And We Eat Pig

Tony, racing through the jungle “Do you want to see hunting?” Sylvester asks. We gather around a vast kitchen table, sipping whiskey in fluorescent light as a generator rumbles outside. We plan the next day’s trek through the Kelabit highlands of Borneo, where Sylvester and his reticent friend Tony will guide us. “No, no that’s…Continue readingAnd We Eat Pig

Return to Thailand

Hamburgers. Cheese curds. Good affordable wine. Great local beer. And Milwaukee’s Pickles — which happen to be the best, simply the best, and I’m not alone in this assessment. One online fan claims, “Milwaukee’s Midget Dill Pickles are the greatest thing going since sex.” Anyway, it was a yummy two weeks, but I’ve returned to…Continue readingReturn to Thailand

ASK ME! market travel

My husband and I are planning some Southeast Asian travel revolving around food markets. Wonder if you have any favorite food markets, defined any way you like — size, what’s on offer, outgoing vendors, unusual/interesting produce, setting, etc. — Robyn, Kuala Lumpur Thanks for the question, Robyn. Here are some of my favorites. I’d be…Continue readingASK ME! market travel

Dinner With the Swiss Man

Generally speaking, you’ll find the best Cambodian seafood at bright Khmer restaurants with plastic chairs and fold-up tables. I spot the Phnom Kamchay Thmey on a corner near the river in Kampot, and I know it will have good crab and shrimp. We go there with a Swiss man who has just driven a dirt…Continue readingDinner With the Swiss Man

Free Beer

Mr. Lucki finds me on the street one morning in Kampot, in southern Cambodia. He hands me a flyer. “Free beer.” Order a dish at his restaurant, and it comes with a free beer or samosa. He’s got my attention, and that evening Jerry and I find ourselves at the Lucki Restaurant near the river.…Continue readingFree Beer

ASK ME! curry leaves

• Where do curry leaves come from (tree, bush)? – JoJo, New Mexico Curry leaves come from a tree (sometimes referred to as a shrub), Murraya koenigii, which is native to India and grows wild in the subcontinent and lower Himalayas. The tree generally reaches 4-6 meters, depending on the variety. These aromatic leaves are…Continue readingASK ME! curry leaves

Dinner on the Beach

We’re at the Sea Dragon restaurant in Sihanoukville, just a few feet from the South China Sea. The waves lap against sand, and little kids pass through the restaurant, selling bracelets. That’s their job. Dozens of them do it every day, every night, making money for their parents to buy food, pay rent or send…Continue readingDinner on the Beach

ASK ME! Thai ingredients

• What staples should I keep in the cupboard to make a decent Thai dish? Obviously not all of these go into every dish, but these are some of the handiest ingredients to have on hand for those times when you get the urge to cook Thai: In the cupboard: Fish sauce, dried rice noodles,…Continue readingASK ME! Thai ingredients