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My Book – Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu
Remember when the Zealous Water Buffalo told you many months ago that I was writing a book? Well, it’s done. Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen won’t be available until around mid-May, but if you preorder it now, you will be among the first people to get it.

That’s not all, if you preorder the book now, you will be given access to a video tutorial on how to make red curry from scratch, from the homemade paste to the finished dish. I do not intend on making this video public on the blog or elsewhere, at least within the next year or so. So it will be available immediately to only the early birds among you and no one else. So, please be sure to keep the email confirmation from your bookseller of choice (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, iBooks, and Google Books) when you preorder.

You have until Thai New Year (April 13) to do so which is when I will tell you how to redeem your gift.

But first, let me tell you a bit about the book so you know what you’re investing in. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, I will sum up this book into one sentence. Continue Reading →

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Lime-Honey-Lemongrass Slush

Lime_honey-Lemongrass Slush
We’re still very much in the middle of the Thai Grilled Chicken Series. So far we’ve got:
Part One – What? The Chicken Sauce Is More Famous Than the Chicken?: Introduction
Part Two – The Basics of Thai Grilled Chicken
Part Three – Mom’s Lemongrass Grilled Chicken
Part Four – Southern Thai Sweet-and-Sour Curry-Basted Grilled Chicken
Part Five – Smoked Soy-Honey-Rum Cornish Game Hens

But you’ve got to wash all those barbecued chickens down with something, right? Thai iced tea with lime is always great in the summer. However, I thought I would introduce to you the refreshing beverage from one of the restaurants in Bangkok which I frequent whenever I’m in town: Taling Pling’s lime-honey-lemongrass slush.

This is not the official recipe from the restaurant. This is my own recipe which leads to a similar end product.

Note: Our tastes may be different and the limes in your area may taste different from the limes in my area, so be sure to adjust the amount of honey and lime juice to taste. This recipe is highly customizable. Continue Reading →

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Thai Tea Ice Cream and Coconut Ice Cream at Tipparos, Bangkok

thai tea ice cream thai coconut ice cream

Thai tea ice cream and coconut ice cream with basil seeds and jackfruit mixed in, both topped with roasted peanuts and palm seeds in heavy syrup — Tipparos Ice Cream, Bangkok

Two years ago, I mentioned one of my favorite ice cream stores (and one of the oldest — since 1946) in Bangkok, Tipparos Ice Cream (ไอสครีมทิพย์รส), and quite a few of you have written to ask me where this place is. Well, if you live in or are frequent visitors to Bangkok, go to Tao Poon three-pronged intersection (สามแยกเตาปูน). That’s the T-junction where Pracharat Road (ถนนประชาราษฎร์), formerly Krungthep-Nonthaburi Road (ถนนกรุงเทพฯ-นนทบุรี), meets Pracharat 2 Road (ถนนประชาราษฎร์สายสอง) — you can’t miss it.

Be prepared to travel on foot, though, as there’s no place to park. And, as of today, there’s no BTS or MRT station within a walking distance from there either. But this small (and not very scenic, especially with major constructions currently underway) part of Bangkok is worth exploring. I know that area like the back of my hand. My great-grandparents built their home (the one that later became food for termites, mentioned in my post on Northeastern Thai sausage) 15 minutes from that spot on the other side of the train track. It was at this house where, one day, a young man had a visit with my great-grandfather who worked out of his home and met a young lady who brought out a glass of iced tea for him. They subsequently fell in love and got married there — at that house. Then they had a baby girl whom they brought straight from the hospital to — yup — that house. That baby grew up to write this blog, and she can’t stop yakking about all the fond memories she has of that house and the area around it.

On a somewhat related note, my most favorite Pad Thai restaurant in the whole universe is also in this area. I’ll tell you more about it in due time. Continue Reading →

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