An hour later, I had fruit, yoghurt, biscuits, juice and nuts in my basket, after making my way down every isle, wide-eyed and confused. I forgot that there are the most bizarre products for sale in the supermarkets here.
I have decided to try and NOT eat western food for several reasons: It is more expensive, Thai food is tasty, and well, as the cliche goes, 'when in Rome, do as the Romans', or in this case, the Thais. Right, so I have decided to take a friendly local with me to the supermarket next time, to explain the wonders of grocery shopping - Although I like to try new food when travelling, I am not into any nasty surprises (such as the 'high protein egg' bought at a supermarket in China, that contained an 'about to hatch' chicken, hard boiled, beak, legs, feathers and all, but that is a whole nother story..)
So I spent the good part of an hour exploring Big C - the aircon made it bearable, and did discover a few unusual stock items:
Lays chips. You all know those right? Well here there are bizarre flavours, such as seaweed, dried shrimp, and BLUEBERRY - and in the dairy isle, every conceivable flavour of yoghurt including CORN. Seriously. I did not get them mixed up. Corn flavoured yoghurt, and blueberry flavoured lays chips. So I have come to the conclusion that Thais do Thai food wonderfully, but western food, not so much. This then goes back to my theory of when in Rome... so I will be sticking to Thai food when I am here, and not Thai versions of Western food - my palate would go into shock.
I did discover a wonderful drink, having been adventurous with my shopping. BIRDY ICED COFFEE - it comes in milky variety or espresso. All of 12 THB, which is R3, and it is delicious. (see picture)
So sticking to Thai food, means that I have enjoyed some most delicious, yet simple meals in the last two days.
As I am busy with this blog, I heard a bell or hooter outside my door (something like the ice-cream vans from our childhood) and my curiosity got the better of me. There parked outside my door was a little Thai man, with a bicycle cart, selling sliced fruit kept fresh on crushed ice. A magnificent display of colour, from bright yellow sliced pineapple to intensely pink watermellon, and green mangoes. So I have just had an inpromptu lunch. For 15 THB (R3.50) I got large portion of chopped pineapple, presented in a clear plastic bag, with a wooden skewer as cutlery.
Yesterday's lunch consisted of grilled corn on the cob, brushed with butter, cooked right on the beach, under a coconut tree. It smelt like hot buttered popcorn, and tasted just as good.
Last night's Thai green curry with jasmine rice was flavoursome, fragrant and intense, and the portion was enough to feed a family of four. (100 THB, or R25)
Speaking of food, I am please to confirm, that the Thais DO NOT eat cats and dogs as the Chinese do. The only weird meats eaten are of the insect variety. Pets are just that, not friendly, wagging-tail food. Good to know, as a tiny ginger and white kitten has been frequenting my bungalow, and I was wondering what its fate would be. I tried to befriend it, but I don't think it speaks English - I thought 'ks ks' was universal for 'come here cat' but evidently not.
Other creatures that have visited my bungalow are several geckos, bright yellow or green, and very teritorial, at least the keep the mossies away. Frogs are everywhere at night, and actually sound like frogs are supposed to sound (kwaak), not like dripping taps, like the ones we have back home. In the morning you see squashed frogs everywhere; they try cross the road at night, playing chicken with scooters. (The scooters require a whole blog post of their own...wait for it). A bizarre leaf-like insect, about 6cm in length with long feelers was waiting on my door for me last night. It didn't seem 'bovvered' when I took a close up flash photo of it, so I let it be.
Yesterday I was swimming in the pool at Save House (odd name for a resort, it sounds more like a rehab centre, but seriously it is a resort, so don't start any rumours about me being off to a tropical rehab centre), where was I ... swimming in the pool, when it started raining. I stayed in the pool. Wet already... something like having a shower, as even the rain is hot, and each drop sizzles as it hits the ground. When the thunder and lightening started, I retreated to the restaurant, where I spent the rest of the day, reading and chatting the staff and other guests.
Right, that's all for now. I am off to take a songthrauw to Chaweng, to see if much has changed since my last visit to Samui. I will keep you posted.
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