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Review: Eating Thai Food Guide

Spicy panang curry with chicken

I love Thai food.  I spent 10 weeks in Thailand during my trip around the world, and I'll never forget that first Panang Curry with Chicken I enjoyed on Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui (yep, that's a photo of it above).

During my time there, I had a regular rotation of four curries: green, red, panang, and mossaman, but despite taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai, I never really expanded my knowledge of Thai cuisine.

The good news is Mark Wiens, the blogger behind and a regular contributor here at Go Backpacking, wants to help people like you and me learn more about the rich and varied cuisine of Thailand.

He recently published the Eating Thai Food Guide, which he put together based on his own experience living in Thailand.

I had the chance to preview the guide before it was released, and I was blown away by the amount of information he included. Not only does he cover a wide range of topics, he includes photos of every dish mentioned!

This 88-page guide includes:

  • Tips for ordering Thai food
  • Bangkok restaurant recommendations (with addresses, hours and prices)
  • Most common Thai dishes, including street food
  • Etiquette
  • Food encyclopedia of 140+ dishes
  • 39+ healthy / vegetarian options
  • Thai drinks and desserts

Did I mention he includes photos of everything?

He even went so far as to list the names of dishes in the Thai language as well as English.

If you're a Thai food lover and want to expand your knowledge on this beloved Asian cuisine, you can now pick up your copy of the Eating Thai Food Guide for just $7.

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Sofia - As We Travel

Friday 22nd of July 2011

Does it include any recipes so that you can cook your favorite food when you've returned back home from your trip? I would love a good recipe on my favorite meal Khao Soi.


Sunday 24th of July 2011

Nope, there aren't any recipes but that's a great idea should Mark want to release an updated version in the future.

I took a cooking class in Chiang Mai, but I ended up losing the recipe book we got in the mail. :(

Nomadic Samuel

Saturday 16th of July 2011

Dave, I love Thai food as well but - much like you mentioned - feel as though I've just barely scratched the surface in terms of the possibilities.  

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