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18 hours ago, Salerno said:
18 hours ago, Thian said:

Oh i see, where is cheddar from then?

From Cheddar - Somerset, England.

Originally it came from Somerset but now that's just one place that produces cheddar cheese.  There are many other countries that produce it, including the US, by using similar recipes and methods and those can also be correctly labeled as cheddar.  So cheddar cheese is from which ever country makes it.

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Mainland brand cheeses (NZ?), 3 types of cheddar, edam and gouda suit me...pretty much available everywhere, a thai concession to corrupt westerners...

 

some Rye - vita would do me as well...there's only so much rice and muu daeng that you can eat...

 

 

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As someone who has lived much closer to Cheddar than Melksham (nothing wrong with Melksham, liked working there but wouldn't want to live there), and has enjoyed their cheeses for a lifetime, I have to say that those "Mainland" cheeses are garbage. I bought a chunk for about 200 baht in Big C and made a cheese and ham toasted sandwich - the cheese tasted of nothing. I was so looking forward to getting some real cheese but it was tasteless.

 

If posters on this forum could taste some real, cave-aged Cheddar from the UK, I think they would be surprised at how amazingly tasty it is. Same with German Black Forest ham, real Italian prosciutto, and a proper filet mignon steak. If you're living here I suppose you need to get used to Champ or ChaySee noodles.

 

Chances of getting any of these things in Thailand are close to zero unless you want to pay thousands of baht.

 

It's the only real regret I have of moving to Thailand. You just can't get good quality international foods. I am constantly amazed at how bad the beef is here; they charge 300 baht for a kilo and it takes an hour in the pressure cooker with lots of herbs and veggies to be edible.

 

I'm not a "foodie" type person (I hate that terminology), but when you can't get anything of decent quality as in my situation in a small Isaan village, it starts to get you down.

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20 minutes ago, SteveK said:

As someone who has lived much closer to Cheddar than Melksham (nothing wrong with Melksham, liked working there but wouldn't want to live there), and has enjoyed their cheeses for a lifetime, I have to say that those "Mainland" cheeses are garbage. I bought a chunk for about 200 baht in Big C and made a cheese and ham toasted sandwich - the cheese tasted of nothing. I was so looking forward to getting some real cheese but it was tasteless.

 

If posters on this forum could taste some real, cave-aged Cheddar from the UK, I think they would be surprised at how amazingly tasty it is. Same with German Black Forest ham, real Italian prosciutto, and a proper filet mignon steak. If you're living here I suppose you need to get used to Champ or ChaySee noodles.

 

Chances of getting any of these things in Thailand are close to zero unless you want to pay thousands of baht.

 

It's the only real regret I have of moving to Thailand. You just can't get good quality international foods. I am constantly amazed at how bad the beef is here; they charge 300 baht for a kilo and it takes an hour in the pressure cooker with lots of herbs and veggies to be edible.

 

I'm not a "foodie" type person (I hate that terminology), but when you can't get anything of decent quality as in my situation in a small Isaan village, it starts to get you down.

 

 

Agree. Many appear happy to get any kind of cheese at all. 

I import my own, as the products found in Thailand are often the lowest common denominator.

 

Halloumi in Big C for 285 baht, for instance, is equal to the cheapest of the cheap in Europe, costing less the 50 baht and using cow's milk. 

Halloumi should have ewe's and goat's milk.  The cheap stuff substitutes cow's milk. 285 baht for that??

 

 

 

 

 

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My wife and her family eat the most awful quality, chewy and sinewy pork I have ever tasted, and really seem to enjoy it. Bowls of cold, grey chunks of meat floating in a disgusting, fetid soup. I quite often cook Tom Kha Gai and Gaeng Kiaow Waan using the best ingredients that I can get my hands on and they can't get enough of it. I also cook a lot of fish and chips, cutting the potatoes myself and using what they call "dory" but is in fact Pangasius or Vietnamese river cobbler (fried in a beer batter)- I rarely get a taste before it is finished.

 

I guess if you are brought up eating garbage and that is all you know then it is probably tasty to you. If there's no demand in Thailand for international delicacies then I guess it's no surprise that nobody wants to import them.

 

But my thirst for good quality food, combined with the current situation with immigration, is seriously denting my love for this country.

 

The supposedly Oz-imported steaks from Makro cost a fortune and are very poor quality. I suppose if I am going to stay here forever I need to suck it up and just keep eating local foods. I do enjoy most of food I buy when we go out, but not the stuff the family eats in the house.

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21 minutes ago, SteveK said:

My wife and her family eat the most awful quality, chewy and sinewy pork I have ever tasted, and really seem to enjoy it. Bowls of cold, grey chunks of meat floating in a disgusting, fetid soup.

My lot too and chickens feet (what's there to eat on chickens fee, and sliced pig intestines.

And when I get a joint of pork (no fat) they can't understand how I can eat that either.

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The Grated Parmesan in the plastic jar?! It's not bad, good price. And yes we know where 'Schreiber' is from.  😐

 

 

 

 

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So CharlieH, the kg of Cheddar, in Makro, is on average 17 euros per kg?
However, in Europe, it is around 49 euros per kg

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13 minutes ago, sirocco said:

So CharlieH, the kg of Cheddar, in Makro, is on average 17 euros per kg?
However, in Europe, it is around 49 euros per kg

what price it is in Europe or anywhere else is actually irrelevant really. Its what the cheese costs here that matters and if you want to buy it or not. Price is not always the first consideration or was there another point you were trying to make ?

Vintage cheddar in the UK is around Eu12 kg

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But I didn't blame you for buying the cheese at the price you want, but I was surprised by the price difference between a country where this cheese comes from and Thailand. That's all.
Don't take the lead for that.  

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We use the Aro white cheddar for sandwiches, pizzas - light cheese use @ 329 per half a brick....Does fine for that....

 

I'm from french/italian/german background & they loved their different cheeses & wines....It didn't rub off on me much....

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25 minutes ago, sirocco said:

But I didn't blame you for buying the cheese at the price you want, but I was surprised by the price difference between a country where this cheese comes from and Thailand. That's all.
Don't take the lead for that.  

Mainland cheese, the brand of the cheese is actually from New Zealand. 😀

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Well, you see, without getting angry, we can get along. 😉 😀

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45 minutes ago, CharlieH said:

Mainland cheese, the brand of the cheese is actually from New Zealand. 😀

Mainland Vintage is really good, too expensive for me to buy though.

Beston Cheddar at 350bht/Kg from Rimping is good enough for me.

Though I'll got for Gekko's Cheddar/Gouder/Danish Blue when he has a sale on.

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