The month of August has passed and I’m preparing for another hectic month of eating and traveling. But before I get too far ahead of myself, I’m digging through the month’s photos and restaurant notes to attempt to summarize the month. This summer has been a long period of camera battles, which I’m attempting to sort out in time for September’s excursions to Japan and around Thailand. Broken screen, broken lens, and other issues so if you saw some sketchy photos just know I can’t wait to not be using the iphone as the main camera! Please leave your feedback in the comments below, especially if there’s an edible discovery you’d like to see featured on the site!
Opposite Mess Hall & Sukhumvit 38 Street Food Stalls Closing
There are a great many people lamenting the end of the street stalls found at Sukhumvit 38, across from Bangkok’s Thonglor street. This past month the time finally came to bid farewell to one side of the street’s vendors. There’s speculation about where they will relocate, with some closing up shop for good. However some vendors have already found new homes, like the Daniel Thaiger Burger Truck, which has now landed permanently at Craft on Sukhumvit 23.
There goes the neighborhood I guess, as Opposite Mess Hall announced September as it’s last month of operation before rebranding and moving into new digs in Silom. Although all the closings are bad news to some, for others it may be an opportunity for prominent beer gardens and street food centers, such as Phra Kanong’s W District and On Nut’s Tent Market, to improve their offerings for customers. Will they replace street food or become the new hipster hangouts in the area? Probably not, but there have also been new faces in the area worth welcoming like Wishbeer’s Home Bar. You can even score a little food truck action at the venue, but I found the Mexican food, chicken wings, and some items from the bbq truck to be underwhelming and average.
The real story here is where will fresh off the boat Bangkok food experts assure us is the next top place to have street food? And with Opposite Mess Hall closing, how will BK Magazine fill it’s pages? Most importantly, where will all these farang buy their late night servings of pad thai? Pray for Bangkok. Also keep your head on the swivel for all sorts of new collaborations in September and October, including getting Stone’s craft IPA’s paired with high end Thai food from Bo.lan.
Bangkok’s Northern Food Obsession
Perhaps I’ve ignored it, but our Bangkok streets are definitely hot for northern food. Whispers about the best place in Bangkok to get khao soi, love sonnets for Gedhawa, and even Northern Thai places we’re willing to go out of our way to try. I hoping with some steady places pumping out the khao soi, we can advance the discussion to gang hung lay and the other hard to find northern specialties. On that note it was definitely good news to spot burmese tea leaf salad on the menu at Vietnamese and More. That’s a dish you either need to have Burmese friends to enjoy or make the journey up to the cities like Mae Sot to enjoy.
The Restaurant Run Down
Last month I caught 99 baht wine happy hour at D’ivino in Thonglor. I had a really mediocre meal at Bamboo Lebanese (a place which I normally love). Friends meeting for cheap sushi brought me to Sushi Hana, which is similar to Herioku Sushi. The staff was cool, but owners snotty when I visited Baan Pee Lek, which even the food was decent left lingering unpleasantness, similar to the cigar smoke at Craft. Finally I revisited old favorites like Geraphan’s Thai muslim restaurant and the Indian restaurant Saravana Bhavan after an extended stint in the US.
August’s most popular post for traffic was the review of Smoking Pug BBQ restaurant, with the runner up being Crab & Claw. I hope some of you who read those reviews visited the restaurants and also had great experiences. Finally the review which had the most buzz about it in August was the visit to Soei, an incredible Thai restaurant.
On the Road Eating
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I’m eating a ton in Japan (mostly Osaka) and traveling around Thailand too. So look for content and more tips to show up on the blog from areas beyond Bangkok. If I can get caught up I’ll also mention some of the spots I stopped when I traveled from NYC to ATL. Including delicious stops for Jamaican, Mexican, and way too much BBQ.
Ask a Fatty
Why don’t you ever tell us where you’re eating? I’ve had a lot of fans on the Facebook fan page wondering why I don’t mention the restaurants where I’m eating. This is just a limitation of posting to Facebook directly from Instagram. Actually I tag nearly all of the restaurants I visit, unless the location is unlisted. If you’re ever curious take a look at the @bkkfatty instagram page on the web or in the app.
Who are the people appearing in your food photos and instagram posts?
If you’re seeing people in my posts it’s usually either kids from my Courageous Kitchen project or fellow bloggers. The Courageous Kitchen kids have cooking lessons every weekend and they’re usually led by volunteers, but I often pop in and join the fun. Otherwise lately there’s been a steady stream of bloggers and food enthusiasts coming to Bangkok. Seems to be more than normal and many people arrive early for the TBEX conference (huge travel blogging conference) happening in October.
More questions or have tips to share? Comment below!