Any food recommendations for SE Asia? Particularly from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia?
I am going to eat touristy shit -like scorpions and spiders- just cause you kinda have to; but I'm looking to try sample some of the local cuisine from restaurants and street stalls alike (they seem cleaner than PooInLoo's).
Also, should I keep my eye out for ingredients or spices that can be flown home? What about appliances/utensils? Preferably small and light (I'm looking at getting a vietnamese coffee maker, cause I collect them)
I think somethibg like "may pet" means "not hot" in thai. eat what the locals eat, don't eat western food as they don't know how to cook it execpt you go somewhere very exclusive.
I loved breakfast back there - rice, egg, all sorts of new tastes from the carts in a back street in bangkok. not been to cambodia and vietnam (yet).
I used to live in Thailand, and just want to warn to be leery of the bugs and whatnot. Thai people do not eat these because very often, the bugs are killed with pesticide and are dangerous to eat. Everytime I would go to the night markets, I would only ever see tourists at the spider station or whatever.
Just a warning, do what you want to.
I never had it, but I always wanted to try nasi kerabu. If I was you, I would try this just because it looks interesting.
I accidentally bought half a dozen of these along with half a dozen quail ones one night in a park in saigon a few weeks ago, I was wondering why all the nearby prostitutes were hanging around waiting on me, I just thought they were ordinary eggs.
If you are in Hanoi you should look for the Bia Hoi district at night (north of the old quater and the turtle lake) and drink 20 cent fresh daily brewed beer along with whatever food the locals are eating, its absolute mayhem
I just remembered I don't speak any of the languages, and I don't think most street vendors speak english.
How do I order ANYTHING outside of mcnuggets, if there is more than one option?
>Point at the food that someone else is eating and you want to eat
>When they ask for money take out your wallet
>Pull out a cheap dollar store calculator and give it to them
If it goes well you'll find out how much without having to speak the local language
This also works when shopping for non-food things at a market.
It would still help immensely to learn how to say "I can't speak [local language]" and "How much does this cost?" to make using the calculator easier.
Also everyone and their mother speaks broken English in Thailand, and a lot of younger people speak even better English. Worst case, you wind up with a middle schooler or elementary schooler interpreting.
Not sure about Laos or Cambodia, but the calculator trick should work okay.
If its a stall I just say hello in their language, its worth learning hello, thanks and good bye at the very least, and put my finger up as a one symbol and let them make one of whatever it is they make, I assume it would make sense that they would just give me their most popular dish.
Calculator is a great tip, and it does help to learn how to say "how much". The calculator is also less tempting to thieves.
As a general rule I usually ask how much before I order, saves the awkward argument if theyre dishonest and want to overcharge you
If you're in Thailand be sure to try khao soi, it's bangin