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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 8th 2014

“Historically, Thailand was "the Venice of the East" whereby water transport was the primary means of long distance transport of goods. If fact, the canal system in Bangkok and elsewhere was far more extensive than ever existed in Venice”. If you look at a good Bangkok map, you will be amazed at the extent of the criss-cross grid. The Thai word "klong" means "canal" and shall be used hereafter. The 20th century saw a rapid transformation to surface vehicle transport. In fact, many of the main roads of today are just filled-in klongs. Since klongs weren't owned by anyone, loosely speaking, it was easier to fill them in to make roads than to displace people. For example, Silom, Sathorn, Phloenchit, Sukhumvit and Asoke are just a few of the filled in klongs. Many places are named ... read more
Vendor selling crunchy scorpions for tourists In Khao San Rd
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 5th 2014

20140705 STROLL IN OLD CHINA TOWN IN A HOT DAY Going for a stroll in old China Town I highly NOT recommend it. I started my day taking a motorcycle ride from the corner of my building to the Giant Swing right in the middle of China Town. None of of the fast public transportation get you there. Not the subway not the skytrain and it is one of the most touristic areas of Bangkok. I guess it is strategically planned that way so trourists spend more money in Tuk-Tuks and Taxis. The sun was out, the sky was blue and it was HOT. I mean hot and dry. The area around the Giant Swing is surrounded by Buddha Factories. I took advantage of the situation and tried to ask for a Business Buddha for one ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 3rd 2014

Another photo round in China Town. After school Ratch, better known as Richie, said that she would show me where to get the traditional Chinese food carry-ons so I don’t have to use the non-evironmentally friendly plastic bags anymore. We were going to meet in Huag Lampong Station which is the last MRT station that takes you to the entrance to China Town. She texted me when she was on her way…I ran to catch the train! And surprise when I got in she was sitting in the same wagon. How awesome is that. We were laughing for a while. She took me through the Chinese market that is very hard to find unless you are a local and I tried to snap some shots as we were walking. Don’t think I got anything. Besides I ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 3rd 2014

YUM COLLECTION Ingredients: 3 Cups of water 2 Cups of white sugar 1 Cup of Panang Water Add 2 leaves of panang for color and boil. Cool off 2 cups with a bowl of cold water and slowly pour: ¼ cup of Mung Bean Starch and mix well in a wide pot in low heat Continue stiring with wooden spoon until it thickens. Add 1 cup of water chestnuts (diced small) Mix well and set aside Topping: 1 cup of coconut cream ½ cup of water ¼ corn flour 1t salt Make baskets with Panang leaves and put half with the Thai water chestnut pudding mix and half with the topping. See Video: http://youtu.be/ISEV4_m0HKw Great balance between salty, sweet and crunchy.... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 3rd 2014

DIPPING SAUCE: YUM COLLECTION 5g – 3 Bird Eye Chili 15g-1 Shallot 1 Garlic Clove 20g Cashews 1 Spring Onion 1 Coriander Leaf 1 ½ Limes cut Thai style 20g Mango and carrot shredded 100g of deep fried fish. Crush all ingredients in a mortar. SALAD DRESSING: YUM COLLECTION (NOTE: Use with any salad) Squeeze lime 1T Fish sauce 1 ½ Sugar Syrop Mix garlic, Chili, Shallots, spring onion, mango and carrots. Preparation Rehydrate fish meat with a cup of oil and deep fry again. Don’t stir. Scoop out, let it solidify and serve over sliced cabbage. Dress the sliced cabbage with the fish, and garnish with shallots, peanuts and coriander. Serve with dressing in a saucer on the side.... read more
Rice crackers with Peanut Sauce
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 3rd 2014

20140703 5 2 RICE CRACKERS WITH MINCED CHICKEN AND PEANUT SAUCE YUM (SUBSTITUTE: SQUID OR PORK OR SHRIMP) 50g Minced Chicken 1 Coriander Root 15g of shallot 15g Crushed Peanut (Mixed with chili to taste) 100g Coconut Cream Rice crackers or any toast of cracker. PREPARATION: In wok at low heat 2T of Oil. Add shallots and Coriander root stir fry until it releases aroma. Turn to Medium Heat and add Coconut Cream Add 1T of chili paste boil and add minced chicken and peanuts Seasonings: 1 T Tamarind 1 T Palm Sugar 1 T Fish Sauce Keep stiring until it thickens like a dip. Serve on a dip saucer.... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 3rd 2014

PASTE 15g Dry Chili Re-hydrated 1 Lemongrass 4g Galangal 6g Garlic 9g Shallots 2g Kaffir Lime skin 1/2t white peppercorn 1T Shrimp Paste 1t Salt INGREDIENTS: ½ Kaffir lime (To squeeze juice) 100g of pork belly 2 leaves of Kaffir lime 4 leaves of swamp cabbage 4 leaves of Reg Cabbage ½ cup of Coconut Cream PREPARATION In a wok add: 1 T of oil. 1T paste and coconut cream. Then add ½ cup of chicken stock. Turn to high heat and boil. Add pork belly. Cook until pork is well cooked then add swamp cabbage. Seasoning: 1T Tamarind Sauce ½ Palm Sugar ½ Fish Sauce Squeeze kaffir lime and add the shell to the dish. Taste and turn heat down Add 2T Coconut Cream and 1/2cup of chicken stock if necessary.... read more
Pork Belly Curry with Swamp Cabbage
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 1st 2014

Pei, my Singaporean roommate from my first apartment, and I went to watch the sunset from the roof top bar in the Sofitel Hotel. The Sofitel Hotel interior design is inspired by a combination of the five elements: water, metal, earth, wood and fire which balancing the French design and the Thai culture in every area. The Sofitel Luxury Hotel is also known by a unique spa and an infinity pool that makes you feel you are floating over the buildings. Rooms start at 5000 THB. The building has 30 stories and the bar is in the 27th floor. The lobby is located in the 9th floor with great view to Bangkok skyline. From the 9th floor another elevator will take you to the 27th floor. The roof top bar and restaurant has two levels. It’s ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok July 1st 2014

After we were all finished with the cooking class day. The chef instructor from the Pro-Chef class took all of us to a fun excursion to one of the biggest and nicest Thai markets in Bankok. Kamphaeng Phet Market in Bangkok is located by the subway stop that has its name on exit 2. Full of colors, people, textures….lots of photo opportunites that would make you want to play all day. I kept falling behing the group and didn’t see anything that was shown to them as far as local fruits and vegetables but I had my own fun playing with dof. Ranked the 4th best fresh market in the world by a famous travel guide, Or Tor Kor is so much more than a local market. Products displayed here are selected among the best found ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 30th 2014

I felt like getting out of ground Bangkok for a little bit and went up to the 59th floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. The 61-storey property is famed for its open-air rooftop Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar. The space was converted from its original feature, a helicopter pad. The presidential suit is THB 27710 and a regular king size bed is THB 5610 ($187 US Dollars) Click here to see the link to the room http://roomsvillas.banyantree.com/bangkok/Reservations/Rooms/Banyan-Tree-Club-Room-King. Now the Bar restaurants resembles a big ship on an ocean of buildings. So I went to see it for my self. I wanted to catch the sunset but it was rather an overcast day. The city lights started to come up slowly. I could still see the river on West Bangkok. There is and strict casual dress code ... read more
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