This is Baan Nam Chieo Community. They have about 3,000 people - 50% Thai Muslims and 50% Thai Buddhists.
That's why I see the mosque. It is over 200 year-old mosque here.
As you can see the red roof on top. It's a temple for Thai buddhists.
And, what do they do for a living? Some fishing and some fruit and farming plantation.
What we stand over here is called 'Wat Jai Bridge’.
'Wat Jai' is Thai language.
What does it mean in English? Something like 'Dare You?
'Bridge 'Dare You?' Bridge because the height, it's a very high bridge. And, some people might be afraid of height.
And we're going to do a lot of activities here today.Let's try some local food.
This is Yana Crackers or , in Thai, they call it 'Khao Kriab Ya Na’.
It's one of the local food menus found only here in this village.
It is made from flour, mixed with water. Steam it, like crepe.
And then , they dry it. And, they have to grill with charcoal until you get this one.
Put sugar on top. The sugar is made from sugar cane.
This one is made from graded carrot, shrimp, and coconut.
Put spring onion on top and it's ready to go. So, this is how they serve it.
In Thai, 'Ya Na' means 'Put things on the top’.
Similar to 'Khnom Bueng (Thai Dessert)”. But, it's different.
They get a mix, a fusion between Thai Buddhists and Thai Muslims. It's fusion food.
Next thing is 'Candy Stick’. But, the local way.
Actually, it is made from sugar, coconut milk, glucose syrup.
You have to mix it all together. Heat it up until it melts. Everything melts together for 20 minutes.
Then, cool it down with water and flip it all together until it sticks together and becomes solid. Then, you stretch out over this wooden stick.
Until it becomes a very long piece like this. And, cut it into small pieces.
It's magical how they could do that with only hands. By hands. They don't need a knife.
Actually, it's quite crispy. You don't need a knife. Very easy to break it down.
So, in Thai, it's 'Tung May Krob' or 'Candy Stick'.
Alright. This is a very local menu. For Thai people, they call it 'Pla Pla'.
But, you can call it 'Fish Salad with Peanut Sauce'.
This one is very popular around here because they grow mangrove forests.
You know, the mangrove grows between salt water and fresh water.
So, sea bass is also very fresh here. And, with a lot of herbal ingredients, like mint, red onion, some chilis, some mushrooms.
But the unique thing is this sauce. It's special - the peanut sauce.
Thai people, when they use this kind of sauce, they call it 'Pla'.
This is a very local menu, I've seen it before, only found around here - 'Moo Chamuang’ - Pork Curry with Chamuang Leaves.
I've had it once. I've been to Chanthaburi. It's found in Chanthaburi and Trat only. Not in other places.
The Local leaves called 'Chamuang Leaves'. And it tastes sour. It's herbal leave. Good for your health.
And I love it. It's a little oily, but I think it's good with the rice.
I love this statue when they have exhibition of elephant arts around the hotel.
And they have these in some spots around the hotel in GajaPuri (name of the hotel on Koh Chang).
I always think to learn songs about elephants. I remember there is a local Thai Children Song
Thai people are very bonded to Thai elephants, they also raise funds for the elephants conservation camps. That's nice!
In Eastern Thailand, it's so famous for tropical fruits.
Do you know any kind of Thailand fruits? I'm a big fan of durian, and rambutan...mangosteen.
And also, they have very famous pineapple in Trat.
Especially here, they call it 'Trat Si Thong' which is 'Golden Trat’. It's the name of this kind of pineapple.
So, I think you shouldn't miss trying this kind of pineapple if you're here in TRAT.
Especially, they made it into many kinds of products, like juice. It also tastes so good.
Pineapple is good for your digestion too. It helps digest all meats and protein and good for your stomach.
In some countries around the world, they have pineapple, but in a lot of countries, they don't.
Maybe many people they don't know it looks like this and they grow a lot in Southeast Asia.
And here in Trat, it's special. It's quite unique. It has a long shape with golden colour on the outside.
Some people said that it's sweet, but not too sweet. Crunchy. A little sour but not too sour. It tastes good.
This is 'Fried Sea Bass with Tamarind Sauce'.
All the ingredients are from local communities around here.
Do you know that there are a lot of fishing villages in TRAT province, especially here on Koh Chang? So, the sea bass is so fresh here.
They fried it before putting all the ingredients in. Other than that, I saw fried red onions, fried garlic, dried chillies, and coriander.
I love chili. I always love spicy food. It's the must in Thai food, actually.
Here we have special tamarind sauce.
Normally, I've just tasted tamarind sauce with shrimp, but this one is special.
First time for fish.
'Phad Thai’, my favorite one. It looks so good.
I love trying 'Phad Thai' in different places when I travel. Especially this one, they look so big.
The shrimp. It's called 'Banana Shrimp’. You can find it in the fishing village by the seashore in Koh Chang areas.
Besides the big shrimp, you can put small dried shrimp on it. Main ingredient is rice flour noodles.
I was just next to Chanthaburi now. 'Sen Chan’ (Thai word for Rice flour noodle) is famous there.
And then, you put tamarind sauce, the other main ingredient, bean sprouts, lime, peanuts, Khuen Chai.
I love Phad Thai because I love the crunchiness of these peanuts and the bean sprouts. Make it a good combination.
Then, put the lime juice on. I think you'd better try it now.
And, there are some seasonings here if you want. Dried chilis and fish sauce and sugar.
It’s a wonderful culinary journey.
Stay tuned for the next post to Vietnam.