Foodie Friday: Asian food in the spotlight

A few culinary highlights so far:

THAILAND steamboat style lunch

Steamboat style lunch in Hat Yai (restaurant in the Robinson’s mall). SO MANY KINDS OF MUSHROOMS!

larb gai thai mince meat salad koh lanta

Larb gai (minced meat salad) from a roadside stall in Phra Ae, Koh Lanta.

thai stir fry koh lanta at the tavern bar IMG_8156bb

Thai stirfry and green curry at The Tavern, Koh Lanta.

As it turns out, we were stationed in a pretty good spot at Phra Ae. Palm Beach is down a driveway with about four other resorts, and emerges onto the street among some street stalls and very close to some good eateries. I enjoyed rice and noodles at 50 baht a pop (about $2), for example. Credit also to:

  • the very good Indian restaurant, which I THINK was called Little Indra, advertising 15% off while we were there
  • The Tavern, a restaurant/bar that serves good western AND Thai food at reasonable prices (T thrived on the big breakfast – 180 baht) and I can recommend – surprisingly – the nachos and stuffed potatoes. Take advantage of their specials, too – we feasted on a banquet of spring rolls, fish cakes, stir fry and curry for 299 baht on our last night.

 

tom yum kung thailand hotpot khao san soi rambuttri

Tom yum kung hotpot on Soi Rambuttri, Khao San Rd area, Bangkok.

 

soft spring rolls the blue pumpkin cambodiaSpring rolls at The Blue Pumpkin, Siem Reap.

hue barbecued pork with noodlesNoodles with barbecued pork in Hue.

fried wontons in hoi anFried wontons at Trang Buc in Hoi An.

Hoi An, surprisingly, captured my foodie heart. From the cao lau to my quang (both traditional local noodle dishes) to com ga (chicken rice) and white rose (shrimp dumplings), good eats were to be found everywhere in this tiny town. I could have easily gotten used to wandering over to the street stalls every morning for a bowl of noodles, followed by a spicy banh mi around the corner. I rarely carried my DSLR on these outings.

That said, I don’t think any cuisine will ever surpass Malaysian for me. Laksa. Nasi lemak. Sugarcane. Ais kacang. Soya milk. Sometimes the stuff of childhood will simply never be usurped.

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11 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Asian food in the spotlight

  • Reply Paul June 14, 2013 at 16:55

    Om nom nom. That looks so good.

  • Reply KC @ genxfinance June 15, 2013 at 00:50

    The spring rolls looks really good. They’re mouthwatering. Yum!

  • Reply Morgaine June 15, 2013 at 01:18

    Yummy! All that looks so good 🙂

  • Reply anna June 15, 2013 at 03:06

    Oh my, I literally salivated over these pics!! They all look so good and I bet they were delicious!

  • Reply krantcents June 15, 2013 at 04:30

    The food looks delicious!

  • Reply Michelle's Finance Journal June 15, 2013 at 06:00

    I just had lunch, but I’m still craving these food~
    My ex boyfriend asked me if I’m half thai, because I crave thai food all the time.

  • Reply The Asian Pear June 15, 2013 at 17:04

    I’m hungry now. I blame you. I blame now. *tummy grumblez*

  • Reply Mike@WeOnlyDoThisOnce June 16, 2013 at 00:57

    Great food photography! I’m jealous of you eating all those mushrooms (my favorite).

  • Reply CF June 16, 2013 at 18:19

    Looks sooooo good. Yum! I’m jealous of your food photography actually. My food pics have improved, but they definitely don’t look THAT good.

  • Reply Jennifer June 16, 2013 at 19:37

    I love Asian food – its just so full of flavour. Thai is my favourite, but I developed a soft spot for the wontons in Hoi An!

  • Reply Alex @ ifs ands & butts June 17, 2013 at 08:51

    Ah I so dream of going to Asia and just overindulging in the food!

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