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Thai Desserts and Their Meanings

Siripun Sinbuathong 22.02.2011
Thai Desserts and Their Meanings

There are many varieties of "kanom" or sweet desserts in Thailand. The names of some Thai desserts have special meanings and Thai people eat these ‘kanom’ for auspicious reasons.

Thais and Fortune Telling

Siripun Sinbuathong 07.12.2010

Thais Love “Horse Urine” Eggs

Siripun Sinbuathong 25.11.2010
Thais and Fortune Telling

The Thai way of life is based upon Buddhist religious beliefs as well as the animistic elements of Brahmanism and folklore.

Thais Love “Horse Urine” Eggs

Horse Urine Egg or as Thais call it ‘Kai-yiew-mha’ are also called preserved eggs, hundred-year eggs and millennium eggs. They are prepared using a Chinese cuisine ingredient which preserves duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. Through the process, the yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulphur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with little flavor.

Thais Love “Horse Urine” Eggs

Siripun Sinbuathong 19.11.2010

Understanding Spirit Houses

Siripun Sinbuathong 28.10.2010
Thais Love “Horse Urine” Eggs

Horse Urine Egg or as Thais call it ‘Kai-yiew-mha’ are also called preserved eggs, hundred-year eggs and millennium eggs. They are prepared using a Chinese cuisine ingredient which preserves duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing.

One of the many spirit houses seen at nearly every home in Thailand.

Although Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, there are many beliefs and customs which owe nothing to Buddhism, but instead have their roots in Hindu or animist beliefs. The presence of ghosts or spirits (phi) is a widely held belief and not something that most Thais take lightly; an unhappy spirit can cause major problems.

Eating Insects on Purpose, Really!

Wanrapa Boonsu 05.10.2010
 
Eating Insects on Purpose, Really!

Visitors to Thailand may occasionally come across roadside vendors selling insects as snacks. It’s often a source of curiosity and amusement for many Westerners when they first see fried grasshoppers or roasted crickets being sold on the street. Although the thought of eating insects doesn’t appeal to everybody, they are known to be an excellent source of protein and calcium and are a valuable supplement to the diet of many rural Thais.

 
 


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