Day 23 Vegetarian Thai Food: Chocolate Ice Cream, Mushroom Salad, Eggplant Salad

By Mark Wiens 3 Comments

If you’re joining us for the first time, we’re attempting to eat vegetarian Thai food for the entire month of July 2011 in order to raise money for charity. Follow us for everyday blog updates and read more about the cause here.

Raw Chocolate Ice Cream
Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

Breakfast

For breakfast today I was a lucky man and had the privilege of enjoying a few incredible raw food chocolate treats from De-Hydrated Modern Living Cuisine (If you haven’t seen their site, check it out now! – more info and photos to come soon). Imagine this – naturally rich nutty chocolate that’s actually good for you!

MBK Vegetarian Food
MBK Vegetarian Food

Lunch

Out of conveniently being in Siam, I went back to MBK on the 6th floor food court to eat at the vegetarian restaurant. Though I’ve been there a couple times, I gaurentee that I will never be able to walk into MBK and just immediately find the food court – it’s one of the most confusing places in the world.

Just got a mixed 3 item plate that runs 50 THB.

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Larb het (mushroom salad)
Yam makua (eggplant salad)
Yam makua (eggplant salad)
Som tam Thai
Som tam Thai

Dinner

Had a fantastic dinner meeting today with Gideon who runs Quivertree World Family Expeditions along with his family and wife who runs Dizzy Whisk cooking classes for kids.

I decided to go to one of my personal favorite Isan restaurants in Bangkok: Som Tam Boo Maa.

The top dish is larb het (mushroom salad), normally made with minced pork or fish, except this version was exclusively made with a variety of mushrooms. It had that fantastic larb seasoning but with chewy straw mushrooms!

The next dish did include a hard boiled egg, but below the egg was roasted egg plant in a dish called yam makua (eggplant salad). It was delicious, the taste of roasted eggplant covered in a sweet spicy dressing.

It’s almost impossible to go to an Isan restaurant and not eat som tam, though it must be eaten without the dried shrimp (mai sai goong haeng) for it to be veg.

I had a wonderful day and I met some great folks!

 



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  • Oh

    6 years ago

    I love Som Tam too. But I’m not a vegetarian so I like it with shrimp :-)

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      I’m with you Oh! For the vegetarian challenge I ate som tam without shrimp and it was good, but I do love shrimp too!