Oh Thailand… of all the culinary adventures you have to offer, your fruit shakes made me one very happy girl! I adored the pad thai and spring rolls and rice with various curries, but towards the end of our 2 week vacation earlier this year, this girl was craving more and more fresh fruit and veggies.
If you have ever been to Thailand (especially if you did it on a budget) you will know that street markets and night markets are where it’s at! These night markets have various vendors selling all sorts of things to eat. You walk around, buying and eating as you go: grab some mango sticky rice from this guy, then a couple of veggie spring rolls from a lady further down. Then you realize you have room for more and buy a couple of chicken satays and finish it off with a fresh fruit shake. Glorious!
I feel nostalgic about our Thai routine today: After exploring or traveling or laying on the beach all day we would freshen up and head out for some dinner… night market style! This particular day we went beach hopping around the island of Koh Phangan. When dinner time came, I jumped on the back of Derek’s scooter, holding on real tight as we cruised down the dirt path from our hotel to the centre of town.
There was a lady selling fresh fruit shakes and juice. She would have an amazing variety of tropical fruit and some veggies laid out on her cart and when you select your fruit she peels and slices it up on the spot, throws it in her blender with some ice and produces a fresh, sweet fruit shake. I don’t know how on earth all her fruit was of the perfect ripeness: Ripe enough to lend that perfect sweetness to your shake, but not a day older than that.
I was a very good customer, because I tried the pineapple, mango and watermelon shakes, but to my surprise the papaya shake was my favourite!
I just HAD to recreate it at home this week! Too bad I couldn’t go to the store on a scooter!
I doled out my six dollars and change (!!!) for the papaya at my local corner store and headed home with a grocery bag full of priceless memories. Speaking of price, Thailand is very inexpensive and one of these fruit shakes would run you about 65 cents (that’s 20 Thai Baht). No wonder I had tried so many flavours!
See how nice and creamy it is? Just papaya and ice! Natural and healthy.
Papaya is not something I indulge in at home very often (Hello! It’s not exactly locally grown!), but when I do get the chance I load up my plate!
I have long known that papaya is a great digestive aid (because it breaks down protein and cleans your digestive track), but here are a few more reasons to put some papaya in your grocery cart:
- Vitamins A, C and E
- Carotenoids: lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene
So I know it is the end of March, we had a lot of snow even just last week, I still have to wear my winter coat when I go out…BUT… this papaya shake makes me feel like I am walking around some tropical island wearing a tank top and flip flops!
What is YOUR favourite tropical fruit? Have you tried it in a fruit shake?