Today I'm writing from the small, hot and sunny island of Koh Samui. It's monsoon season but so far the rains have stayed away.
In between swimming and snorkeling, I've spent time exploring the many markets and sniffing out local haunts. Thai food markets are a sensory overload. Despite my long affair with Thailand, her sites, sounds and smells never cease to intrigue and delight me.
It is the food that I most love. Thais have a genius for balancing salty, sweet, bitter, sour and spicy and creating a harmonious palette of flavors. While Thai food abounds in Australia, I find that Thai food is often too spicy or too sweet.
Some of the best dishes found on the streets cooked in make-shift kitchens on the side of a cart. This beef and bamboo curry is one of those dishes.
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