Is duck really authentic thai food?
Posted 14 July 2010 - 03:05 PM
today I had dinner at a nice thai restaurant with some friends. Some of us had roasted duck, but one person in our group who travels to thailand almost every year claimed that duck actually is not really thai food and that even in thailand they only do it for the tourists - if they serve it at all...
I was (am I still am) skeptical about this remark, since I seem to remember roasted duck from Bangkok food markets. So I asked the young waitress - who confirmed what my friend said: duck ist not really a "thai ingredient". When I asked her why they serve it then, she said something like "because you people love it".
I still cannot believe this. Maybe she grew up over here and doesn't have a clue. Or she is too young to know. But maybe she is right.
So: is there anyone here who can clarify this? Maybe even a someone from thailand?
Posted 15 July 2010 - 05:44 AM
"Thai Food" by David Thompson
Thai food is very diverse-the foods vary from north,south,, etc.
yes, duck is authentic thai food
Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:22 AM
Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:52 AM
In Bangkok, there's a small restaurant that specializes in roast duck somewhere around Sukhumvit Soi 15. If you ever go by there, you'll see most of the people eating there are Thai.
I think the waitress and your friend are full of something, and it's not duck.
(If you're looking for credentials, my father was born and raised in Thailand, I'm half Thai (born but not raised there), and I've returned several times. Many of my relatives live at least part time in Thailand, and they all love duck.)
Posted 15 July 2010 - 08:25 AM
Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:48 PM
The error may be in considering Thailand one country as far as cooking goes. What sort of answer would you get asking someone in the US whether grits were widely eaten? The answer would depend on the region that the person you asked came from.
Edited by nickrey, 15 July 2010 - 03:48 PM.
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 06:49 PM
I read this to Kasma this morning. She got a good chuckle out of it.
There are lots of Thai duck dishes. Nearly any good restaurant in Bangkok has duck on the menu. Duck Lahb (often spelled Larb) is very common in the Northeast (Spicy Northeastern Chopped Duck Salad - Lahb Bped).
Here are some duck dishes that Kasma teaches, and she based them on recipes she had at Thai non-tourist restaurants in Thailand:
Crispy Shredded Duck and Lemon Grass Salad with Cashews (Yam Bped Gkrawb)
Crispy Duck on a Bed of Shrimp Chips and Crisped Greens, Served with Spicy Plum and Toasted Sesame Sauce (Bped Lon)
Roast Duck Curry (Gkaeng Ped Bped)
Then there are duck noodles. Kasma's 89-year old mom would be pretty surprised to learn that those duck noodles she's been eating all her life are just made for westerners. There are duck noodle shops and stands all over the country. Here's a blog on one on Sukhumvit Soi 55 in Bangkok. I very seldom see anyone but Thai folks in the shop:
You see duck sold in open air markets. It seems really unlikely that these Thai market vendors are catering to tourists buying those ducks to cook at home. Kasma's driver, Sun, is from Nakhon Si Thammarat and lives on the family compound where they raise, among other things (like catfish), duck, which they sell in the local market to locals.
Then there are duck eggs. Salted duck eggs. Eaten all over Thailand.
Duck is cooked in Thailand only for tourists? Just really wrong.
Kasma's website is here:
Under the Recipes section is a recipe for Roast Duck Curry.
Edited by djyee100, 15 July 2010 - 06:51 PM.