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Ai Dtim (That’s Ice Cream to us English Speakers)

Ai Dtim (That’s Ice Cream to us English Speakers)

The other students who were with me for our vegetarian cooking class shrieked when they heard the cha-ching, cha-ching of an ice cream vendor pass the restaurant. “Ai Dtim! You dtim. We all dtim for ai dtim!” The Thai version of the ice cream truck had passed. “You have to try it,” they insisted....

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Pad Thai for Breakfast

Pad Thai for Breakfast

I went back to my favorite, May Kaidee’s Vegetarian Restaurant, not wanting to experiment with breakfast. I get that way with recipes sometimes, going back to tried-and-true old favorites rather than trying new things, because when I get too many flubs and just want good food, I want good food! Good old Pad Thai...

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Taste From Heaven

Taste From Heaven

Yesterday I tried a different vegetarian restaurant, Taste From Heaven, which supports the work of the Elephant Nature Park, a haven for elephants rescued from the hands of abusive owners or those who are otherwise unable to properly or adequately feed or care for them. It also helps remove older elephants who are no...

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Samosas and Banana Lassi

Samosas and Banana Lassi

I couldn’t resist the temptation to have some Indian food. There are two restaurants in my neighborhood here, and one was closed, so I tried the other one. This one is New Delhi Restaurant on Ratchawithi Road, near the intersection with Ratchaphakhinai Road. Like most places, it looks unpretentious enough: a few tables roadside...

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Thai Vegetarian Cooking Class

Thai Vegetarian Cooking Class

What’s the difference between Tom Yum and Tom Kha soups? How do you make Kao Soi, a northern Thai noodle dish? What kind of rice makes a purple dessert? I learned the questions to all these and more today, at my vegetarian cooking class. Three other students and I spent an hour at the...

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The Travelers’ Curse: The BRAT Diet

The Travelers’ Curse: The BRAT Diet

Surely you’ve heard of the BRAT diet to cure diarrhea? Bananas, Rice, And Toast (white, plain). I offer you my Thai version: Bananas, Rice, And Tea. The bananas were apple bananas, the smaller version popular in Asia, with a more tangy taste and firmer texture (to hold up to those delicious desserts, like bananas...

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Too Fat to Fit in the Airplane Seats, but I Came Here to Chiang Mai to EAT!!

Too Fat to Fit in the Airplane Seats, but I Came Here to Chiang Mai to EAT!!

Well, I made it to Chiang Mai this morning without incident…the first time in a while that I can remember. No lost luggage, delayed flights, obnoxious passengers, etc. Yay. It’s hot and I’m dripping with heat rashes all over. 86 degrees F, 30 degrees C and dry. So I’ll need to get used to...

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Bubur Pulot Hitam, Sticky Black Rice Pudding

Bubur Pulot Hitam, Sticky Black Rice Pudding

For dessert at our final dinner in Malaysia, we were served a warm rice pudding, accompanied by sliced papaya. It was the perfect ending to three weeks of lip smacking. Although the main ingredient, black glutinous rice, may be hard to find, the dessert is very simple to prepare. And you can’t beat it...

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Carrot Cake (Not What You Think)

Carrot Cake (Not What You Think)

I spent several hours yesterday and today attempting to make Malaysian carrot cake. It’s not the carrot-and-spice-studded sweet treat that automatically comes to mind for many of us. I’m talking about a steamed cake made of rice flour and daikon, the strong-flavored turnip or radish of Asian cultures. Grated daikon and rice flour are...

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Kerabu Nenas, Pineapple Salad

Kerabu Nenas, Pineapple Salad

We often ate this salad in Malaysia, an innocent-enough combination of raw carrot, onion, chile, and cucumber. The surprising addition of pineapple helped to create a light, oil-free dressing with a touch of sweetness and just enough tropical flair to win a spot at the top of the favorites list for many in our...

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