Hey, hey, hey.
If I lived in Thailand, I’d be a gazillion pounds.
But for reals, their vibrantly colored food is so damn delicious- I couldn’t stop eating!
Obviously there’s a bunch of healthy options: mango, dragon fruit, avocado, chiles, ginger tea, salmon, snapper, water chestnuts, herbs, spices, etc.
And there’s a couple foods that were too good to pass up but not the most diet friendly…sup sticky rice, spicy margaritas, Red Rubies, & DRIED MANGO ( enjoyed in small amounts is fine, but I ate 300 pounds of it sooooooo… ).
Anyway, these are quick little snippets I took to share. From my experience, people in Thailand especially love these flavors: ginger ( or galangal ), coconut, mango, papaya, lime, mint, lemongrass, & hibiscus.
So basically, some of my top favorites.
I also like margaritas…so a special shoutout to this standout star, a spicy-ass margarita:
When I asked them for a margarita that burned my face off, I was happy that it actually burned my face off.
The spicier the better, guys.
BUT NOTHING WAS AS SPICY & DELICIOUS AS Tom Yum Goong ( << the names are kinda hard to pronounce…slash ordering room service was tricky ).
Tom Yum Goong soup was everything & more:
Firstly, lemongrass is the new black.
I’m literally adding it to everything in the world when I get back to California.
Tea, salad dressing, soup, freaking sticky rice, shower gel, Pixy’s diet, you name it.
Lemongrass has the most amazing benefits ( LIKE INSANE BENEFITS ). According to this source, “lemongrass is a source of essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate, and Vitamin C. It also provides essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, zinc, and iron, which are required for the healthy functioning of the human body. It offers no harmful cholesterol or fats. Lemongrass contains antioxidants, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds such as luteolin, glycosides, quercetin, kaempferol, elimicin, catecol, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid, all of which help in providing an impressive range of medicinal aids. The main component of lemongrass is lemonal or citral, which has anti-fungal and antimicrobial qualities, while also providing a distinct lemony smell. Some of the most well known health benefits of lemongrass include: detoxification, help with insomnia, cholesterol, fever, & infections.
SO LEMONGRASS IS KING.
Also, the soup is basically my dream guy, in soup form. It’s filled with chili pepper, cilantro, limes, lemongrass, hefty delicious mushrooms, shrimp, big onion slices, and galangal ( which is a root that tastes super similar to ginger! ).
Apparently it does wonders for the metabolism & it’s SO filling. I couldn’t believe how full & satisfied I was after a big bowl of Tom Yum Goong.
It was my routine to enjoy at least a bowl a day ( sometimes two!! ).
Totally will do a recipe post on this when I’m home. Read more about the soup’s benefits here.
Let’s also discuss THE BEST ( BEST/BEST/BEST/BEST ) dessert ever:
This dessert is so damn deceiving, guys.
There it sits looking all healthy with it’s plump, colorful mango slices & fresh mint.
It’s not as skinny as it looks.
Basically the rice part is sticky rice with tapioca starch, salt, & coconut milk on top ( that I’m 99% sure contains added sugar, boo f-ing hoo ). Honestly though? I didn’t let that tidbit of info get between me & this mango bliss.
I enjoyed this dessert every day.
So ya, I need a couple extra Pilate sessions & detox tea when I’m home.
Ginger tea, young coconut juice, & papaya salads were other favorites.
Oh ya, & Michael’s daily French toast habit was fun too…he just eats pancakes & French toast all day, everyday and doesn’t gain a pound:
One night a chef from the hotel came to our room & cooked us BBQ food ( see above ). I told him we wanted VERY spicy BBQ. This night was romantic, fun, & different and the food was extremely fresh. For dessert they served the coolest treat ever, Red Rubies. Basically it was water chestnut pieces in coconut milk. So yum.
And in true BBQ style, I may or may not have pulled out my iPhone & turned on Brazilian lounge music, #buzzed.
To be honest, the food just blew my mind in Thailand. So much so, that it needed a separate post from a Phuket recap.
…I mean we kind of just ate our way through Thailand.
Ok so, have you been to Thailand?! If so, where else should we visit there? As long as they have mango x sticky rice, I’m game.
– Lauryn, xx