Category: Culinary

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Banh Mi – Vietnam’s History in a Baguette

Banh Mi – Vietnam’s History in a Baguette

You might be forgiven for thinking that Vietnam’s only national dish is pho (pronounced fuh not foe). After all, it’s served in almost every restaurant, has been exported to fancy food joints overseas, and there are thousands of recipes, from Aunty Tran’s family specialty to the braised beef joint at the end of the block....

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The Rise and Rise of Bangkok’s F&B Scene

The Rise and Rise of Bangkok’s F&B Scene

Thailand – and Bangkok in particular – is rightly known for its awesome street food. It’s everywhere! But as good as it is, the city has never really been known for its international cuisine. However, over the last half dozen years, this has changed dramatically. Indeed, one of Bangkok’s restaurants was recently named the best...

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Thailand’s Burgeoning Craft Beer Landscape

Thailand’s Burgeoning Craft Beer Landscape

There are very few things in life as enjoyable as sitting down to an ice-cold beer after a long day biking, hiking, or sightseeing. Especially when it’s hot and you’re sweating like… well, like someone who has just biked 50 km in 28° weather.  In Thailand, where a good bottle of beer is enjoyed even...

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The Lowdown on Food and Water in Southeast Asia

The Lowdown on Food and Water in Southeast Asia

Some of the most common questions we hear are, “Is this water safe to drink?” and, “will this food make me sick?” They’re perfectly legitimate questions. In Southeast Asia, almost all drinking water and ice (and certainly all on a Smiling Albino trip) come from modern factories using treated water.  The main reason for this...