If you don’t like coconut – coconut milk, coconut meat, coconut jelly, etc. don’t come to Thailand. Coconut is so plentiful here that it is a daily staple. Although usually a dessert food, Thais seem to incorporate it into an obscene number of unique dishes. As a “new kid,” I logically need to be exposed to all of these concoctions as quickly as possible.
Nutty Experiences so far:
- Coconut water (like in the US, but 1/3 of the price with a couple slices of coconut meat in them) – sold both fresh out of the coconut, in large vats like lemonade would be served, and in bottles at the 7-11.
- A variety of coconut jellies (sweet corn and coconut, brown sugar and coconut, coconut and flowers, the list goes on…)
- Roasted coconut over sticky rice inside a banana leaf
- “Coconut dessert” – can describe dozens of dishes – one such dish is pictured to the left.