Going Raw

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I have never eaten so many raw vegetables until I came to Thailand. I found it so weird at first to eat raw cabbage, eggplant, and string beans but I eventually got the hang of it. I have come to realize that these raw veggies usually come with a very hot and spicy meal or sauce, so it helps neutralize the taste. Not to mention that raw vegetables are usually sweet and crunchy so it gives your spicy meal an added flavor.

We have a joke that we are like goats eating grass when we are served with Thai food and those leaves+ raw vegetables. It’s just good that Thais don’t understand our language so we could laugh our hearts out without being understood! :)
If you want to know what I am talking about, here are photos to prove to you that we have indeed become goats in this country!

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Raw bean sprouts, basil, mango leaves and cucumber (which is always eaten raw even in the Philippines where I come from)

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Dip it in a spicy sauce! Perfect! (I can’t remember what this raw veggie was)

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This is called “Yam Mama” — “Yam” means “salad” and “Mama” is a brand of an instant noodle. Yam Mama is mixed with raw cabbage, ipil-ipil, and lots of other greens!

I told you we have become grass eaters! Me-eh-eh!

Oops! Did I just sound like a goat?!


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6 thoughts on “Going Raw

  1. Deli

    Hahaha! I remember, Ray. Liza used to say that also. Mura mi mga kanding with all the raw vegetables :) Well, at least we learned that eating raw can be good :)

  2. Rcel

    I have always been teased as a goat Ray ever since pa jud kay back home, kusog kaayo ko mokaon jud ug green leafy veges. Kanang camote tops pinaka fave jud naku na. Lol. I haven’t eaten that much of raw veges too until I lived here in the US. Murag weird tan-awon nga raw ang kaonon pero kung i-halo na sila tanan with dressing, lami ra baya dayon. :D

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  3. silver price

    Culantro (Pak Chee Farang) is usually eaten raw and can also be cut up and added to Laab (Isaan Meat Salad).

  4. Jessica Cassidy

    Mommy Raye, that looks delish and healthy too :-) I want to eat the sprout beans….looks crunchy :-)


  5. Dalton V. Swanson

    Thai salads often do not have raw vegetables or fruit as their main ingredient but they use (minced) meat , seafood , or noodles instead. Similar to salads in the West, these dishes have in common that they (often) use a souring agent (in Thailand usually lime juice) and feature the addition of fresh herbs and other greens in their preparation. Thai salads are not served as entrées but normally eaten as one of the main dishes in a Thai buffet-style meal, together with rice (depending on the region this can be glutinous rice or non-glutinous rice) or the Thai rice noodle called khanom chin . Specialised khao tom kui (plain rice congee ) restaurants also serve a wide variety of Thai salads of the yam type as side dishes. Many Thai salads, for instance the famous som tam , are also eaten as a meal or snack on their own.

  6. Bless

    We do love eating salads and good thing our kids love to eat raw veggies as well. I acquired the tastes too when I got here in the US :-)


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