As the sun rises above the horizon and the birds begin to serenade their morning sonnets, we wake up dreary-eyed from our slumber. Of course our stomachs have been fasting the entire night so naturally our tummies begin to growl. Hunger grabs hold initiating our desire for food. We search for that morning fuel, we search for our morning breakfast.
A typical western breakfast consist of bacon, ham, pancakes, with a side of butter and jam on toasted white bread washed down with either whole milk or freshly squeezed orange juice. Thailand’s breakfast menu is much lighter and consist of what I like to call the ‘Thai Donut’, pronounced Pa Thong Ko. The Pa Thong Ko is a mixture of the following ingredients:
- All purpose flour
- Baking amonia
- Baking soda
- Vegetable Oil
Thin strips are cut and attached to one another making a pair, The flour is then laid into a wok heated with oil. Pieces are flipped over during the frying process until the complexion turns to a golden brown color. When freshly made, the outer surface is crunchy and interior a sweet soft texture.
The Pa Thong Ko goes hand-in-hand with the morning coffee, a concoction of dark coffee mixed with sweetened condensed milk. Should coffee not be your thing, you can order hot chocolate as a substitute. Tea is complementary and is used to clean your palettes after consuming your drink. While enjoying your donut and coffee, the morning shop also makes soft-boiled eggs, known as kai luak (ไข่ลวก) which can be seasoned with soy sauce and crushed black pepper for added flavor.
For those that would prefer a more heavier breakfast to get you through until lunch, there is the option of having Congee, a rice porridge called Jok (โจ๊ก). This rice porridge blends the rice until it is a thick texture, much like apple sauce and is served with minced pork, ginger, soft-boiled egg (optional), garnished with green onions. Soy sauce, red pepper flakes, vinegar, and crushed black pepper can be added to your preference.
So if you enjoy the fresh morning air, be sure rise at dawn. Take a short break while sampling what Thailand has to offer at the breakfast table. This morning fuel will surely keep you content and satisfy your morning cravings.