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A Week of Family and Food

March 29, 2010

It has been another fabulous week here at Dokmai Garden, accentuated by unusual cuisine and a great family atmosphere.  Once the Seehamongkol family, who originate from Essan (north-eastern Thailand), discovered my love of unusual foods they have been more than willing to oblige.  As a typical American I believed my culinary palliate to be quite vast, and indeed I have tried many different types of food in my life.  This week however has led to some of the most delicious, strange combinations yet…  One of my workday lunches consisted of raw diced beef mixed with strips of stomach lining, fresh chilies, mint,  and onion all topped with a  sauce of warm blood.  This dish was accompanied by a liver and intestine curry served over rice.  This lunch may sound unusual, and even gross, but was perhaps the most delicious and satisfying meal i have eaten in Thailand yet.  On another occasion we ate raw shrimp that were so alive they jumped right out of the dish and onto my lap.  Although the food has been quite unique (and tasty!), the experiences and love surrounding them has been what has meant the most to me.  Studying tropical gardening here at Dokmai garden has given me an amazing cultural experience, but also a second family.  Many thanks to the  Seehamongkol family for everything they have done.

Nick Tittle, Tropical Gardening School student,  U.S.A.

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  1. zakjack permalink
    June 11, 2012 4:11 PM

    I have eaten that “jumping shrimp” dish too, but around Vientiane in Laos. It was in a sour and spicy sauce too right, like a traditional Thai yam? Great stuff!

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