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500 g beef shank or stewing beef, cut into chunks 1 1/2 liters ( 6 cups ) water 1 small cinnamon stick 4 slices galangal root 1 tablespoon crushed coriander roots 1 teaspoon salt 2 stalks lemongrass, tender inner part of bottom third only, bruised 4 kaffir lime leaves, torn into small pieces

1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 6 letteuce leave, sliced 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 3 bird's eye chilies, deseeded 2 springs coriander leaves, minced ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

 1 Bring all the ingredients to a boli in a stockpot or large saucepan over high heat, stirring to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer coverd for about 1 hour, until the beef is tender. 2 Stir the Garnished and simmer for 1 to 2 more minutes and remove from the heat. Serve hot.
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2011 was a fantastic year of delicious Thai food!

There was street food of all kinds in abundance, the month long vegetarian Thai food challenge (by the way, we’ll be launching the all-new Vegetarian Thai Food Guide soon – mid January 2012), and of course there was plenty of durian.

Along with launching the Eating Thai Food Guide, I also figured out the secret ways to pick an outstanding restaurant before you eat there, and we also dined on some pretty exotic dishes at the annual Jay festival!

As a way to round-up 2011, I’ve picked a few of the best restaurants I ate at in Bangkok throughout the year!
Here are the top 11 Bangkok Thai food restaurant picks of 2011:

1. Tho Po Channa โต๋วโภชนา

Located just off Ratburana road in southern Bangkok, it’s a bit of journey to get there, but you’ll forget all of that as soon as you taste their outstanding dishes.

Order their Pla Chon Tod Lard Prik ปลาช่อนทอดราดพริก (deep fried fish covered in sweet chili sauce) and their Bpet Paloe เป็ดพะโล้ (soy sauce boiled duck).

The restaurant is only open for lunch from 11:00 – 14:00.

2. Lan Luam Dtai ร้านรวมใต้

Southern Thai food stole me heart this year… and I don’t plan on changing in the years to come. I can’t get over the spices and robust flavors that make up the cuisine of the southern portion of Thailand – I love it!

One of my top recommendations for southern Thai food in Bangkok is Lan Luam Dtai, located near Siriraj Hospital.

3. Areesaa Lote Dee อาอีซะฮ์ รสดี

Surprisingly situated just strides away from the un-Thai area of Khao San road, Areesaa Lote Dee is a hidden oasis that serves top-notch local style Khao Mok Gai (Thai chicken rice biryani).

Areesaa Lote Dee is delicious, wildly tasty.

4. Laan Thung Khao Tom Hua Pla ร้านตี้งข้าวต้มหัวปลา (ตลาดพลู)

Thai-Chinese dining is at an all-time high at this restaurant.
Their Pla Kahpung Neung Manao ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว (steamed sea bass in lime and garlic) is extravagant.
You won’t have a bad dining experience at Laan Thung Khao Tom Hua Pla.

5. Som Tam Boo Maa ส้มตำปูม้า

One of my favorite Isaan restaurants in Bangkok for a while now, Som Tam Boo Maa Restaurant did not fail to deliver extraordinarily tasty food through out the year.

This place makes grilled fish to perfection (as well as everything else I’ve ever eaten there).

Som Tam Boo Maa is located on Bang Khun Non, one of my favorite Bangkok street food hoods.

6. Kuang Sea Foods กวางทะเลเผา หูฉลาม

Delicious seafood at a decent price is what Kuang Sea Foods is famous for.

Try their Pla Kahpung Neung See Ew ปลากะพงนึ่งซีอิ๊ว (steamed fish in soy sauce) and their sizzling Or Suan ออส่วน (sizzling oyster omelet).

7. Lan Gai Baan Yang Kao Suan Kwang ร้านไก่บ้านย่างเขาสวนกวาง

It’s really the ambiance that I enjoyed about this place. The food is pretty good too.

They make their bangin’ som tam with peanut brittle, adding a nice touch of Thai style sweetness!

Lan Gai Baan Yang Kao Suan Kwang is a great restaurant if you are looking for a relaxing evening of food and fun.

8. Lan Kuay Jab Jaedang ร้านก๋วยจั๊บเจ๊แดง

After eating at this famous cluster of streets stalls at Bangkok’s Victory Monument for quite a few years now, it was finally time to put them to the test.

We knew they served FAST Thai food, but we didn’t know just how fast – so we timed them.

If you looking are looking for good Thai street food and a wonderful dining experience head over to Lan Kay Jab Jaedang.

9. Lan Loong Lui Restaurant ร้านลุงหลุยส์ (ท่าพระจันทร์)

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River and catering to the hungry students of Thammasat University, Lan Loong Lui serves a huge selection of wonderful Thai food that won’t let you down.

10. Su Ki Jeh Ru Yi Restaurant สุกี้เจหรูยี่

During the month long July vegetarian challenge, I was able to eat at quite a few veggie restaurants in Bangkok, and Su Ki Jeh Ru Yi was one of my favorites.

Though their menu is extensively vegan, you may be fooled by the delicious fake meats!

11. Baan Suan Pi บ้านสวนใผ่

A vegetarian food court may not be appealing to everyone, but as a lover of all forms of food (meat or meatless), I can verify that you won’t be disappointed at Baan Suan Pi.

Deliciously tasty plates of Thai vegetarian food for great prices. Don’t miss their grilled skewers of mushrooms, absolutely delicious!

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or my recent book review (, I was looking at a book of Thai food inspired by the recipes and cooking of Thailand’s most beloved American, Jim Thompson.

Many people will have either visited JT’s house in Bangkok, been impressed by his silk business or heard the mysterious story of his disappearance on Easter Sunday when he took a stroll in the Cameron Highlands and was never seen again, but not many people will have realised (as I didn’t) that a big part of JT’s time in Thailand was given over to dinner parties.

The image couldn’t be more compelling: JT’s beautiful Thai house filled with curious antiques and even more curious people – actresses, diplomats, businessmen; the creme of Thai’s expat society jostled for an invite to his famous dinner parties. There, amid the candles and the light evening breeze, JT’s chosen guests would drink and eat a whole plethora of Thai dishes, from the traditional through to the westernized versions of local things, and put the world to rights.

This rather captured my imagination, and got me thinking back to all the (less extravagant) dinner parties I have attended, and how it is always the evening that takes centre stage. There is something about the ceremony of dinner parties – the matching cutlery, the candles, the excessive plates and courses – that makes the food taste even better and transforms it from a way to fill your belly to a sparkling social occasion. And yes it takes a lot of effort and leaves you with a mountain of washing up and a heavy head (if you indulged in the wine), but it is a far more enjoyable way to eat.

So next time you are planning a meal out with friends, why not plan to have a meal in instead? Yes you will have to cook (or persuade

someone else to) but you will avoid the rain and the traffic, you won’t have to spend too much money and you will get to spend a more laid-back evening in comfortable surroundings. Let us re-discover the delights of home dining!
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ISBN : 9781920989071
Language : ENGLISH
Size(WxH) : 275 x 320 x 35
Weight : 3.01 Kg
Binding : HARDBACK
Number of pages : 370
Price : THB 2,295.00
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1 lb of beef, cut into bite sized pieces
2 cups of coconut milk
1 cup, raw shelled peanuts

For the curry paste
3 tbs of very thinly sliced lemon grass
3 tbs of palm sugar
1 tbs thick soy sauce
2 tbss of garlic, minced
2 tbs dried red Thai chile peppers, crumbled
2 tbs of shallots (small red or purple onions), thinly sliced
1 tbs ginger, grated
1 tbs shrimp paste - gupi
1 tbs coriander seed
1 tbs cumin seed
pinch turmeric powder
quarter cup fish sauce - nam pla
1 tbs tamarind concentrate mixed with 3 tablespoons water

1. Simmer the beef, and peanuts, in the coconut milk, in a covered saucepan for 30 minutes or until the beef is. tender .

2. Toast the coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant,
3. Make a well-blended paste out of the ingredients from fresh lemon grass to tamarind, either by pounding the chopped ingredients with a large mortar and pestle, or by pureeing them in a blender or food processor.

When the beef is tender
1. add the curry paste, stir to combine
2. continue to simmer, covered for 10 minutes.

Since the beef is simmered it is possible to use cheaper
(tougher) cuts of meat.
If necessary extend the cooking process until the meat is tender.

Serve with Thai Jasmine rice, and the usual Thai table condiments.

Thanks :
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