The following evening we had dinner with a long lost aunt who currently resides in Bangkok. It was a reunion of sort, given that we hadn’t seen her in over 18 years. I also got to meet with my grandpa’s sister, who I’ve only seen in old family photos. And it turns out that I seem to have relatives all over the world. They all started in Vietnam as one big clan, then when the war broke out, everyone scattered about, some ended up in Hawaii, others in Australia, Paris, Germany, London and a bunch more in Bangkok, Cambodia, and parts of China. None stayed or went back to Vietnam.

That night we ate at a restaurant about thirty minutes outside the city, near my grandaunt’s home. I’m afraid I didn’t pay too much attention to the meal, as I was more eager to talk with my aunt and grandaunt. But we did eat quite a few very interesting dishes…

Baked snake and eggs, anyone? Little nuggets of chopped snake meat blended with egg yolks, mushrooms and spices to tie in all. I can’t figure out what the white foam on top was made of, but I suspect egg whites. It was a satisfying dish, like a rather bouncy meatball nestled in boiling sweet juices, not too chewy nor very meaty. It’s hard to explain, you should try it for yourself.

Pad thai wrapped inside an egg omelet
Off to the right is a little packet of chili and sugar. They give you sugar with everything here! I sprinked the sugar over the pad thai, just to give it a try, but I think I prefer my pad thai less sweet than others.

Som tum

Tom kha gai – a tangy sweet/sour soup made from a coconut base with plenty of kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass. Those little things you see bobbing around are fishballs, shrimp and mushrooms.

Deep fried frogs topped off with an amazing nest of fried garlic and peppers. We just picked up a frog piece (some legs, others body parts) and ate it like fried chicken, making sure to pick up as much of that flaky garlic nest along with the frog. I’m not a huge fan of frog, but it was the surely the combo of the garlic frogs that had me picking at this dish till the end.

Curried crab

Quick boiled clams – this dish became somewhat of an obsession for my father (along with baby oyster pancakes) during our stay in Bangkok. He just had to have this dish everywhere we went, sometimes cleaning out two plates on his own!

  • rowena
    June 27, 2007

    From the looks of it, it would seem that you did pay attention to the meal! Everything sounds great and might I add adventurous? Yeah, I’m down for baked snake and eggs. The frog leg nest thingy made my eyebrows go up in interest…heck, well all of it did!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    June 28, 2007

    Hey Rowena!The baked snake and eggs were definitely the most interesting dish of the night! Funny thing was, the just tasted so “normal” (not that I had any idea what snake would taste like!), I could imagine having a snake meatball sandwich, lol! :)

  • Chubbypanda
    July 18, 2007

    Lol. Your dad sounds a lot like mine. He sounds like me, for that matter.

  • anonymous
    September 11, 2007

    Wow that pad thai in an omlete looks interesting!

  • Just me...
    April 29, 2010

    Now I miss Bangkok! Yum!!!!

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