In a city full of great, healthy food like Bangkok, the choices are endless – from exotic fruits and vegetables, from fish, river prawns and lobsters, to chicken and pork dishes.
The Rainbow Rambler team tried two dozen authentic Thai dishes over a week. Trying trendy cafes inside the major shopping malls to gay-owned restaurants in the nightlife district, we managed to keep our waistlines from expanding by walking to and fro or taking a quick Tuk Tuk ride if we were liberal with libations.
Thai food is not for the timid. It normally packs a punch of some kind. Be it sweet or sour, spicy, salty or bitter, it is sure to awaken your senses and stimulate your body.
Not only is it one of the world’s great cuisines, but the herbs and spices these meals contain are very good for you — making it a great way of getting your daily supply of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and energy.
One tasty yet beneficial ingredient in many Thai dishes is lemongrass, which is also known to relieve headaches and reduce stomach cramps. It’s amazing that a bowl of spicy, delicious tom yum soup can be eaten instead of some expensive pharmaceutical that may or may not work.
As for your heart, it turns out that two more common ingredients used in many Thai dishes can help you have a healthy, happy heart: coconut milk and chili peppers.
As for those spicy chilies that true lovers of Thai food enjoy, it has been proven that after eating these fiery little peppers, you’ll not only fall asleep faster, but sleep longer and better.
Rinsing the mouth and cooling the palate, a platter of after-dinner fruit is a perfect complement to a delectable and perhaps spicy Thai meal. In most places, when you’re done eating delicately-balanced flavours, the smiling restaurant staff automatically bring you a plate of small, often stylishly shaped, slices of fresh watermelon, pineapple and papaya.
It’s rare to find something that tastes so good and is actually good for you as well - Thai food is both. This is one pleasure you need not feel guilty about, and you’ll not only look better as a result of eating Thai cuisine.
After all, you are what you eat; so eat Thai and thrive!