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I love Thai food, so what does the best Thai food restaurant in the world taste like? Well, I was in Bangkok for 5 days, let’s find out. They offer a lunch set menu at $41 per person, making it by far one of the cheapest restaurants from the S. Pelligrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. The lunch set menu options are not super varied, so between me and my friend, we covered a good portion of the menu. But the food, the food right? Who cares about any of this… was it in fact the BEST Thai food I…

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If I ever change careers, I will definitely go into the Kaffir Lime Leave business. I feel like everyone’s lives would be so much better if we just all had access to all Thai ingredients from fresh lemongrass to galangal (similar to ginger but different) to those amazing little leaves that grow on lime trees in Thailand. Can you tell I’m missing Thailand this year? It’s been too long. We spent Christmas there in 2010 and 2011 but haven’t been back since 2012. So I put together this gift list, which I realized after the fact, is completely insane, it’s…

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The inspiration for attempting Khao Soi came from lunch at Huen Phen. It’s a few blocks away from Tai Pae gate inside the old city in Chiang Mai, but sufficiently outside the main tourist drag that most people miss it. This year I’ve learned a lot of about Thai food by virtue of traveling in the south for the first time. It’s easy to see the culinary lines by eating your way towards the Malaysian border. Thai favorites like Red curry, Green curry, and Penang curry subtly shift depending on where you are. There’s also Massaman curry, which I contend…

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Ah, it’s nice to be back in Chiang Mai.  First thing I did was outfit my kitchen.  I’ve been cooking up a storm.  This is my favorite new fall/winter soup, it’s the perfect warm-you-up soup or for me, it’s a lovely reminder of being home in New England with a little Thai influence. The recipe is super easy.  Total time was about 15 minutes. Ingredients: 3-4 cups chopped pumpkin 1-6 tbsp red curry paste (I use a lot, but I love spice) 1 container of coconut milk (16.9 fl ounces) Optional (I’ll explain below): red chili flakes, 3 cloves garlic,…

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Wait, why aren’t we in Siem Reap? Well after posting our trip itinerary, folks left us a bunch of advice in the comments. One, from blogger Theodora pointed out, “Christine, I’d recommend giving Angkor more than a couple of days. I didn’t believe the person who told me the stuff there was worth minimum three days, ideally a week, but it is. And I’m annoyed we didn’t do it longer.” I kept thinking about that. A few other people had said similar things. Why was I rushing? Well I needed to get back to Chiang Mai in time for the…

I’ve been dabbling with Thai cooking since settling down in Chiang Mai, Thailand — but I wanted to do more. I now find myself with an apartment equipped with a kitchen, albeit a small one, with just a two grill stove top. The idea for this series came from a simple realization: I could learn how to cook Thai food, just by buying local ingredients and recreating my favorite dishes at home. So I started making a list. It was supposed to be 10 dishes. Then I stretched it to 30. By the time it hit 50, I knew that…

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I’ve been dabbling with Thai cooking since settling down in Chiang Mai, Thailand — but I wanted to do more. I now find myself with an apartment equipped with a kitchen, albeit a small one, with just a two grill stove top. The idea for this series came from a simple realization: I could learn how to cook Thai food, just by buying local ingredients and recreating my favorite dishes at home. So I started making a list. It was supposed to be 10 dishes. Then I stretched it to 30. By the time it hit 50, I knew that…