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    Santol Som Tam

    It was, as usual, Borey's mistake. In the last few days he had eaten two types on pickled vegetables that had the effect of quieting his nervous stomach. The first was an unknown vegetable from behind the neighbor's house that had been prepared like a Thai-style kim chee. The second was sour bamboo, shredded and steamed in banana leaves. Both were very good. Both seemed to aid digestion.


    So, with those in mind, Mrs Borey was sent to market to find equally delectable prepared vegetables. What she came back with was as close to crap-on-a-plate as Borey has had placed in front of him here in Isaan. It was a type of Som Tam preparation, but in place of the common green papaya, they had substituted Santol fruit (mak tong).





    Santol (Sandoricum koetjape) is a fairly common fruit in this area, and is coming into season. Borey had just had one a couple of days ago. Not a bad tasting fruit. Just very strange. But when mixed with the assortment of ingredients found in Som Tam, including plenty of fish sauce, peppers, and tiny eggplant, the mixture was transformed into something special. Something designed to trigger the gag reflex. (As Borey typed this, he stopped and tried another spoon full. He's thinking the smell is actually worse than the taste.)



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    They do eat some bloody weird stuff, borey dear chap. I often do the "white juice, no eat" test on some of the crap I am offered. I am convinced they basically poison themselves on a daily basis hence being madder than a cut cat most of the time.

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    sounds like heliobacter pylori in your stomach...

    vinegar or even better turmeric, garlic, ginger will ease...
    as a supplement you can take holy basil...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alitongkat View Post
    sounds like heliobacter pylori in your stomach...

    vinegar or even better turmeric, garlic, ginger will ease...
    as a supplement you can take holy basil...
    Thanks. Borey's stomach has been screwed up for weeks (better him than me). He does find that sometimes after eating the oddest concoctions, all will be right again.

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    I've got the same fruit growing in my garden - but I don't eat it, I throw it at cat's heads.

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    Most Thai's leave that fruit to rot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    I've got the same fruit growing in my garden - but I don't eat it, I throw it at cat's heads.
    Throwing is a better use than som tam. Very close to the size, weight and taste of a baseball.

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    That's a capitol idea, base balls. The local Wat has several huge trees full of this fruit. It falls to the ground and rots. Not one Thai even attempts to pick or eat it in the South.

    I tried it but far to bitter and rancid for my liking.

    Perhaps Hockey pucks?

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    I just had Pad Sam Nahai @ Bai Tong Restaurant in Kelowna, BC ... 3 something? Vermicelli Noodles, Pork, Cauliflower & Broccoli c/w some kinda sauce in Kelowna, BC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borey the Bald View Post
    It was, as usual, Borey's mistake. In the last few days he had eaten two types on pickled vegetables that had the effect of quieting his nervous stomach. The first was an unknown vegetable from behind the neighbor's house that had been prepared like a Thai-style kim chee. The second was sour bamboo, shredded and steamed in banana leaves. Both were very good. Both seemed to aid digestion.


    So, with those in mind, Mrs Borey was sent to market to find equally delectable prepared vegetables. What she came back with was as close to crap-on-a-plate as Borey has had placed in front of him here in Isaan. It was a type of Som Tam preparation, but in place of the common green papaya, they had substituted Santol fruit (mak tong).





    Santol (Sandoricum koetjape) is a fairly common fruit in this area, and is coming into season. Borey had just had one a couple of days ago. Not a bad tasting fruit. Just very strange. But when mixed with the assortment of ingredients found in Som Tam, including plenty of fish sauce, peppers, and tiny eggplant, the mixture was transformed into something special. Something designed to trigger the gag reflex. (As Borey typed this, he stopped and tried another spoon full. He's thinking the smell is actually worse than the taste.)


    fecking hell thats what my missus ate with some strange bitter tasting leaves yesterday...i didn't..

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