All posts tagged: thai

Somtum Der: Isan Thai in New York City

Isan Thai Food Nestled in NYC’s East Village From the Northeastern part of Thailand, Isan Thai food is distinctly different from its sweeter central-cuisine cousin (think Pad Thai). For one, it’s SPICY and fiercly so. Isan Thai also serves up copious amounts of sticky rice, Som Tam (papaya salad), and Nam Tok (grilled meat salad). I’ve enjoyed all the trendy Southasian restaurants in New York City recently but Som Tum Der has been the standout in terms of food. Big flavors, filling portions, and phenomenal grilled meats are some of the things I consistently find in my visits. Disclaimer: Som Tum Der received its first Michelin Star in 2016. As you can imagine, people are clamoring to try this place out now that it’s earned a coveted French star. Surprisingly, only one other Thai restaurant in the world has been awarded a Michelin Star (if you’re ever in Copenhagen, go visit Kiin Kiin Thai because I’ve heard raving reviews). So try to get a reservation if you’re going during peak hours–I never had trouble getting a table last summer but these …

Sweet tooth haven in Covent Garden!

Happy Thursdays! Since being in London, I’ve looked forward to Thursday luncheons with two of my favorite girl friends I’ve met through LSE classes, Michela and Haruka. It’s easy to become instant best friends with girls who 1) share my love for sweets 2) Asian food 3) and on top of that, can speak Chinese and Japanese with me! As we normally have Dim Sum or Japanese food, we decided to change it up and go have Thai food this week. Busaba Eatthai is one of our favorite Thai restaurant chains in London and as always it didn’t disappoint. But the highlight today was afterwards, when we went on a coffee and dessert hunt in Covent Garden. Even though I’ve been in London for nearly a year, Covent Garden–crowded with thousands of tourists and street entertainers–still remains exciting every time I go. Be sure to check out Covent Garden’s outdoor market! Catch it on a sunny day, (or even cloudy like today) and you’ll find lots of stalls packed with people buying fresh sandwiches, cupcakes, paella, etc. …

‘sawadee ka’ from Thiwanya!

Sunny London makes everything better: the traffic, the people, just everything! After one of my last language classes at LSE, a couple of my Japanese classmates and I decided to try out the Thai restaurant right by LSE campus. Chirpier than usual, and definitely hungrier, we were excited to find Thiwanya had all our favorite selections of authentic Thai cuisine. The spicy duck curry was nice and creamy–if you’re a red-curry lover, you will definitely enjoy this dish. Personally, I find Thai spices and thinly sliced grilled duck to be my favorite order at every Thai restaurant I go to! The beef pad thai was also amazing with the ground peanuts and bean sprouts (although I would’ve liked it a little spicier). Paired with some nice Thai beer (the Singha and the Chang) we were overall really satisfied with our main courses. Of course, we were definitely not going to finish the meal without dessert. After all, one of my good friends is French, and we all know the French know best how to enjoy a full course dinner! The Thai-grilled bananas smothered …