18 Oct | Riz | No Comments

Popular breakfast foods in Thailand

When you are visiting Thailand you will find that Western-style breakfasts are not very common. It is a good idea to manage your expectations that you may not find toasted bread, scrambled eggs, sausages, French toast, or a bowl of your favorite cereal with milk at the breakfast table. With the exception of hotels and …

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11 Oct | Riz | No Comments

What to expect if visiting Thailand this October

Thailand has entered the final month of the official mourning period as the anniversary of the death of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the royal funeral are approaching. There are some closures around Bangkok that you should know about before making plans, or if you already have plans it is advised that you check …

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4 Oct | Riz | No Comments

Essential Thai Phrases

You will find yourself shopping on the street for many things including flowers, souvenirs, and of course food.   Despite Thailand’s role as a major transit hub for travellers across the world (in fact, Bangkok is the world’s most visited city two years in a row according to Forbes), English is not as pervasive as …

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27 Sep | Riz | No Comments

Thai Wedding Flower Phuang Malai

Flowers are a symbol of love, luck and compassion especially in Thailand. In Thai Buddhist culture, flowers have a great impact and they are often given as offerings or kept for good luck. In temples flowers are placed as offerings on shrines, or are given to special guests as a sign of respect. When getting …

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21 Sep | Riz | No Comments

Neighborhood Chronicles: Bangkunnon Road

Head over from the Rattanakosin, Old City area of Bangkok to the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River and you can really find some unique treasures such as the Siriraj Hospital Medical Museum(housing medical experiments and even a forensic museum) or the Royal Barge Museum (home of the ornamental boats used in ceremonial processions …

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14 Sep | Riz | No Comments

Tao Teung : A Unique Thai-Hainanese Dessert

Tao Teung or Tao Teung Yen (cold) is a Hainanese dessert featuring Boi Kia,  glutinous rice flour dumplings and many other things from cooked beans to water chestnuts to Chinese grass jelly to candied tubers to fresh jackfruit- all served in the same bowl with brown sugar syrup and crushed ice. The various ingredients lend …

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6 Sep | Riz | No Comments

Thai Roti: Pan-Fried Crowd Pleaser

Roti, a tasty pan-fried bread, is a popular snack. Similar to Paratha of Indian origin and Malaysia’s Roti canai, roti is widely served all over Thailand.  There are both sweet and savory versions, which can vary in style from vendor to vendor and province to province, however the taste is always a surefire winner! In …

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30 Aug | Riz | No Comments

How to Survive The Rush Hour in Bangkok

Bangkok is indeed a destination city because of the variety of Thai foods, reasonable accommodations, and amazing scenery, which is hard to match in Asia. Like other big cities, Bangkok does however suffer from traffic jams, especially if you are travelling during the morning peak or evening rush hours (which can last and last depending …

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22 Aug | Riz | No Comments

Khao Soi: The Uniqueness of Northern Thailand

Khao Soi is a deliciously rich, creamy, slightly spicy yellow curry dish originating in Northern Thailand. This classic Northern Thai soup will satisfy your craving for a Thai curry dish combined with tender braised meat (chicken, beef are favorites) in a coconut curry broth with boiled and fried noodles. It’s easy to eat, delicious and …

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17 Aug | Riz | No Comments

Mother’s Day in Thailand

Mother’s Day is a highly special occasion celebrated across the globe for honoring mothers and their love for their children. In Thailand Mother’s Day is celebrated on , August 12th,  Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday. It’s a national holiday in Thailand. A giving to monks forms a meaningful part of the traditional Mother’s Day celebrations. …

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9 Aug | Riz | No Comments

Thai Grilled Bananas: Good Source of Calories

Today I’d like to share with you another delicious Thai treat which is widely available around the streets in Bangkok and also a good source of potassium, vitamins and carbohydrates for fitness lovers! I am talking about grilled/baked bananas Kluay Tap (กล้วยทับ) or Kluay Ping (กล้วยปิ้ง) drizzled with a sweet coconut caramel sauce.   Now, you may …

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2 Aug | Riz | No Comments

Vendor Spotlight: Prachak Ped Yang (Roasted Duck)

Interview with Khun Panisa Mahasirimongkol, who has stepped up to take the lead from her dad, Sanguan Mahasirimongkol the owner of Prachak Ped Yang- a legendary institution famous for roasted duck.  Sanguan Mahasirimongkol- who remains very much active at Prachak Ped Yang – How long has Prachak Ped Yang been here? This shop opened in 1909, so …

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26 Jul | Riz | No Comments

Chinatown Food Crawl: Photo Blog

It’s no wonder that Chinatown Food Crawl is one of our most visited food tour hotspots. This week we came up with an idea to share some cool photos from our Chinatown food tour. Hope you will enjoy these!     Foodies enjoying their evening tour in Yaowrat, Chinatown It’s all about the juice! Can …

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12 Jul | Riz | No Comments

Guide Spotlight Interview: Khun Khwan

Food Specialist & Tour guide, K. Khwan   Tour guides are the heart of our food tour business and recently Taste of Thailand had this opportunity to sit down with our guide Khun Woody to find out a little bit more about her. -Where are you from originally? -Bangkok.  -Great! How long have you been …

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5 Jul | Riz | No Comments

The Humble Khao Man Gai  – Simple Dish, Big Flavor

Khao Man Gai is often called the Thai variation of Hainanese Chicken Rice. It’s very unique to Thai cuisine, however, as on its own, it is free of spice or any additional flavors, unlike most Thai dishes. It is however, very popular! Khao Man Gai literally means rice oily chicken in Thai. The water used …

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28 Jun | Riz | No Comments

Vendor Spotlight: Fish cakes (Thod man pla-graay)

      We had a chance to talk with Khun Wilai, Owner of Fish Cake business What is your name? – My name is Khun Wilai. How long has the fish cake business been here? – It has been 30 years! Please tell us little about your business? – Catching featherback fish has been the profession of my husband’s …

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21 Jun | Riz | No Comments

Riz at the Border:  A Photo Blog at Chong Chom Market

Location: Surin-Chong Chom Road, Ban Dan Phatthana | Dan subdistrict,  Kap Choeng, Thailand Similar to many markets around the Northeast, Isaan, Chong Chom border market is a local market where you can find many things to buy from children’s toys to electrical goods. During my recent visit to my in-law’s house, I visited this market along with my wife …

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14 Jun | Riz | No Comments

Guide Spotlight Interview: Khun Woody

Food Specialist &Tour guide, K. Woody.Natthapong.Sirikunopakarn   Tour guides are the heart of our food tour business and recently Taste of Thailand had this opportunity to sit down with our guide Khun Woody to find out a little bit more about him. -Where are you from originally? -Bangkok.  My actual birthplace is nearby the location …

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7 Jun | Riz | No Comments

Insects: Alternative Source of Proteins

Full of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and minerals – yes, all of these benefits can come from different types of insects around us.  Though some of them look extremely scary, many of them are edible and pack quite a nutritious punch! Thailand is one of those countries where eating insects is common. If you visit …

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29 May | Riz | No Comments

Cooking with Boonsap: Our Newest Adventure!

Recently, the Taste of Thailand Team spend a lovely day cooking with our friends at Boonsap Thai Desserts, one of our tasty vendors we visit on our Village of Love Tours.  This new adventure, Cooking with Boonsap, will not only have you tasting amazing Thai food, but cooking it yourself!  Of course we had to …

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