A lost boy
Let’s get lost with this little boy while travelling.
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Nakhon Ratchasima, also locally known as Korat, is located in a northeast of Thailand where neighbors various provinces such as Buriram, Saraburi, Khonkaen and Lop Buri. Most Thai people have always known Korat as the city of Thao Suranaree (Lady Suranaree) or Yamo (Granny Mo), who was the wife of the former governor of Nakhon Ratchasima and played a very significant role in Thai history. Tracing back in 1826 when the city was seized by the Vientiane King’s invasion, the governor was away, so Suranaree was the one protecting her people by persecuting the invaders as well as guiding a rebellion of the prisoners back to their home. Thanks to her loyal action, she was named as “the brave lady” and titled as “Thao” (Lady) by King Rama III.
Nowadays, local people still patriotically gratitude her and worship the Statue of Thao Suranaree in the center of Korat city. As a result, this historical site becomes one of the most well-known places in Korat, attracting loads of visitors to go taking a photo or even making a wish! Plus, there is also a cultural festival to celebrate Thao Suranaree’s brave action.
Furthermore, Korat is also prominent for its local delicious cuisines such as Pad Mee Korat, a spicy stir-fried noodle dish, which has a similar look as Pad Thai, yet a different taste. Actually, the recipes of these two menus are very close but there are certain ingredients making Pad Mee Korat more special. For instance, a nice cut of pork belly seasoned with a chilli flake can create a perfect combination of hot, spicy, juicy flavours to your tongue, which shrimp pad thai can not do.
On top of that, there are various notable street foods in this city that serve original Pad Mee Korat. The first one is ‘Jae Noi Katoke’ casual restaurant on Dech Udom Rd, where has got many excellent online reviews by popular food bloggers, including Wongnai. Not only do they serve native Pad Mee Korat, they also have other delicious dishes such as deep-fried salted chicken and stir-fried fish in special curry sauces. All foods are very rich in flavours reminding how authentic Thai people delicately cook spicy foods. The restaurant opens in an early morning around 8.00 a.m. till 9.00 p.m., which is such a busy time that it’s hard to find both seats and parking lots.
Another recommended street food in Korat is ‘Khanom Chin Kru Yod Pim Ko’ since all local residents are more likely to know this place very well. The most famous dish, just by looking at the restaurant’s name, is Khanom Chin or a boiled white noodle with many kinds of stock such as green curry and fish curry. What makes Khanom Chin here renowned is the delicious creamy fish curry that comes together with a variety of side vegetables. Additionally, the restaurant even offers a particular set of Khanom Chin allowing the customers to mix and match a couple of different stocks at once in case that they want to try the rest. For Pad Mee Korat, the taste is delicious as well, but compared with the previous one, the dish is less spicy and more friendly to foreigners and children. The other must-try menus are green papaya salad, fried salted chicken, and minced pork salad.
Last but not least, after introducing many main dishes of Korat, it is time to shift a gear to sweets. Located in Jomsurangyard Rd where you can find lots of food, ‘Technique Bua Loy Kai Wan’ is a late night street-side food stand serving Thai sweet eggs dessert. It has different colourful rice balls floating in coconut cream. You can add on sweet poached eggs if you like. Then, it will be completely called Bua Loy Kai Wan. Only rice balls are just Bua Loy. At here, you will find that the dessert is not too sweet and has a great texture of coconut cream. It’s worth trying if you ever have a chance to visit Korat.
See you again when I get lost.
Shu lun la~