A local dinner


I decided to go out for dinner tonight, before my for-some-reason- nervous-about trip to Bangkok tomorrow, and opted for a place I’ve already been to twice, about an 8-block walk. Didn’t sleep much last night in anticipation of the trip to Bangkok but finally realized it’s just another adventure that I should embrace and have fun with.

Anyway, walked to this outdoor restaurant that is usually busy and has a varied menu. The waiter is getting used to seeing me and suggested the grilled whole fish, which costs about $10 and is really meant for sharing, not a single person. When I told him it was too much he suggested takeaway.

There is a lot to choose from but ended up ordering a chicken and rice dish that turned out to be OK but a bit bland. It’s scary that I’m now wanting my food spicier, and not just salted. I ordered another dish, tom yung kung with prawns, a traditional spicy soup, asking to have the spice reduced.

The food is served very quickly here. When my chicken and rice arrived, I realized it was too bland but the by the time I was able to ask for the table spices and sauces, my second dish had arrived. Spooning the coconut-spicy soup on the rice did the trick.

The two dishes cost 170 baht ($6) and were more than satisfying. There were 6 good-sized shrimp in the soup. Most of the contents of the soup are not eatable, just there for seasoning. When done, I flirted a bit with one of the cooks, who was very embarrassed that I wanted her picture.

Oh, and about the egrets. These are the small variety you see in the Gulf and I haven’t seen any larger ones. But a month ago, there weren’t any here and now they are showing up in numbers. I wonder if this is not unlike southern Florida in terms of weather and fishing – little catching this time of year but once the birds show up the fishing picks up. We’ll see.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
This entry was posted in Dining Out, food, Hua Hin, Thailand, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.