It’s midnight and I’ve just gotten off a 10 hour flight but I don’t care…I need noodles!
I cross my fingers and grip my suitcase nervously as my Bangkok taxi driver does his best impersonation of an off-road rally car driver. At the hotel I swing my legs out of the taxi and on to terra firma with a big sigh of relief. I dump my bags and head off down the street in search of a steaming street-side cart.
I love Bangkok’s street buffet. I feel like this is a city made for the food obsessive. You can’t walk five metres down the street without running into a noodle cart, satay stand or little fruit stall. Good luck being on a diet here. The food practically chases you down the street!
It’s not just Bangkok that I’m here to visit this time though. I’m also here to go on a little foodie adventure and to film it all so I can share it with you guys. Stay tuned for where my little Thailand adventure ends up…if any lovely TV network people are reading this and are interested, I’d be more than happy to have a chat [wishful thinking]
So basically I got together a small group of talented TV types and we traipsed around Thailand with a video camera…and lights and audio and makeup and vans and crockery and a kitchen island bench…oh and my mum and dad.
We set up our own ‘Marion’s Kitchen’ in Thailand and filmed a whole series of my favourite recipes as well as some basic ingredient preparation stuff…i.e. how to use a mortar & pestle, how to tell the difference between galangal vs ginger…you get the idea. This is Mum and I with our mouths full in ‘my’ Thailand kitchen.
I can’t remember what we were eating exactly, but it would be something equally delicious-looking as this…my Thai laab salad.
We hopped in our vans and drove out to markets, farms and coconut groves to find out how my favourite Thai ingredients grow…eat your heart out Sir David Attenborough!
And of course, it wouldn’t be a complete adventure without a visit to my Mum’s village. Nakhon Chum is a very small village about 2 hours west of Bangkok. My uncle, aunties and grandma still live there and I feel so incredibly grateful and lucky to be able to visit them. There is a peacefulness in the village that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. Some of the wooden houses are more than 100 years old. Kitchens are a simple affair…just a charcoal burner and a wok. It is humbling to be apart of this little community and to be able to share in their lives.
So there you have it guys. A little sneak peek at my Thailand adventure. I’ll let you all know when and where you can catch the show!