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    Last Night's Dinner

    The remnants of last night's communal dinner. Typical far Northeastern (on a clear day we can see the mountains in Laos) meal of food brought together from 3 households. Borey didn't think to take a picture until the diners had finished and moved to more a comfortable location to continue their discussion. There was something for almost any taste. Everything was good (edible).




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    A container of sticky rice.


    Gaeng no mai (แกงหน่อไม้) Stewed bamboo shoots.


    Baked sweet potato, just like home. (Borey's oven is good for something).


    Gaeng jude (แกงจืด). A mild vegetable curry with no coconut milk.


    Gaeng pet (แกงเผ็ด) with pork. The closest thing Borey's seen up here to the Southern Thai red curry. Borey likes it with the sweet potatoes.


    The dessert. It consisted of khao mao rice (ข้าวเม่า) in a sweetened coconut milk. Khao mao is made from rice picked before it's mature, then pounded flat, and (traditionally) stored in folded fresh water lily leaves, which keeps the rice moist (for a day or so) while giving it a mild, pleasant flavor. It may be Borey's favourite sweet.


    A platter of assorted vegetables.


    Stir fried eel with holy basil (bai gra phao). Taste good, but the small bones were seriously annoying.


    Small ant eggs (the large red ant eggs aren't available this time of year). Borey thinks they were just fried with a little fish sauce.


    Makbok seeds (from the wild mango, Irvingia malayana, หมากบก). Water buffalo eat the mango, and spit out the seed in its shell. After drying, the very hard shell is split with a small machete (carefully, not to lose a finger) to get the seed, which is then roasted. The seed will still have a dark brown covering that can be peeled off before eating (it has a slightly bitter flavor). Borey likes to eat them, sometimes with a Leo.


    A good Isaan meal is sampling everything.

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    This morning for breakfast, Borey was served the left over ant eggs, prepared with some red onion in a chicken egg omelet. Quite nice with some sticky rice.

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    Does Borey weigh a fraction over 7 stones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Does Borey weigh a fraction over 7 stones?
    Borey's body has become accustomed to the chow. He is now nearly double that, and his girth is increasing daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post


    The morning after, but in the privacy of Borey's bog.

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    The morning after, but in the privacy of Borey's bog.
    BEAUTIFUL PHOTO WORK. CONGRATS TO THE AUTHOR.

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    Looks like I will have to join you for a ween in Feb mate ,, I could do with loosing around 8 stone.

    Don't tell me you actually eat any of that shit ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post

    Don't tell me you actually eat any of that shit ???
    Borey makes a point of trying everything. Most of it is acceptable. Some is actually good. But would Borey like a good falang meal, like the Thanksgiving turkey dinner? You bet he would. But that would be like finding a good steak here. Apparently, impossible.

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    Well when I am in that area mate , I just do my own thing ,, infact I sit at my own table with my own food well away from the crowd

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    ^Think that means he wont be cooking for you Borey

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    No Borey will be most welcome to come and share a proper meal at our pad anytime I am there ,, infact in the scheme of things were only 2.5 hours drive away

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    ^ What a guy

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    That issan chow will put hair on borey the balds chest, or at least on his head I reckon, Onya borey love your style mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borey the Bald
    But that would be like finding a good steak here. Apparently, impossible.
    You need to get yourself to the Thai-French beef farm just outside Sakon Nakhon. That's if it is still open after the manager's death/suicide a couple of years ago.

    That food looks pretty good ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Well when I am in that area mate , I just do my own thing ,, infact I sit at my own table with my own food well away from the crowd
    Foreigner....

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    Sure am ^ I wouldn't want to claim to be anything else mate .

    I conform a bit with the Thai culture to fit in , I rather like the 3 year married / mai noi agreement ,, but as for the rest ,,,,, well I do take my shoes off before entering the shed
    I'm proud of my 38" waist , also proud I have never done drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Well when I am in that area mate , I just do my own thing ,, infact I sit at my own table with my own food well away from the crowd
    Extremely sensible.....you will live a bit longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Well when I am in that area mate , I just do my own thing ,, infact I sit at my own table with my own food well away from the crowd
    Extremely sensible.....you will live a bit longer
    Might be variations of what is sensible and what isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Looks like I will have to join you for a ween in Feb mate ,, I could do with loosing around 8 stone.

    Don't tell me you actually eat any of that shit ???

    He sits on the "naughty step" with "Gravydavey".

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    Fozzy enjoyed this thread and loved seeing the picture of the food. Perhaps it could continue as an 'Issan only' version of the dinner thread.

    However, one tiny criticism, Fozzy finds it slightly annoying when Borey calls himself Borey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy
    Fozzy finds it slightly annoying when Borey calls himself Borey.
    Slap concurs...



    Quote Originally Posted by Borey the Bald
    Gaeng no mai (แกงหน่อไม้) Stewed bamboo shoots.
    The mrs used to prepare me soop nor mai on a weekly basis. After months of grazing on this charmingly rustic dish she went on to inform me that one of the key components was palaa. I'll spare you the juicy details but Por had to hold me back.

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    One word for you Borey
    TESCO
    I live in north isaan too and you can not pay me to eat their scoff
    Your a brave man

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    The mrs used to prepare me soop nor mai on a weekly basis.
    When they eat nor-mai, it's a good excuse for me to eat nor-mai-farang (asparagus), which has the additional benefit of not having to have the cyanide boiled out of it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy
    Fozzy finds it slightly annoying when Borey calls himself Borey.
    Slap concurs...
    Borey considers that to be his most endearing trait. Sets him apart from the numerous other old, fat, bald falang on this forum.

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