4 Day Road Trip – Part 2 – Thai Finn Food

| June 25, 2012 | 16 Comments | 16,683 views

Thailand has some truly crap roadside restaurants and I’ve eaten at a few. Part of the adventure is forsaking the ever present KFC’s, MK’s, and SP’s  and taking chances with no name restaurants encountered by chance along the side of the highway. Some of these are just a poor farmer with a propane burner and plastic tables frying up  left overs in search of extra baht from random passing motorists . Part of the adventure is when things go tragically wrong.

Legend is a 50 ft. tall smiling pig marking a bistro on the southern route from BKK to Ubon visited with Werewolf. The pork sat outside for a couple of days with only a spinning CD to keep away the flies and had a mealy, spongy, mushy feel in the mouth. The rice was watery, the vegetables were wilted and brown, and the chicken was gelatinous with a faint aroma of putrefaction. I drove away looking for the next 7-11 to get a Hershey bar and diet coke to clear my palate and spent the next few hours monitoring my body intently for the first sign of bowel clenching signallling the onset of the dreaded squirts. There is not much worse than an 8 hour Thai road trip, with diarrhea, and nothing but squat toilets at the gas stations ahead.

And then there are the pleasant surprises like The Thai-Finn restaurant on the road from Tak to Mae Pae.

This restaurant sits alone in the middle of the rain forest. It is not in or near a town. Roadside signs alert you of its presence 5Km ahead, and there it is– a wood awning with some tables underneath and a gravel paved parking lot. After you leave, it is more than 20KM to the next human habitation. I’ve no idea where it’s customer base resides.

I don’t know the back story but the pictures on the wall show a Thai being formally trained in Finland and returning to  his home village to open a restaurant.

The food was made with fresh ingredients expertly prepared.

All the sauces were delightful, powerful, balanced, and some were inspired.

The peppers in this  sauce where strong and powerful with the proper hint of smokiness—not mesquite, not hickory, but some elusive Thai wood that hasn’t reached the outside world yet.

Eating this makes one feel sorry for the tourists who eat Tourist Thai Cuisine served at Madame Saranair’s and think they have sampled real Thai.

Check the tomatoes in the picture. Super fresh.

This is the roast boar and it most likely came from an actual wild boar.

Wild boar still roam the nearby rain forest and the locals hunt them for food.

The meat had a slight and welcome gamey taste that combined with the spices to produce a wonderful savory and aromatic mouthful that you won’t find anywhere but in rural Thailand.

It had the toughness of wild meat without the marbling and fattiness from grain fed livestock.

This one bite made the whole trip worthwhile.

Here is another wonderful sauce that was both sour and hot.

Forget about combining it with the chicken.

Just put a smidgen of this on the spoon and eat it directly. Hot and heavenly.

Even the rice was great. Not too moist. Not too dry. With the right amount of egg.

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  1. Gordon Ramsay says:

    Great restau, great write-up. 
    Makes me want to get in the car for dinner.

    Nice to see you back on the road making these unbiased, uncontaminated reports on “Unseen Thailand”.


  2. ...... "Sexy Manlove" Profesalot says:

    I would like to tell you that a nice warm plate of the soup followed by the hot chili pepper sauce makes the most delightful enema. The trick is to properly puree the mixture and warm it enough that it loosens all the particles without scalding.

    This is an art perfected by the team of Kenny and Kenny and is best administered by a young, impoverished Thai girl who you can chase around Isan in your GPS enabled pickup truck once services are provided.

  3. It's All Up There says:

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    Looks like …. has been censoring again.

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  4. It's All Up There says:

    Editor’s note: personal information redacted.

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  5. Kenny Still Not Vindicated says:

    The Judge says:
    July 7, 2012 at 5:47 am

    LOL – You really are the village idiot Kenny. Claiming vindication over a story that has NOTHING to do with Buddhist Temples, but about “Jujaka statues, a greedy old Brahmin who lived as a beggar in BUDDHIST LEGEND.”

    It’s not a Buddhist temple. It’s not a Hindu Shrine. By the way Kenny, have you figured out which is which yet? No, the Phra Tri Murti Shrine is not Buddhist. See the SaphanLoy website for enlightenment

    Still guilty. Appeal Denied!

    What else ya got?
    Bangers Bill says:
    July 7, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Loy got it right when he said, “..researching the Hindu significance of the Phra Tri Murti Shrine did not require an enormous amount of effort or energy on Saphan Loy’s (or Lek’s) part, certainly not the kind generally associated with an academic paper. That Kenny failed to cross-check a very simple fact, which was facilitated by a major commercial internet search engine, indicates his impoverishment of prose composition skills and research abilities.”

    Some posters write semi fictional, self glorifying stories masquerading as the truth featuring themselves as heroes with Brad Pitt’s looks, James Bond’s savoir faire, and porn star cocks who leave every girl breathless, sated, and slavering for more—and expect us to believe what they write is 100% the truth.

  6. So you know says:

    Yep, it’s ALL up there.

  7. One Hundred Percent says:

    Kenny got it wrong again.

    100% wrong

  8. RealDaffyDuck says:

    Hi everyone its Harry Zink

    Yes I’m the one with Daddy issues, the weight issues, the baldness issues, the *everyone hates me* issues

    Not at the Big Mango Bar though, oh no no no. They love me there. A flash of my wallet & the laughter starts straight away! 


  9. Harry Zink says:

    It’s much more fun to harass and harangue people.
    As an ardent practitioner of the internet bullying arts I was delighted to find kindred souls on the Mango Blog that being said, my initial encounters with Graham were not pleasant.

    We met under curious circumstances after I had posted a message that a friend had become ill after eating a burger at the Mango. When  he read this, Graham  threatened to smash my face in and kick my ass  

    My hasty  the spot ad hoc edit  of the hamburger story indicated that I could suddenly saw the wisdom of Graham’s words. I added a little to the account by suggesting that “my friend” had probably sampled  a bug or two off the bug cart in front of Morning Night beer bar before venturing down the soi to the Mango. Luckily Graham bought my story. It was a relief because I quickly concluded that since Graham was the most significant foreigner I’d met in Bangkok and I’d alienated nearly everyone in the city by getting booted off just about every other site in town that he might be a social portal to a new crop of pals.
    Since I am a congenital liar and cheat and welcher, flip-flopping has always been easy for me. 
    Anyway Graham suggested that Kenny was the real problem here and afforded me the opportunity  to be of service. I began my work in earnest .

    In addition to harassing Kenny at his work place and in the general environment I am proud to say I currently I run two websites devoted to slandering and ridiculing Kenny.  My life now has more meaning and substance
    than ever before. Get on the dating sites you say ? Well I’ve tried that and since I have a phobia of getting my picture taken needling people who actually have jobs and families and lives is really my sole option these says.
    Being an internet bully really works for me. Attacking people for just being themselves is my purpose in life. What was before a barely sustainable day-to-day ordeal of self-abuse and masturbation is now full of meaning and joy. 
    I owe Kenny a lot because without this opportunity to harangue and harass people on the internet my life is is a meaningless nothing. Kenny’s confident style and his willingness to explore nooks and crannies of the capital, alternatives to what he calls the reservation and to go on these road trips affords me excellent opportunities to ridicule him. I can’t afford to go to these places but I can sort of go along for the ride and backseat drive all the way without having to pay for any petrol. So why waste the money and time away from the real action here in Bangkok.
    It’s so easy.  Kenny will inevitably make spelling errors or take a chance to explain someone’s motivations for doing this or that. All I have to do is stay with the Soi 4/ reservation mentality and snipe away at everything he does and says. I can fulfill  my life’s ambition of making an actual career of pestering and ridiculing, lying and smearing and maybe someday I will ultimately be in a position to earn Graham’s attention and perhaps some other Mango pals can be my friends.

    (As you see, being bullied all the way through school  leaves its scars and aberrant behaviours and I make no apology for being the internet bully I am today. )
    I’m always ready to visit Graham in London, a city I would like to know better.  And of course I am always willing to develop an interest in the Formula 1 racing should a close friendship develop and we start to “do the Grand Prix” as they say.

    I’ve even suggested that  if he allowed me to sponsor a free beer party for myself  I’d  promise to be a no-show.

    I’m just hoping that he’ll start noticing me more. 

    We can never seem to agree on a date.  

  10. Obsessive Compulsive Kenny says:

    I just can’t get rid of this hard-on I have for the Big Mango. Maybe if my career didn’t suck or I had a gf I’d have something more productive to focus on.

  11. Point of Correction on Kenny's Former Negotiate Prices with Thai hooker, g girls and streetwalker blog says:

    You don’t have a clue about the ingredients, age of ingredients or the wood because you never ask questions. Assumptions assumptions assumptions.

  12. SWSM is Kenny Speak For Street Walker Super Market Whores Hookers Prostitutes for Sex Tourists says:

    We need more about Kenny v1.0 negotiating and paying less for sex. More More.

  13. SWSM is Kenny Speak For Street Walker Super Market Whores Hookers Prostitutes for Sex Tourists says:

    Site quote:
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    We need more about Kenny v1.0 negotiating and paying less for sex.

  14. SWSM is Kenny Speak For Street Walker Super Market Whores Hookers Prostitutes for Sex Tourists says:

    Site quote:
    “All to serve the higher purpose of getting laid better, cheaper, and more efficiently.”

    We need more about Kenny v1.0 negotiating and paying less for sex.

  15. ArteNisa says:

    Fantastic article that was wetrtin about this book in the Toronto Star! I loved the picture with the super heros all over your desk! I love what you said here, A lot of these kids have great gifts and abilities, and everybody is so focused on how much they are struggling. It’s more than just politically correct fluff. I really see it as a significant difference that can help kids understand themselves. And then you talked about how you help these kids play to their strengths . The last paragraph was my favorite where you talk about harnessing their energy for good and end by saying Through history, the people who have made the most dramatic changes in our society are people who looked at the same thing we’ve all looked at and saw it in a different perspective. This is Epic. Thanks Dr. Handleman! You’re changing so many families lives.

  16. So true and so well stated. Our customers are our family and they care for us in direct proportion to our care and service for them. It is a well-traveled two way street. May you have the best of holiday seasons and celebrate greatly with your “family”

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