Travel Diaries:Bangkok Revisited & A Thai Recipe Too

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return…

Leonardo da Vinci

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Our vacations most often are pre planned with a lot of thought into the destination,food,sight-seeing etc.However, I love it when a travel plan happens just out of the blue,spontaneously,sort of an impromptu one so to speak.Well the dear husband had work related travels to Singapore and suggested that my son and I come along and we could club it with a short trip to Bangkok too he said.

It’s always fun travelling to the Far East,for one the travel time is fairly short, and of course the food,night life and shopping,admittedly make it an alluring proposition,albeit revisited.We have travelled to  both cities a couple of times, Bangkok several years ago.The city has changed and modernised is what I heard from friends who travelled there recently.So yes of course, I jumped at the idea of a quick family vacay. Our time in Singapore was short and I  spent it  mostly catching up with some friends.  Of course the highlight was being able to watch the Broadway production of Les Miserables,which was a spectacular performance and a houseful one that too.

Our flight to Bangkok was a short one.My husbands colleagues recommended  staying around  the Ploenchit – Sukhumvit area as it is  quite accessible to shopping malls and easy to get around to various sight-seeing spots around the city. So we booked ourselves into the Novotel hotel.The location turned out to be just perfect as it had a Metro right outside and a short walk to most of the malls and areas of interest.

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Mango Mania-Let’s Salsa

The past few weeks has seen a lot of Thai cooking in my kitchen.Pad Thai.Green and Red curries,Jasmine Rice,Tom Yum soup and the list just goes on.Last night I made  some Thai fish cakes(with s fresh white fish and shrimp).I was looking for something fruity and refreshing to accompany the fish cakes.That’s when the mangoes decided to do the Salsa.

A riot of flavours,delicious,colourful and healthy.I could even eat this as a salad anytime.

Here a mango…There a mango…Everywhere a Tangy mango…We sure are lucky to find this wonderful fruit in all the local supermarkets here in Dubai.Such a variety that too…Kenyan Mangoes,Indian Alphonso,Pakistani,Mangoes from Thailand and Phillipines…True Mango Mania at the moment.

So while Mangoes are in season why not enjoy them in every possible way?

Some variations for  this Salsa:

For the ingredients:

  • Corn and Red bell peppers
  • Avocados and chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped green olives and jalapeno peppers

For the Dressing:

  • Lime juice,Olive Oil,salt and pepper
  • Lime juice,fish sauce,chopped thai red chillies
  • Lime juice,sesame oil and seeds

I do hope you will enjoy cooking with mangoes this season.Please do share your favorite way of cooking with Mangoes.Would love to hear about it.

Summer is here,do stay cool and hydrated everbody.Cheers to you all.

With Love

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chopped semi ripe mangoes
  • 1 red onion(sliced lengthwise)
  • 1 small cucumber(finely chopped)
  • 1 small green bell pepper(chopped finely)
  • 1 small thai red chilli(chopped finely)
  • handful of chopped coriander

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • Juice of 1 lemon(squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon thai fish sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:

  1. Toss all the ingredients together
  2. Add the dressing just before serving and Enjoy