Christmas in Isaan

If you've lived as an expat farang for a long time in Isaan, it can be especially pleasant to forget the local cuisine sometimes and get together with some good friends and organise a feast. So it was at Christmas this year, when a friend returned from Europe with some proper food and drink to supplement what we could buy locally.

On Christmas Day we had a smoked eel from Sweden, but didn't manage to get a photo. Special circumstances led to the eel disappearing quickly from the scene and the plates.

After that, a roast turkey appeared, accompanied by roast potatoes, vegetables and two sauces. Here is a quick photo taken before they also suddenly disappeared.

The next day we carried on with some French cuisine. We started with a little pastis, then foie gras on homemade bread, and this was followed by a Gewürztraminer. Here too, we noticed that the foie gras was gone quickly - so quickly, that a photo again was impossible. We had to make do with the image of the jars, in which the liver had reached Thailand.

Following the starter was a delicious mutton stew, which we managed to catch with the camera lens just before it managed to escape as well -  too fast
actually for a sheep!

The selection of French cheeses was displayed and these actually stayed a while. Probably this was due to the fact that most of us were already as stuffed as the turkey had been, but ultimately the fine assembly was dissolved and the cheese was gone.


The survivors stayed that night as guests of Mr. Jack Daniels from the United States and Monsieur Armagnac from France - needless to say that
these two gentlemen eventually disappeared without a trace. We can only hope that next year we may similarly welcome farang visitors to the table - they are always welcome!


posted on: 08.09.2012 - last update on: 19.10.2013

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