When I was in Thailand for two weeks, I gained some weight, not only because I was always at work and didn’t have time to exercise, but also because of their über-delicious food. One of the dishes I had a lot of was their khao pad, or fried rice, meals.
Khao, in Thai, means rice and pad means “to fry.” There are so many varieties of fried rice in Thailand. Anyone can basically cook it using different ingredients and spices. They can add tofu, vegetables (green peas, carrots, cucumber, broccoli, among others), meat (chicken, beef, pork), and my favorite, seafood (squid, shrimp).
As a pescatarian, I was limited to seafood dishes, so I only ordered either khao pad goong (fried rice with shrimp) or khao pad pla (shrimp). Both were in ample supply in Pattaya, so I enjoyed them fresh. At a standard price of 40THB, they were very much worth it!
My sister even wanted me to bring home khao pad moo, her favorite (with pork). Unfortunately, one order cost 250THB at the airport, so I had to tell her to make do with our own fried rice, or make it herself at home.
I ate them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, sometimes ordering fried egg with it. Thailand cooks eggs differently though. As can be seen from the picture above, they’re usually deep fried, not fried lightly as it’s done in the Philippines.
Still, for their khao pad dishes alone, I really want to go back to Thailand.