We were very pleased with the excursion, too, I must say. There were loads--and I mean loads--of things that I've not seen for sale anywhere locally--brands and products. There were brands from China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and more. There was liver paste in a can (no thanks) and giant bags of dried galangal. There were frozen ducks and cans of vegetarian sausage. We had to restrain ourselves from buying an absurd amount of noodles. There were noodles I'd never even heard of before! We bought some that are made from tapioca...no wheat or rice involved. We picked ourselves out a fantastic little treat for the drive home--coconut rolls--which were akin to a light butter cookie (Matt says a krumkake), but made out of coconut and palm tree-like shrub called pandanus. Again, I'd never even heard of it before.
breakfast potatoes--about a hundred times better than the rather generic (but widely available) Thai Kitchen brand we've bought in the past. We got a can of salted black beans because we'd never had them and they periodically pop up in our Asian cookbooks. I bought a can of coconut water with toasted bits of coconut swimming around in it. They sell this sort of drink at Siam Thai, but I'd never considered that it might be a Thai equivalent to a can of soda.
|This is the Cha'i Cha'rng (wheat-based sausage with bamboo shoots and various mushrooms) from the can on the left in the photo below. We tossed it with rice stick noodles (also from Amaya) and Spicy Garlic Toss.|
The woman working was very friendly and helpful. The computer system was down and she was adding up everything with a pad and pen. She didn't seem at all ruffled by this. There was a TV in the corner playing some foreign-language program. That was interesting, too. We're not known as a real diverse community, but more so than one might think, I guess.