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The hunt for Lao Nam Khao

Hunt for Nam Khao when staying in Luang Prabang Laos somewhere down near the river

 Nam Khao, the Laotian crispy rice salad, is one of the most popular dishes in Lao cuisine. The Thai version for me plays second fiddle to the Nam Khao in Laos. It is a more rustic, hearty variation that seems open to each cook’s individual interpretation that often surprises. What I love about Nam Khao is that it is served in a single dish with ... Read More »

Best treehouse dining in Phuket Town

Tamachart Restaurant Phuket Town built like a tree house full of forky stuff

Who wants to eat Thai food in a tree house? This fork reckons most everyone, especially families with children. That must be why Tamachart Restaurant in Phuket Town is still doing a brisk businesses selling reasonably priced Thai food. All from a restaurant build in and around a tree packed with kitsch décor. Once the darling of hipster backpackers, Thais ... Read More »

‘Super moon’ takes out Pak Bang Rawai

Pak Bang Seafood Rawai torn down because it had a roof no more seaside dining in the day

 Pak Bang Seafood by Rawai’s seashore is history. But the rumour about super moon destroying seaside table seating is a forking lie. Individual shop owners, not the super moon, tore it down. However the Rawai seawall (and another big tree) took another super hit with the remaining seaside restaurants to the north getting damaged. A digger was working overtime trying to rebuild Rawai’s seawall that fails to prove it ... Read More »

Thai noodle master of Nai Harn

Makanan Islam Cafe Thai noodles on Sai Yuan Road Nai Harn great food cheap price Khun Haroon owner

Khun Haroon, owner of Makanan Islam Cafe, is a Thai noodle master. He has to be one the best at what he does, or his tiny restaurant on Sai Yuan Road in Nai Harn wouldn’t be packed daily with its eclectic mix of customers. Thais on lunch break compete with foreign residents and tourist families for a place to sit. Makanan Islam ... Read More »

Stormy future for seaside dining in Phuket

Stormy weather for Pak Bang Seafood Centre in Rawai

Pak Bang Food Center is this fork’s top seaside dining destination in Phuket. I take almost all family and friends visiting Phuket here. It is very family friendly and loved for its location right on water and stunning views of Rawai beach. It helps that most of the time the seafood vendors at Pak Bang  delivered solid meals. Years ago I ... Read More »

Best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai best Khao Soi noodles Aroon Rai opposite Thaepae Gate

Aroon Rai Restaurant serves Chiang Mai’s best Khao Soi noodles. This is a highly subjective, personal point of view to say the least. It is also one of this fork’s all time favourite Thai noodle dishes from any region of the country. It might even come out top compared to noodle dishes from any other Asian country (except maybe this ... Read More »

Rum Jungle Cafe rocks Phuket

Rum Jungle Cafe - Rawai, Phuket serves best pasta in Phuket.

Rum Jungle Cafe – Rawai, Phuket does surprise the casual diner.  Tucked into a loud corner of Rawai’s very busy Sai Yuan Road, the restaurant is the surrounded by a small cluster of nocturnal establishments unique to Thailand’s entertainment industry. Seaside it is not. Yet Rum Jungle Cafe’s funky ambiance and excellent Italian-Mediterranean food earned it a Trip Advisor’s top 20 ... Read More »

Henry’s Hunan messy plate club

Henry's Hunan Chinese Restaurant has four outlets around San Francisco.

Just like the rest of us, this fork is tired of the now endless stream of food photos. Everyone is sick of seeing so-called ‘food porn’ on social media, right? Our mission is to eat, drink (sometimes to moderate excess) and have as much fun as ‘hunanly’ possible. At Henry’s Hunan Restaurant that is exactly what we did. So what if ... Read More »

This gumbo is double bird magic

Pheasant Quail Andouille Sausage Gumbo New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014

OMFG. How many small birds does it take to make New Orleans gumbo great? Two apparently. That’s why in this gumbo the pheasant flies with the quail – a fabulous pairing. Together they combine to help your entire being take flight. Or for others maybe a quick nap behind a Jazz Fest food court trash can. This is really filling ... Read More »

French Quarter’s Oceana Grill serves up tsunami sauce crab cakes

French Quarter Oceana Grill crab cakes

  The French Quarter’s Oceana Grill is smack on Bourbon and Conti Streets, so much easier to find than say Adolfo’s on Frenchman Street. The restaurant also fits nicely into several Krewe d’Agave core criteria. They pour Bloody Marys (pretty good ones) and they serve their entire dinner menu until 1am, right when we need a righteous feed. On its Oceana ... Read More »

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