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if i had a thai grandmother…

March 13, 2009

breakfast: chocolate cib smoothie w/ banana, frozen strawberries and PB. alka seltzer vitamin C tablet drink (which i finally figured out tastes like tang), and cold meds. not too exciting…


and now backtracking to yesterday night: i was craving tom yum soup which i always want when i’m sick cus all the spices and lemongrass in the soup can clear you up when you’re congested! i was surprised to find that the town i live in has no thai restaurants! crazy considering there are a gazillion of them in boston (my favorite thai places in boston are rod dee and s&i thai btw- they’re small take-out restaurants but so authentic and yummy)

i found a thai restaurant in ashland (2 towns away) so after our long naps, tom and i headed there for dinner. the restaurant is named “krua khun yah” which, according to the menu, translates to grandmother’s kitchen. the perfect place to head to when you’re under the weather, right? well, second to mom’s kitchen anyway…



i asked the waiter how big the soup was, and he said very small…so i ordered two. they ended up being bigger than i thought (i was expecting cup-size not bowl) but i finished the two anyway.


the soup was okay, i wasn’t expecting it to be really spicy or authentic considering the neighborhood we were in. i tasted some of tom’s dish, it was mediocre as well. still, the restaurant was so cute that i’m looking forward to trying it again when i have more of an appetite.

the best part of going to the restaurant though was finding that it was next to a really nice shaw’s supermarket! they had a really big “healthy foods” section compared to the store i usually go to, so i’ll be back there 🙂 i still couldn’t find oikos yogurt though- weird!

when you got sick as a child, what would your mom feed you? what were her natural remedies?

my mom always fed us lots of hot water + honey, rice porridge, and korean ginseng chicken soup (sam gae tang). omg, sam gae tang is the best thing ever- you stuff cornish hens with sweet rice, dates, chesnuts and ginseng and simmer until it all falls apart- YUM! my grandmother makes a much better soup than my mom can, so my mom will ask her to make us some. but if my grandmother finds out that anyone is sick, then we all risk being forced to drink chinese herbal medicine- which is really the grossest thing ever, and reason enough to never ever get sick. blech!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2009 1:02 pm

    Hooray for finding the supermarket! 😀

  2. innascribbles permalink
    March 13, 2009 1:54 pm

    tom yum love 🙂 you’re brave for venturing out- i made ryan go get mine 🙂

  3. March 13, 2009 2:21 pm

    i love tom yum soup 🙂 when i was sick my dad would make me a “hot toddy” – hot water with honey, lemon juice, a cinnamon stick, and cloves.

  4. March 13, 2009 3:31 pm

    Hahaha oh the taste of chinese herbal medicine. Totally know what you mean. My mom does that too, “It’s good for you, drink it.” Hahaha.

    But oh wow, I must agree, that restaurant is sooo cute! Pretty!!

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