The first time I had Yum Woon Sen I cried, and it wasn’t from tears of joy.
It was my first week in Bangkok, and I was eating at a random restaurant maybe on the third floor of CentralWorld, one of the huge malls in Bangkok. I had just met my boss, but hadn’t started work, and the two other Thai friends I knew from my UNC-Chapel Hill days were working that day, so I was exploring downtown Bangkok on my own.
“Your husband is Thai?” person I’ve just met asks me.
“He sure is!” I smile sweetly as I think about my hot Thai hubby.
“Wow, how did you meet?” new person asks with surprise.
We were in Belgium standing in our Thai friend’s kitchen when it happened—I learned how to cut a lime in a way that changed my life forever. Continue Reading
Even though I’m head over heels in love with Thai food, as an American with an American-sized sweet tooth, Thai desserts don’t cut it for me.
When most people think of Asian lettuce wraps, they imagine eating the Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap appetizer at P.F. Chang’s with the yummy dipping sauce. Of course, that is Chinese and not Thai.
I remember opening the door of my old roomies’ apartment and smelling the intoxicating scent of Sriracha sauce bubbling on the stove the moment I stepped in the room. Continue Reading
Some of my memories of the fourth Thursday of November:
Picking out orange, brown and red leaves to decorate our Thanksgiving table. Eating and laughing with my two cousins at the kids table in my grandma’s living room while the adults chatted in the dining room. Piling up creamy, buttery mashed potatoes on my plate until they reached the ceiling. Playing soccer in my grandma’s front yard in the crunchy leaves with the fam post-Thanksgiving meal.
Some of my Thai Hubby’s memories of the fourth Thursday of November:
I was 7-years-old when I started sweetly asking IHOP waitresses for coffee.
I have a confession to make. Until this year I hadn’t made Thai green curry for about 2.5 years. Continue Reading
When I taught in Bangkok, I would spend the hours before my lunch break sort of lesson planning, but mainly dreaming about what fresh, cheap Thai food I was going to eat for lunch.