Thai pineapple and mussel curry (แกงคั่วสับปะรดหอยแมลงภู่)

“The only time pineapples are acceptable in Thai food is in pineapple mussel curry (แกงคั่วสับปะรดหอยแมลงภู่; kaeng sapparot hoi malaeng phuu) or sweet and sour dish (ผัดเปรี้ยวหวาน; phat priaow waan),” said Mr. P insisted, who is adamant that fried rice and pineapples are a mismatch. “Pineapple fried rice are only seen on menus in MBK and places with lots of tourists. Have you seen your Thai gal friends ordering this dish before?”

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Comfort food: Khai Jiao

Omelettes are comfort food the world over, and it’s amazing how many guises and varieties the humble omelette comes in. My mum loves to fry eggs with French beans, chai por (preserved radish) or onions, while Mr. P loves his khai jiao (Thai-style omelette) to bits. It’s a simple dish, no doubt, but it’s one of those dishes that few people can cook well and deliver with aplomb.

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