Monday, August 27, 2007
What do you people eat!?
The other week at lunch time, a group of co-workers and I shared a couple plates of mangosteens. Two of these co-workers are long term residents of Thailand, but neither of them had even had a mangosteen before. (Note: Mangosteens are perhaps my favorite fruit in Thailand. Durian might take the cake if I felt it counted; it's not really very fruity now is it?) This left me wondering just what the hell foreign residents of Thailand actually eat on a day to day basis. I gave a quick lesson on how you open a mangosteen. I told them the price for a kilo, 20 Baht, and they were well impressed. I left lunch kind of befuddled by the while episode but reminded that even with an abundance of great and cheap food available on every street corner, many never take advantage for whatever reason. Recently my father, who is currently visiting from Oregon with my mother, tried his first mangosteen and declared it the best fruit he had ever tasted. After introducing my parents to as many thai fruits, snacks, desserts, and dishes, I declared that they had in fact tried more Thai food than many expats I know.