Are you curry-blind when it comes to trying to pick a red, green or yellow Thai curry? They are all hot, spicy and delicious and as Intrepid’s Karen Rastall discovered during her tour of Thailand, guessing which one you’re eating is all part of the fun…
“One of my favourite countries for food would have to be Thailand. The flavours and tastes are incredible and there is such an array of different food to try. On a trip to Chiang Mai we found a little local restaurant with a typically huge choice of dishes. After reading the menu back-to-back, I eventually decided today was the day for a yellow curry.
If you saw Dani Venn on Masterchef Australia a few years back, then you know that she has an insatiable appetite for Asian cuisine and a very infectious giggle! We’re thrilled that Dani has joined our Intrepid Foodies team and she’s just back from Thailand with a recipe that will have you craving your own Food Adventure…
“Lately I have been very busy working in Thailand, eating my body weight in new culinary discoveries, snapping photographs like a woman possessed at every produce market conceivable (even one that is built quite inconveniently on top of a railway track!) and learning the fine art of Thai cooking. I know what you’re thinking, that’s not “work”. You see I was very lucky to be invited to take part in one of Intrepid Travel’s new range of epic Food Adventures that are designed for travellers who want to immerse themselves in the exotic flavours of their chosen destination by unearthing hidden eateries, local hot spots and to sample loads of tasty delicacies. Now who amongst you wouldn’t want to do that?
Sounds, smells and especially flavours have a way of transporting us back to our travel experiences, so Katie Ellard has come up with a delicious way of reliving her Thailand trip…
“Since travelling in Thailand with Intrepid, the Khao Sok blue cocktail has been our most frequently made alcoholic drink at home. When enjoying this drink at home it reminds us of all the great friendships we made with our fellow travellers.
When Intrepid’s Eliza Anderson headed to Vietnam to get a firsthand taste of our new Food Adventures she expected to completely indulge in all the flavours of this fascinating country. But never did she anticipate discovering cures for everthing from dull skin to an upset tummy…
“I was there to cook, but suddenly I had a higher purpose. It seems food isn’t my enemy, but my knight in shining armour. According to the Vietnamese, there is a herb to cure any aliment or vanish any beauty flaw. I was sold! It’s easy in the West to view food as your adversary, but for people in Vietnam, food isn’t just about flavour, it truly feeds their soul and fuels their lives.
From tacos to tostadas; from chipotle to chorizo – Mexico’s culinary delights are world-renowned as some of the hottest dishes around. But there’s more to this country than just its food: don’t overlook its much-underrated accompaniment: tequila! Few are as clued-up on the subject as our very own Intrepid Foodie, Thomasina Miers. We caught up with Tommi on all things tequila, and even discovered a pretty unusual way to use it in our cooking!…
“When life gives you lemons, break out the tequila and salt!”
“I love sipping tequila. We have been sold horrendous impersonations of tequila for decades in this country and I know so many people who were poisoned by the stuff when they were young. Proper tequila, made from 100% agave, is a different drink altogether: pure, without the horrendous side effects of cheap alcohol and all of its impurities.
There’s no better way to get a real taste of China than to learn to cook the local cuisine. You might think you know Chinese dishes, but dumbed down Sweet and Sour Pork or Chop Suey that you get at home doesn’t really cut it, as Rebecca Webb discovered in Yangshuo…
“Located in a farmhouse, set amidst the famous and spectacular scenery of the Guilin region, the Yangshuo Cooking School was a fantastic experience. The day started with a trip to the local market, where our teacher walked us through the aisles of different vegetables and spices that are common in Chinese cuisine.
A word of caution, don’t come between an Intrepid traveller and their food! Intrepid’s Ella Benjamin not only loves trying new dishes when she’s travelling, but she plans her itinerary around the best local food and beverages…
“For me, like so many other travellers, food is one of the top priorities when visiting a new country. I remember reacting in horror when a friend of mine casually mentioned that several times on her Italy trip she had been so busy that she had forgotten to eat lunch. How can you possibly FORGET to eat, in Italy of all places?
In February we called all Foodies and Food-ettes to let us know the best local dishes that they discovered on their travels. The competition to WIN a trip from the Intrepid Delicious Discoveries digital brochure has now closed and after spending days in the kitchen testing recipes and reading about your scrumptious journeys, our judges have reached a verdict… Congratulations Donna Mackereth, your Cinque Terre pesto is a winner!
Thanks so much to everyone for sharing your own Delicious Discoveries – it was a very tough decision to choose just one winner! We are going to keep this blog post live so that you can enjoy trying all the recipes at home and we shall be publishing many of them over time in separate blog posts so that they will be easy to find under the ‘recipe’ theme.
In India you are never far from a colourful mithai (sweets) vendor and if you scan the bottom shelf, below the silver-coated pink and green concoctions of ghee, nuts, milk and sugar, you will undoubtedly spot a large bowl bobbing with gulab jamun, a local favourite.
These donut-like balls are saturated in a warm rose syrup. So divine that it runs in rivulets down your hand and arm when you pick one out of the serving bag and attempt to gobble it up in haste. They are a staple dessert in most parts of India, and what better way to remember your sweet India experiences than by enjoying your own mithai fix at home…