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The Foodie’s Guide to the 5 Best Bangkok Restaurants

Feast Through Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is particularly well known for a diversity of foods and restaurants that are sure to satisfy any food-loving nomad. From soft shell crab curry to giant crab omelets, home-cooked Thai curry to halal street food rotis, you can eat just about anything your heart desires in this capital of the Land of Smiles.
But of course, you are wondering: what are the best restaurants in Bangkok that you should plan to visit when you arrive? Whether you are looking for Why not give these ten eateries a try?
Let’s dive right in!

1) Paste Restaurant at Gaysorn

Looking for Michelin Starred Thai cuisine? You can’t go wrong with Paste Bangkok, located in the heart of Sayam, in Bangkok.
Situated adjacent to the Intercontinental Hotel, Paste has won a Michelin Star for two years in a row, and specializes in heirloom Thai cuisine and was rated one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants in 2018. Chefs and owners Bongkoch “Bee” Satongun (who was awarded best female chef in Asia in 2018) and her husband Jason Bailey has studied Thai cuisine for years, rediscovering old recipes and techniques to present to their diners.
What kind of mouthwatering dishes can you discover at Paste Bangkok? How about a live lobster salad with buzz button flowers and crispy local seaweed, drizzled with kaffir lime juice and mandarin juice for starters?
For the main dish, perhaps consider trying the shallow fried rainbow trout with an herbal chili dressing garnished with snake fruit and finely shredded white turmeric and crispy shoestring pork skin. Or try their Southern Thai curry with salt brined chicken, with lemongrass, coconut milk-based curry sauce, and crispy shallots. Either way, you will probably leave this restaurant a few belt buckles looser and a lot happier!

2) Sorn

Interested in a 22-course luxury Southern Thai feast? Sorn is a Michelin award winner dreamt up by chefs Khun Ice and Yod, focusing on long lost recipes and local cuisine and located in a reconstructed old house. Sorn sources its ingredients sustainably from local farmers and fisherman and revels in slow-cooked dishes, including double-boiled soup and rice cooked in clay pots and smoked over a charcoal fire.
What kind of food experiences can you expect at this high-end Thai restaurant? Try their 22-course meal including small bites like cashew nut relish, sand mole crabs, raw lobster, and lobster claw curry on a grilled cracker. Further along, you will be treated to a colorful rice salad, grilled beef (served on your personal portable grill), yellow curry (from turmeric and chili), and squid with stink beans.

3) Soei Restaurant

For a more casual dining experience, try the Soei Restaurant located near the Sam Sen railroad station in the Dusit district of Bangkok. Chef and owner P’Soei, a former ballplayer and coach, decorates his restaurant with trophies and framed pictures of sports teams. His life in the food industry began when teammates would come over to his place after games and practices, and he would cook for them.
Chef P’Soei personally oversees every single dish served at the restaurant, from the Yam woon sen noodle dish (sour and spicy glass noodles, meat, and Thai vegetables) to the Kaem pla too tod (deep fried Indian mackerel cheeks garnished with crispy garlic and chili sauce). And don’t forget the tom yum soup! The flavorful version of this popular Thai herbal soup served at Soei includes kra pao holy basil, chilies, and fish.
Best of all, after having a delicious meal at Soei, feel free to enjoy the local sights, including the Victory Monument, Ratchawat Market, and Sriyan Market nearby.

4) The Dining Room at the House on Sathorn

Want to try some innovative Turkish cuisine while you are enjoying your stay in Bangkok? Well, you can do exactly that at The Dining Room. One of the most prestigious restaurants in Bangkok, The Dining Room is located in a building with a fascinating history as rich as the food served there. The House on Sathorn was originally built in 1889 by a Chinese businessman, and later became an embassy for Russia, and is now part of a hotel.
Chef Fatih Tutak has international experience as a chef working in China, Japan, Denmark, Hongkong, and, of course, Thailand. He aims to feed the mind and soul of each diner first, before the stomach, and the food served at The Dining Room is not just delicious to taste but beautiful visually as well.
Some of the possible recipes you may have the honor of trying at The Dining Room include torched beef tenderloin with fried mussels on an edible shell, white asparagus with a fava bean sauce, vegetarian Turkish pasta with brown butter and tomato sauce, mushroom-stuffed baby squid and charcoal-grilled dry-aged quail with bone and grape juice. And for dessert, you might get to sample the strawberry snow in an ice bowl and creamy cheese helva with pistachios. And of course, you can’t leave without a cup of rich Turkish coffee!
You will probably never see Turkish cuisine the same way after your experience at The Dining Room.

5) Restaurant Sühring

Another fierce contender on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Restaurant Sühring is the brainchild of twin brothers and chefs, Thomas and Mathias, with the goal of showcasing the best of modern German food combined with contemporary Central European influences, inspired by the twins’ childhood memories, family recipes, and traveling experience.
Some of the dishes you’ll want to try at Restaurant Sühring include appetizers such as the cured salmon with salmon roe and dill, pork sausage with curry and beer, and foie gras mousse. Follow that up with mashed potatoes and eel, sourdough bread with pork lard pate, crayfish with herbs, edible flowers, and crayfish butter, roasted aged Hungarian duck, Spatzle pasta, and of course their signature roast pork knuckle, which is served on a wooden platter with a knife to be carved right in front of you.
If you’ve ever wanted to try German food in Bangkok, this is the place to go.
Bangkok is a dream come true for the foodie and restaurant lover. Only in this capital city are visitors able to try casual and high-end Thai cuisine, as well as European and Middle Eastern cuisine upgraded and given a distinctly Thai touch. Are you ready to plan your trip to Thailand now?

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6 Local Dishes Around the World That Are Worth the Trip

Local Dishes Around the World!

An Italian dinner of pasta, tomato ragu, bread, and olive oil, speaks not only of the recipes passed on through generations but of the fertile lands that bore the olives in the country. In Japan, sushi is representative of the vast resources the country inherits from the sea. A meal in a new country is a way to experience and enjoy the tastes and traditions of the place you are visiting.
With food, you will almost always find the best dishes by going straight to the source. With decades, or even centuries experience cooking the same dishes, the locals have learned the insider secrets to perfect their cuisine. There are so many regional cuisines that are praised throughout the world, that traveling just to taste the foods of the world can be a worthwhile adventure. But with so many options and a wide range of flavors, where do you begin? Here’s a list of the best local dishes around the world.

Ceviche in Peru

You may have heard of ceviche before. To put it simply, ceviche

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Ceviche

is chopped raw fish that has been marinated in citrus and peppers. The fish “cooks” in the acidity of the citrus. The fish and citrus vary, but the flavor profile is the same — fresh, clean fish, the tangy acidity of lime or lemon, and subtle heat. Located off the Pacific Ocean, Peru has an abundant supply of fresh seafood. Popular options include sea bass, halibut, and tilapia. But as chefs continue to experiment, other varieties including marlin and shark are becoming popular as well. Lima is known to be the culinary hotspot of Peru, but there are great ceviche options throughout the country. Chez Wong is a must if you are in Lima. Also check out Jasusi in Máncora.

Chili Crab in Singapore

Be prepared to get your hands dirty when you dig into Singapore’s signature dish. You’re sure to find yourself licking your fingers as you try to savor every morsel of sauce. Chili crab is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, providing an experience your taste buds won’t soon forget. The sweet and tender mud crab is smothered in a sauce composed of tomatoes, garlic, and spices. The degree of spice will vary from place to place, but it is generally believed, the spicier, the better. For authentic chili crab, a visit to Roland’s is a must, as they claim to be the place where the chili crab began. Few have been entrusted with the family recipe that makes this dish so special. Another favorite among locals is Jumbo Seafood, winner of numerous culinary awards and winner for best chili crab in 2006.

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Poutine in Montreal

If you are looking for a comfort food that will stick to your guts, look no further than poutine. This local dish is comprised of crispy french fries topped with squeaky (as poutine connoisseurs like to call it) cheese curds and smothered in a rich brown gravy. This comfort food found its beginnings in Montreal, but can be found throughout most of Canada. Although the traditional variety is a favorite among locals, chefs throughout the country have found a variety of ways to spice it up. Be sure to visit La Banquise and try one of their 30 varieties including The Scooby, topped with steak, fried pickles, onions, bacon, and garlic sauce, or The Rachel, a vegetarian option topped with peppers, mushrooms and onions. Try Au Pied de Cochon, for a rich egg and cream infused gravy with a generous serving of foie gras on top.

Goulash in Hungary

You may remember goulash from childhood — ground beef, tomato sauce, noodles, a classic weeknight dinner. But that’s not the goulash we are talking about. Traditional Hungarian goulash (gulyás) is a local dish in Hungary containing a rich meat and potato stew. Though often made with large chunks of beef, it is not uncommon for veal or pork to be used as well. The meat is slowly simmered in a deep tomato broth, infused with smoky, Hungarian paprika. Potatoes and vegetables are added to create a warm, hearty dish that can be found on almost every menu in Hungary. If you are looking for an authentic experience, head to Budapest Bisztró.

Som Tam in Thailand

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Som Tam

Thailand is known for its soups and noodles. And rightfully so. Thailand is home to Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), and Pad Kee Mao (also known as drunken noodles). And while everyone loves a spicy noodle dish, there is another dish that travelers and locals keep coming back to. Som Tam is a green papaya salad. It can be found in street markets and in restaurants. Chilies, garlic, dried shrimp, fish sauce, and palm sugar are mixed together with a mortar and pestle. The resulting sauce is then combined with crisp, sour papaya. The sweetness of the sugar balances out the tart flavors and the chilies provide a nice heat. But be forewarned, the heat level will vary and some salads will provide quite a kick.

Pizza in Italy

When it comes to food, there are so many options to choose from in Italy. Italy is world renowned for its pasta, polenta, olive oil, wine — pretty much food in general. It’s hard to go wrong when choosing what to eat while in Italy. But perhaps the most iconic and arguably most delicious local dish to eat in Italy is pizza.
Pizza has been around for centuries, in multiple forms, flavors, and varieties. In Italy, pizza is at its best when it is kept simple. The best pizza is a showcase of its ingredients. Pizza Margherita is a classic. Crisp dough, a simple sauce, basil, and cheese are all that’s needed for the perfect slice. For a no-fuss traditional pizzeria, stop by L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples. In Rome, try La Gatta Mangiona and taste one of their seasonal favorites.

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6 Spectacular Festivals in Thailand

Thailand, the land of smiles, is known to be a place of food, culture, and celebration. Its capital city, Bangkok, is said to have a vibe that is like no other in the world. So it should come as no surprise that the country has some of the most colorful, unique festivals in the world. Thailand loves a reason to celebrate, meaning you can find a festival practically any time of the year. The only question is, where will you celebrate?

Loy Krathong

Visit Thailand in November and you will experience one of the most spectacular festivals the country has to offer. Loy Krathong is arguably one of Thailand’s most popular and well-known festivals. Held on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar, the festival features the release of thousands of lanterns into the sky and waters. Loi translates to float. A Krathong is a vessel traditionally made of banana leaves, filled with candles, flowers, and incense. It is believed that the release of the Krathong into the waters is a blessing to Buddha and brings in good fortune to the new year. It is not uncommon for locals to put nail clippings or pieces of hair in their Krathong to send away bad things.
The release of lanterns is more commonly seen in northern Thailand. During the Yi Peng Floating Lantern Festival, thousands of lanterns are lit and released into the air. The resulting site is one of the most unique views you will experience. Both festivals take place in November with the dates changing based on the Thai calendar.

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival

Imagine looking up and seeing nothing but brightly colored parasols. This is what you will find at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival. The festival takes places in Bo Sang, on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, on the third weekend of January. It’s a celebration of local artisans and features beautifully crafted umbrellas in a rainbow of colors. Particularly special is the mulberry bark paper parasol, hand painted with intricate designs. But there’s more than umbrellas. The festival includes markets, carnival games, music, and even a beauty pageant.

Songkran Water Festival

Ask someone who has experienced the Songkran Water Festival what it was like and they will likely tell you it was like the biggest water fight they have ever been in. Every year in mid-April, all across Thailand, people gather to celebrate the Thai New Year. In the Buddhist culture, pouring or throwing water is meant to symbolize the washing away of the past and its misfortunes. It represents a clean start for the new year. Throughout the country, locals and tourists come together for an epic three-day water fight filled with family, food, and fun. Many businesses shut down and give their employees the time off. If you are staying in a major city in Thailand, be prepared to get wet if you venture outside. Dress accordingly and make sure to stay hydrated and reapply your sun lotion as the event takes place during Thailand’s hottest time of the year.

Phi Ta Khon (Ghost Festival)

One of the most unique and colorful festivals in Thailand, the Phi Ta Khon Festival (otherwise known as the Ghost Festival) is a celebration of a joyous time. The Jataka Tales tell the story of the lives of Siddhattha Gotama before he became the Buddha. Just prior to becoming the Buddha he was the prince, Vessandara. The Phi Ta Khon celebrated his homecoming, in which all came, including the spirits of the dead. The festival celebrates the uniting of the living and dead.
The festival takes place over three days. These days will vary each year (usually taking place between March and June) and are chosen by local mediums. The event is lively and features locals dressed as ghosts, parades, rocket launchings, and lots of dancing. The festival is popular in Thailand, so accommodations should be planned well in advance.

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese culture. It is a time of celebration, worship, family gathering, and welcoming the new year. But it is not solely celebrated in China. The celebration takes place all throughout Asia and Thailand is no exception. At least 14% of the Thai population identifies as Chinese and there are many representations of the Chinese culture throughout Thailand. In Bangkok, the festival is celebrated in Yaowarat Chinatown and includes food, performances, and other attractions. Festivities can also be found Phuket Old Town and Queens Park in Muang district. Past events have included acrobatic shows and folk dancing.
Chinese New Year begins on the last day of the lunar year and goes until the 15th day of the next year.

Vegetarian Festival

The name of the festival may give off the impression that this festival is nothing more than abstaining from beef and enjoying a few more salads, but this festival, also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is rich in history and tradition. During the nine-day Chinese festival, residents abstain from all meat products. Though named the vegetarian festival, the allowed diet is vegan. During the festival, jay is practiced. During jay, those who follow abstain from lying, alcohol, stealing, gambling, and sex. They wear white to represent their purity.
The festival takes place throughout all of Thailand, but the biggest events occur in Bangkok and Phuket. Visitors will find colorful parades, firecrackers, dragons, and lots of vegan food. In Phuket, the celebration showcases an extreme display of participation. Here, a select number of religious devotees, mah song, pierce their faces with swords, knives, and various rods. This act is viewed as a surrender to the gods.
A visit to Thailand will expose travelers to the traditions, beliefs, and cultures of the land. A festival is a great opportunity to celebrate and meet the residents of the country. There are a variety of festivals throughout the year. When you plan your trip, mind the calendar, and try to include at least one festival during your stay. It is sure to bring an experience that will be one of the highlights of your adventure.