thai isan food
What are the features of a thai persons face that make them unique?
This is an often confusing question, as to most people especially westerners, it often thought of the features of a Thai person would be a dark complexion, with more or less face a shape similarly to Indonesian, or Cambodian, whereas common knowledge has it that the Thai (or Tai) people either originated or scatter around southern China in Yunnan province, with evidences of today scattered minority tribals of Thai people still speaking ancient Thai (communicable and understood by all Thais).
History also accepts that Lanna, Chiang Saen, Chiang Khong, Nan Chaow, and all those ancient northern Thai Kingdom were pure Thai. In any case, all those people has generally a more rounded faces, with perhaps some exception from those in Sukhothai presently which a slightly more square face (but nothing like Thaksin) and slightly light brown skiin.
Laos is also accepted to be of the Thai race, and they look mostly like those from northern Thai, with foods and many of the cultures similarly to Northern, especially in Prae and Nan provinces.
The lower Isan, where people are darker complexion, shorter, and a little bit plumy may be of the mixtures of the Khom/Cambodian descendants and hence look and speak somewhat a language that is similar to Cambodian of today.
In any case, there are more than 100 minority races in Thailand of present days, and Thais are pretty much mixing very good among its populations with a very large part of Chinese immigrants that it’s very difficult to say what a Thai really look like today, except in general :-Asian, Chinese, Malay looking. (Indonesians, the Filipinos and Malaysians are said to have walked down from China anyway.)
thai isan food
The cuisine of Northeastern Thailand generally feature dishes similar to those found in Laos, as Isan people historically have close ties with Lao culture and speak a language that is generally mutually intelligible with the Lao language.
- Kai yang – marinated, grilled chicken.
- Khao niao – Glutinous rice is eaten as a staple food both in the Northeast as in the North of Thailand; it is traditionally steamed.
- Mu ping – marinated, grilled pork on a stick.
- Lap – a traditional Lao salad containing meat, onions, chillies, roasted rice powder and garnished with mint.
- Nam chim chaeo – is a sticky, sweet and spicy dipping sauce made with dried chilies, fish sauce, palm sugar and black roasted rice flour. It is often served as a dip with mu yang (Thai: หมูย่าง, grilled pork).
- Nam tok – made with pork (mu) or beef (nuea) and somewhat identical to lap, except that the pork or beef is cut into thin strips rather than minced.
- Som tam – grated papaya salad, pounded with a mortar and pestle, similar to the Laos Tam mak hoong. There are three main variations: som tam pu (Thai: ส้มตำปู) with salted black crab, and som tam thai (Thai: ส้มตำไทย) with peanuts, dried shrimp and palm sugar and som tam pla ra (Thai: ส้มตำปลาร้า) from the north eastern part of Thailand (Isan), with salted gourami fish, white eggplants, fish sauce and long beans. Som tam is usually eaten with sticky rice but a popular variation is to serve it with khanom chin (rice noodles) instead.
- Suea rong hai – grilled beef brisket.
- Tom saep – Northeastern-style hot & sour soup.
The blog Prasat Phanomrung elaborates on two Isaan dishes: larb and pla ra. Unfortunately, the blog has fallen into disuse, it would seem. The sole entries ever made were in August and September of 2009.
Another blog, Isan – Thailand, also touched upon Isaan food in a post.
I am not sure if Eating Thai Food is a blog — I suppose it is; many of the entries relate to Isaan food. You might enjoy browsing it. The author gives his view of Isaan food here; but as I said, many of his posts do deal with various aspects of Isaan food. You may enjoy checking the site out.
If you are at all curious, the blog Isaan Style! has a fairly recent post (March) titled Real Isaan Food, Homemade Gang Nor Mai, Thailand.
This is a slide-show presentation on Isaan food which may be of some value to someone who can read Thai — none of it is in English:
If Isaan recipes are of interest to you, then you will find some by browsing through a site called Joy’s Thai Food. For instance, have a look at Thai Isaan Food Recipe: Ho Mok Gai Sai (Chicken and Bamboo Wrapped with Banana Leaves).
The site visit-chiang-mai-online.com offers a few recipes here: Think Thai Food – North-Eastern (Isaan) Specialities.
Thailand forums often have posts that focus on Isaan food. The language used can be very…basic. One forum with a couple of threads is TeakDoor: In praise of Isaan food and Really disgusting Thai/Isarn food. The Thai Visa Forum has this 2005 thread titled Isaan Food Appreciation Thread… What makes your mouth water..
I am not sure if I have ever heard of the OpenmindProjects volunteer programme, but their three-day “Cross Culture Training” course sounds like it has considerable focus on Isaan food and the cooking thereof. This is the organization’s homepage.
This site is advertising an Isan Food & Wine Festival Masterclass: 2012 taking place June 8-12 next year.
Thai wedding Cost in thb?
How much is the average cost of a thai wedding?my wife who is thai wants a Buddhist wedding in her home town of chai badan(near lop buri)does anybody know how much they cost,she said there will be 250+ people there.I’m unsure if they all eat at the wedding or some do and the rest come for the party after,any help would be appreciated.
Her mum says she wants 500,000baht for a sinsod,plus 100,000 for the wedding and she also wants the money that the guest give us.And i dont think she plans on giving us any of the money back as a wedding gift either.
Well my biggest cost was the Sinod ( dowry ) I gave to my wife’s Mum which was 100,000 baht which was quite reasonable.( anything from 100,000 to 250,000 ) We get married in village near Sisaket, Isan and there most of been well over 300 people throughout the day. I gave mother-in-law 20,000 baht which she used to get food and drinks. We had at her home and neighbours supplied extra tables and chairs. I spent a further 5000 baht on Beer and whiskey and everyone had a wonderful time.
Depending on what sort of wedding you want your wifes family should have a very good Idea of what the cost will be .
I do not know what your budget is and also if you plan on having a honeymoon.
At the end of the day you pay what you can afford – you can build a house in Isan for 400,000 baht so be sensible.
Find out what you are expected to pay for Sinod and tell your wife + 100,000 Baht max for wedding.
Have a wonderful day and wishing you both a happy future
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