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My Thai food diary in Doha

The summer arrives early this year. I notice the climate changed just overnight and felt the heat above 34-degree Celsius in the next morning. It’s now June the heat rises up and hit 49-degree Celsius last week. All organization have to arrange the working time for their staff who work outdoors to accommodate with the summertime regulation here. The outdoor activities seem to slow down in Summer, most people spend their plenty of time in air-conditioned indoor. Imagine the way you walk from your house to the garage and from parking to the mall which you can’t avoid the heat even driving, it’s not entertaining at all. You may like sunbath but not to burn your skin, why would you take a risk to the skin cancer?

Undoubable shopping and eating out are listed in the top hobbies at the moment. What did I do? Shopping is not my first priority then yes, eating is number one. I am Thai and I do still eat Thai food every day as I can. The price of Thai food varies from places. These weeks I tried the one very close to my place. I went there also in Ramadan period but in the evening that we are allowed to eat in the public. 

During Ramadan all restaurant closed but some are open for pick up and delivery only. They will open after sunset and we will be allowed to eat in the public once the prayer call starts in the evening. 

I’d recommend some menu which I had recently.

Started with Thai lemon tea and crispy fried tofu as an entry.

 

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Thai seafood Tom Yum noodle with red salty sauce

Thai food has a spicy signature, this tom yum noodle serves in the hot red soup added with tofu, bean sprout, fish balls, morning glory and topped with crispy fried wonton. You will taste the sour, spicy, and little sweet from the sauce and the rest ingredient makes the good combination in this bowl.

Noodle with fish curry sauce (Kanom Jeen Nam Ya): This is also a spicy noodle dish (I like noodle) but the level of the spicy is less than Tom Yum. The fish sauce has coconut milk ingredient. This is a healthy menu, they will serve with a bunch of fresh vegetables and prickle (actually in Thailand, you will get unlimited vegetables)

Grilled sweet sauce chicken that I recommend to eat with Som Tum, it’s a very good combination. From the photo above the right side is Som Tum that foreigner calls Spicy Papaya Salad, you can choose the spicy level. Actually, I also had these with sticky rice but I forgot to take a photo.

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Crispy Oyster Omelette

I think I need to describe much about the Oyster Omelette as it shows everything in the photo. This is not much spicy as you see. You can tell them not to add pepper. You will eat this with ketchup. 

The other days I had a hot pot with friends, it is very healthy food (you can see there is a lot of vegetables). As it named, they serve in an electric hot pot which heats the food all the time and various meat, vegetables and eggs that you can choose and mix in the pot yourself. The right photo is spicy shrimp salad, it’s very spicy. We expected it should be sour but only sweet we could taste, a bit disappointed.

Let’s go to the sweet.

Left: Red been with sweet sticky rice in coconut syrup.

Middle: Mock pomegranate in coconut syrup topped with ice-flake and sweet condensed milk.

Left: Caramelized crisps in coconut sauce topped with ice-flake.

Thai sweet with ice is quite good for me during this summertime. No doubt that I gain weight every summer ha ha ha.

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Al Wakrah Souq

In the windy Friday afternoon, I escaped from Doha to the nearby city called Al Wakrah; 21 kilometres from Doha to the South of Qatar. It took a short drive (maybe quicker than driving to my office, due to the better traffic) around 20 minutes. I had the place in mind to visit, “Al Wakrah Souq”. 

“Souq” refers to “Market” in general as I understand from their activities and the place. Doha also has “Souq Waqif” but what makes Al Wakrah Souq different is locating beside the beach!! If you keep driving south, you will reach Sealine where you can expect to see tremendous of sand dunes like in the movie, i.e. Transformers.

Beautiful weather during winter here, little warm sunny but mostly cloudy and strong wind, just right for rumbling on the beach and sitting outdoor at the coffee shop. While I walked pass by the alleys, I could see new restaurants, shops, cafes and stalls alongside. The Souq is such a labyrinth town for unique visitors, but no worries there are the signboards. To be honest, I don’t think it could help (sorry :()

Many wrecked ships set along the beach line, last time I was here there were only two. Big portable swimming pools laid on the beach for kids, the beach umbrellas and seats reserved for family only (if you are alone, not allowed).

After having a survey walked and checked for an excellent outdoor restaurant, I pick one which I can see the view of the Arabian Gulf. There is a new port on the left hand (I almost got a job there).

I couldn’t eat much as I had eaten a large breakfast from home. Mostly spending time relaxing and talking with a friend, exchanged life experience in Qatar. Later horses walked pass us, I wondered if they are for taking photos or riding.

Later the wind got wilder and caused the fault alarm to the fire detectors at the beach. I concerned about my respiratory that was just recently recovered then I shouldn’t stay for long. Due to it was Friday, people went to pray, and the market will start late in the afternoon. Some shops will open in the evening. Time to leave.

The first thing I did when I arrived home was taking a shower and wash my frizzy hair from the sand. And I didn’t forget to clean my nose. 

There are a lot of exciting places in Qatar outside Doha to visit. Especially in winter. 

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I learned what I see

While I was driving back home, I spotted colourful flower beds alongside the road. It’s a good thing in winter here that you will see more colourful and liveliness everywhere in Qatar unlike in the deadly summer. They decorated these panoramas with flowers, lighting and other outdoor activities. I stopped the car, off the engine at the nearest parking then walked directly to those beautiful shrubberies. Many people and cars passed negligently, but I didn’t care. I want to snap photos and enjoy the relaxing moment. Everything gives me a lesson and knowledge, I recall of those labour who planted these flowers intend to accommodate the aesthetic (I do understand as I’ve been working in the construction industry that how they work and think). They would be happy to know if someone appreciates what they have done. Their work is called Back Of House (BOH).

Most of the people are interested from what they see it’s call Front Of House (FOH). Meanwhile, BOH is kind of backstage works, but all work couldn’t be accomplished if there is no foundations and supports. Everything has their own process until becoming the final product, each process may take times and endeavour to achieve, but it wouldn’t be completed if it was abolished in between.

Don’t ignore some small people in your life, you wouldn’t know if they are supporting your back.

Don’t overlook someone’s capability, you wouldn’t know if he can change the world.

Don’t underestimate yourself, you wouldn’t know that you can do something bigger than you thought.

Be appreciated things in life whether what given, there are always a backstage people to support you.

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Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)

If you are in Qatar, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum is located in Doha, alongside Corniche street. The main building was designed by Leoh Ming Pei (the Chinese-American architect who design the Louvre Pyramid in Paris)

The museum is built on an island off an artificial peninsula near the traditional dhow harbour. A purpose-built park surrounds the edifice on the Eastern and Southern facades while two bridges connect the Southern front facade of the property with the main peninsula that holds the park. The Western and Northern facades are marked by the harbour showcasing the Qatari seafaring past.

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Once you get inside you will see the cream colour staircase with circle lantern hanging above your head. The design of the lantern reminds me of a snake. There are a souvenir and a cafeteria inside, in the middle of the ground floor is a fountain in a granite basin.

From the 1st floor, you will see masterpieces of Islamic art, including metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, woodworks, textiles and glass collected from three continents, dating from the 7th to the 19th century. The admission is free.

The last top floor is the specific exhibition area for Muhammad Ali; the famous American professional boxer. It is very interesting, I walked around and read all documentary. Also, there is a mini theatre showing his biography.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

Outside the Museum is a park which is open 24 hrs, there are a playground, lawn yard and a restaurant near the seashore. During the Winter time, they will have MIA Bazaar every Friday and Saturday. They are selling various traditional food, handicraft and art pieces. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of the Bazaar.

MIA is one of a recommended landmark in Qatar that you should visit.

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Offroad in Zekreet Peninsula

A message popped up on my phone screen in the late afternoon. “Hey! What do you think about having an offroad trip this weekend? We can drive our cars there, I got a plan” She was new in Qatar, so everything in this desert country looks exciting for her. Going offroad in Qatar is kind of a very rough test drive of your car capacity. You will really need a 4×4 car to rock and roll the trip. We will need to arranged and prepare carefully because the place we are going is a desert place far away from Doha and full of rocks and cobbles.

 

After checked the air tyre pressure and filled a full tank of gas, we headed to Zekreet Peninsular by taking Dukhan Expressway leading to the West. The speed limit is 120 km/hr, there are speed cameras every 1 kilometre. Her car led and mine was following. After one hour and a half drive, we arrived at our first checkpoint. It’s call Zekreet.

 

The landscape of the Zekreet peninsula has a unique and fascinating geology. Salt flats, plateau rocks and open desert dominate this scenery. There are no sand dunes, but bizarre rock formations and great views over the blue water of the gulf. We stopped for a few minutes for taking photos then moved to another checkpoint called “film city”

Why are they called “film city”? Because a film set was made in the middle of the desert to mock up an ancient Arabian Village. We parked our cars near the village and walked to enter the main gate. The buildings show how a traditional village in the region might have looked in the past. There was a ladder lean to the roof that we can climb up through the square open to observe the view of the village. We were welcomed with a keeper there, he can’t speak English but kindly welcomed us with local tea drinks free of charge.

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Then the next checkpoint is “the Mystery Village” or known as “the Ghost Village”. The Mystery Village is just behind the Film City. We also can see the Village from the roof deck of Film City.  Nobody lives in this Ghost Village, it also was used in the same TV series.

 

After spending hours driving along Zekreet Peninsula, we followed the GPS to go back to Doha. Along the way, we spotted 2-3 Oryx. We carefully move our car not to panic them. The Oryx can defend their young ones and might attack if you get closer than 30-40 metres. We took some photos but unfortunately, it was long distance and I couldn’t change the telescopic lens in time.

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We arrived Doha in the late afternoon and had lunch at a golf club. I found out that my tyres were damaged and needed to change. Such a bad luck 🙁

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