It is tough for a vegetarian to adjust in Thailand. It is not just because they put meat into every dish, it is also the fact that they put fish sauce into everything for flavor. And the worst part is that it is very difficult to communicate our choices to the road side vendors and restaurants because they hardly speak anything except Thai. And if you do find English speaking people in restaurants, then that restaurant ends up being expensive.
But amidst all this, you find a savior like May Kaidee’s, a vegetarian restaurant located near Khao San in Bangkok. This restaurant, not only helps you taste some great vegetarian dishes in Thai style, but also helps you understand the Thai style of cooking, which is primarily based on spices and curries and vegetables are an integral part of their cooking.
It is here that you get to taste Thai delicacies like Phad Thai, Maasaman curry, Tom Yum Na soup, Tom ya na soup, brown sticky rice (which I absolutely love), Yellow curry, Green curry, sea weed soup and more. In addition, you get to taste local sweets and fried snacks, which are absolutely yumm.
Once you understand what vegetarian options you have in Thailand, it becomes easy for you to go ask for that in the rest of the road side shops in Thailand. Basically, a restaurant like May Kaidee’s sets a good benchmark in your imagination of Thai food.
The cost is also not too high. Buffets go at 250 baht per head and drinks are separate. Do remember to taste the Thai iced cold tea, which is pretty cool. You will always find a good crowd at Ma Kaidee’s and hence always go with some time at hand. Sometimes they do throw up weekend offers too.
If you are interested in cooking or learning to cook Thai food, May Kaidee’s also has daily cooking classes, which are very popular among foreign tourists. The costs are around 1000-2000 baht per day per head.