Living in Thailand and Got a Pretzel Craving?

Makro has these pretzels from Germany occasionally, sold in packages of 3 at a time. I always buy 9! They hit the spot. I cannot find pretzel rods anywhere – but, I’m not in Bangkok either.

Try these Saltletts – they’re not bad pretzels, and really – your only choice from what I’ve seen – unless you’re in Bangkok, there are probably other options.

Lorenz’s Saltletts “Mini Brezel”…

Best Instant Coffee in Thailand?

My vote goes to the Nescafe GOLD. You can’t find it in 7-11, but it’s at Makro and Tesco both, last time I looked. It’s much more expensive, but the difference between GOLD and Red… is significant enough to spend the extra THB.

Thailand instant coffee - Nescafe Gold

I’d almost say this is the best coffee available in Thailand. Did you ever notice that every coffee you order at Starbucks or that other Coffee place tastes just like coffee and steamed milk? Everything is a latte it seems like.

Anybody else drink something different? Tesco has a number of instant coffees. I’ve tried one other that looked like a designer Thai brand – and it was pure swill.

If there is something better than this – please let me know.

Watch Me Eat Horse Pee Egg – a Thai Food Delicacy

Horse Pee Eggs - Kai Yiew Ma
Horse Pee Eggs - Kai Yiew Ma

I was shocked to find this post this morning –

Kai Yiew Ma: Preserved Egg with Horse’s Pee!!!!

I could never take watching directly, but I have looked out of the corner of my eye as my lovely wife downed these Horse Pee Eggs… you know, the eggs that are pretty pink on the outside and decaying black fungus-like guck on the inside?

She offered me these things over and over and I could never stomach the idea of eating even a bit of it. Thai food is supposed to be delicious – salty, sour, spicy… not fermented and smelly – right? That’s for Filipinos and their baloot (balut?)

Today I’ll eat some. At least a bite for my YouTube channel’s sake. I will vomit if I eat an entire egg – I’m sure of it. I’m not at all sure I won’t heave with just a bite. I think it depends on the smell. These things sit for 30 days… growing stuff inside.

Join me at Youtube for this later today… I think it will be up by 1600 hours Thai time.

UPDATE – it’s 5/30 and I’ve STILL not eaten that thing. I’ll try to work up to it tomorrow.


Fuji Apples at Big C – 29 THB

Farang Food Alert:

Awesome apples, these FUJI brand from Big C. I can sometimes find them in the open market – but there is another kind that looks similar to Fuji apples and they’re junk.

Usually the way I tell them at the market is they are like 12-15 baht each.

So – 4 Fuji apples at Big C for 29 Baht is a winner. Go get some, they’re amazing. It even says “Organic” on the wrapper… for what it’s worth…

Eating Bamboo Worms – Gross Grub Series

Eating bamboo worms was probably one of the more enjoyable bug snacks I’ve had in Thailand. They had a taste that was tolerable – and even, well – decent I think if eaten at a slower pace than I ate them in this video. Sort of the same as the ant eggs – they had a taste that wasn’t all bad – and that someone could crave if he got used to it. I recommend them if you see them at the local Thai food market.

Thai food is sure varied, isn’t it?

My Sustainable Living Experiments

Gross Grub Series: Eating bamboo worms in ThailandI’ve been dabbling in sustainable living lately. Didn’t know that was the term for it until I did some searches on Google.

Specifically I’m looking into whether I could eat insects to survive. So far, the answer is yes. BUT, I’ve not attempted to actually survive off them – only taste them. Could someone LIVE off these things? I’m not sure. They’re fried in oil -and, though they still have the protein – probably anything else of value has been heat-treated away.

Most everything I ate so far tasted like either leaves with soy sauce and salt or sticks with soy sauce and salt. Could someone LIVE off that?

I’m considering some further experiments -but would need to find a place here in Thailand where I could find a whole lot of variety of them.

Any ideas?

Would anyone consider buying them for me in your town and sending them in plastic bags by POST to me? That might work best…

If anyone can help me with this – I’d appreciate it!

To see all 125 videos check out my Thailand Travel Channel at YouTube >

To see my Eating Bugs Playlist < click.

Amazing Thai Food by Joy

Joy's Thai Food Cooking Blog. Thailand's best.
Joy's Thai Food Cooking Blog. Thailand's best.

I’ve had the pleasure of eating the most delicious Thai food on the planet over the last four years. Sure there are good Thai restaurants here – all of them authentic… but, what I’m talking about is “Joy’s Thai Food!”. If we ever move back to the states and she’s up for it – we’ll open a Thai food restaurant that I’m sure will be the talk of the town. Many Thai girls can cook. They grow up learning to cook – from a time when their families didn’t eat out for every meal, but when it was cheaper to cook at home. Somehow Joy not only learned to cook – but learned to cook like a pro in the kitchen of her poor family! I’ve never dated a girl that could cook so much variety of food – so well. Many of the Thai meals she makes are not found in the restaurants we usually eat at. Some are home recipes that she grew up eating at home. Some have changed in the restaurants – especially in Bangkok where they seem to be catering to the international community and it’s not as good as in the provinces away from Bangkok. I like it spicy and she, growing up in Isaan – can eat it even more spicy than me. For Isaan food there are some different levels of spiciness we blogged about here. If you, your mom, sister or brother want to eat some authentic and amazing Thai food you can download a sample of it here and purchase from her site. She includes a lot of bonuses with it, have a look: Thai food recipe sample ebook.