Category: Food and Dining



Is it a festival or a tragedy?

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Well, obviously for me, it is the latter. When you find a nasty looking Lad Na that is also vegetarian after a stressful morning of final exams with the Primary classes at the lunch table, you would probably be more enraged than I was.

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From September 24 to October 2, food stalls will be hawking vegetarian food along the sois and pak sois all over Thailand. They call it ‘กินเจ’ (gin je) or vegetarian eats. Fortunately for the omnivores like myself, restaurants are not imposing this strictly in their entree or heck, it would be 9 days of forced fasting!

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It is all over the place but thank God people still have choices. So if one is not up to going over their budget, its best to cook at home and bring a lunch box. If I was a vegetarian, this post would have probably been a showcase of what Thailand means when they say ‘vegetarian’. I mean think of how meticulous they are with their dishes! Somewhere out there, someone is gushing in their blog about this festiv and I am glad it’s not me!

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Here are a few good reasons why a buffet buff will love this Korean-with-a-twist-of- Japanese barbeque ‘all you can eat’ restaurant:

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THE BEEF -For only 530 baht per head, one gets their hands on the best beef parts for grilling! Some of the other yakinikus here in Thailand I’ve gone before have the stringy-est and chewy-est beef ever but sitting in a table full of endless meat, one has no time to address it. So it was quite refreshing to get to meet the softest and juiciest beef stuff in town that by the end of it I was wondering ‘Ah, beef…where have you been all this time?’

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THE LAMB– I have only had lamb twice in my entire lifetime until last night. The first one was a stew cooked and served in Sweden, so it was obviously good. The second one was a badly half-cooked lamb dish in Malaysia. So when I saw Kingkong had lamb on the menu, I was pretty apprehensive. Would it be as frangrant as that poorly cooked dish that felt like a bottle of perfume was part of the condiments in the aftertaste? I still went to try it, and boy was I in for huge surprise! I am now a big fan of Kingkong despite the pricey-ness because of their lamb!

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THE PORK LIVER– While all the other pork parts like the bacon, pork slabs and ribs were notable, this one was something to remember by. They were served frozen so when put on the grill, it created music to the ultimate foodie’s ears- the sizzling that resulted to a heaven in a bite (and more!). Soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside!

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THE CHICKEN MEDALLIONS– These, too, came in frozen on a plate so there was plenty of sizzling action to be had. Now, I am not a big chicken lover but it wouldn’t be fair not to feature this one after everyone had gone gaga over it.

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THE SOUPS– 9 of us shared a long table with two grills for our farewell/ thank you dinner courtesy of Mitrphol Group on our Business English Class closing and they all were gushing about the Kingkong soup. Apparently, it was ‘to die for’ but I had my eyes set on something else- the Clam Clear Soup. Think classic miso soup with a handful of clams. Yum! But finding a lonesome clam at the bottom of my bowl was disappointing. Not very representative of the pictures on the menu tablet.

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THE THAI MILK TEA– I am eternally biased when it comes to Cha Nom Yen. I personally think it is Thailand’s best gift to humanity. But for my first drink, I asked for a glass of soda. Then there was buzz among us that the Cha Nom was heavenly. I never bothered to finish my soda before asking for a glass of Cha Nom. Man, it was party on the palate for me! Now this stuff is as common in Thailand as 7/11 shops in Bangkok. I get it for breakfast every morning at 20 per 15oz but Kingkong’s exceptional I couldn’t help but think aloud if they were retailing this as a stand alone. Sad to hear they weren’t 😦

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I probably had more Cha Nom in my stomach more than meat last night but I went home fully bloated!

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Evrything else, of course flowed like a river. The word was ‘unlimited’. Unlimited rice, mushrooms, meat, veggies and what have you. Depending on preference we all had a go at the unlimited option.

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Of course, every single one of us came like a pro that night- hungry, famished, starving. Some of us even skipped lunch to prep for Kingkong, hahaha!

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THE DESSERTS – Although there was nothing magical about their sweets, it sure was a very interesting set of choices to me. I didn’t anymore space for it but the apple ice cream looked promising, the jelly and whipped cream was a sure hit to my company and the shaved ice with red beans was something to remember, this one I had a straw-poke taste test.

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THE STAFF– one of my biggest issues in going (or not) to a buffet is getting enough crew attention. Kingkong definitely edged all the other buffet chains in Thailand, perhaps anywhere else in the world. Their attention to customer needs and wants was superbly impressive, at least this branch in Ploenchit. Never did used empty plate last on the table for longer than a minute. Everything was on hand less than a minute at our bidding.

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So the big question is: WOULD I GO BACK? Definitely! A resounding one would be my answer. Whether alone or with company, this one will definitely be on my list of guilty pleasures.


Are you living in Thailand? Have you heard about the #20bahtfrenzy ?

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If you do, you already probably know that this is the time of the year in Thailand where fruits of all sorts can be bought for 20baht per kilo! This is anywhere between June to September, and if I’m lucky enough, it extends until October.

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Something about the country’s landscape makes it easier for farmers and crops to make a major haul out, fortunately for fruit-lovers like me. Rivers and canals are sprawled across this vast swampland for a country.

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Expats who are living in Thailand at this time of the year would post random pictures of fruits for 20 baht a kilo, sometimes cheaper and would get a long thread of comments from friends outside the country gushing in unbelief!

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For only 2 Malaysian Ringgit, or 25 pesos, or 4 Swedish Kronor, fruits like mangosteen and ripe mangoes are hard to find even in tropical countries like mine for this price, more so for Europe.

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Now at its tail end, the #20bahtfrenzy will be looked forward to next year. You can still get fruits all year-round but prices vary and are not as pocket-friendly as they should be.

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Oh, and spices like these jalapenos can be bought for 20baht a bunch at the wet market next door, along with a bunch of garlic, onions and tomatoes, and many other thingamajigs. Maybe my next #20bahtfrenzy post will be about that. What is yours?


Looking for Pinoy cuisine in the heart of Bangkok? BSD just might be what you are looking for. ‘Busog Sarap Dito is a gutsy move by a Filipino family to put up a little business in the Thai capital. Led by May Dolom, an English teacher, the shop is barely a few weeks old.

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Despite Bangkok being the dining capital of Thailand, there is hardly any Filipino trademarks popping up in the entrepreneurship, least of all in the food industry. Braving the odds when it comes to competition is one very good reason why BSD is very promising.

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LOCATION For a brave move like setting up a food business, location can be everything. Choose a lousy spot and expect your money down the drain in a few months time. BSD is located at one of the most promising food hotspots along Sukhumvit line, between Ekkamai and Pra Khanong, the W DISTRICT MARKET.

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THE ENTREE
BSD serves the most famous of all Pinoy dishes. Just looking at the pictures, makes one’s mouth water. They come in very competitive prizes, too.

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Above are obviously just a few of the dishes they serve captured in very inviting colours. So, if you are in town and are craving for some Filipino grub, BSD is just one BTS trip away and you can have authentic Filipino meals served with Filipino hospitality.

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‘Every sip is a success story.’

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No. This is not their tag line. Might as well be, but no. This is what my roommate quipped after comparing it to starbucks, which is right across the lobby from D&L at the Sathorn Square building in Chong Nonsi. A brief back story to this is when I made a public announcement to cease patronizing starbucks because they are supporting a cause I do not want to support.

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Krungsri Credit Card sent me a ‘buy one, get one’ voucher along with all the other promos they send me monthly with the bill so I decided to use that today as a taste test. D&L has a rep to be pricey in this neck of the woods and I am not one to spend a fortune on something just to be adventurous.

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THE TASTE TEST
THE SANDWICH. 190baht sounds ridiculous for a staple. Wait until you’ve taken a bite.

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The. Cheese. IS. Di.Vine. Period.
To the ranks of comfort food! I’m on a tighter belt recently and this is the perfect splurge I can afford from time to time.
THE DRINKS. At 160baht, a large iced coffee does sound very hi-so. But compared to SB, D&L is more generous with their caramel on their caramel macchiato. Luuuuuurve that they are!*insert heart* and the latte wasn’t that bad either. There were no fireworks going off and none of us defied gravity but it was a great escape from the ghosts of SB aftertaste.

20140903-155859.jpg Plus SB now sounds too mainstream! If I want that kind of mainstream, I’ll get it for 20baht at the pak soi, LOL. Whereas DEAN & DELUCA…say it with me: DEAN & DELUCA. Doesn’t it pop? Haha.

20140903-160357.jpg THE GOODIES. This is the mission next visit. Get something for branding. I have too many SB tumblers and pouches. They need to be replaced soon.

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WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR? Their New York cheesecake! I am not a big cheesecake girl except for Japanese Miki OjiSan No Mise but I got a bite for tastetest and it left me wanting more.

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I definitely enjoyed their quiet nook and comfy seats plus unlimited WIFI. It’s definitely not a trip to the moon and back so, until next time.

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