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Zab Zab: killer Isaan food in Kanchanaburi

Isaan (northeastern Thai) food at Zab Zab restaurant in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

West-central Thailand’s Kanchanaburi town might not be a foodie destination in its own right, but for those passing through for its numerous other attractions – among them the WW2-era death railway line, Hellfire Pass, numerous war cemeteries, and countless waterfalls … Continue reading

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Lao Cafe – outstanding somtum and Thai-Isaan cuisine in central London

Somtum tart pla rah tray-style papaya salad with fermented fish at Lao Cafe London - photo by Chris Wotton

I’ve said it countless times before, and I’ll say it again: somtum is the national dish of Thailand. This fiery papaya salad is what fuels the nation, and yet overseas it’s still green curry or pad thai that the country … Continue reading

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Hom Duan (หอมด่วน): homely khao soi and stunning gaeng hunglay in Ekkamai, Bangkok

Hom Duan (หอมด่วน) khao soi, gaeng hunglay and northern Thai food restaurant in Ekkamai, Bangkok, Thailand

This informal indoor café-restaurant serves home-style northern cooking, including dishes like khao soi and gaeng hunglay, steps from Ekkamai BTS station. Continue reading

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Streetside quan oc shellfish and seafood in Ho Chi Minh City

Quan Oc shellfish stall in Ho Chi Minh City, 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 … Continue reading

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London Pie – pies and English breakfasts in Bangkok

Full English fried breakfast at London Pie in Bangkok

Where can you find an authentic, generously sized and well priced English breakfast in Bangkok? London Pie, in Ekkamai, might be the answer. Continue reading

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4 floating markets in and around Bangkok

Taling Chan floating market - photo by Alpha

Floating markets are not created equally, but luckily there are several great ones within easy reach of Bangkok. Continue reading

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Roti Fatimah: outstanding southern Thai curries and roti in eastern Bangkok

Gaeng gari gai at Roti Fatimah, Bangkok

In an area already packed with excellent southern Thai eateries, Roti Fatimah – inside the Paradise Park food court – is a stand-out. Continue reading

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Sanguan Sri: old-school Thai food in downtown Bangkok

Sanguan Sri in Phloen Chit, Bangkok

This restaurant will win no awards for its decades unchanged decor, but it excels in turning out well executed southern and central Thai classics. Continue reading

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Al-Tasneem: murtabak and biryani in Singapore

Deer murtabak at Al-Tasneem restaurant, Singapore

Opposite the Sultan Mosque and a skip from Arab Street, Al-Tasneem is the pick of a block of three Muslim restaurants if you’re after great deer murtabak. Continue reading

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Northern Thai food in northern Bangkok: khao soi and gaeng hunglay at Han Jao Nua

Khao soi and gaeng hunglay at Han Jao Nua, Union Mall

When a craving for khao soi strikes, nothing beats Chiang Mai – but Bangkok can still do a mean version of the northern curried noodles, including at this spot in Union Mall. Continue reading

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Amazing seafood at Krua Lung Meuk Pa Lord in Prachuap Kiri Khan

Lung Meuk Pa Lord seafood, Prachuap Kiri Khan

Why go to the beach if not for the seafood? And if you’re going to Prachuap Kiri Khan, there’s nowhere better to start your pilgrimage than at Uncle Squid’s and Aunty Straw’s. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Laab Dib

Laab Dib on Sukhumvit 101/1

One for the more adventurous foodie, this spicy northeastern salad is made with same herb and spice mix as namtok. But the twist is that it’s made with raw pork, giving the dish a red tinge as it oozes blood. Continue reading

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Khao Gaeng Jake Puey: Thai curry in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

At a curry and rice stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown, the food is decent but not as impressive as the quirky surrounds. Continue reading

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Authentic southern mataba in Bangkok

Chicken mataba at Soi Supaphong

Tucked away in a hidden but bustling corner of Bangkok, one man serves up authentic southern chicken and beef mataba pancakes in the capital. Continue reading

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Could this be Bangkok’s best somtum?

Somtum at Udomsuk Soi 19

Where is the best place to eat papaya salad in Bangkok? It could well just be this no-name roadside stall on the outskirts of the Skytrain’s Sukhumvit line. Continue reading

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Food Porn: deer murtabak

Deer murtabak at Al-Tasneem

Stuffed murtabak pancakes are common in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, but where will you find one filled with rich and meaty deer? Continue reading

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10 things to do before you leave Sangkhlaburi

Broken bridge, Sangkhlaburi

For such a small town Sangkhlaburi, just a short hop from the Burmese border, is bursting with things to do. Here are ten spots to check out before you leave – enough to keep you there for at least a few days! Continue reading

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Bangkok by night: same city, different feeling

Wat Prayoon

Expique’s tuk-tuk tour of Bangkok gives a different take on the city – by attacking it at night. Continue reading

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Six things to know before your first trip to Singapore

Merlion, Singapore

Heading to Singapore for the first time? Equip yourself with the crucial details to get the most out of your visit to the notoriously pricey southeast Asian city. Continue reading

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Maltby Street Market: London hot spot

Maltby Street Market

Bored of Borough? Need a new foodie market to spice up your life? With its warehouses-come-food-joints, gin distillery bar and killer French pastries, Maltby Street Market could well be your new best friend. Continue reading

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4 reasons not to skip Krabi town

Railway sign, Krabi

Heading to Ao Nang or Railay? You would have to be a fool to miss Krabi town itself – here’s why. Continue reading

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Toney Restaurant: a taste of India in Bangkok

Toney Restaurant, Pahurat

Tucked away in a soi in Bangkok’s Little India, Toney Restaurant serves up authentic street food dishes right out of the subcontinent. Continue reading

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Cheap-as-chips National Stadium market

MBK Market

Keep an eye out for this occasional market at BTS National Stadium in Bangkok – head along for some great food and unbelievable bargains! Continue reading

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Six memorable meals from my travels

Food fuels travel, at least in this writer

Amazing food is everywhere when you travel – or at least it should be. Here are six of my most memorable meals from recent years. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Somtum Hoy Dong

Somtum hoy dong

Another one to make your gut turn, if you’re so inclined. This papaya salad variety is a new favourite of mine, and I love it for its sweetness – but that comes not from palm sugar, as is the case … Continue reading

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Koh Kret: an island on the Chao Phraya

Koh Kret

Serenity is within easy reach of Bangkok on the river island of Koh Kret. Here’s what to expect from a day trip there. Continue reading

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Recipe: Thai Stir-Fried Chicken with Holy Basil

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Make your own Thai stir fried chicken with holy basil at home with this easy recipe. Continue reading

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Eight varieties of somtum papaya salad you just HAVE to try

Somtum Thai and laab moo in Mahachai

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 … Continue reading

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Food Porn: Gaeng Om Gob

Gaeng om gob

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 … Continue reading

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Bangkok’s best pad thai

Pad thai at On Nut night market

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 … Continue reading

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Meat Liquor: 100% worth the hype (and the queue)

Meat Liquor is somewhere between a club and a restaurant - photo by Feline DaCat

Top nosh, check. Classy cocktails, check. But it’s the awesome service that makes a visit to London’s MEATliquor burger joint memorable. Continue reading

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3 surprisingly good eats near Khaosan

Good food here, really? Oh, yes. Photo by Brandon Fick

Khaosan Road, the backpacker ghetto of the Thai capital, has a dearth of authentic, quality Thai food, right? Wrong! Here are three spots you might not have considered eating – but absolutely, definitely, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt should. Continue reading

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Ice cream worth crossing Bangkok for

Four scoops of mango comes pretty close to perfection

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 … Continue reading

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Feasting at Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

Khlong Lat Mayom

Just when you think you’ve had your fix of Thai floating markets, along comes another one. Khlong Lat Mayom, sitting on the outskirts of the Thonburi side of Bangkok, is one worth a visit – at once a million miles from and within easy reach of the city. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Gaeng Hed

Gaeng Hed

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. Continue reading

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A week in Instagram shots

Now THAT

A week or so of my life in Instagram snapshops – including far too much food to be healthy. Continue reading

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For the love of pie and mash

Pie and mash at Harrington

Pie and mash has been a traditional staple for Londoners for centuries – find out where to enjoy it at its best. Continue reading

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Recipe: Grilled Duck Thai Red Curry

Grilled duck Thai red curry (gaeng phet bped yaang)

Recreate this authentic Thai red curry with grilled duck, pineapple and kaffir lime leaves – with a whirlwind of flavours as tantalising as if you were in Bangkok. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Namtok Moo

Namtok moo

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! Continue reading

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Chanthaburi: East Thailand’s melting pot

Crumbling old shop houses back on to Chanthaburi

The diverse mix of people and cultures in the eastern Thai city of Chanthaburi is reflected as much in its religious buildings and crumbling shop houses as it is in the foods that fuel the locals. Continue reading

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Eating your way around Krabi

Eating your way around Krabi

Go to Krabi province without hitting Krabi town itself and you’ll miss out on the chance to taste some of the most delicious and authentic fiery southern Thai food you’ll come across. Continue reading

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