My Pride, My Thai part 31: How spicy do you like it?†


One thing that I do love about Thailand, is that it’s all about the food: the endless choices and delicious tastes. You can literally eat 24/7, whether you choose to eat on an upscale fashionable restaurant, in a shopping mall, or for those more adventurous, at the side of any street and side-street. One of the most popular dishes locally, is so intensely spicy that even many Thai’s can’t eat it. The most spiciest dish you can find in Thailand is a north-eastern papaya salad (som-tam): a potentially stomach-destroying dish which will most definately increase your perpiration and lighten your digestive systems. It’s never been a favourite of mine and even though it’s really good, I just can’t eat it any more.†


To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 1: The Preparation†(opens in a new tab).†

To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 2: The flight†(opens in a new tab).†

To read:†My Pride, My Thai part 3: The arrival†(opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 4: The first morning (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 5: Big C (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 6: Bangkok (opens in a new tab). †

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 7: 200 THB to heaven (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 8: Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 9: Being a celebrity in Thailand (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 10: From Sisakhet to Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11: Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new †tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 11-B: Coffee Love at Sakon Nakhon (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 12: The long drive to see the King (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 13: Hua Hin Inbox (opens in a new window).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 14: Returning to Kanchanaburi (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 15: The luxurious resort (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 16: LiT Bangkok Hotel (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 17: Nearing the end (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 18: Departure for Norway (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 19: The two forgotten hotels (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 20: Back to work again… (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 21: The new dawn starts right here (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 22: The homecoming (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 23: A world away (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 24: Hello sir… (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 25: Prachuap Khiri Khan - Hua Hin (opens in a new tab).

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 26:†Hua Hin - Bangkok via Had Chao Sam Ran beach (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 27: Coffee’s Love at Petchaburi (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 28: Ayutthaya (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 29: Returning to Sakon Nakhon again! (opens in a new tab).†

To read: My Pride, My Thai part 30: The very odd resort experience (opens in a new tab).†


Near one of the entrances to Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok, there is a tiny stall which has proved to be immensly popular with locals and tourists alike, and quite well-known for their spicy som-tam served by locals dressed in Thai costimes. Upon taking your order, they will make it as spicy as you please while mixing the ingredients in their overly big… mortars.†

How many of my readers like it spicy, and how many would like to try it?†

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Som-tam at another outlet deeper inside Chatuchak weekend market.

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The only item on the menu, except from water and coke, is spicy som-tam.

Now, that’s a very big… mortar!†

A generous dish of som-tam prior to consumtion.†

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How much of this cold YOU eat?†

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A National Geographic moment if you understand my thinking.†

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Meals are always better in company with your best friends, and eating in Thailand is something you do best with friends.†






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