8 dishes ‘don’t rush to eat’ in Thailand

If you are not a local and are new to the cuisine of the land of the golden temple, you should consider before trying dishes like leuat moo or larb leuat neua.

10 dishes do not rush to eat in Thailand

The first thing to avoid, as suggested by a travel writer based in Indonesia, Cita Catellia, is
leuat moo. At first glance, it looks like tomato soup or a chili dish. In fact, the deep red color of this northern-origin dish comes from raw pig blood. Blood is served with herbs such as basil, lemongrass… to deodorize and then mixed with spices such as chili, cumin, salt, cilantro, scallions and lime leaves… Sometimes chefs also add some internal organs. This dish has been eaten by Thai men since ancient times, but international guests should think twice before trying it. According to Cita, raw food can put you in danger like a bacterial infection. You should try cooked foods instead. Photo: Rikka Jayne/YouTube

Larb Thai (Lap) is a famous minced meat salad.  It has another version, larb leuat neua, consisting of raw meat and blood soup.  Locals often eat this dish with wine, believing that alcohol has the ability to kill bacteria and parasites if present in it.  Cita said that this new version is something she will never recommend to her friends because of the possibility of facing food poisoning and a bacterial infection.  Photo: Freepik.

Thai Larb (Lap) is a famous minced meat salad. It has another version, larb leuat neua, consisting of raw meat and blood soup. Locals often use alcohol together, believing that alcohol has the ability to kill bacteria and parasites if present in it. Cita said that this new version is something she will never recommend to her friends because of the possibility of facing food poisoning and a bacterial infection. Photo: Freepik.

Yum Khai maeng da is also known as spicy horseshoe crab salad.  People will take eggs and crab bricks mixed with sliced ​​green mango, chili, cilantro leaves, garlic, and lemon juice.  This salad is safe to eat, and many people say it's delicious.  However, there are some parts of the horseshoe crab that live in mangroves that contain good poison.  Therefore, you run the risk of ingesting the poison if the crabs are not cleaned and cooked properly.  Photo: Pixabay

Yum declare maeng da Also known as spicy horseshoe crab salad. People will take eggs and crab bricks mixed with sliced ​​green mango, chili, cilantro leaves, garlic, and lemon juice. This salad is safe to eat, and many people say it’s delicious. However, there are some parts of the horseshoe crab that live in mangroves that contain toxins. Therefore, you run the risk of ingesting the poison if the crabs are not cleaned and cooked properly. Photo: Pixabay

Larb dib is the next name on the list of dishes tourists should avoid when coming to the land of golden temples.

Larb dib is the next name mentioned in the list of dishes tourists should avoid when coming to the land of golden pagodas. This is a dish of the Northeast. This raw meat salad is made from raw beef or pork, served with various spices and herbs. Photo: Wiki

Koi pla is a rare salad from Isan, northeast of the country.  It is made from minced raw fish mixed with lime juice, chili and herbs.  In addition to raw fish, people can replace it with live red ants.  For locals, this is a specialty, but the dish is also considered unsafe because raw fish can contain flatworms - a harmful parasite.  Eating a plate of this fish salad may not harm you, but it is best avoided because of the risks it poses.  Photo: Wiki

Koi pla is a salad made from minced raw fish mixed with lemon juice, chili and herbs. In addition to raw fish, people can replace it with red ants. For locals, this is a specialty, but the dish is also considered unsafe because raw fish can contain flatworms – a harmful parasite. Eating a plate of this fish salad may not harm you, but it is best avoided because of the risks it poses. Photo: Wiki

Goong ten is a dish for the brave.  It consists of freshwater shrimp seasoned with fish sauce, chili and red onion, coriander.  The star of the dish is the crayfish.  When placed on the table, the shrimps are still jumping, that's why the dish is called jumping shrimp.  They are still wiggling in your mouth.  Eating raw food isn't healthy, says Cita.  Photo: Bright in ternships

Good name is a dish for the brave. It consists of freshwater shrimp seasoned with fish sauce, chili and red onion, coriander. The “star” of the dish is the crayfish. When placed on the table, the shrimps are still jumping, that’s why the dish is called jumping shrimp. They’re even still wiggling in your mouth. “Eating raw food is not healthy,” says Cita. Photo: Bright in ternships

Deep-fried scorpion may look scary, but many diners say it's just as delicious as french fries.  The dish is usually skewered on a bamboo stick.  However, this is also a dish you should not enjoy, because scorpions are venomous.  If not properly cooked or prepared, you can swallow the venom and this is considered dangerous.  It's best not to do anything that could endanger your life, says Cita.  Photo: Freepik

Deep fried scorpion Despite its scary appearance, many diners say it tastes as good as french fries. The dish is usually skewered on a bamboo stick. However, this is also a dish you should not enjoy, because scorpions are venomous. If not properly cooked or prepared, you can swallow the venom and this is considered dangerous. “It’s best not to do anything that could endanger your life,” says Cita. Photo: Freepik

Shark fin soup is a common specialty in Chinese restaurants in Thailand.  According to Cita, this is something you should avoid.  Although it is not harmful to health, it is harmful to the environment.  The consumption of shark fin soup is discouraged as many shark species are on the verge of extinction due to overfishing.  Besides, the dish is expensive but has low nutritional value and has no taste.  The flavor of the soup is created from the broth and other ingredients.  Photo: Wiki

Shark fin soup is a specialty often found in Chinese restaurants. According to Cita, this is something you should avoid. Although it is not harmful to health, it is harmful to the environment. Consumption of shark fin soup is discouraged as many shark species are on the verge of extinction due to overfishing. Besides, the dish is expensive but has low nutritional value and has no taste. The flavor of the soup is created from the broth and other ingredients. Photo: Wiki

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