Johnny Apple, on the other hand, leaned on American writer Robert Halliday for guidance. The times they have changed.
But did they write about the same restaurants?
Interestingly, the only places Kurlantzik and Apple both wrote about are Chote Chitr, where Johnny raved about the mee krob, banana-flower salad, tom yum pla (fish soup), and mankheua yao (eggplant salad); and the open-air Ran Jay Fai. which is apparently the Thai noodle joint of all our dreams.
Serious Eats field trip to Bangkok, anyone?