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    Where can I get russet potatoes (AKA Idaho potatoes) in Thailand? Is it even possible? I've looked online but I don't see much.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Templeton View Post
    Where can I get russet potatoes (AKA Idaho potatoes) in Thailand? Is it even possible? I've looked online but I don't see much.
    You ain't looked very hard locally!

    Tesco and local markets have russet taters, they aren't huge like the Idahoes, but still tasty and in fact used in much Thai cuisine.
    Also popular are the purple Peruvian taters, also yummy if you are a tater man.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dr Earl View Post
      You ain't looked very hard locally!

      Tesco and local markets have russet taters, they aren't huge like the Idahoes, but still tasty and in fact used in much Thai cuisine.
      Also popular are the purple Peruvian taters, also yummy if you are a tater man.
      No. Tesco and Macro where I live do carry potatoes but not Russets. Neither does the Villa Market or the new Tops....I'm looking for a potato that fries well. Although the local potatoes look similar to Russets they are not the same.

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      • #4
        Also, the local Thai markets don't have russets. not by me anyway....I'm in Pranburi/Hua Hin

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        • #5
          For myself, I've gone native. Don't have taters in my diet. Some things you just go w/out living here in Paradise!
          God, the panic within the Dems, MSM, and left must be horrifying...realizing that Joe is really the best they've got.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
            For myself, I've gone native. Don't have taters in my diet. Some things you just go w/out living here in Paradise!
            Really ? Is that because you can't get them or have chosen to go without ?

            We had liver, bacon and onions in gravy last night with mashed potato . It was blooooming delicious.

            After so long here I eventually got bored with a full on Thai menu. Even the wife gets bored with it.

            So now , I spend as much time or more in the kitchen than she does with a mix of Thai and western food. Variety is the spice of life.

            I mentioned this wise saying to the wife. She agrees except where that variety means getting a gik. If I try that she'll cash in my chips.

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            • #7
              I eat Thai food all the time and many varieties but I do like to cook and sometimes homemade fries and some cheese sauce I can quickly make is a nice treat. I can use the potatoes here I was just wondering if anyone came across a good potato for frying. Thai people do use potatoes in some dishes but the particular potato here is better for boiling.

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              • #8
                I seem to recall seeing bags of pre-cut taters for fries at Macro.
                Macro in Hua Hin should have a wide range farang food-stuff, including veggies.

                I too have gone native, my favorite local snacks are fried chicken skins and fried chicken gizzards.

                But I see the white russet taters in my little village markets down south near Ranong. The Thai use them a lot too.
                Never seen the red russet ones.
                Last edited by Dr Earl; 01-15-2019, 06:52 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bonglek View Post
                  Really ? Is that because you can't get them or have chosen to go without ?

                  We had liver, bacon and onions in gravy last night with mashed potato . It was blooooming delicious.

                  After so long here I eventually got bored with a full on Thai menu. Even the wife gets bored with it.

                  So now , I spend as much time or more in the kitchen than she does with a mix of Thai and western food. Variety is the spice of life.

                  I mentioned this wise saying to the wife. She agrees except where that variety means getting a gik. If I try that she'll cash in my chips.
                  Chosen to do w/out. We have a Tops Market 30 km from us but I've never seen spuds there (never looked, actually).

                  Our diet is 75% Thai but will opt of the occasional nice rib eye from NZ. Local beef makes for the ubiquitous shaky-table steak.

                  Come Thanksgiving/Christmas time I do long for the traditional turkey meal with all the trimmings. Although, it's too much of a pain in the ass to motor all the way down to the "Smoke" (remember when they used to call London "The Smoke") - and hit a Villa Market for the vittles necessary to do a proper job of a Holiday Meal.
                  God, the panic within the Dems, MSM, and left must be horrifying...realizing that Joe is really the best they've got.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
                    Chosen to do w/out. We have a Tops Market 30 km from us but I've never seen spuds there (never looked, actually).

                    Our diet is 75% Thai but will opt of the occasional nice rib eye from NZ. Local beef makes for the ubiquitous shaky-table steak.

                    Come Thanksgiving/Christmas time I do long for the traditional turkey meal with all the trimmings. Although, it's too much of a pain in the ass to motor all the way down to the "Smoke" (remember when they used to call London "The Smoke") - and hit a Villa Market for the vittles necessary to do a proper job of a Holiday Meal.
                    Wow ....no spuds in Tops. When we first moved to the Petchabun boonies I used to get them at the local market but last year they built a new Big C just 3 kilomoters down the road so I can get them there too.

                    I remember when I first came to Thailand in 1979 finding potatoes outside Bangkok was nigh on impossible plus they were very expensive.

                    I sometimes make a mash mixing potatoes with pumpkin. Comes out yellow but nice taste.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bonglek View Post
                      Wow ....no spuds in Tops. When we first moved to the Petchabun boonies I used to get them at the local market but last year they built a new Big C just 3 kilomoters down the road so I can get them there too.

                      I remember when I first came to Thailand in 1979 finding potatoes outside Bangkok was nigh on impossible plus they were very expensive.

                      I sometimes make a mash mixing potatoes with pumpkin. Comes out yellow but nice taste.
                      Well, they might have them there but I really haven't looked. Their salmon is great and the beef and pork is pretty good too. Typical man shopping - I have a list and do the aisles to get what's on it and haul ass. I hate shopping. Leave it to the missus to do the more 'invasive' shopping trip sans moi!

                      We have a Lotus Extra in the area that carries a LOT of goods. Reminds me of a Super Wal Mart back in the States. But with the Makro's, Thai Watsadu's and Home Pro's that abound here, there's very little to be missed not living in the Land of the Big Cheeseburger.
                      God, the panic within the Dems, MSM, and left must be horrifying...realizing that Joe is really the best they've got.

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                      • #12
                        Easy to get spuds here, but none of them are Russets.

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