About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Flea & Street Markets
Chinatown has everything from dim sum to traditional Thai noodles. It’s a colourful and chaotic part of town with a tasty treat waiting at every turn. For the best atmosphere (and food) get there at sunset and take your pick from the likes of Peking duck, shark’s fin and bird's nest soup.
The food stalls that line Sukhumvit Soi 38 are open from around sunset until the early hours of the morning. The food is impossibly tasty and cheap, and just as popular with locals as it is with visitors to Bangkok. Dining here is a simple case of following your nose before pulling up a plastic chair to indulge in some of the city’s best street food.
For delicious Thai favourites in a trendy laid-back setting, head to Bangrak located just off Silom Road along Sala Daeng. It’s particularly known for its stir-fried seafood dishes, although everything here is pretty fantastic. Apart from fresh Thai food, they also serve delicious smoothies and even a bit of Italian food.
May Kaidee is a firm favourite on the vegetarian Thai food scene in Bangkok. Located not far from the infamous Khao San Road, May Kaidee is as famous for its freshly-made veggie food as it is for the cooking school situated within it.
If its vegetarian food you’re after, head over to Baan Suan Pi where you’ll find a fantastic vegetarian food court selling mainly Thai selections at street food prices. Here, vegetarians and vegans can take their pick from delicious local dishes without the worry of meat or fish ingredients being used. Many of the dishes on offer at the Baan Suan Pi food court use mushrooms and tofu substitutes.
The popular Som Tam Nua restaurant specialises in Isaan food, which comes from northeast Thailand. Isaan cuisine is distinct from typical Thai cooking and some of the best Isaan food in Bangkok can be found here. The best-known Isaan dish is the papaya salad (or som tam) with crab, and Som Tam Nua’s is certainly worth trying.
For an interesting twist on that something sweet after your meal in Bangkok, head to the Creamery Boutique in the Silom area of the city. Bacon and egg flavoured ice cream is an ordinary occurrence here, which sets the tone for the other unique flavours on offer. Try the pan-baked hot cookies with ice cream on top – and be adventurous with your choice of flavour!
For fine dining of the French-Thai variety, La Table de Tee delivers wonderfully. Tee is constantly changing his menu, but the freshness of his carefully chosen ingredients and the high quality of the resulting dishes are mainstays here.
Jae Fai has become something of a legend in terms of street food restaurants in Bangkok. Jae herself cooks each homemade dish over two charcoal stoves. It’s a small, no-frills sort of place that’s popular with locals from all over Bangkok.
Nang Gin Kui offers superb food in a unique setting. It’s situated within an architect’s apartment inside Chinatown's oldest residential building, and offers its private diners stunning views over the Chao Phraya River. The food is Thai-fusion – a 15-course set menu freshly prepared and cooked in the open kitchen, with plenty of wine to wash it all down with. A meal at Nang Gin Kui is a dining experience in Bangkok not to be missed.