Pride cometh before the fall – ignore my last post

Sick as a dog... like the blanket?:)

Some of you saw this coming: Swiftly on the heels of our most dramatic culinary adventure last week – eating raw durian (a fruit) and sticky rice – I was hit like a sledgehammer with the most violent food poisoning I’ve had since college. I mean it was brutal, out-of-both-ends stuff requiring Tarzan-like leaps out of bed to the facilities.

Oh, the irony

Even in my miserable state the irony of it all was too funny. In my last post I had confidently declared Thai street food fair game and now here I was, the ever-present occupant of my bathroom.

One thing was for sure: there was plenty of time to think. Plenty of time to analyze what had happened. Was I wrong to have taken the risk of eating Bangkok street food? Should I swear it all off?

A lesson

As much as my stomach was telling me never to eat Thai street food again, my brain knew better. This was a lesson in restraint and commonsense (the gooey fruit had been festering in a lukewarm milky substance for hours without refrigeration and I really should have known better than to think I could handle it). It was not grounds for a drastic retreat to peanut butter sandwiches for the balance of my stay in Bangkok.

My default MO is one of at least slight overconfidence. Often it pays off – I attempt challenges, assuming things will work out and then they often do. But occasionally you just end up loosening your bowels.



Bjorn Karlman

Bangkok, Thailand

20 thoughts on “Pride cometh before the fall – ignore my last post”

  1. I’m not going to say I told you so. Haha Durian is the worst fruit ever. You’re brave to have eaten it.

    Hope you’re feeling better. Does this mean no more street food or just no more durian? Areyou going to declare in your next post – whatever you do, don’t eat street food :) ?

  2. I’m glad you haven’t given up on street food. Hey, we often buy fresh fruit from those ice trolleys you see on so many streets. They’re cut and peeled, but kept cold and clean. Never had a problem. But as for gooey durian dishes out in the hot street… You’re brave!

  3. P.s. I read about it on the GoKarlmans blog too, but it wouldn’t let me comment. Jammie, respect for braving that crazy street and being Bjorn’s knight in shining armour :)

  4. Ouch! This sounds absolutely awful. I am a travelling freak and have been trying to tempt my boyfriend to ditch everything and get him to come travelling with me – there’s me reading your post out saying how Thailand sounds incredible and how street food is totally legit and we should just go for it! And then I see this post…. – needless to say I won’t be showing him this one?!
    I really hope you feel better so you can get on with your adventure!

    But as Nick DiPaolo from Central Comedy Stand Up says: “One good thing about food poisoning, you look like you’re in shape for the next three days. You’re all dehydrated. ‘Hey, I’m ripped. I’m cut up.’ ” – it’s not so bad huh?!

  5. Hope you feel better soon. Yes refrigeration is a must if the food is not freshly cooked right there. If there is coconut ingredient, it can go back quickly. Stick to the freshly cooked food that you see them do right there on the street. Also beware of the water you drink, bottled or boiled water is recommended. Buy fresh fruits that you peel yourself. Although a Thai, I’m prone to stomach ach and stuff if I don’t eat right over there.

    1. Thanks Wanee! Good to hear that even you can have stomach issues over here:) I will be more careful. It is hard thought because this food is amazing!!

  6. Sorry to hear about your bout of food poisoning, Bjorn. One thing I avoid when travelling is raw food – especially fruit or vegetables that have been cut/cleaned and lying exposed.
    This also goes for chutneys (in India) that are generally uncooked.
    PS: Sent you an email this morning.
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    1. Thanks for the your email Corinne! I just send you a reply. And great tip on the raw food / chutneys… As tempting as the food can be, I am sure you are right!

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