Ooops, I got a little behind on my Thailand posts because I went to Shanghai. More on that later.
Here is an entry mostly devoted to food. In Bangkok. Of course it starts in a mall, because why not? WHERE BETTER TO EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC CULTURE THAN AT A MALL?
(Contrary to the photo above, we did not eat at McDonalds, even though I enjoy trying regional McDonalds foods around the world. The Thai McDonalds menu includes fun items such as fried chicken and taro pie.)
We went to Siam Paragon in Bangkok, a fancy mall that’s apparently one of the biggest malls in Asia. The food court was pretty awesome, I admit. I was actually really surprised at how many Japanese restaurants (as in, chains from Japan) were in the mall. Japanese stuff is clearly quite popular in Bangkok.
Including my favourite — tonkatsu chain Maisen. (When in Tokyo, eat at the original one in Omotesando, which I’ve blogged about before.) Even though I should have been sticking to Thai food, I couldn’t resist getting one of their tiny, perfect sandos…
Also from Japan: beloved (by me, Mike, and the Japanese people) curry chain Coco Ichibanya.
And a Mos Burger!
But we decided to stick to Thai food. Are spring rolls even really Thai? I don’t know.
Beef something for Mike.
And green curry for me!
Not at a mall: one of Bangkok’s famous tuk-tuks.
Wheeeeeeee, tuk-tuk ride! Seems dangerous, but I didn’t die.
Noodles! I am useless because I have no idea what this was called. But it was good.
Dessert time: eat all the weird fruits, beans, and tapioca balls.
Mike ordering dessert.
Kind of like Japanese kakigori — I had mine with some kind of jelly and red bean. If red bean is an option, I will always take it.
Somewhere in Bangkok’s Chinatown (Yaowarat). It totally reminded me of being in Hong Kong.
Stir-fried water mimosa. I love weird vegetables.
Some kind of clams? I don’t know, but all of these dishes were delicious. Definitely worth visiting Bangkok’s Chinatown.
So many food stalls for you to try!
BRIEF WAT BREAK. Can you spot the cat?
Wat Pho at night. One of the largest wats (Thai temples) in Bangkok.
“Wat?” says Mike.
Again, so much gold.
A stop for pad thai! Because… Thailand.
Awesome old ads on the wall of the restaurant.
Regular pad thai and egg-wrapped pad thai. Very different than the gross ketchup-sauced noodles that Toronto calls pad thai.
Dessert: looks like a taco but is actually sweet. They’re called khanom buang and the “cheese” is actually coconut.
Sigh, now I’m hungry.