Those Thai Almond Things Again
I'm still stumped as to what exactly these things are, but some guy was selling these Thai nuts out on the beach again today, asking for a whopping 50 Baht (US$1.70) for a tiny little bag. We bargained him down to two bags for 60 Baht (US$2.00), but I still wonder what the deal is with these things. He said that they were expensive because they came all the way from Chiang Mai. Really?
Well, I still love the taste of these things. The white flesh underneath the thin brown skin is so delicate yet delightfully rich...mildly butter-like, and with a touch of smokiness. It looked like I wasn't the only one that likes these: a bird came by later to eat the scraps that fell to the ground. Can anyone help clarify what these things are?