Thai Street Food

Street food is one thing. Thai street food is another. It was, in fact, a book about Thai street food that perked up my interest in visiting Thailand in the first place, a wonderful heavy, huge, hard-cover book with beautiful photos, aptly named “Thai Street Food” by David Thompson. I received the book as a…

Turmeric Curry Shrimp on Patong Beach

A last night together with some old friends in Thailand. We needed to find something GOOD for dinner, and we did. Alongside the water, on Thawi Wong Road, can’t remember the name but it was 2 restaurants north of a place called Bikini Bar. We had some delicious farewell mai thais and banana daiquiris there…

Thai Desserts: An Array of Sticky Sweet Treats

Rice. Banana. Coconut. Egg. Sugar. Five simple ingredients which are combined and prepared in what seems like infinite ways in Thai cuisine to form an array of mouthwateringly delicious and texturally interesting sweets. Sickly sweet, sticky and creamy are descriptors of most Thai desserts. Subtlety is not. Delicious is. Street vendors carry a shockingly vast…

MBK Food Center Bites in Bangkok

The MBK Shopping Center in downtown Bangkok is definitely a must-see and, honestly, one of the only things I liked about what I saw of this city in the 3 days I spent there. A 6 story shopping mall where every price is negotiable, every brand name product is fake but truly very well done,…

Fresh seafood, etc at 99 Restaurant in Patong Beach

As soon as we got to Phuket, we couldn’t seem to shake the craving for fresh seafood. It’s kind of just what you get there. After searching for no more than 5 minutes, a bit off the beaten path but still, honestly, within the tourist bubble of Patong Beach, we found a street lined with…

A Delicious Home-Made Hokkien Mee in Phuket Town

On my last day in Phuket, I decided to leave again the tourist bubble of Patong Beach and venture into Phuket Town – as always, in search of some new nums. Apart from Old Town, which is riddled with bistros and pizzerias with smiling Italian chef statues and happy hour deals meant to usher the…

A Sticky Banana Roti in Phuket Town

Walking further down Thalang Road in Phuket Town, my belly full of Hokkien mee, I was looking for something sweet to round of my meal with and was contemplating the crushed almond Magnum, a childhood favorite with an unfortunate name, a treat I devoured so happily on trips before my calorie counting stage of life.…

Heavenly Som Tam: Thai Papaya Salad

The famous Som Tam, Thai papaya salad. Oh god is this stuff good eats. Really. If you ever go to Thailand, don’t be a wiener. Get one every day. The version I tried was Som Tam Thai, which is slightly different from the two other main takes on this dish, the Som Tam Pu with…

Green tea with milk and black bean

Green tea with milk and black bean at the Bangkok airport BlueCup Coffee shop. A bit lame, I know, but worth a mention since it was the first green tea beverage I actually enjoyed. Now I’m hooked on the stuff. This specialty drink was made up of equal parts green tea floating on equal parts…