How to satisfy your craving for some fried rice-field frogs in the UK or feed your relatives in Thailand seasonal red ants eggs when you’re thousands of miles away? Through online communities, Thai women living abroad have found creative ways to still their hunger for a taste of home and take care for their families back in Thailand through food deliveries.
Thai society is embracing the Isaan food staple pla daek, or pla ra. But instead of serving the government’s nationalist ends it should be recognized as an important part of a regional culture.
Peera Songkünnatham explores perceptions of Isaan cuisine as “unclean” and foreigners’ food preferences through a dialogue with their significant other, interspersed with public health posters in a cancer hospital.