Asia Trip: That’s a Wrap!

I just wanted to take the time to thank you all for coming along for the ride of recapping my backpacking trip around Asia. I had a ton of fun going through all my photos and being able to put words to pictorial moments that were captured along the way.

I’ll try my best to get back into the grove of regular outfit posts, craft projects, and daily shenanigans very soon… as in starting tomorrow. ; )

Until then, if you’ve missed any of the posts or want to revisit any of the Asia trip posts, I’ve been tagging all of them by country. You can read up on Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand at any time!

Bonus: Even the special stop offs at McDonald’s got tagged! (haha are you surprised?)


A Traveler’s Best Friend

What do you do when you have anaphylactic peanut allergies and visiting Thailand (aka crushed peanuts and satay sauce in almost every food dish!) with a group of friends who do not speak the local language? Befriend someone who does and ask for a translated card! Oh my gosh, you have no idea how awesome it was to have this little card handy in my wallet every time we went out to eat. Despite the fact that many people in Thailand do speak English (most likely due to the high tourism rate), many hole-in-the-wall restaurants that we visited did not.

This card saved me from hours of quality time that would’ve been spent kneeling over a toilet bowl.

McThai: home of the McDonald’s slushie floats!

No country recap would be complete without a post dedicated to McDonald’s, am I right? (aka This is how I make myself feel better about visiting McDonald’s a million times in Thailand because I “forgot” to take a photo of some article of food on the last visit…)

Fun Fact #1: McDonald’s is known as McThai in Thailand!

McThai: Samurai Pork Burger

McThai: Samurai Pork Burger Meal

Fun Fact #2: There are ketchup and “American ketchup” dispensers. The American ketchup was a lot darker and viscous than the regular kind.

McThai: In the burger

Fun Fact #3: The Samurai Pork Burger is probably my all-time favourite burger in Asia. It trumped the Bulgogi Burger from Korea and the Big ‘N Tasty from Hong Kong. It’s smothered in some delicious teriyaki-like sauce that I am drooling just thinking about…

McThai: floats + ice cream

Fun Fact #4: McThai has the best dessert menu! Slushie float, anyone? For just a little over $1 CAD, you can get a Fanta or Coke slushie float.

Fun Fact #5: You see that vanilla soft serve up there? It cost me a whoppin’ $0.33 CAD. I am forever ruined from paying $2.19 for a vanilla cone from Canadian McDonald’s.


Learning to Cook: Thai Style!

There are a few pros and cons about visiting Phuket. Although this city is tourist central and almost everyone here speaks English (unlike Bangkok where it was sometimes difficult to ask for help), the downfall is the fact that all the locals know tourists flock to Phuket so prices of food, accommodations, and fun activities are a bit pricier compared to other cities in Thailand.

cooking school!
That being said, one of the more expensive activities we took part in was a cooking class held by the Sous Chef at Mom Tri’s Boathouse. We learned how to make a 5 course meal which included papaya salad, tom yum soup, seafood curry, pad thai, and a pumpkin custard dessert.

fruit salad

For every dish, 4 people (out of 6 in the class) were asked to go to the kitchen to cook. Each person had a variation of the dish so that we could all sample various levels of spiciness or tangy flavours when changing a small part of the recipe. For example, my friend got to make a fruit salad with apples, pears, jackfruit and pomelo (pictured above) instead of using green papaya like I did (pictured below).

papaya salad

curry ingredients

I seem to have zero photos of the tom yum soup, so we’ll skip this dish and move on to the curry. Above is a plate of shrimp, eggplant seeds, pineapples, fresh red curry paste (made in house!), grape tomatoes, and various spices for one full serving of curry. We were told to heat oil in the wok and then throw the curry paste in first. The aroma from the burning curry paste made all of us choke from the spiciness! I look like I’m laughing in the photo below, but trust me, I felt like I was about to cry! (I’m such a wimp when it comes to spicy foods…)

heavy wok?

finished curry!

I decided to only try one of the shrimps from the curry. I may or may not have teared up from ONE SHRIMP. Moving on to the pad thai!

pad thai
Here’s my sad excuse of an entree. I had a tough time trying to pick out the crushed peanuts before I could try the dish (yay for anaphylactic food allergies!). Don’t even get me started on how horrible the plating of the noodles look. I know to never quit my day job because I will receive a guaranteed 0/10 gold stars for this presentation!

pumpkin custard

interesting texture...

The pumpkin custard dessert was delicious! We didn’t have a big hand in making this dish, as our instructor simply hand whisked the custard ingredients together just to walk us through how to make it. Check out the texture of this stuff! The coconut milk gives a bubbly, super textured consistency to the custard! I was not expecting this when I cut into this with my spoon, but it was yummy nonetheless!