First Impression: Food in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Last June, my Mom and I went on a tri-country trip. We visited Bangkok & Ayutthaya in Thailand, Siem Reap in Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.

Ayutthaya is about 80 kilometers north of Bangkok. It’s the capital of the Kingdom of Siam. This city is known as an ancient, gorgeous city with all its preserved historic sites. We went on a 4-hour tour plus a food trip on the side.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take that many pictures because I was too exhausted from the heat. If it’s hot in Bangkok, it’s way more hot in Ayutthaya.

Khao Phat Kung (fried rice with shrimp)        Khao Phat Gai (fried rice with chicken)            Phat Pak Bong (stir-fried water spinach or “kang kong”)

In Thai language, “khao” means rice while “phat” means something fried or stir-fried. It’s very similar to what we have here in the Philippines but I love how they’re so into herbs and spices. When you eat it, it’s an explosion of different flavors. This food somehow reminded me of home.

Som Tam Thai (green papaya and carrot salad)

Som Tam Thai is made of green papaya and carrot strips mixed with herbs and spices like garlic, chilies, palm sugar, lime and fish sauce.

Tom Yum Taley (spicy seafood soup)

Tom Yum Taley is a spicy seafood soup. It has lemongrass, coconut milk and lime. I’m not really into spicy food but this one’s so good, I just can’t resist it.

Thai food is very diverse. It’s influenced by different cultures and there’s too many to choose from. It was a short stay so I haven’t tried the other highly recommended Thai cuisines. I’ll definitely go on a food tour next time.

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