As the seasons change, so do our appetites for takeaway. On these cold winter nights we find ourselves dreaming of a hot cooked meal, delivered straight to our door (one of the many dreams had by the founders of hungryhouse).
hungryhouse invites you to induldge in the complete Thai takeaway experience. It’s about more than just a delicious meal, it’s about the harmony that’s infused into every bite. Read our eating tips, select your background music, and prepare for a night in with your best friend – Thai takeaway.
Best eating practices:
Put away your cutlery and fancy napkins, we are eating Thai food (not a Sunday roast). Here are a few basics to get you started.
Order variety: Salty, and spicy, and sweet, OH MY! There are endless flavours to taste in any given dish and harmony is the key principle. It’s this harmony that allows so many things to happen in one bowl! We recommend you order a variety of dishes that will give your taste buds something to talk about.
Invite friends: A burrito or sandwich is quite easy to manage as a solo meal, but not Thai food. In order to really adhere to rule #1 (order variety), you need to follow rule #2 (invite friends). Be wise about the guest list, because the person with the most money is meant to pay the bill!
/strong>Finish your meal: This should not be a problem for most, especially if you only serve yourself what you can manage in one or two bites. Eating Thai food is not a race, but rather a stroll. As you serve yourself, don’t be rude and pour a heap of curry over your rice. Instead take just enough to experience that dish before moving on to the next.
Put down your knife: Put away your chopsticks too! Thai food should be enjoyed with a spoon and fork. Place the spoon in your left hand and use the fork to pile food onto the spoon. We think you know where to take it from here. King Chulalongkorn the Great is credited with adopting the spoon and fork when he invited the British consul over for a meal. After observing the consul scoop up his meal with such ease, the King declared it a new custom – save the knife business.
Sticky rice & iced tea:
How khao niao mamuang has not caught on the world over remains a mystery to hungryhouse. We are talking about sweet coconut sticky rice with mango. Yummy! The dessert itself doesn’t have too many ingredients or preparation, just a beautifully harmonized combination of textures and flavours. For mango lovers, this is an absolute must! Follow this up with a classic Thai iced tea. A strong variety of black tea i
s used to make this revitalising drink. With a bit of sugar and condensed milk a Thai iced tea will complete your meal.
Film & music to match:
Once you’ve experienced a beautiful Thai meal, it’s hard to resist the urge to book a ticket to the Land of Smiles. Spare your wallet a bashing and opt for a Thai inspired film instead. hungryhouse recommends watching The Beach. This film selection was not made on the basis of the many beach scenes involving heart throb Leonardo DiCaprio.
No, this film was selected because it will make you wish you were rolling around on that beach, eating khao niao mamuang. However, that kind of puts us back in square one looking for a flight to Thailand ASAP!
If a post-takeaway film doesn’t interest you, try listening to Thongchai “Bird” McIntyre, the #1 Thai superstar. We’re not certain about the song lyrics, but we can vouch for the smooth melody. Even if Bird isn’t an instant hit, his music will help complete your Thai takeaway experience.
Massaman curry- world’s best food:
You’ve got the company, you’ve got the scenery, now what to talk about. Sure, you could go about your normal conversation, but why not try to
a few of these topics to get the food discussion started.
1) How important are sauces in Thai food? Would you rather eat pizza without dip or chicken satay without peanut sauce?
2) Bhumibol Adulyadej, the current Monarch of Thailand, is the worlds longest-serving current head of state. Should he get some sort of ruby or emrald jubilee?
3) The name Bangkok can acutally be translated as “The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarma.” Discuss.
We hope you will enjoy your complete Thai takeaway experience.