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On the recommendation of a friend here, we took a Chinatown Food and Culture Tour last night (Walking): just the three of us - me, my husband and my Thai sister in law. We had 11 food stops. We ate: a highly peppered soup containing tongue, pork belly and chewy rice noodles. Sweet water prawns the size of my fist, two traditional steamed buns, one with minced pork, once with bbq pork, and made with only rice flour. A very bitter medicinal drink that has been brewed and sold in the same spot for 100 years, a hot, sweet ginger soup with "mochi" style rice balls containing sesame seed paste, durian, sweet corn icecream, bbq duck cheek 'n crispy beak, and assorted dim sum. Great young guide, knew her food and was very pleasant to hang out with for three hours. I've uploaded lots of photos to my facebook page.

 

Have also had a fairly decent seafood lunch. I think we're driving to the coast on Sunday to eat the real thing.

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I have a couple of days in Bangkok ; I am staying with someone who knows the ropes fairly well but does anyone have any particularly good places they feel like sharing. I don't want high-end hotel foo

I was in Bangkok this summer and went to this great restaurant called 'Cabbages and Condoms' in the Sumkumvit area. Don't be discouraged by the name! The income from the restaurant goes towards helpin

I had one day in Bangkok on the way to Bhutan, and went for a nice late lunch at Err, by the same owners as bo.lan: Lab Peak Pla Meuk (Issan style salad of squid wing with toasted rice) and Ma Keua Ya

I know one doesn't think of having Indian food in BKK (unless one actually knows something about Thailand and its history), but BKK has some excellent Indian restaurants. If you happen to be in the area (it's near Nana Stn), Dosa King is my favourite, for their dosa and malai kofta. And you can visit my uncle's almost-hotel that's shaped like a ship.

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I know one doesn't think of having Indian food in BKK (unless one actually knows something about Thailand and its history), but BKK has some excellent Indian restaurants. If you happen to be in the area (it's near Nana Stn), Dosa King is my favourite, for their dosa and malai kofta. And you can visit my uncle's almost-hotel that's shaped like a ship.

 

One place I didn't get to in BKK on my last visit was called Gaggan -- it came highly recommended. Sort of modern Indian I think.

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NY Times has an article entitled River of Kings, in which the writer re-visits the sojourns of Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward in the ante-bellum days. The Venice of the East.

 

 

To me, the river also made Bangkok seem manageable. Over years of travel in Asia, I had somehow failed to venture outside its airport, in part because I was daunted by the prospect of navigating a megalopolis of over 8.5 million people that can seem like an alternate set from “Blade Runner.” But the idea of exploring by water made Bangkok more human-scale. I decided to spend my time entirely on the river to reimagine its golden age.

My inspiration would be less the jaundiced Maugham than Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski, a Polish sailor soon to be renowned as the author Joseph Conrad, who found himself in 1888 frequenting the Oriental Hotel saloon for a little over two weeks, chatting with the barflies, as was his wont, “of wrecks, of short rations, and of heroism.”

Conrad had taken over command of an Australian ship, the Otago, but was stuck in Bangkok waiting for his crew to recover from tropical illnesses — an experience that is reworked in his novel “Lord Jim” and the shorter works “The Shadow-Line,” “Falk” and “The Secret Sharer.”

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/travel/bangkok-thailand-river-of-kings.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel&action=click&contentCollection=travel&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

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My mother went to bkk for a weekend and had Peking duck. The best Peking duck I've ever had was in bkk; they still carve old style where not a sliver of fat remains in the skin. People don't believe me when I tell them that's how Peking duck should be served, but that's how I remember it from my childhood. Anyway, she sent me a video. The carver has some pretty good knife skills. I wanted to share it with y'all, but have no idea how. It's a Quick time video which complicates things for me...

 

My point is, if you are in bkk, try to have Peking duck at least once. I know all that cheap delicious Thai food is tempting, but if you're a Peking duck fan, is worth the sacrifice of skipping Thai.

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I will have 4 nights in Bangkok on my way back from Bhutan. In Vietnam I've had great luck with street food tours, so I will probably try something like that, but have no idea how I should divide my time otherwise. Grateful for any recommendations :)

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I had one day in Bangkok on the way to Bhutan, and went for a nice late lunch at Err, by the same owners as bo.lan: Lab Peak Pla Meuk (Issan style salad of squid wing with toasted rice) and Ma Keua Yao (braised minced pork with eggplant on steamed egg custard).

 

https://www.errbkk.com/#urban-rustic-thai

 

It was so freaking hot that I only had ice cream otherwise. A mangosteen bar while visiting Wat Pho, and the Coconut milk and Thai Tea flavors at Nattaphon, which was mentioned in Matt Gross recent NYT piece. Ill be back to try the other flavors.

 

I have a few more days in Bangkok on the way back to Vietnam, so Nahm is now a must :)

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