I already admitted that the street food was my favorite in Asia, but I also went to some fantastic restaurants while abroad! Here's a list of my favorites:
-High Tea at the Author’s Lounge – I absolutely adore high tea, so I had to try the famous tea at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (one of the first luxury hotels in the world!). While expensive for Bangkok standards, it was pretty reasonable compared to the cost of high tea in America (about $40 USD). And it was well worth the price tag – the Thai mango scones and rose petal jam (!!!) were absolutely to die for. Plus, I loved taking the river ferry to the hotel and sipping my tea in the beautiful, naturally light atrium of the Author’s Lounge. Perfect way to spend a peaceful afternoon.
-Chatuchak Weekend Market – A must visit on a Bangkok weekend! This street market is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. They served the biggest pans of paella (bigger than me!) and boasted miles of souvenirs and street food. Oh, and I may or may not have ate my weight in coconut ice cream. #sorrynotsorry
-Nattaporn Ice Cream – Speaking of coconut ice cream… Bangkok’s best ice cream is hidden in an unmarked alleyway. As all the best food places are. The sign wasn’t even in English, but I walked up and she said “coconut ice cream?” and I said “yes please!" The price is only 30 baht, which is less than $1 USD, for a generous scoop of the freshest coconut ice cream. Especially refreshing on a hot day (95 degrees) after a long walk around the Grand Palace.
-Tim Ho Wan – The cheapest Michelin-starred dumpling joint is in every food court at malls and there’s never a line! Huzzah! Got to try their delicious dim sum without any of the NYC hassle.
-Eathai – Basically the Thai version of Eataly! This elevated food court at the Central Embassy serves some of the most famous street food from all regions of Thailand in one convenient location. I tried the famous spicy Tom Yum soup with vermicelli noodles and fish balls (delicious!) and a Thai iced tea. So many great choices here for food.