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Thip Samai – A unique Pad Thai in Bangkok you must try!

A trip to Bangkok is not complete without trying the infamous Pad Thai at Thip Samai in the heart of Bangkok. Thip Samai is one of the coolest restaurants in Bangkok, and it has only one thing on the menu, and you guessed it .. it is Pad Thai! This legendary Thai restaurant has long line ups so it recommended to get there before the dinner rush, otherwise you will be waiting for a long time

Now what is so special about Thip Samai you ask?

Their pad Thai preparation is like no other because they prepare a fresh pad Thai and then wrap it in a thin blanket of fried eggs, and in order to eat your pad Thai, you must gently slice open the eggs and enjoy the combination of noodles and eggs in one bite.

Looking at the restaurant, it appears like chaos but some how all the staff make it work and it is one smooth operation!

This Thai eating experience is not to be missed on your Eating in Asia experience

 

Thai Cuisine: street food condiments 101

Eating in your way through Thailand can be a little confusing or even intimidating for beginners because Thai cuisine so very different from our typical North American food. Here is a quick snap shot of what you will find at almost every single street food cart through out Thailand to ensure that you Asian eating experience that much more enjoyable…

From left to right:

1st image: this is the typical cooking station set up most vendors will have for preparing your meal which consists of sugar and palm sugar, a variety of liquid seasoning ingredients such as soy sauce, Maggie sauce and oyster sauce, and pre-cut vegetables such as tomatoes, green onion, bean sprouts and coconut milk which is every so popularly used in Thai cuisine

2nd image: although I was not able to find the exact English translation of this sauce, this is another very popular liquid seasoning commonly found through out Thai street food vendors. It is a cross between a soya sauce and an oyster sauce with a very liquid consistency, and it is used to add the salty flavours because Thai’s usually don’t use salt in their cooking.

3rd image: this is a typical street-side table set up where you will find a basket full of spices that you can add to your meal. Normally each basket will contain some vinegar with Thai chilies, sugar, fish sauce and dry chilies. Thais like to eat a meal with well balanced flavour profiles which is why they have a condiment for every  taste!

Hopefully this light introduction will easy you into the world of Thai cuisine and make it less intimidating. Most importantly, don’t be shy and try everything you possible can on your journey of Eating in Asia

 

 

Hong Kong Street Food

While aimlessly wondering around the streets of Hong Kong, you will see many different things such as cool antique shops, traditional Chinese herbal shops, big sky scrapers and of course some delicious Hong Kong street food!

I have come across some very tasty dishes, both eaten for breakfast one morning (don’t judge!) and they were just outstanding.

My breakfast #1 was dim sum from a hole in the wall dim sum shop with no name. It was a family run operation and the food was served in a no-frills environment, it came very fast and was extremely cheap.

My second breakfast was another very popular Hong Kong breakfast dish consisting of dry Ramen noodle, like the ones you would eat in University as a poor student, served in a very rich and delicious broth, topped with some char-grilled savoury pork. This dish cost about $3 and it was better than any other soup I have ever tasted!

In my opinion, street food and on the go eating is the most exciting part of Eating in Asia!

Ding Tai Fung, home of the Michelin star Dumplings!

If you are a lover of dumplings, you cannot miss Ding Tai Fong! This is the original dumpling restaurant chain that originated out of Taiwan, with many locations across Asia. Some of its locations such as the one in Hong Kong and Taipei have even earned Michelin stars because the quality and the service is just that good!

The dumplings are prepared in a very efficient manner, in a kitchen of about 20 chefs that skillfully create the little bite size dumpling masterpieces by hand! Yes you heard that right, each dumpling is made by hand!

Ding Tai Fung also serves other dishes such as noodle soups, braised meats and Chinese vegetables.

Overall the quality of everything I have tried is outstanding and this is my first go to restaurant the moment I step off the airplane while Eating in ASia. Definetely worth every penny

Fresh Seafood Prepared just for you in Phuket!

While in Phuket, Thailand, I accidentally stumbled upon an indoor market that sold a variety of vegetables, meats, dry good and seafood. As I wondered around the market, I wondered how could I possibly try some of this wonderful food if I don’t have a kitchen to cook in?!

Luckily enough, I talked to another fellow tourist and she advised that there are small retailers located in the food court on the second floor where they will prepare a dish for you for a small fee as long as you provide them with the food.

I was so delighted to hear that, and ever so grateful to the fellow tourist for telling me this little secret because I would’ve missed out on the best seafood dishes I have ever tried. As soon as we said our good bye’s, I rushed to the seafood counter and purchased a variety of seafood such as blue crabs, prawns and scallops.

I made my way upstairs where I chose a local mom-and-pop shop and asked them to cook my catch of the day. After patiently waiting for about 20 minutes, I was enjoying some of the most amazing seafood!