Kang Ban Phe Noodle & Seafood Café: Mantis Shrimp in Bangkok

The famous Kang Ban Phe (Mantis Shrimp Noodle Soup) from Rayong can also be enjoyed in Bangkok. The mantis shrimp is a delicious type of crayfish with a sweet taste like lobster and tender meat like crab.

The Kang Ban Phe Noodle & Seafood Café is located in a hip spot in the area of Lumpini Park, near Ploen Chit BTS station in Bangkok. At the prices of around 200-250 baht per dish, it’s quite a reasonable price, given the quality; fresh mantis shrimp caught in the morning. The only downside is the small portion. If you love seafood, give it a try, but avoid rush hour (12-1 p.m) if you don’t want to queue.

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A Touch of Local Life at Tawee Samarn Market in Phuket Town

There are plenty of local markets in Phuket, and one of them is Tawee Samarn market, located close the Phuket Rajabhat University in Phuket Town. It’s not one of the most famous markets, and when I googled this place I could hardly find any information; but it’s a nice place for a touch of local life – something I always enjoy. Usually, my wife and I eat out in Thailand, but this day my wife wanted to cook something special, and since we stayed at my brother-in-law’s house, we had the opportunity to cook by ourselves.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I just want to wish everyone a merry holiday. For exactly two years ago, my wife and I had a dinner at Mom Tri’s Kitchen in Phuket, overlooking Kata Noi Beach and the Andaman Sea. This year we’re in Scandinavia, having dinner with another Mom – the one who gave me birth. But we had the Christmas dinner yesterday. In Scandinavia, December 24 is the highlight of Christmas. After enjoying the classic Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord, everyone is waiting for Santa to arrive. Take care of each other, and I’ll see you next year.

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A small pick from the Swedish Christmas smorgasbord.

A Tip for My Fellow Swedes: Blue Mango Restaurant & Bar in Ao Nang

Well, this is actually a tip for everybody since it’s a good restaurant, serving both Thai and international dishes. Blue Mango is a Swedish owned restaurant with some Swedish specialties in the menu like meatballs, plank steak and baked potato with skagenröra. Located on the main beach road in Ao Nang, just opposite the popular Krabi Resort, the restaurant has around 35 seats outdoors and 70 inside.

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Blue Mango Restaurant & Bar in Ao Nang, Krabi.

10 Thai Foods I Can’t Live Without

I have tried to limit myself to the top 10 Thai foods – in no particular order – that I can’t (or don’t want to) live without. Some dishes like noodle soup, fried rice and Pad Thai almost got a place on the list. What is your favorite Thai food?

1. Kor Moo Yang with Nahm Jim Jaew
(Grilled Pork Neck with Tamarind/Chili Dipping Sauce)
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Photo credit: shesimmers.com

I love this dish so much my wife and I eat it almost every week. She grills the pork neck in the oven, but when it’s summer we cook the meat on the barbecue. The meat is marinated for 24 hours, and when ready to eat, served with an Issan style chilli dipping sauce and rice. Unbelievably good!

Thai Food: Laab Moo (Spicy Pork)

Laab Moo is a dish originating from northeastern Thailand (Isan), but It’s highly popular throughout the country and many tourists have discovered and begun to love this dish.

In this recipe, we use a seasoning mix from our local Asian store. Sure, you can make your own spice blends, but then you need to grind roasted uncooked rice, and today we’re a little bit lazy

Lae Lay Grill – Great Food and View Over Ao Nang, Krabi

Lae Lay Grill is situated on the hillside with a stunning view overlooking Nopparat Thara Beach in Ao Nang. The restaurant has a shuttle service from and to your hotel, as it’s quite a distance to walk up to the hill. But since my wife has a car in Thailand, we didn’t have to use that service.

We didn’t know anything about Lae Lay Grill, but It looked amazing from down the road which we were passing every day during our stay at Maleedee Bay Resort. So we decided to try it out, and it was a pleasant surprise!

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My wife, hungry and ready to walk up the stairs. The staff was very welcoming and helpful.

Differences Between Northern and Southern Thailand

There are major differences between northern and southern Thailand — almost like two different countries. Despite the fact that most tourists travel to southern Thailand, it’s said that Chiang Mai in the north is Thailand’s most beautiful city. So, what are the differences?

The food

The food in northern Thailand is different from the southern that we as foreigners are most familiar with. In the north of Thailand, the traditional food is milder, salty and sour, but rarely sweet. Some famous dishes in northern are Nam Prik Ong / Nam Prik Noom, Northern-style curries and Sai ua sausage (also known as ‘Chiang Mai Sausage’). This tasty, spiced pork sausage is found everywhere in northern Thailand. Food is traditionally eaten at a small table called khan toke.

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Sai ua sausage is found everywhere in northern Thailand. Photo credit: Breno and Mel