Having rashly quit our jobs and sold our house recently, my boyfriend and I are now spending a few months outside the UK, our first stop being Thailand.
My boyfriend’s dad has retired here and is married to a Thai lady, which makes all food experiences much easier and more varied. They are based near Pattaya, which is notorious for many things, but has a lot of excellent places to eat for all budgets.
On our first morning, feeling a little jet-lagged, we picked up some drinks at a small coffee shop. I opted for a Lychee Blitz, which is a fruit and ice blend, although I suspect it included some syrup as it was sweet and had a pink tinge to it. We returned to the car for a brief trip onwards to a small road-side restaurant, bringing our drinks with us.
Our hosts outlined a few of the more popular dishes, and we plumped for the “gaeng jued tam luang” (phonetic representation!) which I was advised translates as “bland soup with coccinia grandis leaf”.
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These biscuits pop up all over the place. They seem to be a staple of every bakery and supermarket, in the latter sold in packs of four.
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After clearing up the mystery of pineapple tarts for me, my boyfriend’s niece brought up macaroni pies. “Macaroni pies?” I queried hesitantly, trying to equate pasta and pies. There was no mistake though, it is essentially macaroni cheese in a pie.
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Thus far, I’ve only encountered these in a pack of four assorted tarts, so am not entirely sure they are specific to Scotland. Vague snippets of information on the internet seem to support the theory, but until I see them more widely available, I’m going to reserve judgement.
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While idling round the supermarket, I noticed a packet of large (maybe 15cm in diameter), flat, raisin-studded pancakes. Upon studying the label, I saw these were called “Fruit Crumpets”. Adjacent was a fruit-free version called simply “Crumpets”.
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