It’s that time of the month for a roundup October’s eating adventures, talk about what’s trending in Bangkok, and other random BKKFatty happenings. (Read last month’s site-killing recap here.)
The BKKFatty Re-design
Time for change after the website’s near death experience last month. I don’t know if I should call it a redesign as much as it was a stripping down of all the flashy crap that slowed the site down. I was using a premium magazine theme called Extremis before and it was great for making the site look good, but was poor on running speed and had a couple of embedded featured with broken English that I couldn’t overwrite.
Now that I’m only using genesis and the metro pro child theme, life is a little less complicated. I’ll need your feedback to verify this, but although certainly more austere, the new site is easier to read and loads faster. One of the biggest advantages is the improved navigation to help you readers find the restaurants and overweight plates you’re searching for in Bangkok and beyond.
Bangkok Restaurant Buzz
Plus, I got to celebrate the new version of the Bangkok Fatty site with stiff drinks from Nori’s Bar. Little did I know, this would be the first of many stiff cocktails in October. So many that I finally ended up writing a starter guide to the Bangkok cocktail scene. I’ve updated the list recently to also include the newcomer, Havana Social, a secret bar in Sukhumvit 11.
Taiwan’s Angus Zou Making Cocktails at Vesper
There were a ton of events happening in October. The Sofitel’s So Amazing Chefs event? So what? The same weekend Taiwan’s star bartender Angus Zou was in town guest bartending at Vesper. Angus is an intense character and he definitely brought Taiwanese flavors over with him, with special appearances on his menu by chocolate coated baby corn, fresh jasmine, and dill infused Ketel One Vodka. I’m never a fan of baby corn, but I did like the strange use of dill infused vodka in the Alchemist in Vesper (Tanqueray Gin, Dill-infused Ketel One, Jasmine Flower Infused Riesling, and Angostura Bitters) and La Vertical (Dill-infused Ketel One, Green Chartreuse and Lime) cocktails. Overall the Diageo event was better than the previous guest bartender night with Jeff Bell of PDT, which seemed rushed and featured 4-5 unappetizing cocktails. There’s signs the food at Vesper also seems to be improving too.
October as National Pizza Month and National Taco Day (Oct. 4th)
How can we celebrate taco and pizza day in the same month?! Well both pizza and Mexican food are trending in Bangkok at the moment. For the first week of October I thought it would be a good time to focus on tacos with National Taco Day being October 4th. La Monita had a deal on an enormous platter of their gourmet quality tacos (think duck, pork belly, ribeye, tongue tacos and more for 699 baht plus tax ) at their Emquartier location. Those tacos are delicious, but I thought I should also have some cheaper, street food tacos and decided to give a visit to the new Two Angels Tacos food truck. I hunted down the truck in a dark portion of the road between Thonglor 7 and 9, but both the tacos and the reception were pretty off. The corn tortillas were cold, meat poorly seasoned, and became soggy pretty fast in the chicken, beef, and pork tacos (60 baht each) on offer. The tacos need a major overhaul, but their tasty carne asada fries made the experience not a complete loss. So far there’s still room in my heart for a food truck serving delicious tacos in Bangkok.
For pizza I made the no brainer visit to the bustling Peppina (Sukhumvit 31). I wanted something out of the ordinary, so I ordered their fluffy fried pizza dough. Also known as pizza fritta, the crispy dough is covered with ‘nduja and parmesan. I thought I’d have room for a regular pizza, but after I wiped all the ‘nduja off my face I was pretty full. My second chance to eat a traditional style pizza was a crispy think crusted calabrese pizza from Luce on the pool floor of the Eastin Grand. Finally I’ve also updated the location for Chef Yan Pizza (Asoke) which has moved around the corner from it’s original location. That should suffice as pizza recommendations for every budget!
British Beef Returns to Bangkok Menus!
Even though the mad cow disease (aka BSE) scare has long been quelled, Thailand has just now removed it’s ban on British beef imports. To celebrate the end of the 20 year ban, the British Embassy invited a few media and giant group of socialites from the Bangkok’s food industry. The event was mostly sponsored by importer Gourmet One and featured five courses from celebrity chef Gary Rhodes. Diplomats were also in attendance, including British ambassador Mark Kent to promote the grass fed beef and lamb. Although Bangkok is going meat crazy at the moment, the bad news is the British beef is quite a bit more expensive than the popular Australian beef on offer all over Bangkok.
American Restaurant Week in Bangkok #amfoodweek
I hope you had a chance to catch a special deal at one the US Embassy’s collection of American restaurants. The group of restaurants participating is much larger than previous years, but there are still plenty of American haunts not on the list. Perhaps after making the rounds to old favorites like Bourbon Street, you can dive into a newer round of places like Papa’s Kitchen (Pattanakarn), Fatty’s Bar (Rama 9), and American Bar and Grill (Nana). Read my recap of the best deals from the event.
Halloween in Bangkok
My Dark Side Cocktail (whiskey/ red wine/ curaçao/ roselle bitters/ grass jelly) is on the menu at Game Over’s Halloween party tonight! A photo posted by Dwight ดนัย (Bangkok Fatty) (@bkkfatty) on
Halloween is one of Bangkok’s favorite excuses to party, especially in Khao San and Thonglor areas. I experience a little of the revelry mixing a giant batch of a creepy cocktail for Game Over Restaurant. The happening spot is a gaming cafe on crack, that of course has deliciously greasy food from Daniel Thaiger and mostly beer. They’re starting to experiment with cocktails though, so I brought over a batch of Dark Side Sangria made with Obama Whiskey. The dark mixture was brewed with citrus, cherry, grapes and plenty of herbs. I also grabbed some of the Thai yam noodles and grass jelly to make it look extra creepy!
Bangkok Fatty Youtube Channel Coming Soon
The next big milestone? Starting a Bangkok Fatty Youtube channel. I’m not sure how exactly the channel will play out, but I’ve starting running around Bangkok eating and filming. Food, travel, and charity— does that sound like an interesting channel? We should all find out at the end of November. To get a jump on everyone you can go ahead and subscribe at youtube.com/bkkfatty.
Other Bangkok Food Happenings and Trends
Ok, there’s a ton of other happenings from October I hope to talk about more this month. The TBEX conference helped me connect with a few more foodies and bloggers in the region. I’ll share a few of their updates here and if you missed the giant guide I wrote to help attendees navigate Bangkok, don’t worry I’ll be working on a more general guide to Bangkok too. I hope to share about getting invited to a Swedish crayfish party and I’ll be covering a few interesting restaurant openings too. Finally, with the launch of the youtube channel look for me to go back to the basics and introduce some Thai street food as well as some of my favorite western hangouts around Bangkok.
Singapore Y U GET ME DRUNK?!
One of October’s trips was to Singapore, which has South East Asia’s most exciting bar scene! I did a two day bar hop jumping from L’aiglon to The Library to newly opened Gibson to Nutmeg and Clove and more! Singapore is a special city for cocktail lovers who have the budget to drink around. I’ll be writing more about why it’s the top of the list in the region soon!
Hat Yai Fried What?
Let’s be honest. I have a bad attitude about Thailand’s fried chicken. I’m from Atlanta, the friend chicken capital of the world. Hat Yai, Thailand’s southernmost tourist destination is well known among Thais for having a great fried chicken… for Thailand. You can thank the Malays and muslims in Malaysia and the restive Southern Thailand for these flavors and if you haven’t been to Hat Yai yet I’ll share a guide to tell you where and what to eat while you’re there (including a place for ribs and cocktails) soon.
Have you spotted any trends or noticed anything I missed? Leave a comment below!