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 the northeastern Thailand (Isan), but It’s highly popular throughout the country. 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. Usually, we use a seasoning mix from Knorr that we buy with us home from Thailand, but now it’s finished, and we could only find Lobo Brand Laab in our local store. I like Knorr a little more, and this brand was spicier, so take it easy. Use 1 tablespoon to 4-500 grams (15 oz) of minced pork.

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Use 1 tablespoon seasoning mix of this brand to 4-500 grams (15 oz) of minced pork. If you can find Knorr, use a half bag.

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

Giant River Prawns in Ayutthaya

A while ago I made a post about Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayutthaya is not only famous for the ancient ruins – the giant prawns from Chao Phraya river must not be missed! Several restaurants are serving these ridiculously large prawns. As for which one is best, I don’t know, but we ended up at a restaurant called Ruean Kanya, after our tuk-tuk driver told us about this place. Boy oh boy! These prawns were so fresh and delicious. Before we ordered they let us see the live prawns in a water tank.

I have tried giant prawns before, but it was not from freshwater, and the texture was very mealy. But these prawns were different from anything else I’ve tried before. They had a sweet taste and perfect texture. The prawns were sliced in half and cooked on a hot grill, shell down and served with a chili dipping sauce.

The prawns are quite expensive – around 1,000 baht per kg. We ordered just two prawns, cut into four halves, and it was a perfect dish along with a couple of other dishes.

Giant River Prawns
Giant River Prawns. Cooked on a hot grill. Delicious!

Dinner at Ko Dang Talay Along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Asiatique’s The Riverfront, renovated in 2012, is an open-air night shopping and entertainment area on the Chao Phraya River, open daily 17:00 to 00:00. It features 1,500 shops and stalls, and 40 restaurants inside old warehouses.

This place used to be a trading company, managed by the Danish man Hans Nille Andersen in the early 1900s. The tallest Ferris Wheel in Bangkok at 60 meters is also located here. We ended up trying Ko Dang Talay Seafood Restaurant, situated in warehouse #7 on the riverside.

The atmosphere was nice at evening time as the restaurant’s outdoor seating was decorated with light bulbs. We ordered three dishes, and the most fun dish was the mackerel in lemon soup, served in a boiling hot pot with fire underneath. Brilliant! The other dishes were fried rice with crab and spicy chili clams. All dishes taste very good.

Ko Dang Talay
Ko Dang Talay, excellent seafood on the river, situated in warehouse #7.

Mom Tri’s Kitchen in Phuket

Mom Tri’s Kitchen is an award-winning gourmet restaurant overlooking the Andaman Sea and beach of Kata Noi. We where here on Christmas Day 2013 – started off having a couple of nice cocktails sitting in the lounge. The man who served us was a fun guy, who offered to take pictures of all couples and families.

After the drinks we got a table outdoors with stunning views right down to the sea. The good service continued, and it was time to eat some food. We ordered baked Norwegian salmon fillet topped with creamy curry sauce, a chicken soup and a tuna dish. Mom Tri’s is one of the more expensive restaurants in Phuket, but the food was pretty average. But i’m sure there are better choices in the menu. Overall this was a great night, and they even gave my wife a rose after the dinner.

View of Kata Noi Beach
View of Kata Noi Beach.