Don’t you pho-get about banh mi

When in Vietnam, eat all the pho and banh mi you can find – you won’t get it as good anywhere else, no matter how hard you try. I went on a journey to find pho, the best pho, and the best banh mi. It was hard to try out the pho in the major…

You dim sum, you lose some

I tried dim sum for the first time at the Metropole Restaurant near the Admiralty stop – and I have to say, it’s probably the most addicting meal I’ve ever had. I’m assuming it’s the MSG that makes it so wonderful, but really, dim sum is fabulous. Dim sum’s literal “little bites” allow you to…

Pink eggs, pork knuckles, and gelatinous gobbledegook jellies

Have a free evening in Chiang Mai and want to try new foods and learn some Thai? Take the Chiang Mai Street Food Tour with Mr. J. Spunky, courteous, and well-informed, he was the best tour guide we could have gotten. He took us along the river of the old city to a street-long food…

Rock the paprikash-ba

I had to have chicken paprikash at least one more time before leaving Hungary. Giving up on the ruin bar search, I popped into Otkert, a reasonable-looking restaurant near St. Stephan’s Basilica. I ordered a big beer and the chicken paprikash, of course. While it was a lot more Metro-looking and fancier than other paprikashes…

Rain, a Hungarian train, and I need some coffee

I became a fan of Xinjiang spices in Xi’An, kampot pepper in Cambodia, fresh-off-the-tree cinnamon in Sri Lanka, and eye-watering Thai chili peppers in Bangkok – of course, I had to visit the home of Hungarian paprika.

Sawleaf, glutinous rice flour, shrimp paste

In the absence of being able to take a biking tour of the Cambodian countryside, we decide that a cooking course is in order. This particular course takes place at a hotel/villa setting outside the city proper, in a small village. We are picked up at our hotel by a tuk-tuk, and we trundle along…