Breakfast with the Karens (Thailand)

This breakfast almost happens in heaven.

This is the South West region of Thailand.

Thanks to “Pooh Eco Trekking” (a genuine eco trekking agency in Chiang Mai, be careful because there are many fake ones), we did a 3 days trek in and around some Karen villages of Thailand, with a genuine impression of not disturbing neither nature or culture. This, because the guides are all Karens and have a deal with the villages: a good part of the money they got was used for the community (school, hospital etc.). You are a very small group (we were 4). The family you stay in is the village is different for each group, so each family has a chance to earn some money welcoming people for a night.

This in our first night in the village, around the fireplace, set in the house we stayed that night:

We knew from the guide’s explanations that Karens would eat what was available around them. It means mainly rice, wild plants and in terms of meat: mice. This was surprising but actually quite understandable. To protect their fields, the Karens had set up very efficient traps to catch the mice that would otherwise eat their harvests.

So mice were the easiest meat to catch around there. Of course, there was other meat to eat, but less often: pork and buffalo mainly.

So for this first breakfast in the Karen village, we did not know what to expect.

It ended up being 2 breakfasts: the one for tourists like us and the one for Karens. The good thing is that we could try both.

So here is the first one : a shrimp and rice porridge, omelet and pineapple :

You can notice the Heinz sauce on the left, a sign for us not to feel totally lost in another world!

The rice porridge was deliciously aromatised with a bouillon.

Here, the brown mix is the mouse curry. It was really spicy but actually very good (for those who tried):

A trekking eater:

And another one:

After breakfast, we played with the children of the village, on the other side of the house.

The girl wearing a pink jumper on the previous picture took this reallly good shot:

Breakfast in Bangkok tallest hotel (Thailand)

Your attention please!

You are entering the tallest hotel of Bangkok.

You are facing the view of an endless city.

You also are facing a wide choice of food, because you have reached the 84th floor and its “international breakfast buffet”.

The food is prepared and served by clinically dressed hotel staff.

You are about to get Eastern breakfast closer to Western breakfast,  in your plate.

In your plate : pancake and onigri,  fried eggs and miso soup, coconut dessert and orange juice, brown bread and tofu.

-> The view from the 84th floor

-> A cook, and a wide selection of bread and viennoiseries

-> A cook disposing fruits

-> Making the Indian bread roti canai

-> Thai “coconut mini crepe” : Kanon Krok

-> Plates on display :  vegetable omelette, scrambled eggs and a fried egg

-> Japanese onigris and miso soup, with fried eggs

-> Fresh tofu with spring onions in soya sauce

-> Cereal bread with butter

-> Indian dhal, Japanese soba noodles, Chinese lotus bun, pork bun and bouchée au porc. On top : watermelon, starfruit, dragon fruit and melon

-> Buttered brown bread, pancakes, a small butter ball and a fried egg

-> Ham, small butter balls, crakers and emmental (?) cheese

Breakfast on the move 3 (luang prabang to bangkok)

Here is the nice and cosy Luang Prabang airport, in Laos.  We flew back to Bangkok from this tiny airport, which has a lot of charm.

-> The wooden check-in desk

-> The friendly security gate

It was 8 am. In the small plane, we had what I would call a typical “on the move breakfast”, from the previous experience in a train. Ham and cheese sandwiches, chocolate sponge cake (UK version, no taste of chocolate) and dragon fruit (the colorful pink and white crispy fruit, which consistency is a bit like kiwi).

-> The platter, with the infamous white bread sandwiches

Breakfasts on the move 2 (Bangkok to Chiang Mai)

After only 24 hours spent in Bangkok, we took the night train to Chiang Mai, in the North of Thailand.

-> Bangkok train station at night with people sitting on the floor, waiting for their train to arrive.

In the train, from the lady who takes orders and delivers food to the passengers, we chose a dinner and a breakfast for the next day.

The next day, when she arrived with our breakfasts, she agreed to have her picture taken.

This wasn’t a good breakfast at all, and so far away from an Asian breakfast. No rice (I had actually had asked for a rice porridge but we misunderstood eachother) ! But buttery sandwiches made of white bread and ham, sliced apples, fake orange juice and weak hot drinks.

Still, it was entertaining to have it while going through the forest of the hilly North of Thailand.

-> Chiang Mai train station in the late morning.

Breakfasts on the move 1 (Paris to Bangkok)

When you are booking your holiday flight tickets, don’t you have a thought about the food, the movies and the seats? As if not the destination anymore, but the journey itself, had a lot of importance?

Last summer we flew from Paris to Bangkok with (well not really with, in planes run by the company named) Finnair.  We didn’t expect too much from the quality and originality of the food and we were quite accurate. Below are the 2 breakfasts we had on the air, on the way to and on the way back. Oh and it is also the snack we had during the shorter flights.

That is all for the critique. Having meals in planes, life in planes in general, has always been a great pleasure.