Many internal parts of animals that we don't eat in the west anymore are still eaten here in Thailand. Liver, kidneys, intestines, bowels, stomachs, in short all kinds of offal are still regularly on the menu. Kuay jab is a common type of noodle soup with offal, blood and big noodles available in specialised shops everywhere, and last week I had say palo tod (fried intestines) that tasted surprisingly well after we wrapped them in little pancakes with fresh ginger, cinnamon sauce and cucumber.
Interesting Thai food and drinks you should try. If you'd rather not, check out regular Thai Street Food.
For those who don't know, this is actually swallow spit. It does not look appealing, a whitish liquid with little clods in it. If you can overcome your aversion, it does not taste so bad. An expensive treat for the real thing, but a lesser (low) quality can be bought cheaply in the 711.
Available in different stages from egg to chicken. This does not look very attractive. The taste is as you can imagine, a mix of (hard-boiled) egg with soft chicken meat and tender bones. Edible but not delicious. Bought on the streets.
Ok, they're not that old, but they've been kept long enough to become black and sticky. A delicacy that tastes well, available as a snack in some country bars (eaten with peanuts, garlic and chilli) or part of a regular meal in Thai-Chinese restaurants.
May be the surprise in your soup and can happen anyplace anywhere anytime... They can be eaten completely, but I find them horrible. Fat slimy skin, no meat but full with tendon and chewy soft bones. A delicacy for some and sometimes I can't refuse. Yuck!
Small pieces of meat on a stick with, guess what, a hole in the middle. You will probably not recognise it when you see it. Quite tasty but a bit chewy. Can be bought in many barbecue street stalls.
Juice with jelly clods. In my old office we used this drink as the ultimate test to establish whether somebody is a real (wo)man. Many did not pass, because the clods would get stuck in the back of their throat. Can be bought anywhere in supermarkets.
A big fruit with a typical smell. People love it or hate it. Forbidden to bring into some buildings because the smell is overwhelming. I really like the taste. Can be bought on the streets or in supermarkets. The right ones are soft and creamy.
Traditionally described as a cure for many ailments, but most famous as aphrodisiac. Available in many variants, all made to feel strong. Good but strong taste, since the biggest part is whiskey. Officially it is not allowed to be produced and sold, but at night widely available on the streets.
Before eating remove the hind legs otherwise the barbs will get stuck in your throat. Close your eyes and enjoy this crispy snack. It tastes well.
A big pile of bean shaped whitish eggs does not look very inviting. Eaten separately they taste a little sour, but put inside an omelette quite tasty.
Little round larvae that look like small shells. They taste like peanuts, and are spiced up with some herbs. Not bad.
White worms fried with herbs. Tastes quite well. I even spotted some canned bamboo worms in the small chain of insect shops.
A popular seaside dish. The eggs of the horseshoe crab, a prehistoric crab-like creature that can reach up to 50-60 cm in length, are mixed with a spicy salad of various vegetables and fruits. The eggs themselves are a little chewy and floury, but they are a good combination with the fresh and spicy salad.
The one I tried was almost 15 cm from head to toe. Only the body, not the tail and legs should be eaten as per instruction from the vendor. The skin was chewy, the taste not really good. Will skip that one next time.
In the same category as chicken feet, you may find a dark brown or red clod in your soup. Usually made from chicken or pig. At first I thought it was tofu, but no. Tasteless but nutritious. A variant is the famous "nam tok", a noodle soup with some liquid blood added. Tastes fine.
Small (2-3 cm) crispy fried frogs. Unlike in other countries, where they usually only eat the legs, these are eaten in whole. Tastes well. Can be found on the same handcarts as insects.
Looking like tobacco leaves on clothespins fried and dried squid is usually sold from a bicycle. A salty chewy snack served with a spicy sauce.
A classic. Delicious soup, available in luxury Thai-Chinese restaurants. The soup is not allowed in countries like the USA, because of the cruel way fishermen cut the fins off and throw the sharks back in the sea to die.
Little yellow balls on a stick with a small hole in the middle. Usually a little bit tough, so not my favourite. Can be bought in street stalls that sell squid-bbq.
Soup with yellow balls, which I found to be fish eggs. They are huge (well, at least for fish egg), one centimetre at least. The eggs have a floury taste and are a little tough, the soup is delicious but spicy.