A £600 Gold Leaf Burger & 6 Other Bonkers Things You Can Eat In Thailand
Thailand is a country full of culinary delights. From the country’s signature Pineapple Fried Rice, to traditional Pad Thai, it’s heaven for foodies who don’t mind a bit of spice.
But look beyond the tempting curries, delicious papaya salads and mouth-watering noodle dishes available at any street market, and you’ll find a selection of weird and wonderful dishes only the bravest would try.
The Dream Beach BurgerDream Beach Club, part of the stylish Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa, on Phuket’s Layan Beach offers up what can only be described as literally the dreamiest burger that ever existed.
Inside the soft bun ENCRUSTED WITH ACTUAL GOLD LEAF is a fried patty of the finest Wagyu beef with black truffle cream and duck foie gras. Served alongside a chilled bottle of Dom Perignon, it costs a cool 30,000 THB (around £600), but dear god it’s GOOD.
Sautéed Silk WormsAt the other end of the extravagance scale, the more frugal foodie might want to pick up a portion of sweet, sweet silk worms fried with chilli and thai basil for just 30 THB (about 69p). Apparently they’re delicious. Apparently.
Crocodile KebabForget your chicken shish or lamb doner, people. The discerning Thai tourist has only one option after a heavy night in Patong town. Crocodile. Barbecued to perfection and served with a cherry tomato - because why not?
Wild Boar StewThought wild boar only roamed around France? You were wrong. Thailand has them too, and the locals have transformed the humble hog into a delicious, spicy stew. Perfect with a dollop of sticky rice.
Deep Fried GrasshoppersThey say insects will one day become our main source of protein, which means it might not be long before we’re all taking inspiration from this so-called delicacy. We’ll probably go vegan at that point, but you should feel free to dig in without judgement.
Deep Fried CricketsBasically as above, but with more… well, crickets. Is anyone else starting to feel a bit sorry for Thailand’s bug population right about now?
Sweet Egg CakeNope. We have no idea either. Looks flipping delicious, though, doesn’t it? It was.
By Cat Collins