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    Thai Food abroad

    I've just been reading Natalie's excellent thread about her stay in London and I was particularly interested in the Thai cuisine she sampled there....being a fat bastard, but not that fat, food tends to excite me and I like looking at it and talking about it and of course eating unsuspecting hosts out of house and bastard home..but in a polite fashion.

    So, my question is posed to those who live outside of Thailand or who spend the majority of their time in other countries..

    How does Thai food figure in a western diet thesedays?

    You often hear on American soap operas " I'm gunna order in some Thai for tonight" or "What do you reckon, Hank, Vietnamese or Thai?"
    So you'd assume the trend, so to speak, is still present.

    I haven't been back to London for years and even when I was there I think I ate out at Thai restaurants a grand total of twice and cooked it at home a grand total of absolutely fucking never..just didn't appeal..give me a vindaloo or a donar kebab any day of the bubble and squeak.

    Since a move home is probable over the next year or two and my wife and chids (yes, I did just mix the words children and kids togther, thank you for noticing) are so intent on kinning ( yes, I did just mix a Thai word and gerund togther) rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I thought I'd better research the availability of the Thai fare elsewhere.

    I'm aware of a few chinese warehouse type places around the London area..

    But what about the restaurants?

    Do they sell somtam?

    Larb?

    Namtok?

    Palaaa?

    Etc etc..

    and what sort of prices are we looking at?

    This is one of the two Thai places I ate at back home..seem to remember it being fucking paeng mak and not particuarly aroi..



    It was called Jim Thompsons when I used it though..obviously my memory served me well..too paeng and bland..

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    I've never been to a Thai restaurant in the UK, but I make my own Thai nosh. The best place IMHO to get your ingredients is at "Thai Food Online" Just Google for it (Sorry for the spam)

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    Blue Elephant in Fulham was almost authentic

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    Addie's in Earls court is pretty good

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    Thanks..

    Anyone got any price comparrisons?

    A tom yum kung is generally between 80-120bt here..whilst in the western world??

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    single small bowl used to cost a Paul McKenna

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Anyone got any price comparrisons?
    Thai restaurant in Los Angeles. Typical prices for most restaurants in area.

    Spicy & Sour Shrimp Tom Yum with mushroom, tomato, herbs and fresh lime juice $ 6. Aka, Tom Yum Kung.

    The Rustic Spoon - North Hollywood, CA

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    ^^ Pricey..but i remember lemon grass costing silly money in Sainsburys..compared to 5 baht for a fistful over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy View Post
    single small bowl used to cost a Paul McKenna
    What! A cock and hen? You should get a shag thrown in for free at that price

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    Never bother with a restaurant,always cook our own cheaper and always taste smells and looks a lot better.We eat Thai food 6 days out of seven a lot cheaper to cook,then to eat out.But as my missus spends a lot of time in blighty these days have got a top notch cook to prepare dinner.

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    Get erm on good old fashioned fish and chips, you don't want your children living off of rotting fish and chillies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Spicy & Sour Shrimp Tom Yum with mushroom, tomato, herbs and fresh lime juice $ 6. Aka, Tom Yum Kung.
    That's actually very reasonable.

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    Yep. Not bad. Other stuff on the menu in link reasonable also.

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    Infact if I was you I would move out of the jungle and acclimatise them to the fact that eating bugs and insects is not normal, do you want some pinko homo social worker taking your children from you when you go back to the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    do you want some pinko homo social worker taking your children from you when you go back to the UK?
    No plan to go to UK but if I do go they are welcome to take them off my hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Infact if I was you I would move out of the jungle and acclimatise them to the fact that eating bugs and insects is not normal,
    We're having roast rat with all the trimmings tonight..I've seen them the size of cats in London, we'll live off the land there too.

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    Another thing to keep in mind is the local parks with ponds, the ducks and swans are not for eating, they may look delicious but it is illegal to shoot them with a crossbow and take them home to eat.

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    DrAndy did a nice thread about a Thai restaurant in London a couple of years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    So, my question is posed to those who live outside of Thailand or who spend the majority of their time in other countries
    In New York Thai food is total shit and expensive as hell. Last time I had Thai food in the States was 10 years ago when they charged $15 for a side of fried rice. Typical Thais.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Another thing to keep in mind is the local parks with ponds, the ducks and swans are not for eating, they may look delicious but it is illegal to shoot them with a crossbow and take them home to eat.
    But pidgeons, on the other hand, are free pickings in Trafalgar Square.

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    Here's an idea of prices.
    Town is 25 miles north of London in stockbroker belt.

    http://www.bangkoklounge.com/menus/evening_menus/a_la_carte/

    No whores though, so not authentic.
    Last edited by the dogcatcher; 15-01-2011 at 03:55 PM. Reason: Diazapan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Here's an idea of prices.
    Nice one, cheers for that.

    So a pad krapow goes for 8 quid in a restaurant back home then..

    I'll have to make a pad krapow business as well as the larb van.

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    Don't know about the UK but in the US(Hawaii) ahaan Thai is Paeng geun bai and mai phet, I usually get some before I go to Thailand so that when I get to Chiangmai I will be blown away by the food. My TGF is half Burmese and we both like it phet maak maak. If khun Nuk from the Happy Bar at Moon Muang soi 4 could get here and open a restaurant she could make a fortune she would make a fortune just off my take-out orders. So I guess I'll be getting some westernized Thai food in the next week or so since I'll be back in Chiangmai at the end of the month, my taste buds are looking forward to it. Hell, all of me can't wait!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    it is illegal to shoot them with a crossbow and take them home to eat
    try telling that to the Poles

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    Surely if your gonna do that you will ordeer from someone like ran thai and your missus will do the " authentic " bit .

    FFKS dont eat the fake som tum on offer in the UK theyre using raw swede to substitute for pappaya

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