Kanom – Thai Snacks
Thai food is undoubtedly delicious. I could honestly write several books on the topic of food in Thailand, but I think that has already been done. I will focus here on a quintessential part of Thai food culture – kanom – snacks.
Thai people do not eat like most Westerners. First, all food is shared. Also, rather than 3 big meals, there are smaller breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, but lots of snacking goes on all the time. Most of the kanom are fairly healthy. Though there are the fried varieties, the portions are small. It is nearly impossible to go out with a Thai person and not be asked, “You want su-nack?” then promptly offered one. When I learned the word kanom, I realized how often snacks are talked about, suggested, given, and eaten.
Here is a little photographic sampling of the mouth watering morsels I eat on a daily basis:
Let’s start with fruit (ponlamai) in its tropical abundance…
Then there are the fruits that look like they come from another planet:
On to some of my favorites. I need to learn what these are called. If anyone reading this knows what any of the following snacks are called, will you please enlighten me? I’d love to know :)
And a few I actually do know the name of:
Due to the muslim influence of Southern Thailand – Roti (often spelled rotee):
Then something not particularly Thai, but a scrumptious snack we get at school that may look more familiar to some of you:
I should mention that students and staff are served an amazing homemade snack once in the morning, and once in the afternoon everyday at Panyaden School, where I teach.
Here are other kanom that I don’t see everywhere:
This is what it looks like when you snack with Thai people…
To wash it down…
This is a minuscule sampling of snacks available in Thailand. More kanom to come soon…