Food & Travel

The Travelling Table: A Food Blogger’s Bane

By franco on 10 October, 2007

The Aftermath of Kamon Chine Bangkok
The Aftermath at Kanom Chine

As part of our continuing first wedding anniversary celebration, A. and I decided that it’s about time that we should travel to Bangkok and explore the city together.

But I guess our definitions of exploration tend to differ. Greatly. Her understanding of exploration is of the touristy and shopping kind while mine ventures toward the culinary, of course.

The photo above is one of the end results of this slight misunderstanding. Let me explain.

Day One. In the spirit of compromise, A. decides that we should spend this day getting through the usually tourist sites that Bangkok is known for (The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and so on) since it was her first visit to the city. I decide for now to go with the flow. My response? Wat Ever. What I did not understand at the time was that we going to engage in an Amazing Race-like tour that would be all about the Go, Go, Go, ending with the both of us tired, sweaty and, especially for me, hungry.

I am not the most pleasant person when I’m hungry. I become a passive-aggressive, sullen, ill-tempered brat. I’m not proud of what I become but that’s what happens when you deprive a foodie of his food.

As we were about to begin the shopping phase of the day, A. senses that it maybe time fed her unhappy husband. In my opinion, not a moment too soon. Luckily, we found ourselves at the MBK Shopping Center which houses a restaurant, Robyn of Eating Asia highly recommends, Kanom Chine Bangkok.

For those of you unfamiliar with Robyn’s blog, her focus tends to be on South East Asian street food. So for her to recommend a Thai restaurant for its ritzed-up street cuisine, it must be really authentically delicious.

Here is the rub, dear reader. I can tell you what we ate: two versions of Kanom Chine or Thai Senon Noodles (one served with a red curry chicken and the other a green curry chicken), a serving of Spicy Grilled Pork Salad and several glasses of Thai Iced Milk Tea. But sadly, I cannot accurately describe to you, let alone show you what we ate. Why? We were just too damn hungry. Taking photographs and noting down flavors was the last thing on my mind.

All I can give you is an impression. The curries were eye-tearingly spicy. The greens were off-the-farm fresh. And the pork salad was sublimely balanced. I cannot honestly tell you if it was just the hunger speaking but there is nothing like eating Thai food in Thailand.

I’ll do a better job in the coming posts. Promise.

If you are still interested in learning more about Kanom Chine, check out Robyn’s post. She does a wonderful job writing and her partner, David’s photos are nothing short of brilliant.

Kanom Chine Bangkok
1st floor
MBK Shopping Center
National Stadium stop on the BTS. Near the Princess Hotel
Restaurant for 10 am to 5pm; Bar 5pm onwards

Thanks to Robyn for the food and travel advice.

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  • OCTOBER 11, 2007 1:42 PM

    Robyn said...

    "there is nothing like eating Thai food in Thailand"

    Well put. And thanks for the plug. I'm waiting for a chao vit post from Saigon so you better get A. in order - because it ain't in no tourist neighborhood!


  • OCTOBER 12, 2007 10:44 AM

    grumpyurbanslacker said...

    did you guys eat at Somboon Seafood resto? their curry crab is the best!

  • OCTOBER 12, 2007 11:56 PM

    Franco said...

    Hi Robyn,

    Haha. You're welcome. Least I could do. Will be doing Saigon as soon as I finish the Bangkok posts.

    Hi GUS,

    Sadly, no. Like any city, so much to eat, so little time. :)

  • OCTOBER 13, 2007 3:02 AM

    Em Dy said...

    What I remember about my trip to Bangkok in 2005 with my sister:

    It was our first time to travel together. We were both on a budget so ended up eating most meals at KFC or McDo but we did have some amazing food experiences. The hotel where we stayed (Twin Towers) served a good buffet at breakfast. Our Ayutthaya tour also had a buffet lunch during the cruise on the Chao Phraya river. And I must say, the food was really good. And spicy too. And it was just great lounging around the boat after the walk around the ruins under the hot sun. It rained some too. It was a perfect day.

  • OCTOBER 16, 2007 11:26 PM

    Franco said...

    Hi em dy,

    I so understand the eating in KFC and McDo while in foreign countries. I've done it more than once.

    But what's great about south east asia countries is that if you do a bit of research, you can eat the local food and even cheaper than the fast food chains.

  • OCTOBER 17, 2007 7:59 AM

    joey said...

    Ok, this is going on my places to eat as well! :) I'm so excited!

    Going to check out Robyn's posts as well!

  • OCTOBER 19, 2007 12:12 AM

    Franco said...

    Research well, Joey.So much to eat, so little time...

    Unless you are planning to stay for a month. :)