Obesity is life threatening, therefore Thai food saved my life.
Whenever I decide to "change my diet" and embark upon a weight loss plan, I am instantly overcome with cravings for pizza, pasta, chips, and desserts. Fortunately, one of my cravings is completely acceptable on any and all diets.
I have the eating habits of a small child, therefore I only order "Pad Broccoli" which is just chicken, broccoli, and brown rice in a garlicy brown sauce that is so good I could drink it. The sauce doesn't seem to have many offenders in it, so all in all it's a healthy meal.
Several times a week I come home from work desperate for anything but grilled chicken or beef and something green. Thankfully, Thai food is just a phone call away and produces essentially the same food combo but with a sauce that makes it palatable.
If it was socially acceptable I'd order Thai food every night. I've actually considering rotating five nearby Thai places so that they just think I order once a week (I know how insane that sounds) but have too much guilt to spend $20 every night on Pad Broccoli and chicken satay (duh, for breakfast the next day, didn't I mention my diets are all low carb?).
I literally will never turn down the opportunity to eat Thai food. I actually just ordered some because writing this post made me want it.
I somehow suspect that if I travelled to Thailand and ordered Pad Broccoli with Chicken (#42) I'd be met with blank stares. I don't think this is really "traditional" Thai food, but as a classic Mid-Atlantic gal, this is about as ethnic as I get. Pitiful.
So in an effort to "cook more" or whatever, I found a loophole. I learned that I can order extra sauce on the side! EXTRA SAUCE! It comes in a little tupperware container and can be applied directly to bland broccoli and chicken and I can kinda-sorta make my own Thai food. Sha-wing!
It looks gross, but it tastes like magic.
Anyway, thanks Thai places in the DC-area, you have saved me from crippling obesity on multiple occasions.