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02-18-2006, 11:31 PM
Has anyone been to Thailand and been able to maintain a raw diet there?
I am going for three weeks in March and want to maintain raw...any suggestions on the best way to go about it, or what to eat overall...just looking for suggestions on maintaining my raw food plan.
I will take live protein crackers with me for daily use as well as soaked and dehydrated almonds.
Thanks for any replies.
P.S. I know I can stick with fruits and vegetables, but am afraid of getting bored and/or not getting enough protein.
02-19-2006, 01:36 AM
I have been to Thailand many times, simply love the place, people, food. However the past visit I was not totally raw, so I had no problems going around. In fact I should think it would be no problem to remain raw while in Thailand. Raw is quite a movement in Thailand. Will you be going to Bangkok mainland or island hopping?
Anyhow here is a raw cafe link in Bangkok : http://www.rasayanaretreat.com/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Id=101960&Ntype=4
As for this link, you will find a list of vegetarian/vegan restaurants/cafes. I am sure they are more than happy to prepare a raw serving : http://www.happycow.net/asia/thailand/index.html
Also as you mentioned, you can always stick with the fruits and vegetables. Oh they have an amazing and abundance of exotic fruits!! Mangoes, papayas, mangosteens, rambutans, chikus, dukus, jackfruits amongst many others and my all time favorite, the King of Fruits : DURIANS!!! I can just indulge in fruits alone when I visit Thailand! It is amazing! Also not forgetting, young coconuts are in abundance too!! You are going to have a blast there!
Should you be visiting general Thai restaurants, make sure you asked for no sauce for they love to use fish sauce on top of soy sauce and all. Enjoy your stay and eat your fill of exotic fruits for it may take a while for your next indulgence!!
Thought I would share that I will be going to Samui for a short trip this Wednesday and back on Saturday. Reaching there on Wednesday night, too late to be eating. I fast on Thursdays. Friday I will indulge in durians, my friends set aside for me already and my flight back home on Saturday is at 4pm - so I have no worries about food there. Besides my friends are raw foodists there.
02-19-2006, 06:23 PM
I lived in Thailand for 26 years!
You will never be bored with raw food choices in Thailand. My advice, though, is to stick with raw fruits (buy whole, wash thoroughly, and peel them yourself) and go easy on raw veggies. I am a frequent traveler (6-7 overseas trip each year for the past 12 years) and I have always made it a rule to be VERY careful about eating raw anything, especially vegetables. You can even get sick from eating raw vegetables in what's considered to be high-end restaurants. Salad bars at American fast food joints (like Pizza Hut) have made a few of my travel companions violently ill on my last trip there a couple of years ago. I hate to make a generalized statement about the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of fresh veggies in Thailand, but when you travel overseas, don't risk it. Most healthcare practitioners don't speak English very well. Those who do speak excellent English work in hospitals that will cost you an arm and a leg. In other words, don't get yourself sick. There'll probably be people who say, "Hog wash! I've eaten raw vegies in Thailand hundreds of times and never got sick!" I don't know, man... Based on my experience, it's like a game of Russian Roulette.
You have GOT to try Durian, though. Ask for the type called Monthong (pronounced mawn-tong). Go for the semi-ripe one as it's a bit milder than when it's completely ripe (not to mention not as messy to eat!). Tropical fruits in Thailand are the best in the world (I admit I'm biased!). You really should take advantage of this. Here's a list of must-try fruits. No English here. People have attempted to assign English names to some of these fruits, but the locals don't call them by their English or botanical names. Anyway, here it is:
Noy-na: Also called Custard Apple. Very similar to Cherimoya. Bumpy exterior. Sweet creamy flesh with dark slippery pits inside.
La-mut (the last syllable rhymes with "put"): soft, dark brown skin (completely edible) with light tan flesh. Very delicious.
Ngoh (rhymes with "raw"): also known as Rambutan. Red and hairy on the outside. It's difficult to describe the interior. It's similar to Lychee, if you've had one, but not as acidic. It's my favorite fruit in the whole world.
Pineapple and papaya: The best in the world.
Let us know how it goes.
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