12.10am, and I got invited to supper by my younger brother and his wife. No, I don’t usually eat supper. But since I am home and did not manage to catch up with them on my last trip, why not?
Let’s go the mamak (stall) …. food is cheap, and you can even walk in with your pyjamas (I changed to t-shirt and short lah).
Line of cars …
Packed with supper crowd
Queen of Bee (Photo credit: Her Majesty The Queen herself)
I am back in KL after spending a month in Bangkok. Since it was just a short time away, I don’t have my usual local food cravings.
Had a last-minute lunch date with Queen of Bee today. I took this opportunity to introduce some of my favourite food joints at Damansara Uptown (also known as Damansara Utama): Fat Spoon and Swich Cafe.
This blog is not meant to be a foodie blog. The food-related post is meant to clear the general misconceptions that Thailand is about tomyum, pad thai or whatever that you read on a travel guidebook. If you are a frequent traveler here, do try other local favourites. And if you are a foreigner living in the kingdom, I hope the #EatLikeALocal series help you to venture away from farang (foreigner) restaurants, to local neighbourhood food joints.
Most local food blogs are in Thai, so I thought perhaps there is lack of information in English for foreigners.
One thing for sure, cleanliness in these local neighbourhood food joints are not up to standard. Some fare better than the others. It might not give you food poisoning, but eat at your own risk lah.
I kid you not. Thai people love all you-can-eat buffet. Observe the long queue in the shopping mall, of people waiting to get in to those chain buffet restaurants.
Today D and I had impromptu lunch at KimJu Korean Royal Cuisine at Union Mall. There’s nothing royal / grand about this place, just a normal Korean chain restaurant with branches everywhere. The food is okay and not too expensive, and it has both a la carte as well as buffet menu. Being a picky-kimchi eater, the kimchi here has my seal of approval, so this is a plus point.
It’s raining mangoes in Thailand now. Mango overload everyday!
Swensen’s Thailand has ‘mango oak-rong-thong’ ice cream for a limited time during this summer season. You can even add pandan sticky rice, 40 baht per serving to go with your ice cream.
Summer is here, keep calm and have a mango … or a scoop of mango ice cream!
Opted for budget version, one scoop 50 baht + sticky rice
In Thailand, you’ll find several types of fruit dips. Nam pla wan is a sticky dip that’s made of palm sugar, fish sauce, shallots, dried shrimp flakes, among other things. The addition of chilli is optional, but I do like my nam pla wan with it as it gives the additional good kick of heat.
I used to buy nam pla wan from BigC, and worship the ground of it.
D’s relatives heard about it. You know you are loved when aunts start making homemade stuffs, call your boyfriend and ask him to pick them up for you. Awwwww ….. Aunt Chai gave us homemade nam pla wan before, which we devoured in no time.
This time it’s Aunt Art’s turn. Aunt Art made one specially for us, a customized recipe according to our preference, such as shallots added after cooking (instead of during cooking process). How can we not love this sweet lady?
I get spoiled rotten here. Whatever I like, I get the best. How do you define the best? None other than ‘homemade with love!’
Cute jar container, just like Aunt Art
Powerful, full of kick!
Dippidy dip dip
Who doesn’t love a fresh nam pla wan that you can still smell the shallots, the dried shrimps and the fish sauce? Now its tug-of-war time for the aroylicious jar … it’s all mineeee!
Thailand’s food needs little introduction? That’s where you got it wrong, folks. I was introduced to many local favourites, dishes that foreigners don’t normally order. These local favourites are overshadowed by the common ‘tourists’ dishes listed in travel guide books. For noodle, it means competing against the likes of tomyum noodle and pad thai.
Kanoom jeen, for example, is extremely popular among Thai people. It is often served at local ceremony – wedding, funeral, or blessing ceremonies. It is also considered as ‘money saving’ meal as you are allowed to take as many vegetable helpings as you desire, to go with noodle and broth. One bowl usually costs around 20 baht. There are many kanoom jeen buffet restaurants, as cheap as 59 baht for all-you-can-eat!