Monday, January 24, 2011

Food: The good, the bad, and the heavenly.

Tuesday, January 25 2011

10:28 AM

Sitting in the office…waiting for Didi and Ason to get a couple of record glitches fixed from last years financial sheets, so that I can finish preparing a grant form. My mom requested yesterday that I put up pictures of what I eat at the home. So Mom, this one’s for you. I would tell you the names of everything….but I don’t usually have a clue what I’m eating.

This first picture has something in it called “sponge protein…” some kind of soy product…..different from tofu. I really struggle with eating it. I know that these pictures probably look really appetizing to the rest of you, but I can’t seem to get a lot of this stuff down. It might have something to do with the fact that I got so sick the first day of eating here. I usually eat a bowl of rice for every meal with a small spoonful of whatever dish they’re serving along with it. Oh, and if they have it, I eat fruit. It's pretty rare though.

Most of the food served at the home isn’t Thai—it’s Burmese. And it’s ALWAYS vegan. No egg, no milk, and sponge protein galore.

The good news is, I don’t generally feel guilty about eating out every day here. The food is really cheap, and I feel like I’m helping out the area a lot by spending my money. I figure I might as well spend my money here where I’m making a significant impact on the economy rather than spend it at home where people really don’t need my money.

Last night, I had the food of my dreams. Fried dough with egg, sweetened condensed milk, and sugar. Rolled up into heavenly deliciousness. Only 10 Baht (about 35 cents). I'm going to try to post the video of the guy making it...but if it doesn't work, just know that this food was AMAZING.


  1. Can't see the video too well...but that sponge protein stuff sounds absolutely scary! I think eating out is totally justified. Are you taking any multi-vitamins? I got your email about you have access to a guitar? Do you play it? What about homemade rhythm instruments out of whatever you can scrounge for the younger kids? There are tons of old folk songs that I think the kids would enjoy learning. Most of them would probably be on youtube...but I could email you words, if they would help.

  2. I like the first picture. Tell me if I'm right:
    Good=BYU-I Bad=the water in Thai Heavenly=the boy on the computer. hahaha. :) That's how I saw that picture anyway.

  3. The food look vary interesting! The egg with sweetened condensed milk and sugar looks way good. 35 cents is a steal of a deal.

  4. That really makes me smile. I wonder what you're going to think of American food when you get the chance again. (Home cooking, that is.) ;)