Viet-nom-nom: A Food Trail from Saigon to Hanoi.

Vietnamese food deviates from its Indochinese neighbours, compared to, say, Thailand, which offers up copious coconut-creamed based curries and deep-fried snacks doused in sticky sauces. Ultimately, you leave Thailand with sweet chilli running through your veins and oil seeping out … Continue reading

Eating Dim Sum in Dim London: Chinese New Year 2013

The weather in London last Sunday can be described as nothing but disgusting. Soggy, abysmal, gloomy and damn right depressing. Not the best way for the Chinese to bring in their New Year (of the snake). Regardless, China Town was … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like A Tourist: Chiang Mai’s Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre

Chiang Mai: a transition from beach-bumming, an escape from the oppressive humidity, a place to enjoy a sudden decline of high-school flashpackers and where street meals over 20THB are a thing of the past. The jittery 20 hour sleeper train … Continue reading

Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Leftover Spring-Rolls

If you (like my Mother) purchased a monster of a Turkey this Christmas and cannot push another fork-full of Bubble and Squeak passed your lips and into your christmas-crammed stomachs, then here is a new way to use up those … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel like a Tourist: City Snacking in Bangkok

There’s one thing that travelling has taught me: don’t listen to everything people tell you. Others had painted a picture of Bangkok as a missable city unbearably clogged up with sweat, motorbikes, people, pestering Tuk-Tuk drivers and seedy back-streets.  This … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Koh Samui, Finding Comfort in a Curry

Koh Samui wasn’t my cup of green tea. Areas such as Chawang and Lamai are heaving with neon lit back-allies where you’ll be greeted by a swarm of ladyboys attempting to pull you into bars that attract male westerners, sharing … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Full Moon and Sweet Sticky Rice

Before I reached Koh Phangan I approached the thought of The Full Moon Party (FMP) with strong ambivalence. The FMP is affiliated with horror stories of drug over-dosing, rape and even death which had left me wondering whether I should … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Papaya on Phi Phi

I originally had high expectations for Phi Phi with it being the top of many people’s lists when visiting Thailand. I had been told by someone who had visited several times that the islands attract hippies and evoke a hedonistic … Continue reading

Taste Real Thailand, Travel Like a Tourist: Intro

Thailand is rife with Tourism, with many of its islands resembling our teenage alcohol-fuelled antic-led holidays to European islands where local culture has been demolished by those we (shamefully) call our own race   This Tourism has infiltrated Thai food leaving … Continue reading

Beating Snake Hearts, Creepy Crawlies and Frog Guts: SE Asia’s Gory Gastronomy.

In the Spirit of Halloween I’ve decided to conjure up all the deadly delicacies I consumed around South-East Asia. I vowed to myself to try  EVERYTHING, no matter the colour, texture or life-form, however revolting or repulsive it may be. … Continue reading