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Yeah, I'm going to start learning to cook, this week. I move into my new 'digs' tomorrow, with a double gas burner, kitchen sink, counter space, cabinets to store stuff - all of which I've been without. I'll buy some basic cooking gear, nothing elaborate. Bird flu or not, I need to start eating eggs very easy sunny side up. I'll try that stir fry - my Thai friends can probably show me how. And chicken breasts, and fresh veggies and fresh fruit.

The other night we went to the market and I tried a fruit salad with no sauces at all. The purple cabbage had been soaked in something nasty! It was more like shredded radishes. Next time I'll just get fruits, no veggies. But the breaded, fried chicken breast was fine.

In other words, if I can get food in Thailand that doesn't resemble Thai food, I'm fine. Thanks, y'all.

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Yeah, I'm going to start learning to cook, this week. I move into my new 'digs' tomorrow, with a double gas burner, kitchen sink, counter space, cabinets to store stuff - all of which I've been without. I'll buy some basic cooking gear, nothing elaborate. Bird flu or not, I need to start eating eggs very easy sunny side up. I'll try that stir fry - my Thai friends can probably show me how. And chicken breasts, and fresh veggies and fresh fruit.

The other night we went to the market and I tried a fruit salad with no sauces at all. The purple cabbage had been soaked in something nasty! It was more like shredded radishes. Next time I'll just get fruits, no veggies. But the breaded, fried chicken breast was fine.

In other words, if I can get food in Thailand that doesn't resemble Thai food, I'm fine. Thanks, y'all.

Good luck in the "new digs".

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I moved into my new "pad" early, yesterday morning. So at noon I headed into town to buy a teflon frying pan, plastic flat spatula, and a plastic salad bowl. The only teflon frying pans started at 1085 baht and went higher. No plastic spatulas. For my wok, I bought a Thai spatula that's stainless steel and shaped like a shallow shovel. "Now, class, for today's tongue twister, quickly say "Sasapaporn's shiny, stainless steel, shallow, shovel-shaped spatula."

And the gas cylinder's not turned on for the gas burners! I made American microwave popcorn and dumped it into my new plastic salad bowl. Slow start. Maybe I'll go back to Burger King tonight.

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I had no problem saying "Sasapaporn's shiny, stainless steel, shallow, shovel-shaped spatula."

Please don't go back to burger king! Have fun in the kitchen, try a few simple things as suggested and enjoy...

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I moved into my new "pad" early, yesterday morning. So at noon I headed into town to buy a teflon frying pan, plastic flat spatula, and a plastic salad bowl. The only teflon frying pans started at 1085 baht and went higher. No plastic spatulas. For my wok, I bought a Thai spatula that's stainless steel and shaped like a shallow shovel. "Now, class, for today's tongue twister, quickly say "Sasapaporn's shiny, stainless steel, shallow, shovel-shaped spatula."

And the gas cylinder's not turned on for the gas burners! I made American microwave popcorn and dumped it into my new plastic salad bowl. Slow start. Maybe I'll go back to Burger King tonight.

PB, You have to season your wok. To do this wash...scrub the wok. Heat the dry wok to a very high temperature, add a glug of cooking oil to the hot wok.

Now be very carefull whilst doing this, swirl the oil around the wok only do when sober.

I learned through experience not to wash a wok in soapy water.

The high temperatures used when using a wok will kill those bugs which cause tummy upsets.

Good luck in your new "hobby" :o

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I moved into my new "pad" early, yesterday morning. So at noon I headed into town to buy a teflon frying pan, plastic flat spatula, and a plastic salad bowl. The only teflon frying pans started at 1085 baht and went higher. No plastic spatulas. For my wok, I bought a Thai spatula that's stainless steel and shaped like a shallow shovel. "Now, class, for today's tongue twister, quickly say "Sasapaporn's shiny, stainless steel, shallow, shovel-shaped spatula."

And the gas cylinder's not turned on for the gas burners! I made American microwave popcorn and dumped it into my new plastic salad bowl. Slow start. Maybe I'll go back to Burger King tonight.

you really need to buy a colander...it's the cheapest item on the shelf and absolutely indispensible...

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Well if we are giving advice as to 'must haves' in the kitchen.

1 or 2 knives, good quality, sharp, 1 six inch or less, 1 8-9 inch. Although I have several sets of knives, I only use one or two!

A good chopping board, fairly large and use both sides. I prefer good old fashioned wooden boards, if you get a good one it will last a life time.

Wooden spoons and things to stir and serve with, again wooden are my favorite.

I'm sure there's more but that's enough to be getting on with - good luck.

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I moved into my new "pad" early, yesterday morning. So at noon I headed into town to buy a teflon frying pan, plastic flat spatula, and a plastic salad bowl. The only teflon frying pans started at 1085 baht and went higher. No plastic spatulas. For my wok, I bought a Thai spatula that's stainless steel and shaped like a shallow shovel. "Now, class, for today's tongue twister, quickly say "Sasapaporn's shiny, stainless steel, shallow, shovel-shaped spatula."

And the gas cylinder's not turned on for the gas burners! I made American microwave popcorn and dumped it into my new plastic salad bowl. Slow start. Maybe I'll go back to Burger King tonight.

PB, do you know not to use anything metal with Teflon? It's very easily scratched. Always use wood or plastic.

Also, if the Teflon starts to peel off then chuck it out - Teflon is carinogenic.

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I went into a burger king in Hua Hin,was on the last night and hadnt had a burger for a few weeks,not proud of it but it was convenient to where we were,it was well presented and tasted quite nice,on my drive home from the airport i stopped at a local Bk,was the foulest snot i have ever tasted,usually one for finding a bin to put rubbish in,but chucked the half eaten <deleted> out in the carpark to let the ######wits clean up the mess theyd served me.

I found it quite annoying theres shops out there selling food what Thai people just cant afford to eat.i mean starbucks,expensive here but to a thai person what a disgrace,would be like an icelandic company selling food in the uk at icelandic prices.not affordable

In Surat Thani we had to wait for a bus in a sort of backpackers reststop,we had a look about,judging by the looks we got people dont seem to venture too far round here,we found a small cafe selling very nice cakes and coffee,we would have gone into a more thai food place but there wasnt really anything about that was welcoming.

we asked if there was a mc donalds or burger king about,they had no idea what we were talking about,this was fantastic to know that big western chains hadnt infested this part of thailand

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bluezephyr wrote "we asked if there was a mc donalds or burger king about,they had no idea what we were talking about,this was fantastic to know that big western chains hadnt infested this part of thailand"

Hear, hear! Posionous food, should be banned for public consumption!!!

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we asked if there was a mc donalds or burger king about,they had no idea what we were talking about,this was fantastic to know that big western chains hadnt infested this part of thailand

You wanted to eat at a Western fast food restaurant, but it is "fantastic" that there aren't any?

Politically correct "wisdom" at its finest. :o

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I went into a burger king in Hua Hin,was on the last night and hadnt had a burger for a few weeks,not proud of it but it was convenient to where we were,it was well presented and tasted quite nice,on my drive home from the airport i stopped at a local Bk,was the foulest snot i have ever tasted,usually one for finding a bin to put rubbish in,but chucked the half eaten <deleted> out in the carpark to let the ######wits clean up the mess theyd served me.

Odd. In Royal Garden Pattaya it's the exact opposite. BK is clean, MD is a dump. :o

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