Archives for the month of: October, 2011

1. Fry garlic in wok until fragrant, add prawns and cook until they change colour.
2. Add tofu and crack an egg into the work, and scramble with fish sauce and sugar. Push this mixture to the top of the wok.
3. Pour water into the bottom of the wok and add the noodles, then stir until they are soft.
4. Add peanuts and bean sprouts, then mix everything together and fry for 30 seconds. Once the noodles are dry, add green onion and squeeze lime.

5. Eat the finished product!

We have really enjoyed the food so far in Chiang Mai – highlights other than pad thai include pumpkin hummus, green curries with little Thai eggplants, wide noodle dishes, soup, fruit smoothies, the list goes on.  In order to share these delights with you, we enrolled in an afternoon cooking school.  The pad thai described above (recipe below) was some of the best we’ve had.  After all our hard work cooking (and eating), we sat down for a Thai foot massage.  Life in Chiang Mai is hard 😉

Expect more fun news soon including shooting down a national park on mountain bikes, an epic hike and overnight in a northern Thai village, and a Thai cover band at a local bar, as well as an update on our overall itinerary.  We’re on to Laos next on the slow boat.

-from Camille

Recipe:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
4 peeled raw prawns
50 grams tofu
1 egg
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp white sugar
1 c warm water
150 g rice noodle
2 tbsp ground peanuts
1 c beansprouts
2 green onions, chopped1/4 lime

 

Thank goodness we left when we did!

Updates this morning show that the flood waters are spreading in Bangkok to some major areas.

According to Bloomberg News, the transit line we took to the bus station yesterday is in danger, and the CBC reports that tens of thousands have flocked to the Mo Chit bus station where we were two nights ago. I wasn’t sure it could get more crowded…

We had a sense that something was about to happen in Bangkok -we are so happy we listened to our intuition and got out.

-Claudia

Day 4 on our adventure so far!

Bangkok was crazy. We got in to our hostel at 2am – thankfully they had amazing coffee. I think the lack of sleep and long day of travel (close to 24 hours) took a bit of a toll, and we were both a bit shell-shocked first stepping out in to the streets of Bangkok.

My dad sent us a New York Times article that morning by the Frugal Traveller called “When you’ve got those First-24-Hour-Blues” – I wouldn’t say we had the blues exactly, but Bangkok was not nearly as tourist-friendly as I was expecting (at least not where we were staying). The smells on the street, the traffic, the humidity, the language… a bit intimidating at first.

We got over that quickly, and managed to brave the public transportation system on our first day (“so brave”, a Japanese couple travelling told us on the bus. “We are on our 5th day!”), met some Scottish friends at our hostel, and found some dinner and beers. Beer solves everything.

Bangkok was HOT. As we were walking through the Grand Palace on our second day, boiling hot (women have to cover legs and arms), I joked with Camille, “at least we’re not racing in this weather!” Little did we know…

Our plan to catch the #3 bus from the skytrain to the Bangkok bus station turned to be a bit more of an adventure than we had hoped. I was also surprised at how little english was spoken in Bangkok- should have had the bus station name written in Thai by our hostel! 3 bus changes later, back and forth and back again, with contradicting gestures from the people on the bus, and we were at the bus station. 4 hours later and we were on the bus -one 12 hour sleeper bus later and here we are in Chiang Mai.

The flooding hadn’t hit Bangkok that we saw in our one and a half days there- but you could see the preparations everywhere. 7-11 was totally sold out of water, businesses were sealing up their entrances (photos pending with a faster internet connection), and the water transit systems shut down the first day we were there.

We were originally planning on heading to Siem Reap after Bangkok, but flooding there led us North. It’s lovely so far.

-Claudia

Lurking in the corner, the Vancouver mainstay rainboots called out, their voices amplified by the very raining Friday. Headlines on the Thailand flooding are hard to miss but its difficult to get an understanding of how the first stop on our journey will be impacted. Obviously we can’t control the weather (unless you are the Chinese government a la 2008 Olympics) so no point in fretting. Rainboots, sorry we will not miss you, you’ll get your time when I’m back in February and you wouldn’t enjoy the cramped quarters in our backpacks anyways.

 

 

 

Update: so we’ve landed in Bangkok and the only sign of any water is the sandbags in front of some businesses at our hostel. Stay tuned…

-Camille

To-do list before departure October 22nd:

  • a ton of important things
  • start a blog

Now, onto packing, booking our first night in Bangkok, figuring out our itinerary, opening a bank account…