Recently I’ve received a few emails and inquiries from readers and Googlers about many aspects of travel in Southeast Asia. Though I already have some content that addresses these questions (hence the traffic and emails), I thought I’d take some time to answer my most frequently asked questions in single posts. First up? THAI FOOD!
These look like normal fresh beans, right? Maybe a cousin of the delicious fava? That’s what I thought when I picked up a pack for the steep price of $1 from the Tesco Lotus down the street. I couldn’t make out the name in Thai, and a crude translation named them cluster [...]
Khao Soy – Potentially deadly to someone with a shellfish food allergy!
“Watch that bus jump over the median and hit you,” I said to my friend Pete as we were walking towards a ramen place for dinner on his first night in Bangkok.
“Wouldn’t it be funny if lighting [...]
I have bad news. There will be no post about food on the Krabi beaches because it was so terrible that I didn’t even take pictures of most of what I ate. And I feel compelled to tell the world about it.
The journey into food hell started the moment the long [...]
Short answer? It depends.
I write about food and the cost of living in Chiang Mai quite often on this site, so I thought it would be relevant to outline the cost of groceries in the city. Like anywhere else, grocery prices vary depending on the quality and the vendor. Here, that dichotomy is especially [...]
Seasoned pomelo slices.
Pomelo is best known to the internet as the materials used to create Helmet Cat’s armor. Actually, that’s probably not known to the internet at all, since I didn’t know it until I did a Google Image Search for “pomelo” and Helmet Cat scowled out from the [...]
Taking sight-seeing pictures at the Royal Floral Expo.
I don’t quite understand the appeal of many major tourist sites and bucket list items. Sure, I’ve sat before the Ryoanji Temple’s zen rock garden and pondered the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, but those have mostly been disappointing [...]
I recently finished reading The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, which is a work of speculative fiction set in Bangkok, Thailand during a post-petroleum era of flood, famine, blight, and plague. In this future, all produce, some animals, and even some humans are genetically-modified and most of the foods we [...]
One aspect of life in Thailand that I did not anticipate was my frequent outings for fresh fruit. It’s something I wrote about here, and something I continue to be grateful for in daily life here. I’ve always [...]
Fruit from the stand next door. Six fruits makes about a wine glass of juice.
I thought I would cook everyday in Thailand. When I pictured life here before leaving home, I factored in my perceptions of how a wealth of time and access to inexpensive [...]