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Insects, Curry and Pork: Paleo You’ve Been Missing

March 25th, 2015
Thai Paleo Food

Over the last three weeks, my husband and I ate our way around Thailand. We let our dietary restrictions go to some to degree for this trip, as we wanted to embrace the local delicacies and get the full experience of what is eaten here.  However, we were able to find several paleo-friendly snacks or meals that were deelish!

1. First up, insects! That’s right, as we were wandering through the streets of Bangkok we came across several street vendors selling fried and salted scorpions, grasshoppers, maggots, and cockroaches. I was mildly terrified but eventually tried a grasshopper after my husband called me chicken. It tasted like a handful of roasted, salted crunchy nuts or seeds… surprisingly tasty! Granted they might not have been fried in the best of oils, but grasshoppers are actually a great source of protein and fiber.

Insects

2. Next, was an absolutely incredible bowl of green curry with chicken. We had this meal down south, in the island of Koh Tao. We stayed in family-owned bungalows in a secluded area called Hin Wong bay, we’re talking 8 bungalows on the whole bay! After I ordered the green curry, the chef (and mother of the family) walked up to a coconut tree, knocked a coconut down, cracked it open, scraped out the coconut meal and grinded it down to a very fine, wet flour. She took that back into the kitchen and used it as the coconut base for my curry specifically. Talk about fresh! It was made with lots of vegetables like carrots, snap peas, onions, mushrooms, and red cabbage all of which were cooked al dente providing a really fresh, bright flavor.

Green Curry

3. Last but definitely not least, fire-roasted salted pork.  We went trekking outside of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand to a Lahu hill-tribe with a private guide. When we got to the village, the guide bought some pork killed earlier that day, it hadn’t been refrigerated or anything – it was literally just butchered off the pig! He salted three big pieces overnight and told us he was prepping for lunch tomorrow. We both gave him two thumbs up. The next day on our hike through the jungle, we stopped for lunch along a small river. Within minutes he started a fire with some dried bamboo, and created a skewer out of bamboo for the pork and roasted it over the fire for about 20 minutes. He cut the pork up in to pieces with a machete, laid it all out on a banana leaf and the three of us sat on the ground and ate it with our hands. If that isn’t paleo, I don’t know what is.  It was so simple and truly one of the pieces of meat I’ve ever had.

Fire-roasted Pork

The main theme I’ve seen with the food here is that even though the flavors of the curries and meat can be complex, the ingredients are all simple and fresh. The dishes I’ve enjoyed the most are those made with real, whole foods… the way that humans were meant to eat!

Written by
Michelle S DiNicolas PhD

 

 

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Insects, Curry and Pork: Paleo You’ve Been Missing
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Over the last three weeks, my husband and I ate our way around Thailand. We let our dietary restrictions go to some to degree for this trip, as we wanted to embrace the local delicacies and get the full experience of what is eaten here. However, we were able to find several paleo-friendly snacks or meals that were deelish!
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