I Didn't know that!: Top Four Thailand Tourism of the decade

01 Sep 2017 11:22

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Local Eating Tip: You are probably going to need to eat, depending on how thin they are, 4-6 of these to get your 30-50 grams of protein in. Think of satay gai as your protein source for a meal, but not the full meal itself - you are going to need to eat something else OTHER than just a few satay gai to fill you up! The majority of the flavoring will come from the calorific peanut sauce dip included with the skewers. While sometimes they are covered in sauce, sometimes they are not.Unlike the BBQ chicken mentioned above (Kai Yang), Satay Gai are not overly saturated with sweet sauces before being grilled, which make them a bit healthier than Kai Yang. Satay Gai is a popular Thai dish and can be found both pretty much any Thai restaurants and at many local (Thai) street food venders (any decent sized night market here in Thailand tourism will have them). What it is: thin strips of chicken breast, skewered and grilled.From what I've seen (and I've seen a lot of Thai food options, after three years of living here), this is the best you are going to do in Thailand for a high protein, low carb meal. I find myself rotating between local (cheap) Thai food options on this list and western food every two days or so. This has been the case for me, having lived down in Thailand for 3 years.I will warn you, though, if you do stick to the healthy food options, you may shortly find yourself pretty tired of Thai food. By healthier options, I mean Thai dishes with lean, grilled proteins, salads, soups, and basic carbs that are not fried (steamed rice or sticky rice). Most of the healthier Thai dishes come from the North Eastern part of Thailand (Issan) and are generally more simple fare like grilled chicken or fish dishes and vegetable salads with some type of sauce on top.People will add the amounts of the flavors they want to stir fried and noodle dishes. These are often sugar, crushed chilies, prik naam bplaa (brown fish sauce with chilies and lime juice), a clear vinegar with chilies or other tangy chili sauce. Instead of salt and pepper on tables for extra seasoning you'll find a set of four small cups or glasses with different ingredients.What are the condiments on the table? For lunch, many people will have a quick one-plate meal on their lunch break, like stir fry or curry dishes on top of rice, fried noodles (like phad see ew - wide rice noodles with soy sauce and kale), or noodle soup. Moo bing (barbequed pork on a stick) with sticky rice can be an after-school snack or, just as likely, breakfast on the go. It's not uncommon to eat khao tom (boiled rice soup) in the morning, but guaytieow (noodle soup), even fried fish will do just fine too.Often breakfast will be made up of foods they'll eat at any time of day.

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