Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!
With a cultural background in agriculture, Thai people are accustomed to eating heavy rice-based dishes for breakfast that is both filling and energizing. Today we’ll introduce you to a few classic (if not a little influenced from other countries) Thai breakfasts that you can easily find.
Jok (Congee)/ Kao Tom (Rice Soup)
A variation on the Chinese Congee, Thai jok (pronounced “joke”) is heavy in its pork and white pepper flavor. The smooth rice mixture is most commonly spiced up with seasoned pork meatballs, ginger, cilantro, spring onion, and soft boiled eggs. A similar alternative is Kao Tom – rice with broth that is served with your variations of toppings, from pork meet balls to seafood items.
Pa Tong Koh (Chinese Donuts)
If you’re not familiar with Chinese donuts, the delicious fried dough often come in pairs that look like an “x”. There are also slightly sweetened one in round flat balls. In Thailand, there are many ways to have Pa Tong Koh. The most common are to dip it in condensed milk, pandan custard, or Thai tea custard. It is also often served along side Jok or soymilk. A must-try for those who like crispy fragrant goodies!
Kao Niew Moo Ping (Sticky Rice and Grilled Pork)
A favorite amongst locals, kao niew (sticky rice), and moo ping (grilled marinated pork) are a match made in heaven. The pork come on skewers with a sweet, yet savory flavor that is well complimented by the texture and weight of the sticky rice. Different vendors have their own secret recipes and locals often seek out their favorite balance in seasoning and meat to fat ratio. If you ever see pork skewers along street vendors that look caramelized – you’ve found moo ping!
You can easily find street vendors that sell these delicious breakfast nearby Chao Hostel. Try walking outside, or hitting Siam Square, one BTS station away from National Stadium station. You will find not only these, but other delectable street food fit for a filling food adventure!
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