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A culinary journey through Asian metropolises – Thailand, Bangkok

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Swiss food blogger and cook book author Nadia Damasio has been travelling to Asian metropolises for SWISS, where she tasted her way through traditional and unconventional dishes.

In her fourth post about her travels, she’ll introduce you to the culinary highlights of Thai cuisine.

Thailand, Bangkok

I love Bangkok! Why? Because to me, Bangkok is also a city of crazy-lively-organised chaos – and one that has the best street food anywhere on every street corner! Walk past even the tiniest stand on the streets, and the smells are simply heavenly. A city of millions that never sleeps, and has more than enough for anyone. Whether a temple or a party, fashion or food, culture or the very latest in art or fashion, everyone lives and loves what and whom they like. Somehow, everything in Bangkok is completely abnormal and yet entirely normal at the same time. A Thai curry in Thailand is not just a Thai curry, but the flavours and spiciness in it are far more intensive than anywhere else! Of course, the whole atmosphere is extremely important. At 11 in the evening, you can be sitting on a little plastic chair with countless other people on a tiny street, Thais and tourists all mixed up, with the thermometer reading 30 degrees, and the many different spices and flavours appear to be dancing in the air around you – you can immerse yourself in them completely. A city where sheer curiosity has you longing to see, experience and try more and more of it!

 

Not to be missed

  • The sunset from the SO Sofitel Hotel over Lumpini Park. Unbeatable!
  • The “Sirocco Sky Bar” in the evening, which also offers fabulous views of the vast, brightly lit city, good drinks and a backdrop that is straight out of the movie “Hangover”
  • An ultra-cute restaurant with MEGA good food is the Feuang Nara Thai at BTS Chang Nonsi station. Be sure to order the tom yum with coconut milk & crevettes, green curry, som tam & water spinach with garlic.
  • Late-night street food on Silom 38 Street – pad thai and mango sticky rice.
  • Ratchada Night Train Market Ratchadaphisek Road Bangkok Thailand.
  • “Rut & Lek Seafood” for the best seafood in Chinatown, Bangkok.
  • Massages! Available cheaply on every street corner, and particularly welcome if you’ve been on your feet all day.

 

It’s important to know that…

  • … The “tuktuk” drivers drive so fast and so wildly that you would think they are driving for their lives! It’s best just to switch off mentally and trust them – the chances of arriving safely at your destination are excellent!
  • … Even if you think you like really spicy food, if you order “Thai spicy” it’s seriously, seriously hot.
  • If you want to say hello to someone, men say “Sawadee kap” and ladies “Sawade kha. Why? The Thais add the words “kap” and “kha” at the end of almost every sentence because it is considered polite. So for a man it’s “kap”, and for a woman “kah”. THANK YOU = “Kop kuhn kap“ for a man, and “Kop kuhn kha” for a woman.

 

Text: Nadia Damaso
Bild: Nadia Damaso & Tanja Wüthrich


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