7 Thai foods to try if you cannot tolerate spice

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Since I was little, every time my parents would make a chilli, a curry or some other sort of Mexican/Asian inspired dish, I would always have a dollop of sour cream on the side to mix in with the sauce because everything seemed to be too spicy for me. Now, at 22, I am getting better (only to prove a point to my patronising boyfriend whenever he says 'Emma you can't eat that, it is too hot for you') and I am able to manage spice a *little* more than before.

If you haven't seen my previous blog posts, or listened to my 'guys, when I was in Asia..' stories then you probably wouldn't have known that I visited Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia recently. So many people said to me prior to my travels, "what will you be eating over there?" and "god lets hope there is a McDonalds or you'll starve". I managed to try a number of non-spicy local foods (and the occasional McDonalds actually..) that I really enjoyed, and tried to alternate between local and western cuisine every couple of days so that I didn't miss home comforts like a nice greasy burger and wood-fired pizzas.

My poor little mouth definitely wouldn't have managed anything hotter than the foods below; my nose would be streaming, my face would be sweating (although I could blame the 30 degree climate) and I definitely would be complaining for hours. Here is a little list of foods that I managed to try whilst I was in Asia that were tolerable for people like me who just cannot handle the heat!

Pad Thai
I had this a few times, and with it being traditional Thai street food, you can pretty much get it anywhere. It is a combination of chicken or prawns and noodles, and often, the salt, spice and soy sauce are put on the side so that you can add as much or as little as required.

Thai Green Curry
Me and my bestie lived for Thai green curry whilst in Thailand. A common dish that I serve myself at home from a jar, it has no spice in comparison to Thai red curry. It is the Thai equivalent to a korma; made with coconut milk to soothe down the flavours and green curry paste.

Massaman Curry
Not much different to Thai green curry but when I discovered this, Thai green curry was soon replaced. This is a mild Persian inspired dish with carrot, cauliflower, green beans and lets not forget the best vegetable in the world - potato.

Kai Jeow
First things first, Thailand absolutely love eggs. They sell boiled eggs in the supermarket as if they are sweets and most hostel's breakfast options are 'poached, scrambled or boiled eggs' and that is is. Kai Jeow is literally a Thai omelette, usually served with rice. Onion and soy sauce are often added to this dish too.

Khao Phat
Translated literally to stir-fried rice. This is a variety of different rices that have all been stir-fried with a range of vegetables,  chicken or prawns and soy sauce. It is preparred with Thai jasmine rice rather than Chinese fried rice which is where it differs from the Chinese. It is again prepared with egg (shock) and garlic, sometimes even tomatoes.

Thai Sweet & Sour
I had to have it at least once whilst I was in Thailand didn't I? It is a lot less saucy than your average Chinese takeaway, as the Thai make less gooey and instead, bright fresh with tartness of pineapple and the added crunch from cashews!

Gai Med Ma Moung
This is basically just chicken cashew nuts - which is literally what it translates to. It combines stir-fried chicken with sauce made from chicken stock, soy sauce and oyster sauce and of course, cashew nuts.



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