But that wouldn't be true.
I don't even like minor discomfort.
I'd like to say it was because the 1995 escort cosworth latest military takeover happened after we were there - rather than just before - or during.Naturally, things ended badly.My host, serving me a humble but tasty Lao-style laarb could be missing three out of four of his limbs, but God forbid I ask the question: "Hey there, fella.Photos: Making rice whiskey in Thailand.Thais are sensualists when it comes to their cuisine.Thais like to drink almost as much as they like to eat.He was apparently wearing a clingy cocktail dress at the time.
Basically, it's an entire hour of prolonged bender, an increasingly addled tuk-tuk ride from place to place shoving delicious things into my face, washed down with (variously) Thai "whiskey moonshine and beer.
Food in Thailand is far more sophisticated, diverse and colorful than it gets credit for in the.S.
But it takes a master to build the deeply pleasurable slow boil you find in some Thai dishes: the delicate interplay between sweet and sour and spicy, the gradual buildup of pleasure/pain to the point that you feel your vision starting to get weird.In fact, food is taken so seriously in Thailand that Kings have written cookbooks.To ignore the end result of a heavily protein-based cuisine shaped, over centuries by influences Lao, Chinese, Burmese and Indian, would be a missed opportunity.It's one of the things that hooked me earliest and most irrevocably about Southeast Asia: the spices, the chills, the funky, mouth-searing sauces and dips.You'll rarely have one without the other."What's" cooking is usually the end of a long, often violent story.Any idiot, of course, can dump enough cayenne or hot sauce into a bowl of ground beef and ignite your head.In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the bucket of water used to boil my pounded cassava might well have been transported the two miles from the nearest river on top of a small child's head.So there should be much rejoicing in Chowland that this Sunday's episode of "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" is "all about the food." Ironically enough, it takes place in one of the most politicized environments on earth: Thailand., where, it seems, every time we go, there.To avoid the deep, ubiquitous, mysterious funk of the local shrimp pastes would be to turn one's back on the totality of human endeavor.Some very unpleasant militias have been known to interrupt such journeys.Given our limited time on this earth, and the sheer magnificence, the near limitless variety of sensory experiences readily available, you don't want to miss ANY.Just eat his food sometime and you'll know what I'm talking about.I don't care in what context, I don't like pain.