November 25, 2017

'dawn awakes lazily, dusk comes early... so little time to pick my bunch of fiddleheads'

Winter.  The cold season in Thailand is nothing close to any of the European winters but it is still Thailand’s very own.  My grandmother was from Loei, the coldest province in Thai...

March 16, 2017

I was told that I did not cry when I was first given chilli at the age of four. I don’t remember what it tasted like, but I do know that through intense contemplation it felt rather natural. Thai country folks believe that eating chilli represents the ritual process of...

March 16, 2017

I can always remember the smell of the first raindrops touching the dry ground which longs for the showers to cool down the heat. It fires a dramatic imagination just bringing to mind the moments of inhaling this wonderful scent of the earth.

The first few rains of the...

March 16, 2017

Perhaps this is what most people’s first and only impression of Thailand’s main climate is. The truth is, our summer is far greater than hot; it’s a summer of searing sun and a lot of fun.

For me Thai summers of some thirty years ago is for spending time in the backyard...

March 15, 2017

"The Egg Principle" I wrote earlier is one simple life lesson from home that touched me, and one which I try to remind myself as often as I can about the philosophy behind it. Doing the basic thing and not many things is perfectly ok – as long as that basic thing is do...

March 14, 2017

I woke this morning by the smells of that crisp scent of the Indonesian petite jasmine wafting across the yard to my pillow. The glowing light magnifies the reflective colours of my gigantic Golden Bamboo bushes by the sun deck to even more golden. The air is cool and...

March 14, 2017

Like in many cultures, cooking eggs in Thai kitchen is perhaps the first test for any novice cook. Omelette in our kitchen is not necessarily just a symbol of breakfast but an egg dish can appear in any meals. It is even a main dish on its own like Khao Kai Jiaw or Ome...

March 10, 2017

Tobin must have walked about 5km from Marina Bay to my house in downtown Singapore. I didn't ask how he chose his route or what motivated him for a stroll under such a humid afternoon in the tropic. Seeing the big professional looking camera he’s had with him, I hope h...

December 14, 2016

Thing is, it's not just Thai food that is abundantly good in this culinary kingdom of Chang Mai. One would realise that pasta is almost a Thai staple here also - Spaghetti Sai Ua (Chiang Mai sausage) is pretty common "local" dish. Amazing local talents for different cu...

December 11, 2016

Food, too, in a constant evolution. Som Tam was primarily a green papaya salad from the North East region, but the variation is endless these days.

This elaborated version is served with accompaniments that are meant to balance off the fiery flavors are all presented...

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