In Thailand, staple dishes in restaurant menus often offer the possibility of adding chicken, pork, beef or seafood – this tends to happen with foods like stir-fried noodles, for example. If you want to eat some of those preparations in street stalls and smaller businesses, chances are there are no printed menus or they are in Thai. That’s why learning some basic ingredients in Thai can really be helpful and, eventually, avoid situations like having a Muslim eating pork or a Hindu tasting beef.
One of the most common meats available across Thailand is pork. And although one might think that moo actually sounds like beef, it is not – it is the sound of the Thai word for pork (or pig like the lady serving us pork rice the other night was referring to it as). So, don’t be confused when someone offers you food with moo in Thailand, as this has nothing to do with cows!
Here are a few more words that might come in handy as you eat your way across Thailand:
Moo – Pork
Gai – Chicken
Kai – Egg
Neua – Beef
Plah – Fish
Poo – Crab (Food with poo never tasted this good!)
If you eat meat or fish, welcome to foodie paradise.
But if you’re vegetarian, well… good luck in Thailand!
If you want to keep my interest, just keep writing about Thai food. Mmmmmmmm…
I predict we will be able to keep your interest for a while then!..
Thailand is giving us a lot of “material”!! ;)
LOL That’s so true. We saw the same food label in Bangkok :).
And by the way, we have the same “moo” sound for pigs in Polish language :).
Here in Thailand Ashray keeps on finding similarities between Thai and Hindi languages… but I would have never made a connection with Polish!!
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By the way, the sound that pigs make in the Thai language is “oot oot oot”. That’s the Thai version of the English “oink”.
That’s funny! I never thought the sounds of animals would be so different depending on the country and language spoken there… between Portuguese and Hindi we find hilarious differences too!
the sound pigs make in Ukraine is “hru hru hru” :)
Hahaa.. this almost makes me want to research the sounds pigs do in different languages. I bet if pigs could understand this, they’d find us ridiculous! :P