Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thai Breakfast of Champions

Khao Tom Moo (Rice Soup) is a delicious comfort food and a great way to kick off your morning. It is also a standard Thai breakfast, created as a way to use the previous evening's leftover rice. Because it lacks the usual "kick" of most other Thai foods, it is sometimes considered to be bland and therefore better suited for breakfast.

Although it is a soup, it should not be served as a side-- this dish is quite filling on its own. It consists of minced pork, shitake mushrooms, rice, fresh herbs, and a savory broth.

This traditional Thai Breakfast is a delicious and easy way to start your morning, and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Water guns for New Years?

Anywhere in Thailand you go during this time, you will see all the children squirting water guns at each other in celebration. Naturally, you ask yourself, “What is going on?” This is how Thai celebrate the New Year! The most celebrated and popular New Year’s festival is the Songkran Festival (Thailand celebrates three New Years). Songkran means New Solar Year in Sanskrit.

If you're not in thailand during this period, why not visit a Thai Temple in your area? There are several in the Bay Area, and you'll have to dash through the kids shooting off their water guns to make it to the actual festivities like Thai dancing and yummy Thai dishes being sold there. Good luck staying dry!