Back to my Bangkok trip post, the 7th day we were still in Chanthaburi enjoying the greatness of Thai village food. In the morning, again, the table was full of many food, from fish to pork. By that time, I was kinda used to eat so many different types of food even only for breakfast. And honestly, I was looking forward to see what Ms. PT bought for our breakfast every morning, LOL.
Fried Fish – a very simple village food but is one of my ultimate favorites.

Crispy Pork – yummy and perfect to be eaten with rice or just as snack.

Keng Som, or popularly known as Thai sayur asem, I like Indonesian one much better.

Fish Larb – a type of minced meat salad originated from Laos, very strong and distinctive taste.

Thai steamed tofu wrapped in banana leaves, still trying to find out the name of this food.

As usual, Ms. PT always served local fruits and traditional cakes for desserts. That morning, we had loads of mangosteens, and they were sooo juicy and fresh! Chanthaburi is known for its agriculture for fruits so I think I was lucky to be able to enjoy some of local harvests. The mangosteens are similar with the ones in Indonesia, but these ones were slightly smaller. The white meat were soft and smooth, very sweet with a little hint of sourness.

Mangosteens – the Queen of all fruits.
A very beautiful mangosteen fruit.
Thai traditional desserts are very similar to Indonesian. I tried their version of kue mangkok, but as I always thought about Thai desserts, they are just sweet but I have never felt any kick eating them. The other one was the Foy Thong, or translated as Golden Egg Yolks Thread, honestly it is very entertaining to hear the story behind this dessert or just simply to see how it is made, but I do not like it at all. When I tried it, I felt like I was pouring a sack of sugar into my mouth and that made me sick. I couldn’t enjoy the beautiful taste of it, only could feel nothing but massive sweetness.
Thai kue mangkok (Indonesian cupcakes)

Foy Thong (Gold Egg Yolks Thread)

For lunch, we had local prawns as our main course, and even though I usually don’t really like prawns, I have to admit that their prawns are very exceptional, the sizes are big and they were fresh and juicy. The prawn meat tasted sweeter than other prawns of this kind that I had ever tried before. Eating that with a homemade chili sauce was like a heaven to me.

Boiled Prawns

Homemade Seafood Chili Sauce with my favorite Coriander – heaven!

We also tried Pa Thong Ko, which are more popularly known as Thai donuts, and it reminds me a lot to Chinese char kway, the street food that we usually buy to eat with porridge, only this one is a bit smaller in size. When I ate this, I dipped the stick into the sauce, which was clear in color, a bit thick and quite sweet. It tasted great with this sauce. But later Mr. K told us that usually Thai people don’t eat that with any sauce, they eat this with a glass of soybean milk instead. What a unique way of eating donuts!

Pa Thong Ko, Thai-style Chinese char kway
Chanthaburi banana – small yet delicious.

For dinner, we went to traditional market to buy ready-to-eat food (it seemed to be that way for everyone in Chanthaburi..), and I still can’t believe how convenient it is to live like this in Thailand, LOL. Everything is very cheap, ranging from THB 20-40/portion and because the food are strong in taste, we can simply cook rice ourselves and buy 2-3 types of food for the whole family, interesting, no?

First, we had grilled pork neck, which was very delicious. I seem to like mostly Eastern food, including this one. According to Mr. K, Eastern people love pig’s neck/collar part the most. And I can’t agree more to them because that part surely is nice to eat! Another highlight of that night was the yam salad. It is very common to find yam in Thailand, but this yam was different. It’s made with crispy rice balls and mixed with minced pork, and the lady gave me more crispy stuffs because she said it was rare to see foreigners in traditional market in Chanthaburi. XD

Ko Mu Yang (Grilled Pork Neck)

Yam Naem Khao Thot (Thai Yam Salad with Minced Pork and Crispy Rice Balls)

I also bought one portion of pink noodle, just out of curiosity because it looked so tempting in the market! The noodle is thin, and the pink color is very bright, I am almost sure they use lots of food coloring there. My photo just doesn’t do the judge because of the poor yellow lighting, but it is still pink. Unfortunately, the taste was terrible, awful if I must say, it was sweet and sour, and weird. The sourness is not like tomato-sour or something like that, but it’s more like sourness from vinegar. The sweetness just made it more terrible and finally nobody could finish it.

The awful sweet and sour pink noodle, just avoid it.

Khua Kling (Dry Thai Curry) – a must try for spicy food lovers.
Kui Chai (Thai version of Chinese Chive Dumplings) – refreshing!
Local chili pastes – from shrimp to insects (bugs) pastes, you name it.

The bug paste chili sauce, not for everyone.

Fried insects hunting, again!

Fried Insects, now bigger sizes, ready to eat.

A bag of Thai curry puff to end our lovely dinner.