You can wander the streets of Bangkok for weeks, pointing at every single thing that looks tasty, handing over a couple dozen baht, and eating until you burst, all without ever eating the same thing twice. And you'd have difficulty spending more than around $10 a day doing it. And, in fact, that's pretty much what my wife and I did for the few days we were there. Here's just a taste of what you'll get.
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My first pa tong go, or Thai cruller, experience was a tad disappointing. I gave the treat another chance at a cafe fittingly named Pa Tong Go. This time, the results were crunchy, sweet, and awesome.
Exploring the rich, spicy world of Southern Thai cuisine in an extended stopover in a tiny town with big markets.
Northern Thai food—bitter, spicy, delightfully funky—is some of the most intriguing and satisfying in all of Thailand. Here's how to tell your naem from your nam phrik.
Meet dong daeng, essentially the Thai version of spaetzle, invented and perfected in a small town in northern Issan.
I've spent the past week traveling through Isaan, the northeast region of Thailand, the agricultural heartland of the country. Few tourists make it up this way—Isaan is a long way from Bangkok but is home to some of the most complex and intriguing foods in the country. Here's what we found in the markets of Nong Khai.
Like most Thais who like to keep up with what's happening with American-Thai relations, I was interested in every detail of president Obama's brief visit to Thailand a few weeks ago. But more than anything else, I wondered what the President ate. I needed to know what the government of Thailand served Obama at a special dinner in his honor. Once I found out, I recreated all of the dishes at home.
The Pad Thai was startlingly complex in a way that makes the gloopy, sugary versions served back home feel like a crime. I also snacked on pieces of deliriously crispy fried pork belly at a market, ate a bowl of noodles made right before my eyes by a lady on a boat, and had not one, but two excellent Vietnamese meals. See all of my best bites in Thailand.
From the moment we drove out of Chiang Mai Airport until we made our last food-grazing stroll down Bangkok's famous Yaowarat Road, my eyes were bouncing from one delicious site to the next. Check out the coconut pancakes, pad se ew, rambutan, and more snapshots of the best stuff we ate in Thailand.
The most popular appetizer (and perhaps the most impressive dish on the menu) is a dish called Miang Kum Som-oh ($5). Translations vary, but they all suggest basically the same meaning: "leaf-wrapped tidbits," "food wrapped in leaves," "many things eaten in one bite," etc.
We've been to an Arrested Development-inspired banana stand in Austin, but traveled all the way to Thailand to investigate this one. (Alright, so maybe the trip wasn't solely on banana stand-related business.) Choconana at the weekend market in Bangkok dips frozen bananas in chocolate and peanuts to order.
Here's a bold statement: Bangkok is the greatest eating city in the world. It's the only place I can think of where you can spend a month just wandering the streets, eating every single thing that tickles your fancy, three meals a day (with snacks in between), and never try the same thing twice. And to top it all off, you can do it all for under $5 a day.
Spotted in Bangkok at the Weekend Market: ice cream stuffed in a hot dog bun. Yay or nay? Or would it be better on a toasted bun?
This Thai street vendor mixes coffee in a rather theatrical manner, first pouring in the condensed milk and then mixing in coffee by pouring it from one pitcher to another—all while performing a series of pirouettes. Not sure how much he’s spilling, but I’d assume not much....
Bangkok-based journalist Newley Purnell just hipped me to perhaps the most extreme stuffed-crust pizza yet. On his blog, he says: You can get it at The Pizza Company, a Thai chain. I haven’t tried it yet. But I just might have to. One interesting detail: it’s served with cheese sauce on the side. (In case you need even more cheese! Presumably there’s no bacon on the side, since there’s “double bacon” in the crust.) "But I might just have to"? Might? Come on, Mr. Purnell, you have to try it. We'd love to see some actual pictures of this...
Singapore-based food blog Noob Cook reviews R Burger in Bangkok, Thailand. The Japanese burger chain describes its offerings as "real healthy Japanese burger" and features unconventional combinations such as chicken with plum sauce, and yam and surumi with ginger sauce....
Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got some hot, exotic pizza action from Thailand, courtesy of A Hamburger Today contributor Matty Jacobs. --The Mgmt. Man, this should really get caught in the spam filter. Spoiler alert: the pizza was horrible. More spoilers: I'm going to try to do a burger review for A Hamburger Today from Thailand. Mike's Burgers is apparently the best burgers in all of Thailand. We shall see. --Matty...
Samak Sundaravej on his show "Tasting, Complaining." Photographs from importfood.com Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was forced to resign today after violating the Constitution. But he didn't traffic drugs or get messy with other high crimes. He performed on two cooking shows (and more importantly, accepted money for them) while in office. "I did it because I liked doing it," Sundaravej told the Constitutional Court Monday. Samak has been involved in Thai politics for over 30 years, and has been exploring Thai cuisine on both TV and radio since the 1990s. His cookbook Chimpai Bonpai (meaning "Tasting, Complaining") is in its ninth edition. After Sundaravej's election victory in February, he even invited Thai reporters over to his home to sample...
Newly-minted Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej may be notorious for his irreverent, whatcha-gonna-do-about-it personality—he’s been accused of malfeasance for signing two questionable contracts while Bangkok’s mayor, and is in the midst of a defamation conviction entailing a two-year prison sentence—but Samak still owns the hearts of many. Maybe because he’s basically a Thai Emeril or Mario. Well, sorta. The former host of the Thai cooking show "Tasting and Complaining” (Chimpai Bonpai) explored traditional Thai cuisine on air, always with a side of his fiery rants. When colleagues believed he was too busy in the kitchen instead of doing his real job—leading the people—he was forced to nix the show....