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    Thais and potatoes

    Why do Thais not like the humble potato?

    I know it sounds like a TVF question, but c'mon....give the spud a break.

    Even the Indians in Asia put them in a curry.

    Does it help if you can count to potato?

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    Well, they use taro and kumara as a dessert food, so these starchy root crops may just be in the wrong headspace for them to consider eating spuds as a staple alongside their boiled fish.
    My wife enjoys a boiled spud, but on it's own as a snack, not with a meal. When I add them to an Indian style curry, she picks them out.
    Mind you, a proper Thai massaman curry has potatoes.

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    I don't know where you get that Thais don't like potatoes. I don't see that. Potatoes are on sale everywhere where I live. Thais put it in their curries etc.

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    ^Yep, the Massaman curry is the only Thai dish containing spuds that I can think of.
    Thais seem to relate the potato to obesity, despite gobbling tons of sugar and starched white rice..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I don't know where you get that Thais don't like potatoes. I don't see that. Potatoes are on sale everywhere where I live. Thais put it in their curries etc.
    also the kids/teens that eat at KFC love chips/mash yet most of the supermarkets that sell spuds are all sprouting within 2-3 days.tesco lotus near the mall in korat seem to have got their act together,this past 2-3months selling royal project ones,but for good chips they got to have double frying,also Tesco own brand of European crinkle cut are not bad,good taste,better if you got beef dripping,i use CORN OIL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    better if you got beef dripping
    Deep fry yer steaks, and there ya go, beef oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    royal project ones,but for good chips they got to have double frying
    Try boiling them as chips and then leaving them to go cold before frying. Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Try boiling them as chips and then leaving them to go cold before frying. Works for me.
    Not sure which market spuds they were, but wifey somehow knew to lightly boil and leave for later chips and baking in jacket, excellent results. Also works with the better quality spuds (Royal?) at Makro when available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Why do Thais not like the humble potato?
    Probably because they are too filling to eat 10 times a day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Probably because they are too filling to eat 10 times a day
    Only 10 times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Try boiling them as chips and then leaving them to go cold before frying. Works for me.
    never even thought about boiling spuds first,cause that's what I do every sunday before I roast them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    never even thought about boiling spuds first,cause that's what I do every sunday before I roast them.
    Mynahs are really Picky HH, the only like their chips if they've been par boiled first, word to the wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I don't know where you get that Thais don't like potatoes. I don't see that. Potatoes are on sale everywhere where I live. Thais put it in their curries etc.
    Never really thought about it, but the only Thai dish I can think of with potato is massaman. Its funny because even the little van that goes around each morning has them, but cannot for the life of me think why now.......

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    In defence, they have adopted introduced hard squashes/pumkins/gourds into their cuisine for some time now......
    Kind of a distant relative to the humble tuber.

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    I see sweet potatoes in Thai markets a lot these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Why do Thais not like the humble potato?




    it's a key ingredient in massaman curry, french fries/chips and potato chips/crisps are sold in nearly every restaurant or shop, and then there's the mashed potatoes included with practically every meal at KFC.

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    ^ My Missus eats none of that. She did say if her family come across spuds as a gift say; they bbq it and eat it with coconut milk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    My Missus eats none of that.
    thanks for sharing.

    presumably like the knuckleheaded OP, you seem to think that the tastes of the thais you know are representative of the 70 million thais that purchase billions of baht worth of potatoes every year.

    in 2017, 11 billion baht was spent on potato chips/crisps alone. yeah, that's billion with a 'b'.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...in-lays-snacks


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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    it's a key ingredient in massaman curry, french fries/chips and potato chips/crisps are sold in nearly every restaurant or shop, and then there's the mashed potatoes included with practically every meal at KFC.
    Ahmen Reachy, where would the tattie in Thailand be without good old uncle Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    good old uncle Sam
    Now, now go easy on me uncle. Was all the fault of the Orish. 1.5 million came to US to find unblighted spuds to eat and export back to UK. Fish over there was ok but ye can have fish without chips.

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    oh dear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    thanks for sharing.

    presumably like the knuckleheaded OP, you seem to think that the tastes of the thais you know are representative of the 70 million thais that purchase billions of baht worth of potatoes every year.

    in 2017, 11 billion baht was spent on potato chips/crisps alone. yeah, that's billion with a 'b'.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...in-lays-snacks

    When was the last time you saw a Thai eating a potato?

    Don't include heavily salted crisps or KFC french fries in your answer.

    I'm betting you spend a lot of time in KFC eating that good ole finger licking southern fried chicken and observing Thais eating potatoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    thanks for sharing.

    presumably like the knuckleheaded OP, you seem to think that the tastes of the thais you know are representative of the 70 million thais
    Fairly much, yes. I don't see many chip shops around here..Go and research how much rice is bought here and contrast that to potatoes or how much a country of the same population- the UK spends on both if you're

    You'll be telling us you don't like chicken next.

    Thats chicken with a KFC

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    oh dear.
    Come on Ray, take it like a lady. Funny how you dish it out but don't like it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    oh dear.

    I could be petty and post up the one you sent me first, but that would be stooping to your level.

    Go start a thread of your own Reachy....

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