With fall arriving, all I see on facebook from friends is talk of cold weather, Christmas hating pumpkin spice lattes, and Patti Labelle pies. As much as I miss my family, I can’t say I’m particularly missing home this week.
Bangkok on the other hand knows no chill, whether it’s the relentlessly hot weather or the endless eating available here. I talk about feasting around Bangkok all the time and have even been working on a youtube channel focused just on that— BUT this past week seems to have been particularly special. I’ve eaten everything from Diwali treats shipped over from India, to deep fried soft shell crab pasta, to a celebration booze-fest for La Monita’s 6th Anniversary Party. If variety is the spice of life, I should be farting rainbows and passport stamps this week! Take a look and see if you agree…
Eggplant French Fries and Thao Tung (เต้าทึง) on Rama 4
Let’s start this list off with some sketchy Chinese food and desserts. I hit up these places after having a wonder down Rama 4, to walk off the meatball banh mi sandwich I’d just devoured at Vietnamese and More. The section of Rama 4 has a lot to offer rad nar and suki street stalls, some pad thai and a funky khao gaeng place. I’ll definitely be writing about it as a little bit harder to reach alternative to Sukhumvit 38’s collection of street food stalls. While there I had eggplant french fries from a sketchy Chinese place and washed them down at a new dessert spot serving shaved ice and an old school Chinese dessert called Thao Tung.
Delish Northern Thai “Kan Thok” Restaurant in Sukhumvit 105
Here’s some delicious Northern Thai food from a family hidden in one of the winding curves of Sukhumvit 105 (Soi Lasalle). They serve a couple of great renditions of popular northern items and even have some floor seating for guests who wants to try eating ‘kan-thok’ (ขันโตก) style. That’s basically a northern style platter (which influenced the som tum tad trend) where you have a selection of northern specialties with curries, fried meats, herbs, and fried pork skins. The minor problem here is this such a mom and pop style restaurant that close attention to detail isn’t always given and the service from a few teens playing video games on and off leaves you a bit to be desired. But if you don’t wanna buy that flight to the northern city of Chiang Mai, you gotta make sacrifices, yeah?
Brunching on Bao and Buns on Sukhumvit 31
In a tiny place next to Peppina at the back of Sukhumvit 33, you can find Bao and Buns doing the Taiwanese style baos that have become popular around the world. You see them in Ippudo and all of these places, but the difference is at Bao and Buns they’re the main feature of the small menu. So the owners have given more attention to the ingredients and successfully pairing them with some snacks meant to share. This makes for a fun lunch/brunch stop if it’s not crowded already. Only sad part is I haven’t been able to catch their Mongolian beef platter just yet.
Devilish’s Aussie Pie Served Adelaide Style
I reviewed this restaurant called Devilish a while back. They’re still an off the beaten path eating destination for western food, especially if you call the Bangna side of Upper Sukhumvit home. People who love this place on Sukhumvit 101/1 come here for the bbq ribs and they’re tall juicy burgers, but they’re also making a splash with their aussie pies. After being indecisive about what to order, they suggested their aussie pie “Adelaide style” which is basically a pie floater, where the meat pie is place on top of split pea soup and garnished with mash. Add that to your list of hangover cures!
The Block Cafe near Central Rama 3 and Mitsumori Japanese Set Lunch
In a neighborhood behind Central Rama 3, this tiny coffee shop called The Block is hidden amongst a sleepy collection of suburban homes. I popped in to meet a friend and it turned out to be the first day the cute little cafe had opened. There’s a few treats on the menu, but not much food. I think the biggest draw here would be the strong coffee and quiet spot to work. I did some writing and hopped neighborhoods to Sukhumvit 23, where an equally peaceful Japanese restaurant called Mitsumori offers reasonably priced set lunch options. I opted for the marinated pork bellly which came with more than enough sides and beautifully polished rice to fill me up.
Celebrating Diwali with Homemade Vegetarian Indian Food
When Sneha of Poppaddum, a friend known for doing popup ‘sadyas’ (a traditional Indian banquet originating in Kerala) in Mumbai, invited me to Diwali in Bangkok I couldn’t say no. Even in a crowded Bangkok condo kitchen she was still able to put together a late night feast for friends, complete with table covered in typical Diwali sweet treats, and plenty of booze. Diwali is usually vegetarian, but there was so much to try I barely noticed. Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like a great home cooked meal!
Lunching and Brunching at Restaurants in Chidlom
A recent trip to Chidlom had me stuffing a chicken biscuit in my face for breakfast and carb loading on pasta and bread for lunch. The breakfast was in the back of Gourmet Food Hall on the ground floor of Central Chidlom at a place called Flour Shoppe. From there I joined friends for brunch at Theo Mio, where we had about five different pasta plates and delicious plate of lamb ribs. Need some more details? Don’t worry, I’ll be talking about these places a little more and I was able to take some video of both places for the coming youtube channel too.
Introducing “The Expat” A Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competitor
U.N.C.L.E (United Nations of Cocktail Lovers Everywhere) bartender Sebastian De la Cruz is one of the five finalists for Thailand’s Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition. For his entry he’s created a cocktail that represents his experiences as an expat bartender with liqueurs and spirits from around the world. Influenced by a traditional Cuban daiquiri, The Expat cocktail combines Bacardi Superior rum with Punt e Mes, Japanese Umeshu, sea salt, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and Thai tamarind syrup. The concoction is a refreshing and tart tamarind kick, leaving you wanting a little more after each sip. Looking forward to see how it does in the competition!
La Fiesta Monita, aka La Monita’s 6th Anniversary Party
This party by Bangkok’s favorite Mexican restaurant is anticipated by Bangkok’s foodies all year. This year they decided to have people purchase tickets to the event and tickets sold old in no time. This left plenty of people scrambling for tickets or having to wait until 10pm to enter into the party area. As long as you had tickets though, the party was exactly as expected, a ton of booze and celebrating with old friends, and people you kinda know ’cause you see them in La Monita or Osito Urban Tapas all the time. The event was also bolstered by the newcomers like Jubei Izakaya and craft beer bar Hair of the Dog, not to mention all of the branded spirits on offer that night!