thai, which is probably one of the most well known Thai dish to countries abroad. For those of you who don’t know what a Pad Thai is, it’s a stir-fried rice noodle dish with egg which incorporates different types of meat including chicken, beef or prawn. However traditionally in Thailand it is mixed with tofu and dried shrimps, it has just been changed to use other meats to fit in with various foreign tastes! There’s a small market near my work that does an incredible Pad Thai on a Thursday so if you need to get your fix and you’re near Hammersmith I would definitely recommend that! Other favourite Thai dishes of mine include Tom Yum, which is a hot and sour style soup which is usually cooked with shrimp, sort of like a broth with a variety of boiled vegetables and all the spices your body could handle. Absolutely beautiful. As well as this I love Massaman curry which is a rich, mild style curry often made using either chicken or beef. If you’ve not had the chance to try one yet, I suggest you do!
I’d never been to a proper street food market until I moved to London and now I have ticked so many off my list! They’re such a good way to try a little bit of everything without spending too much money. They have a wide array of different foods and dishes from all over the world so you should easily be able to find something to tickle your fancy. And from what I’ve heard and seen on various programs and read in other places, Thailand has heaps of street food markets which are filled to the brim with all sorts of food (even food from other areas of Asia and all over the rest of the world) where you can pick up a bite to eat as you continue to look around for more dishes that take your fancy from other food stalls in the market. No need to limit yourself to just one! And also as these are often not as expensive as a dish would be in a restaurant, it means you could try being more adventurous and try things you normally wouldn’t want to splash the cash on. At these markets you can also try the weirder snacks and delicacies such as the various types of fried insects… I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to try this but I am also very intrigued to see what they’d taste and would love to be able to tell people ‘Oh, I ate a fried scorpion once!’
In England, there are a whole host of restaurants which specialise in Thai food (a lot of which also include other Asian menus such as Vietnamese and Malaysian). One of my favourites has to be Rosa’s Thai. If you’re ever in the mood for a Thai meal then definitely snap up a table here and I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.
There are so many areas of Thailand to explore, and one which I’d love to go and see for myself is Pattaya. Pattaya is a city in the east of Thailand and is only around 100km from Bankok. It has hundreds of places to stay and eat and is a family-friendly resort. I’d love to go and see the Khao Phra Tamnak which is a Buddhist temple as well as the breathtaking Sanctuary of Truth. But would also just like to be able to lounge around on one of the gorgeous beaches with a cocktail and feel like a queen. You can check out some of Destination2.co.uk’s Pattaya holidays by clicking HERE