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    Thai Dismissal of other Food Cultures

    Anyone noticed the Thais ain't relaly interested in eating food from other countrys, maybe except western fast food "mdconalds"

    On my last visit to Thailand, i wanted to take my lady to a nice Indian restaurant

    I explained to her, i've been eating Thai food for the best part of 3 weeks, and it's nice to try something new, she she should welcome to experience as well. She just replied "thai food number 1" and started making spoiled baby/child noises (she's 29)

    This kind of food xenophobia is rife amongst the Polish community in the UK. Where a towns polish population need only be a few thousand before a couple of "Polski Sklep" is warranted

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    Well , on the one hand , Ms Bangyai enjoys a full English as much as me but on the other when she visited England with me she had to have rice everyday and was not over impressed with my mothers wonderful Sunday lunch. She'll eat Japanese food and occasionaly Indian but when she gets sick of everything its back to rice , plain boiled veg and namprik.

    My first Thai wife would eat just about anything and from just tasting it could duplicate it in the Kitchen. Didn't do her any good as shes now a whole lot bigger than she used to be.

    At the other extreme I had a girlfriend once who only ever ate khao pat and almost nothing else.

    In general I would say they are a bit more adventurous than they were 30 years ago and to be fair , the Brits used to be a bit sheepish about what they ate. It just takes a bit of time.

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    I think Brits eat anything.

    Our own cuisine is rather boring at best

    Chinese Buffet, Indian Restaurant, Italian, Turkish Kebab (When drunk!) all my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShrewedPunter View Post
    I think Brits eat anything.

    Our own cuisine is rather boring at best

    Chinese Buffet, Indian Restaurant, Italian, Turkish Kebab (When drunk!) all my favorite.
    Have you ever eat a kebab sober?now that takes some doing

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    Indian food is English. The edible stuff, anyway.

    Anyway, remember what you were like at 7 years old when it came to food? Well, that's how Thais think (about everything).

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    Sadly many Thais seem to think this small Country is the center of the universe and have little interest learning about other countries or trying anything from foreign cultures.

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    When i met that bitch in Saigon, i took her over to Cambodia for a short weekend. She would only want to eat Vietnamese food but was rather disgusted by the uncooked meat soup we had in the market - served by Vietnamese.

    And Filipinos are only interested in Filipino food and fast food junk food. Showed some pics of some lovely Malay food with meat, sauce and veg and they turned their nose up at it and would rather have fatty pork with blood and plain rice.

    Think its just cos we Westerners have a lot of nationalities living in our said county. We're used to it.

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    My son has recently gone back to school, and as usual i do the Fatherly thing and go with him. Only this time i take a walk around the grounds of the school, (bearing in mind i`ve been doing this for a few years) what do i come across you may ask?......Busts of what i would consider to be the most important/life changing people in recent history. Einstine, Logie Baird, Edison, Darwin, (not the Darwin awards) Blah blah blah. Even good old Galileo was there, does my son know who they are? No! Does my wife know who they are? No! Do (the best bit) the the teachers at the school know who they really are?...............erm, NO!
    Last edited by keefus; 22-05-2012 at 12:35 AM. Reason: This was to concur what BobR said, somehow it did`nt happen :-)

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    This was to concur what BobR said, somehow it did`nt happen :-)

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    Take more water with it sir

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    Could you attribute this to the Thai mindset being closer related to that of an animal?

    The instinctive reaction of a cow. if given some meat would be to refuse.
    Try to feed a dog some grass, instantly refuse.

    Give an educated, western farang some different food, curiosity and the natural desire to better ones person with experiences will lead him to at least try the new food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShrewedPunter View Post
    Could you attribute this to the Thai mindset being closer related to that of an animal?

    The instinctive reaction of a cow. if given some meat would be to refuse.
    Try to feed a dog some grass, instantly refuse.

    Give an educated, western farang some different food, curiosity and the natural desire to better ones person with experiences will lead him to at least try the new food.

    Most of the Thais I know like foreign food and will try food they have not had before, Bangkokians, the Thais in my wife’s village and Thais I know from all around Thailand both the educated ones and the no so educated ones.

    My dogs eat grass, but admittedly only when they are maisabai and want to make themselves sick.
    The dogs are Thai too by the way.



    Maybe you are talking about a different Thailand like one in a parallel universe where the “Thai mindset is closer related to that of an animal”.

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    ^Lucky you, knowing Thais who like foreign foods. It's a pet peeve of mine; friends who only want to eat Thai food. It gets even worse when the one from Bangkok doesn't want to eat Northern food, the one from Essan who will not eat Chinese-Thai, etc.

    Japanese can be even worse.

    Makes international travel with Thais or Japanese a real pain with the constant whinging about food.

    Reminds me of Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^Lucky you, knowing Thais who like foreign foods. It's a pet peeve of mine; friends who only want to eat Thai food.

    Hello Kitty,
    I went to lunch yesterday with two people from our office. They picked the place – Italian.
    A few weeks ago I went for lunch with a Thai friend she wanted pub grub –
    she order a full English breakfast.

    My wife likes Indian food and she likes Italian food – cooks it as well.

    The Thais I know outside work will eat just about any kind of food.

    I don’t see how that makes me particularly lucky.
    I just have never noticed this only Thai food thing the OP is on about
    …………. that’s all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Snow
    I don’t see how that makes me particularly lucky. I just have never noticed this only Thai food thing the OP is on about …………. that’s all.
    Perhaps it's also a socioeconomic thing.

    ie farmers, bargirls and uneducated peasants.

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    I was thinking maybe it's an age thing. His friends and coworkers are younger and more adventurous than mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Snow View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^Lucky you, knowing Thais who like foreign foods. It's a pet peeve of mine; friends who only want to eat Thai food.

    Hello Kitty,
    I went to lunch yesterday with two people from our office. They picked the place – Italian.
    A few weeks ago I went for lunch with a Thai friend she wanted pub grub –
    she order a full English breakfast.

    My wife likes Indian food and she likes Italian food – cooks it as well.

    The Thais I know outside work will eat just about any kind of food.

    I don’t see how that makes me particularly lucky.
    I just have never noticed this only Thai food thing the OP is on about
    …………. that’s all.

    This is much nearer to my experience as well. Food prepared by my missus includes italian, Indian and we love a good casserole, steaks etc. Take away japanese food is a regular treat at our house -my son thinks the best food in the world is salmon -smoked or sashimi. last nights eveninng meal was egg and chip butties for me and the boy, and a tossed salad for her. We mix western and Thai during the week - some days one, some days another.

    last week my missus bought home some Kimchi she had purchased somewhere. I had to make her eat it outside as it permeated the house with an awful odour. She ate every bit.

    My secretary with whom I travel a fair bit will always choose japanese, or Italian if possible and has also learnt to enjoy a curry. My work group (nearly 20 people) might pick sizzler (now there is an abomination) or another western place for a group meal - and last week we had pizzas for a party.

    Early on Thais may instinctively default to "thai is best" but a bit of gentle encouragement soon gets them away from that.

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    For many Thai there is no choice, Falang food is just to expensive. The middle and upper class eat more and more (fusion) Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Western. In the salat restaurants come more and more young Thai people.
    Thai food (along the road and from markets etc.) is not only cheap but also very unhealthy.
    In the better Thai restaurants you see also only middle and upper class.
    Besides, almost everyone still likes the food he or she grew up with.

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    I find the OP a bit of a generalisation to say the least.

    I once organised a dinner for about 20 people, roughly half Thai, half farang, all ordering a la carte.

    The farang all ate Thai food. The Thais all ate farang food.

    I also introduced a Chiang Mai maiden to Goulash once, and she still regularly munches it some ten years later, she can't get enough of it (the Goulash, that is).

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    Depends on the status of the nationality

    Depends on so many factors - only the higher social/economic classes have experience with international food in the first place.

    Beyond that, they are generally only willing to overcome their resistance for foods from countries whose people have good reputations here.

    Most Thais don't think well of Indians or other "kon khaek" nationalities.

    Japanese, Korean and farang, no problem. Italian has become particularly popular.

    Note all the international foods popular here are rather bland as well, as they get enough "strong tastes" from their own cuisine.

    The cumin/coriander and other Indian specific curry spices are not to their taste.

    But an open-minded Thai with proper encouragement will be OK with things like basmati rice, naan bread and dips, Tandoor chicken, the plainer meat BBQs etc.

    Forget trying to convince them to enjoy Khmer Laos or Burmese food. Southern Thai dishes (ie Malay) are already part of the Thai repertoire so they pass. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Well, that's how Thais think (about everything).
    Ain't that the truth. The locals used to shake their heads in amazement while I was living in Thailand and my step-daughter frequently chose a farang dish over Thai food.

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    My (Thai) wife likes pizza and spaghetti. (although her first choice is Thai food)
    But she doesn't like Indian food.

    My (American) brother won't allow Thai food to be cooked in his house. Says it smells like crap.

    What country has the close-minded eater?
    Generalizations can suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^Lucky you, knowing Thais who like foreign foods. It's a pet peeve of mine; friends who only want to eat Thai food. It gets even worse when the one from Bangkok doesn't want to eat Northern food, the one from Essan who will not eat Chinese-Thai, etc.

    Japanese can be even worse.

    Makes international travel with Thais or Japanese a real pain with the constant whinging about food.

    Reminds me of Americans.
    Yep, no offense intended but the crap I had to eat in London really was something to whine about. At least American food tastes good and we have the fattest asses in the World to prove it. Britain is such a beautiful sophisticated Country, why do they eat such terrible food?

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    Our Gert went to foodland the other day brought some crinkle cut chips.
    I decided on a chip butty stick loaf,buttered plus tomato ketchup,she had a small bowl of ketchup and a small bowl of butter.
    She alternated dunking her chips between butter and ketchup.Butter coated chips should help her reach 44kg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    Yep, no offense intended but the crap I had to eat in London really was something to whine about. At least American food tastes good and we have the fattest asses in the World to prove it. Britain is such a beautiful sophisticated Country, why do they eat such terrible food?
    Why would I be offended? I've never been to England but I'm sure I would whinge if they gave me canned beans for breakfast.

    I am a fat assed American.

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