PropertyOfZack Road Noms : : Set Your Goals

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 15, 2012

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It seems like we’ve been working on this forever, but boy was it worth the wait. PropertyOfZack is incredibly excited to welcome in Dan Coddaire of Set Your Goals for our new Road Noms feature. Road Noms was a blog that Dan ran to update fans on his wild food adventures as he traveled throughout the world with Set Your Goals. Dan is moving Road Noms to PropertyOfZack now, and we are kicking it all off with Dan’s..should we say, interesting trip to Asia. Over the next week we’ll bringing you entries from Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan. For now check out Dan’s Noms journey in Thailand and try not to get too grossed out by his love for duck bills!

Hey there! Since you’re reading this right now you’re one of two kinds of people: you’ve read my blog before and you’re checking me out for the first time on Propertyofzack.com, in which case I say thank you for visiting the new home of Road Noms!
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You’ve never read my blog before and just stumbled across this entry on POZ.com. If that’s the case all I have to say is you have no idea what you’re about to get into. I don’t fuck around when it comes to trying out new food, friend. Read on to see the proof. 

So anyways, it’s been a while since I’ve Road Nom’ed. I haven’t been on tour with Set Your Goals too much lately because my dad is still in the hospital but I did recently join up with my band for a two week run in Southeast Asia and Japan. I knew I would be able to get down on some crazy food out there and I’m glad to say that’s exactly what I did. 

Our first stop was Bangkok, Thailand. After a 20 hour trip to get there, I was starving so our friend Aun showed me to a row of street carts selling a variety of simple, homemade foods like stews and soups. 

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I was in the mood for a noodle soup and this lady was serving it up fresh.

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I had this tasty beef noodle soup. It was nice and hearty; exactly what I wanted. I ended up dropping in a lot of chili powder to spice it up and it was perfect. The humidity and spiciness of the soup made me sweat off a few pounds easily. 

The next day we went a couple hours of outside of Bangkok to ride elephants and check out the market on the water. Afterwards we stopped at a little roadside restaurant and had a good lunch.

We started off with some fried rice and some egg pancake. Limes and cucumber for garnish.

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Along with a some coconut curry soup and a fish dish that got snatched up before I could get a picture we had a couple really good shrimp dishes. The top one had a nice thick garlic sauce and some good greens. The other was a really spicy one and it was perfect. Probably should have had more.

Alright so I’ll admit things aren’t too crazy yet. My first couple of meals were tame, I know. But after our show things started to get a bit nuts. 

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We ate at another restaurant in Bangkok that night and started off with a spicy pork mint salad that was intense. Spice-wise and taste-wise. It definitely kicked my mouth’s ass on the spice front, but it was also super tasty so I couldn’t stop eating it. Whatever, I like to practice a “Scorched Earth Policy” when it comes to eating spicy food; taste buds need to be singed off. Embrace the burn.

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We also had this delicious chicken cashew dish. I think that was almost everyone’s favorite one. The gravy it came was thick and savory. Good contrast to the spiciness of the pork salad. 

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Some nice grilled beef with a spicy tamarind dipping sauce. 

Ok wait for it…here’s where things get weird.

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That, sirs, would be chopped up bits of frog meat. It was pretty good.

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Duck bills. Kinda like chicken wings, but not as meaty obviously. The sauce they were cooked in was really tasty though, kind of sweet and spicy glaze. I think I was the only one at the table who was pretty stoked on these. Whatever. More for me.

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By this time I might have been a bit drunk and incapable of taking pictures in focus, so I apologize for their shitty-ness. Anyways, those are some crickets and cicadas I ate later on. They were good! They’re cooked in what tasted like soy sauce so they weren’t hard to put down at all. The cicada was definitely crunchier and more “exo-skeleton-y” than the rest. I also had beetle grubs, they were good except a lot squishier. I could definitely get down on the crickets and smaller beetles again though. It was basically like eating soy sauce flavored popcorn. 

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Obviously I need to have someone else take pictures for me when I’m drinking. That’s, I believe, squid jerky/skin/sheets? It was fishy and pretty good. That sauce next to it was atomically spicy. I only tried a bit and my mouth was screaming. 

Thailand you showed me a great time and some cool food I’ve never had before but would love to try again. Can’t wait to go back. The wildness continues in the Philippines… 

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