Thailand means "land of the free". It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by the Europeans. Thai food is a careful mix of complexity and balance with a blend of flavors and dishes from China, Malaysia, India, and South America.
Thai food is a delightful combination of sweet, spicy, tangy, salty, and sour flavors. The essential Thai meal consists of wet, dry, yum, and spicy. Wet means soup, which is often in the form of red or green curry soup. Dry means anything not served in a bowl, typically stir fried or steamed and served over rice or noodles. Yum literally means mix; this mix is usually some mix of vegetables with the standard mix of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chilies. Spicy is the singular descriptor to which the uninitiated reduce Thai food, but the spicy side of Thai food is an intricate blend chilies which were introduced to Thailand from Spanish and Portuguese traders.
Friendly cultural reminder: unlike other Asian countries, Thai food is eaten with fork. Don't ask for chopsticks in an attempt to be cross-cultural or you will inadvertently become "that guy".
Vieng Thai is a hole-in-the-wall joint that serves a diverse community on the edge of Korea-town. Their economy of words and marketing strategy is admirable.
Explore the first and oldest Japanese market in Houston, and grab a cream puff while you’re there.
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Nepal is where the East meets the West, and the North meets the South. It is also where the Sky meets the land. With the world's highest peak, Nepalis have their own time zone and have an independent spirit that has never been conquered.
Explore a Japanese market new to West Houston, and grab some ingredients to make something tasty and traditional (like Miso Soup)!
Cafe Brussels is not only the final outpost for Belgian food, but is also a cultural hub for Belgians and several other networks of Europeans who live here in Houston.
Whatever you think you know about Asian flavor profiles, forget it. Korean food has its own unique blend. Although it is often reduced to kimchi and Korean BBQ, or not the fried chicken craze (both notable food categories in their own right), today, we go to Go Hyang, which means something to the equivalent of "My Home Cooking"
Learn why "fish and rice make a Bengali" as we try food from the world's largest river delta.
Check out this week where we talk about the original diaspora with the co-owner of Houston's best bagels. He shares the inside tips to making great bagels.
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Experience the mystery of Lao food with us as we try out a local family-run restaurant.