Streetside quan oc shellfish and seafood in Ho Chi Minh City

Food, Vietnam

It was the basket of as yet unshucked oysters that caught my attention as we walked along a busy side street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s chaotic southern metropolis. Then I saw a granny perched on a tiny stool at the edge of the pavement, grilling various shellfish. Finally, I noticed the crowd of […]

Food Porn: Nasi Lemak

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Malaysia

This Malaysian breakfast staple is a favourite at traditional kopi tiam Chinese-style coffee shops – think rendang curry, coconut and pandan infused rice and plenty of crisp and crunchy accompaniments.

Eight varieties of somtum papaya salad you just HAVE to try

Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

I admit it, I’m addicted to somtum. This ultra-spicy concoction, a salad of shredded papaya, fish sauce, a copious amount of chilli and a whole host of other ingredients depending on the type, is an assault on the senses hailing from the Isaan region of northeast Thailand and undoubtedly the national dish beyond all national […]

Food Porn: Gaeng Om Gob

Evergreen, Food, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

Go on, be a daredevil. You won’t find this exact bowl of gaeng om gob on the street because it was homemade just for me, but any Isaan food stall worth its salt will be able to whip you one up. It’s a herby soup from the northeast of Thailand loaded with dill (and chilli, […]

Bangkok’s best pad thai

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

It’s not often that I rave about pad thai. That’s partly because, as a dish, it is over-hyped outside of Thailand to such an extent that you would be forgiven for thinking that it’s all the Thais eat, or that’s it the national dish. It’s not – in my view, that accolade easily goes to […]

Ice cream worth crossing Bangkok for

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

There are some things worth a long bus ride across a city, and I include a bowl of awesome ice cream in that list. That’s exactly what I did at the weekend, having tried and failed on previous occasions to find Nuttaporn Ice Cream – which I’d been led to believe was close by to […]

Food Porn: Gaeng Hed

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

Gaeng hed is a death-willingly spicy, sour and citrus-infused soup laced with a variety of mushrooms, lemongrass, galangal and a heap of other fresh herbs, spices and leafy greens. It’s a taste of Isaan food you won’t forget in a hurry.

Food Porn: Namtok Moo

Evergreen, Food, Food, Food Porn

Namtok moo, commonly enjoyed with other Isaan dishes like papaya salad and grilled chicken, is a mix of grilled pork, mint, spring onions, roasted rice and lime juice. A zingy and totally addictive treat!

Food Porn: Kanom Jeen Nam Prik

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

  Kanom jeen are Chinese rice noodles, served over a curry soup usually made with lots of creamy coconut milk. My favourite is nam prik, deliciously sweet with the distinct taste of satay sauce. Load it with fresh vegetables and enjoy – expect to pay around 30 baht for a regular eat-in portion. You can find […]

Food Porn: Khao Mok Gai

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Thailand

  Say hello to one of my favourite Thai dishes – khao mok gai. This southern dish, best described as a Thai version of a biryani, is made up of a hunk of chicken, beef or lamb, slowly marinated in a rich blend of spices including cinnamon, turmeric and bay leaves. The meat, ideally on […]

Food Porn: Kanom Tuay

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Photo Essays, Thailand

These coconutty parcels of deliciousness are without a doubt my all-time favourite Thai dessert. With a layer of sweet coconut milk and another layer of thicker, chewier, coconut cream, they are often also made with pandan leaves for extra flavour and a tinge of green. Sugary and sweet, they hit the spot every time. I […]

Food Porn: Kung Che Nam Pla

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Photo Essays, Thailand

Simplicity at its best, kung che nam pla is one of my favourite Thai seafood dishes. Marinated raw prawns are served with plenty of garlic, chilli and fish sauce based dipping sauce – bliss. Make sure you use the extra green vegetables to soak up the burning heat of the chillies! I ate this delicious […]

Food Porn: Prik Gaeng Pla Meuk

Evergreen, Food, Food Porn, Photo Essays, Thailand

While the street food staple for many Thais is pad krapao, mine is pad prik gaeng – like them, it’s what I order when I don’t know what else I want. I normally take my prik gaeng with pork – it is stir fried with red curry paste, a few vegetables and some kaffir lime […]

Best of the Rest: Friday 11 January

Food, Photo Essays, Thailand, Vietnam

    Each week, words fly around the travel blogging community in their millions. Here is my wrap on some of the most inspiring, interesting or just plain beautiful stories and photos that have caught my attention of late. If you see something I should include next week, just tweet it with the hashtag #tuktuk. […]

Malaysia: hunting out the best nasi lemak

Evergreen, Food, Malaysia

    Rendang may be popular internationally, but if there is one dish that defines Malaysia for those who have visited, it is nasi lemak. This incredible dish, somewhat of a ‘tasting platter’ and a mix of tastes and textures from soft, fluffy white rice, through to hard-boiled egg, meaty chicken and crunchy nuts, is […]

Escape to the country: Malaysian rural getaways

Evergreen, Food, Malaysia

    Malaysia isn’t just about city skyscrapers and glistening white beaches – though it doesn’t sound as though it would be so bad if that were all it had to offer. But the nation’s expanses of luscious green countryside also plays host to plenty of spots to get out and take in some fresh […]

Penang: 5 must try dishes in Georgetown

Evergreen, Food, Malaysia

    The sheer clash, collision and blend of cultures on the island of Penang, near Malaysia’s northern border with Thailand, make the food in this part of the country simply phenomenal. Here Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Thai influences come together to create something really rather special, and with Penang being an island, seafood […]

Why Ramadan is the ultimate time to eat your way around Malaysia

Food, Malaysia

Malaysia’s street food is good at any time. A simple walk along any road can present you with the choice of an array of dishes that all represent a specific part of the country’s culinary heritage. What’s more the vendor you buy from is no doubt a culinary expert who has been making that single […]

5 cookbooks from my shelf

Cambodia, Evergreen, Food, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam

  As I add another stunning cookbook to my collection, five recommendations for titles that should fill your shelves too. Call me superficial, but the initial attraction of most of these books was their pretty covers! It just so happens that what’s inside is pretty good, too. If you are looking to buy and fancy […]

Scouring the seashore

England, Evergreen, Food, Foraging

There are not many stereotypical ‘childhood memories’ used by writers that I can relate to, which is quite natural – not everyone is going to have had the same experiences as a kid.

A whistlestop foodie tour of Banglamphu

Bangkok, Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

    I’m bleating on about Banglamphu again, Bangkok’s backpacker-popular old-town district. As I mentioned in my recent post on getting away from here, its plentiful array of fantastic Thai street food actually give you ample reason to want to stay. Here’s a (by no means exhaustive) rundown of my favourite places to grab a […]

Cultivating a khao soi addiction

Chiang Mai, Evergreen, Food, Food, Thailand

    Thailand’s northern cultural capital of Chiang Mai has much to offer – stunning temples, mountain views, massage and language courses and a seemingly endless supply of coffee shops come local art galleries – but its biggest and best contribution must be its infamous local dish, khao soi. Khao soi is a brothy noodle […]

Paris – times two

Evergreen, Food, France

  I am no longer a Paris virgin; the city of romance is the latest to be knocked off my ‘yet to get to’ list. In fact, while a month ago I had still not been, I’ve now already made two short visits. And, stereotypically, I have fallen in love with the place. Visit one […]

A morning at Talensac

Evergreen, Food, France

    I did try to get to work this morning, honestly. Not like yesterday, when strike-caused disruption to the buses was in truth only part of the reason I got to school more than half an hour late (the other half being the fact that I couldn’t quite pull myself out of bed on […]

Discovering Isaan

Chaiyaphum, Evergreen, Food, Khon Kaen, Thailand

    This post comes from high above the Thai skies, as I fly back from the second of my two-pronged first stab at the northeastern Isaan region. Having kicked off in the small provincial capital city of Chaiyaphum, I am now on my way back to Bangkok from Khon Kaen. Khon Kaen was one […]

Home-grown escargots

Evergreen, Food, Foraging, Thailand

    As I write this, I am on the eve of harvesting my second batch of home-grown snails, ready to be cleaned and boiled and served up with heaps of tasty garlic butter à la France. What started out more than anything as an amusing way to gross out a few easily shocked friends, […]