Day 4 Vegetarian Thai Food: Durian, Stir Fried Noodles, Tropical Fruit Buffet
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Thailand is a paradise for tropical fruit lovers, and I consider fruit to be one of the best things to eat – even when I’m not vegetarian!
I steered from the normal routine of oatmeal on Day 4 (this being the American Independence Day), and decided to just go fruit crazy. Here are the prices of the fruit I got in the market today:
- Mangosteen – 20 THB per kilo (bought 2 kilos)
- Pineapple – 20 THB
- Durian – 60 THB per kilo
- Watermelon – 10 THB
- Bunch of Bananas – 30 THB
- Passion Fruit – 40 THB per kilo (Note: Very rare at markets in Thailand, but a guy happens to sell passion fruit right by my apartment, Bangpakok Market).
I will write a review soon of this restaurant that I ate ate at for lunch, but it’s basically a strictly “Jay” Chinese family that lives and operates a tiny vegetarian restaurant right near my apartment, Bangpakok Market.
- Kuay Teow Sen Mee Leung Jay – Sen mee yellow stir fried noodles (NO egg in the noodles, he told me) with a few pieces of tofu and bean sprouts. I really liked how he sprinkled sesame seeds and black pepper on top – really made for a nice touch – no one uses those spices too much with normal Thai food.
- Khao Pad Jay – A great plate of stir fried brown rice. To be honest, I’m not really sure why it was pink, but whatever it was, it was delicious!
- Pad Proteen Prik Pao – I’ll admit, I was a little scared of this dish at first. I’m hesitant when something looks like meat, but isn’t. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was. It was little chunks of soy protein and tofu stir fried up with string beans in a “prik pao” burnt chili paste. Again, I love the way the cook added some toasted sesame seeds to the top – very nice flavor addition.
Price – Each dish is 30 THB
You won’t believe it, but I continued to nurse on that fruit from breakfast and I also went out and purchased 2 more durians. Indeed on this 4th of July it was a Durian Invasion!
Day 4 of Vegetarian Food, and still feeling great!
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