Jun 21, 2012|
Who: Arriving in Thailand in 1999 as a linguistics student on a study abroad scholarship, Austin Bush has stuck around ever since, first in a nine-to-five capacity, then blossoming as a freelance writer and photographer. He has contributed to Lonely Planet, Thai Day and Saveur, among other publications.
Why we like it: With screenshots from Google Maps, Austin shows you where to find all the best street eats. He also interrogates the street chefs, so that by the time you go, you know exactly what to expect (without taking away all the fun). The professional photos are dazzling and there are new posts most weeks. Sift through the archives for exciting write-ups on a Cameroonian restaurant in Bangkok, Laotian street stalls selling rare wildlife, savory pies in Auckland or dim sum in Hong Kong.
Who: Chawadee Nualkhair got into food as a child because her mother couldn’t cook. She got a cooking diploma from L’Ecole Gregoire-Ferrandi, then went on to cover much more serious issues working for international news agencies. Now a freelance journalist, Chawadee has also released her first book, Bangkok’s Top 50 Street Stalls. She’s now going national with a follow up covering the whole of Thailand.
Why we like it: Dedicated almost exclusively to documenting street eating in Bangkok, Chawadee has a knack for hilarious and informative storytelling, with turns of phrase like “porky, piggy goodness” and a poetic ode to beef noodles, not to mention an eye for down-to-earth but beautiful pictures. Best of all are the actual over-the-shoulder videos of street cooks preparing their dishes, a seldom-seen perspective.
Who: An executive personal assistant by day, and a self-taught cook, Riya is a veritable Thai Julie Powell (of Julie and Julia fame). Inspired by Singaporean food blogger Chubby Hubby, she got her ex-boyfriend to teach her to build a website. Her detail-oriented approach in the kitchen was handed down from her mother who said, “We can know where a woman comes from by the way she chops her chillies.”
Why we like it: Riya’s Kitchen is primarily comprised of recipes devised in the author’s own kitchen. Riya cooks everything from pastas and self-concocted dishes to various nam prik and yam dishes, all in addition to posting restaurant and street stall reviews from Bangkok, Phuket and elsewhere.
Who: While writing professionally for The Nation for more than ten years, Sirin built up a real passion for street food, particularly the stories behind the classic dishes. After pursuing her master’s in the US, she’s now a writer and translator for many books for Circle Publishing, like Eat Trang & Phuket, Eat Hong Kong and Tiew Kaab Samut Iberian.
Why we like it: With her gifted penmanship and eye for a story, who better to get food tips from? Sirin told us that a good dish is 70% flavor and the rest back-story and context. Besides the heartwarming tales, we like her simple but well-designed website.
Who: This Facebook page belongs to a couple whose shared love of food and travel really comes across on screen. They post about everything from yum street food to cute cafés, as well as all the great dishes to be found in the provinces, with a main focus on mouthwatering photos. (The text is in Thai.)
Why we like it: We already mentioned the great photos, but the best thing is the coverage of the provinces which gives welcome insight into the foods we all love but perhaps don’t know too much about.
Who: Daneeya started this blog in 2010, with the intention of keeping a personal record of the courses she took at Le Cordon Bleu. Little did she know she would soon have a loyal following. Now she says, “My dream is to become a more modern Nigella Lawson or Martha Stewart, someone who can make domestic things look fun and relate to a young and busy demographic.”
Why we like it: Daneeya really does cater to first-timers and those pressed for time. She embraces multiple platforms: Youtube for video demonstrations and Facebook for question time. Her takes on new restaurants, both in Bangkok and abroad, are only added from time to time, but they really are the ones most worth knowing.
Who: A born traveler, Christopher Orcutt has enjoyed the cooking of relatives in France, California and Vietnam. Couple this with a mother who refused to cook and went only to the finest fine restaurants, and you have the makings of a bonafide foodie. He now works in advertising and documents his experience dining out in Bangkok with his partner.
Why we like it: The layout and photos may be modest, but Christopher’s daily blogging and wide range of food interests (he dines regularly at both street stalls and Michelin-star guest chef dinners) make Hungry in Bangkok a great food resource.