Cultured Palate: Dishes from Thailand

There are many reasons to visit Thailand as the bustling cities, amazing night life, and beaches that are simply to die for. Unfortunately, many people overlook the food scene when planning their visit to Thailand. They’re too busy drinking and enjoying parties to think much about what food they’re putting in their mouths. But to ignore the rich local Thai cuisine in favor of tourist traps is to do yourself a huge disservice. Authentic Thai food blends the flavors of sweet, sour, spicy, and richness into one amazing package. Here are a few dishes that should not be missed.

Pa Tong Ko

A great breakfast in Thailand are these Pa tong ko, deep-fried crullers that are shaped like chromosomes. The best ones are fried to order, and usually available in carts or farmers markets rather than in restaurants. A few crullers are usually enough for breakfast, accompanied by either hot or cold soy milk, or delicious pandan and a coconut custard called sankayaa. To pick a good spot for Pa tong ko, just note the line — any good stall will have a lineup of loyal customers around rush hour.

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