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Tuesday, 01 May 2007

Can you Spare a Square? - Page 3

Written by Sherry Ott
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Have you seen the Sienfeld episode, “Can you Spare a Square”? In Sienfeld they were talking about toilet paper - however in Thailand - I’m referring to a napkin. Thailand has this weird mix: the spiciest food, and the smallest napkins. This may not seem like an issue, however, when your sinuses are running like a faucet due to the spicy food; you need more than a tiny napkin.

cook I headed to Mae Hong Son next - a little town close to the border of Burma. Honestly, the main reason why I went there was because I had booked a plane ticket out of there to get to Bangkok. I got a little room at Friend House that literally had a mattress on the floor and a window, but it was only one night and it was clean and only 150 Baht ($5 US). The fact that I was excited to sleep on a mattress on the floor with an outdoor toilet for $5 is a bit disturbing to me. I think I’m turning into my parents. However, there is something intoxicating about getting a good deal, and this sure was it.


I went looking around the town and a couple of young girls came up to me giggling - and asked in their best broken English if they could interview me for a school assignment. I had to answer all kinds of questions about where I was from, what my nickname was, why I came to Mae Hong Son, what my favorite Thai food was, and then they had to take a picture of me. So it’s fun to think that in some classroom in Mae Hong Son kids are discussing Sherry Ott from New York City who loves papaya salad!


marketI then stumbled across the Mae Hong Son night market…an eating extravaganza!!! This market was set by the lake in the center of town, and it was truly amazing. I just walked by stand after stand in awe of this yummy looking food. Most of the time I was wondering what the various meats on a stick were, and trying to remember what stalls I wanted to come back to. Short tables were set up on the grass along the lake that you could sit and eat at. I found someone that spoke some English and asked them about some of the food, but mainly I just tried what looked good to me and had the spiciest papaya salad yet! I had been eying the meatball skewers back in Pai - and I finally decided to try them here. I asked for the chicken ones - yet I really have no idea if he understood me - so who knows what I ate. He asked me if I wanted sauce, “Sure, I’ll take the sauce.” Of course the sauce was Thai spicy…next I needed a beer and a mound of napkins. It was probably the best food I had at a night market - what a wonderful night - and I used about 100 single-ply napkins.


templeThe next morning I got up and visited a local temple on the hill. It was a foggy morning which made for great photography of the white temple.


My next major stop on my food tour was Kanchanaburi which was in central/west Thailand. It is most famous for the Bridge over the River Kwai. I had never seen the movie, but was eager to learn more about it. I arrived in Kanchanburi by bus - another long ride, but with AC (and plenty of bugs). I walked around the town and found some spicy dinner, then found a great bar that was showing outdoor movies on a big screen! I watched Narnia under the stars that night! When I asked the bartender where the popcorn was – he just looked at me and said “You are sooo American.” I had to go across the street to the Seven Eleven and get some M&M’s to complete my movie experience.


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