When I read Joshua Kurlantzik's fine piece on Bangkok street food, I immediately thought of my late friend Johnny Apple, who wrote an equally spirited and passionate story on the same topic a few years ago. One plus of Kuralntzik's piece: He gave props to the terrific Thai food blogger Austin Bush.
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?