Jan 16

POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand

I spent part of the weekend with one of my good friends from med school! It’s been ages since we last hung out so there was a lot of catching up to do. Since it also happened to be his birthday, we went out to a semi-fancy schmancy restaurant near where he lived for a feast and then Netflix-binged on his couch.

I promise we didn't go out like this. But is this onesie not amazing? (He couldn't find the one he had with a cape, but this will do. :[ )

I promise we didn’t go out like this. But is this onesie not amazing? (He couldn’t find the one he had with a cape, but this will do!)

If I’d known he owned a Superman onesie back when we were in medical school, I would’ve gotten him to bring it in so we could’ve done a more complete/awesome pranking of one of our future study buddies.

If you guys happen to remember Lord Snow, the chinchilla I was babysitting some time ago, he’s still as cute and fluffy as ever! <3


None of this is very related to my book review aside from the fact that I do like to tease said friend about his liver function sometimes on account of his alcohol consumption, which loosely transitions over to this cookbook I discovered on the drinking food of Thailand!

POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook

POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook | @fairyburger

Genre: Food/Cooking
Pages: 266


Although I don’t drink, I do sometimes appear at bars with friends and partake in delicious noms while they partake in happy hour. POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand is sectioned off into the following chapters:

  • Khang Waang (Snacks)
  • Tom (Soup)
  • Naam Phrik (Chile Dips)
  • Khawng Thawt (Fried Foods)
  • Khawng Yaang (Grilled Foods)
  • Yam (Salads)
  • Khawng Phat (Stir-Fries)
  • Khawng Kin Rawp Deuk/Khawng Kin Chao (Late-Night + Morning Food)
  • Sundry Items


POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook | @fairyburger

Unfortunately, there is a pretty substantial amount (~50%) of recipes in here that I can’t try out due to my food restrictions, but this isn’t the book’s fault. Just be aware that you’ll have to make some modifications if you can’t eat pork or seafood other than fish!POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook | @fairyburger

Each recipe contains a short intro, the ingredient list, instructions, serving size, and a note regarding any special information or ingredients/tools you’ll need to make these recipes. The instructions in this book are in a more in a paragraph/story-type format, so it may be different from what you’re used to in a usual cookbook.


POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook | @fairyburger

POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand is definitely informative, and the background information was an interesting read–I haven’t been to Thailand in over a decade and would love to go back to explore again sometime!


POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook | @fairyburger

There’s a discussion at the end on some of the ingredients that are often used (a number of which would be harder to find if you don’t live near a specialty store–although I suppose Amazon is always an option[?]).

POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook | @fairyburger

I love Thai food, and this book is very well-organized, with lots of different unique recipes that I’ve never had or heard of before. If you’re more of the adventurous type and/or serious about your Thai food, POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand would be a great book to check out.

However, if you can’t eat pork/seafood other than fish, aren’t thattt adventurous with food, are looking for more of the classic recipes (e.g. curries, pad thai, mango with sticky rice) or can’t get your hands on very many of the more uncommon ingredients (e.g. pickled Gouramy fish, sawtooth herb, to name a couple), I think Ricker’s earlier book (Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Home, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand) would probably be a better bet!

  • If you drink alcohol, are there any foods that you always crave when you’re drinking?
  • Have you ever had Thai food? What’s your favorite dish?

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  1. Mary

    I really really really want to go do Thailand, my best friend is Thai and I love the culture, not to mention the food. Sounds like you and your friend had a great time, what a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. I remember Lord Snow!! So Cute

    1. Farrah

      Aww, that’s so cool! I’d love to go back to Thailand to explore/visit again sometime (+ eat everything)!

      It was a lot of fun! :] Yay for catching up with old friends!

  2. Winding Spiral Case

    I remember Lord Snow too!! He’s adorable — as are you in that onesie!! My favourite Thai food is probably tom yum soup or really anything lemongrass-y.
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, thank you! 😀 It was a fun weekend!

      Tom Yum Soup is wonderfullll! I’ve been meaning to try making that! *-*
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  3. ShootingStarsMag

    I’ve had thai food but nothing that adventurous. And no, I don’t drink alcohol but i’ll go out with friends.

    Love the onesie! And that chinchilla is adorable.

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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! I just end up eating when I go out with friends to bars, haha.

      Isn’t he?! <3 I love how fluffy he is!
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  4. Hannah

    I love Thai food – well, I should probably say americanized Thai food – but I think I would have to pass on recipes with things like pickled fish 😛 And unusual ingredients are usually soooo expensive on Amazon compared to specialty grocers – definitely something to buy local if you can!
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    1. Farrah

      haha, I’m in the same boat! (No plans to try frog soup either. ._.) Having specialty grocers nearby is definitely a luxury that I’ve missed dearly!!
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  5. Jenna

    Bonus points for the adorable Superman onesie and chinchilla! The food sounds intriguing, though I wonder about finding some of the ingredients here in extremely adventurous Ohio. 😉

    1. Farrah

      hehehe, thanks! <3

      I feel ya! I was living on the border of WV/KY/OH for a while and finding ingredients was definitely a struggle! x_x
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