Usually I’m the first who likes eating new stuff – and with stuff I mean literally everything:
Whether it’s Chicken-Sate from a vendor on the streets of Java, eating insects in Chiang Mai or drinking fresh coconut milk in the Maldives, I have not only appetite to eat me through local specialities but I’m blessed with an extremely strong stomach and can claim so far just one situation of food poisoning due to old tuna.
Imagine – colourful markets, food made in front of your eyes, only using fresh ingredients, accompanied by a freshly squeezed lime juice and not paying more than US$1.50 for the whole set. Not to mention the variety one can get on local markets in Asia: Whether you’re looking for meat, vegetarian, hot, cold, sweet or savoury, for sure you will find something suiting your taste. It’s not only healthy for your body but also wallet, especially when you travel on a budget.
And surely Sri and I are emphasizing on trying local food before you start eating lasagna, only because it’s a fraction of the cost you would pay at your favourite Italian restaurant at home.
We recently went to the Airport Plaza Mall here in Chiang Mai to look for a new blanket. As with every shopping trip, you plan for one thing but end up looking (and buying) completely different things. Well, in our case we stepped into a big supermarket integrated into the mall, which surprisingly sold a lot of important items: familiar names of sweets, coffee and dairy products. And there it was – brown body, sweet neck, wrapped in a sexy red dress: my favourite beer from Germany (what did you think??) – Früh Kölsch! Reaction: HOOOLLLLYYY SH*****T!!! That is like gift sent from above! Kölsch is only brewed in Cologne, but already hard to get in other places in Germany. Sri was so surprised from my reaction, only realizing how much I actually missed to drink it! And guess what? We immediately bought not only the beer, but also pretzel sticks produced by a leading German food manufacturer, which becomes a perfect match with the beer.
Explanation: I haven’t been in Germany since November 2011. Plus German beer I usually get abroad is Weizen or Pilsner which is okay because I don’t have a choice, but to get Kölsch is like heaven on earth, because I never expected to get it in a mall in Chiang Mai. Perhaps in a specialized/themed restaurant in Bangkok.
Worth to say that Sri also loves German cuisine (and beer!) and occasionally we visit German restaurants or cook typical Indonesian dishes like Tahu Goreng, to feel a bit of home…
What food do you miss when you’re on the road? Leave a comment and get a portion of Nasi Goreng!