Common Isaan Food in Khorat:
Isaan food is a blend of spicy chilies and sour tamarind, ‘makok’ or red ant eggs. A multitude of other ingredients can be found, most of them either very spicy, sour or bitter.
Khorat’s small night market, along the Chomsurang Hotel end of Thanon Mahathai, is the best place for local Isaan food (Northeastern Thai food).
This next image is from the Toy Hua Hin Restaurant:
Granted, Hua Hin is not in Isaan, but if you go to the website and click on the link that is there for Menu, it will be apparent that Isaan fare is richly represented. By the way, an article to accompany the above image is available here.
Finally, an image of a couple having a Christmas dinner back in 2003 in an Isaan restaurant in Bangkok — again, click on the image if you would like to read more from the blogger’s musings for that month at his website Traveltails.
There are three illustrated blog posts from 2011 in the blog The Jetlagged Gourmet that nicely describe the blogger’s experiences with Isaan food in Bangkok. I point it out because he does what I am oddly unable to — write passionately about food. I have mentioned this before. I eat to live. Food is not a preoccupation for me, although nutrition is.
A September 22, 2010, post at the website Eating Thai Food gives a very good encapsulation or summary of just what more general Isaan food is.
Isaan restaurants are easily found all over Thailand. Some even have their own website, such as the Jane Isaan German/Thai Restaurant in the seaside resort of Khao Lak.
Here are a selection of other websites that deal with Isaan food much better than can I — all have been added in a post edit of March 23, 2012:
Food is essential, of course. Typical Isaan village food doesn’t appeal to me so I eat before I go and nibble dutifully at anything that’s looks acceptable. The locals will eat their fill. The best food is known as ‘Chinese Table’ …
Publish Date: 03/17/2012 17:39
One of the those truly lip-licking joints is known as Lan Larb Ubon (ร้านลาบอุบล), a little hole in the wall restaurant located just 50 meters into Ramkhamhaeng Soi 29.
Publish Date: 02/18/2012 18:00
Famous Soi Polo fried chicken with fried garlic bits, delectable spicy som tum (papaya salad), larb moo (minced pork salad) and sticky rice (khao niao) from this 40 years old establishment in Lumpini area of Bangkok.
Publish Date: 02/26/2012 6:54
The flavours of Isaan (in northeastern Thailand) are, in a nutshell, fishy, sour and spicy. There’s an absence of coconut milk, and the hot, dry, inland location of Isaan province means a reliance on fermented, pickled and …
Publish Date: 07/14/2011 18:47
I have been hearing great things about Isaan food (the cuisine for the North of Thailand) since I first arrived in Thailand in 2009, yet I have never sat down to a meal at an Isaan restaurant. Well, not until a few nights ago.
Publish Date: 12/07/2011 20:10
But today, it might not work out so well, because, to tell you the truth, I don’t know all that much about Isaan food. Yes, you’d think I would, since I know a bit about Northern Thai food and, since Northerners also use sticky rice, …
Publish Date: 02/10/2012 0:24
A video about eating Isaan Thai street food in Bangkok, Thailand. Make sure you order delicious food off the menu!
Publish Date: 02/05/2012 5:00
Isaan food has it’s own unique style, and tends to be very spicy. Foreigners might find it very smelly, because the main ingredient of Isaan dishes is Anchovy.
Publish Date: 10/10/2011 5:14
Like most of the great restaurants serving an excellent good old fashioned Thai food, Chan Pen didn’t bother much with the design. Clean, bright and functional, the restaurant cooks a great Isan food including some delicious specialties hard …
Publish Date: 03/19/2012 7:34
I first started eating Isaan food at Lan Isaan Lom Yen (ร้านอีสานร่มเย็น) due to its convenient location, just a short distance from the Victory Monument BTS station.
Publish Date: 12/19/2011 18:00
Brunty, those are some great photos of fine Issan style food! it all looks great (except the blood, yuck!). at least the chefs there clean and skin the frogs. here in Taiwan, they just chop alive them up and scrape the whole mess …
Publish Date: 08/22/2011 8:18
Thai Food Cooking Tutorial: Nam Gradook Moo (Fermented Pork)
Uploaded by TryThaiFood on Jun 17, 2011
One of Isaan people’s favorite food to eat with sticky rice. My mom taught me on the video. 😀
For delicious fermented pork, you should choose the soft bone part. For Thai people, it is the most tasty when you can chew the soft bone- very different from western people.
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