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Katya's Reports from Thailand (report #1)


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Katya's Reports from Thailand (report #1)

Jim Leff | Jan 11, 2000 01:32 PM

My friend Katya Arnold (author of many great childrens' books, most of which adults would like too...see link below) is visiting a friend named Richard in Thailand with her husband Alex (who founded a painting school for elephants there...long story...). They're both enormous chowhounds and have been filing dispatches (bear in mind that Katya is Russian, so she has her own style of expression). Here is report #1 (note: Alex tends to scream, cry, and otherwise carry on when eating really delicious stuff):

dear jim, Alex is screaming so much that he lost his voice, we are staying with a friend and when alone could not even name the dish. Almost no tourists in lampang. Kentucky Fried chicken: that we can describe without translation. Food here is different from other parts of Thailand; most popular are khnom gin rice noodles, which as Richard said are much better in the northeast were they ferment the noodles. on top is red curry with tomatoes and chicken, or cooked blood. We ate lab moo with pork and red onions lemon grass and galanga, we ate liver with herbs and spices and tom set, shredded pieces of beef. soups are divine and very spicy and aromatic. grilled chicken is served with unbelievable red sauce made with lime, dried red pepper and fish sauce. All the time sticky rice. We ate in a sophisticated restaurant as well, going there for new year's eve. There, for appetizer, we had water chestnut wrapped in bacon, we had local fish fried and then steamed with seafood in a sour sauce. As you know i am not much into sweets but a lot of deep frying goes on in the street, and some kind of pancakes. We still have time to try. Sorry for not being colorful and making lots of errors but computer is not what I'm used to.happy new year, love Katya & Alex


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