How Cuisine Influenced My Thailand and Vietnam Travels
By Stacey Schultz, Asia Transpacific Journeys’ Marketing Director
Much of my original fascination with Thailand and Vietnam travel started when living in San Francisco with such great access to a variety of Asian cuisines, most notably Thai, Vietnamese and Indian.
Within walking distance from my house in Noe Valley was Swatdee Thai. Swatdee translates to “hello” and the proprietor of the restaurant was one of the most welcoming restaurateurs you will ever meet. During my visits there he taught me the basics of Thai culture, so when the time came to plan a Thailand and Vietnam vacation, I took my love of Asian food and canvassed the country in search of the best curry, pad thai, and pho.
Here is one of my favorite Thai recipes:
2 cups. coconut milk
1 cup crushed pineapple
2 tbsp. red curry paste
1/4 cup nampla (fish sauce)
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
8 oz. raw shrimp
Combine all but shrimp and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Serve over rice.
Do you love learning about and trying new cuisines? Have you always dreamed of an exotic tour through Southeast Asia? We’ve designed our Cuisine and Culture of Thailand and Vietnam tour for travelers like you.
This trip features an in-depth cultural immersion liberally spiced with culinary adventures such as cooking demonstrations, meetings with chefs, market shopping, preparing and sampling your own creations, and delectable cuisine at some of Asia’s best restaurants. To talk to a Thailand and Vietnam Travel Specialist, call us at 800-642-2742.