Gallery: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

The Secret Ingredient
The Secret Ingredient

Our test kitchen is set up in the middle of the editorial wing of the Serious Eats office, so editors are treated to delicious cooking smells while they work. Here's Daniel getting started with some bacon (in outfit no. 1).

Grandma Gritzer
Grandma Gritzer

"It covers everything up so well!" said Daniel of Vicky's vintage apron.

Tasting is the most important step.
Tasting is the most important step.

Leandra gives Daniel's burgers a try.

Happy Birthday Niki!
Happy Birthday Niki!

Niki got a meat party for her birthday. Just what she always wanted!

Moments later...
Moments later...

...this happened.

Birthday Meat
Birthday Meat

We're pretty big fans of the prosciutto from Di Palo, which is conveniently close to our office.

Leandra and Chrissie working hard
Leandra and Chrissie working hard

Leandra, how's that beer?

Kenji's travels continue...
Kenji's travels continue...

This week Kenji continued his tour of Southeast Asia with some time in Bangkok and Koh Samui. Thailand is full of ridiculously tasty food, but this lady is frying up what turned out to be the best meal he had in his whole trip thus far...

Stir-fried pork
Stir-fried pork

Stir-fried pork with deep fried century eggs, chili, garlic, oyster sauce, and a whole mess of fried Thai basil. All washed down with Chang beer on ice, of course.

More pork!
More pork!

This fried pork belly from the Or Lor Kor Market in Bangkok was served with a punchy green chili sauce.

Mango sticky rice.
Mango sticky rice.

On the advice of Serious Eats contributor (and Thai food blogger extraordinaire) Leela Punyaratabandhu, Kenji and his wife Adri hit up the best mango sticky rice shop in the city. The lady warned them that the only mangoes left were less-than-perfect, but damn, if they weren’t the sweetest, juiciest, most honey-like mangoes Kenji’s ever had.

P.S. If you haven’t done it yet, pick up a copy of Leela’s new book Simple Thai Cooking and check out her column on Serious Eats, My Thai for more easy Thai recipes!

What a view!
What a view!

The stir-fried pork and century eggs might have been the tastiest single meal of the week, but this one was definitely the most memorable. Tons of fresh local seafood served directly on the beach in Koh Samui at Takho Bangpor Seafood. Bites included fried gray mullet in chili sauce, stir-fried crab with chili jam and basil, a sea urchin and baby ginger salad, and a paste made of dried shrimp, chilies, and garlic, roasted in a coconut shell. And ok, the setting helped a little bit too.

Mangosteen season
Mangosteen season

Kenji happened to hit Southeast Asia in the height of mangosteen season. The sweet little fruits that sell for $10 per pound in New York are practically given away for 15 baht per kilo in Thailand (that’s about a 25¢ per pound).

Bad Mr. Bear.
Bad Mr. Bear.

Back in New York, Mr. Bear made his way out of his home in the office shower somehow, so Vicky had to drag him back to his corner.

Italian pistachio bars...from Italy!
Italian pistachio bars...from Italy!

After a week in Italy (yes we're jealous), Leang came home bearing gifts, including some Tronky bars.

Doughnut carnage.
Doughnut carnage.

Vicky lives around the corner from Peter Pan Bakery and brought in some doughnuts for the team.