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Mr.T

so friggin' what where you live. I'll be way up the mountain in Misamis Oriental. Try getting hold of Thai curry paste there.

 

actually you can quite easily get hold of the necessary ingredients to make a stab at a Thai curry paste you make yourself, in most towns in the Philippines. You can probably get hold of lemongrass in most towns over about 5000 souls in the main market, and chilli, garlic, basil and ginger, the other core ingredients are of course everywhere. Cumin and to a lesser extent, coriander which I would normally put in a Thai green curry paste I made myself, might be a problem though. Easier to just use a decent bought one, just like most people wouldn't normally make their own Italian pesto sauce even though it is easy to make. They just buy a good pre-produced one.

 

Not sure if Thai chilies would be available, the Filipino tsilies maybe, but they are so different

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udonthani

I learnt to cook Thai in Israel, when I was living and working with about 20 Thai guys, yes guys, for about two months on a farm. There's thousands of them over there, just in case you didn't know. They all had to leave Saudi Arabia in a hurry after that massive Saudi-Thai gem scandal in the late 80s you probably never even knew happened , when tens of thousands of Thais had to leave Saudi in a hurry. Some of them ended up on Israeli moshavs, like I did, for a short time. I ended up being billeted with Thais when I first got there. Even today hundreds if not the thousands of Thais like before, still turn up in Israel every year for a two year work contract in the desert. They're almost all bumpkins from Isan, or the north.

 

that was some of the best Thai food I ever tasted. The food they ate, and the food I ate, their chillies and everything came out of the ground they were working on, chili is just chili. If you can cook it doesn't matter what kind of chili it is.

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udonthani

totally decided against the camping stove then?

 

just a single electric ring, not large and stored in the box it was bought in (important that, because otherwise it will break) in a bag that holds not just the cooker, but the 2 pans, utensils and also some food. All the food stuff, is in that bag. The coffee and sugar and creamer all in little plastic containers, the best ones are the circular ones with the screw in lids. Not flat ones, with flat lids, which come off too easily. You might have half a pack of spaghetti left. You're not going to just throw it away when you can still eat in within the next few days.The bag is totally waterproof and if it's sealed, no bugs of any kind can get in.

 

all the other stuff, our two lots of clothes and everything else goes in another identical waterproof bag the same size. The two bags don't take up much space on the front of the motorbike, pack easily on top of one another and are not too heavy so you don't even have to secure them - at least not on a 125, that never reaches high speeds.

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broden

just a single electric ring, not large and stored in the box it was bought in (important that, because otherwise it will break) in a bag that holds not just the cooker, but the 2 pans, utensils and also some food. You might have half a pack of spaghetti left. You're not going to just throw it away when you can still eat in within the next few days.

 

all the other stuff, our two lots of clothes and everything else goes in another identical waterproof bag the same size. The two bags don't take up much space on the front of the motorbike, pack easily on top of one another and are not too heavy so you don't even have to secure them - at least not on a 125, that never reaches high speeds.

 

 

ah ok so not the gas one though you originally were talking about ..

 

should do the trick

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easy44

From Toronto to Manila is 8300 miles.

From London to Manila is 6800 miles.

 

Seems like Whippy is paying quite a bit.

 

Yes, I know Whippy may not live in London and he may not be sending to Manila. So just go +/- a couple hundred miles then. The UK is till quite a bit closer to the RP than Toronto is.

Freight charges are usually based more on competition than distance. You can charge a much higher rate if few other ships are going there from any given location. I would guess there are fewer BB shippers in England. Edited by easy44

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TorJay
a couple of kilos of cheese, cheddar, cheshire, brie, Bavarian smoked in a sealed container.

 

How do the cheeses arrive without going rancid?

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ahoy53

aint no Kano..........lol

Hope your box gets there soon.From the states,mine always made it to cebu right at 8 weeks

Regards

George

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udonthani

How do the cheeses arrive without going rancid?

 

it's not butter. All the cheeses I packed, have firm texture so they have a shelf life of 3 to 6 months, except the brie which is more like two months.

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udonthani

all the cheese is in it's original packaging, and stored in an independent plastic container, a cheese box with elastic bands around it to make sure it won't somehow spring open. I must admit I will be interested to see what it all looks like when it gets there.

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broden

all the cheese is in it's original packaging, and stored in an independent plastic container, a cheese box with elastic bands around it to make sure it won't somehow spring open. I must admit I will be interested to see what it all looks like when it gets there.

 

hopefully it will pour smoothly

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TorJay
it's not butter

 

Funny, I didn't know that only butter could go rancid.

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Stranded Shipscook

you will struggle to find the ingredients to make a decent Thai curry sauce in the Philippines, they're there but not everywhere, In small towns with no big supermarket, which is most places in the Philippines, you're stuck with Filipino type food, adobo, caldereta, sinsigang, which is OK - but not exotic or anything close to it. Filipino food has to be the least exotic of any Asian cuisine I know of, with the possible exception of Mongolian.

 

Indian food you have almost no chance. They're really going to sell cummin, coriander and turmeric in the local sari. If I don't have a pot of decent curry sauce, which will cost me about a third of what one will cost there at a SM, then I'll have to do without. Guess what. I'd rather not.

i can only second that remark.

Not only this,but basic fresh herbal ingredients such as basil, coriander etc are virtually unknown.

 

I had less troubles to get Asian fresh vegetables and herbs in Germany,t hey were delivered free house ( I owned a Thai Restaurant there) from the next whole seller.

Grown in Holland in greenhouses and thereby also cheap as other many other greenhouse products.

 

In the mountains of Balamban/Cebu there are a few plots ( hard to reach) where one can at least buy the herbs. Every 3 months a guy from the Balamban DENR goes there and bring me a few bags which i can then chop and freeze.

 

There is also ONE (so far i saw) herb dealer n the carbon area, who sells them at nigh time only. In daytime the place is the front of some hardware store.Don't ask me where.. i stumble across it when i do my "zigzag" shopping.

 

If you want to find him, ask for where you can buy parsley, celery and other "chinese" herbs.The wooden "cart" guys know every place.

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sperry

all the cheese is in it's original packaging, and stored in an independent plastic container, a cheese box with elastic bands around it to make sure it won't somehow spring open. I must admit I will be interested to see what it all looks like when it gets there.

 

put some silica gel sachets in the plastic box b4 u seal it up; the dry atmosphere should help a lot

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sperry

i can only second that remark.

Not only this,but basic fresh herbal ingredients such as basil, coriander etc are virtually unknown.

 

I had less troubles to get Asian fresh vegetables and herbs in Germany,t hey were delivered free house ( I owned a Thai Restaurant there) from the next whole seller.

Grown in Holland in greenhouses and thereby also cheap as other many other greenhouse products.

 

In the mountains of Balamban/Cebu there are a few plots ( hard to reach) where one can at least buy the herbs. Every 3 months a guy from the Balamban DENR goes there and bring me a few bags which i can then chop and freeze.

 

There is also ONE (so far i saw) herb dealer n the carbon area, who sells them at nigh time only. In daytime the place is the front of some hardware store.Don't ask me where.. i stumble across it when i do my "zigzag" shopping.

 

If you want to find him, ask for where you can buy parsley, celery and other "chinese" herbs.The wooden "cart" guys know every place.

 

cant u just grow u own basil and coriander? not that difficult is it?

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littlePP

littlePP's balikbayan boxes always consist of the same items

 

- One forty-five caliber automatic

- Two boxes of ammunition

- Four days' concentrated emergency rations

- One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine,

vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills

- One miniature combination Tagalog phrase book and Bible

- One hundred dollars in pesos

- One hundred dollars in gold

- Nine packs of chewing gum

- One issue of prophylactics

- Three lipsticks

- Three pair of nylon stockings.

 

"Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff". :lol:

 

Sorry, thread reminded me of this scene - a like for the first poster who knows what movie this is from. :cheers:

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