The Exclusiveness of Bangkok Cuisine

Thailand is a very small country, but the cuisine of this country is spectacularly diverse. The dishes here keep changing in flavor and form every time they cross provincial borders. The largest city in Thailand is Bangkok and it serves as the melting pot for food and people. The city is no exception to the diversity found in the cuisine of Thailand. Bangkok cuisine is quite distinct and is therefore liked by people throughout the world. Residents of Bangkok love sweet flavors.

Major Influences on Bangkok Cuisine

The immigrants of the southern part of China have long been influencing the cuisine of Bangkok. The Chinese vendors and laborers were the ones who introduced wok and different varieties of noodles to Bangkok. Meat dishes became popular in Bangkok because of the Muslims visiting the city during the 14th century. They were the Muslims who brought dried-spice-based and meat cuisine to Bangkok. The royal court also had a significant influence on Bangkok cuisine. Due to this, the dishes of Bangkok boast of great refinement and sophistication.

Preparing Different Dishes in Bangkok


Cooking in Bangkok places great emphasis on dishes that are prepared lightly but feature a very spicy edge and some strong aromatic elements. Food in Bangkok demonstrates attention to details, intricacy, taste, color, and texture. Bangkok lies near the sea and therefore the cuisine here is also abundant in seafood.


Different ingredients are used for preparing food that is good in its flavor and offers large scale medicinal benefits. Proper care is also taken in offering food the right smell, context, and appearance.Many dishes found in Bangkok include pork, freshwater fish, palm sugar and coconut milk.

Ingredients Used in Bangkok Cuisine

There are more than 40 ethnic groups found in Thailand practicing their very own cultures. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that the cuisine of Bangkok, on the whole, features different ingredients. Also, there are different methods used by the people of Bangkok when it comes to preparing food. Different dishes in Bangkok are prepared using fresh spices and herbs instead of the dried varieties. Common flavors found in Bangkok cuisine include galangal, garlic, cilantro or coriander, shallots, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, pepper, tamarind paste, fish sauce, shrimp paste, and chilies. Sugar made from the sap of Borassus palms is called palm sugar, and it is used for sweetening dishes. Tamarind and lime are used for offering sour notes to the dishes. Chicken and pork are the common meats used in the cuisine of Bangkok. Apart from these meats, beef, water buffalo and duck meats are also used. The Muslim Thais only savor mutton and goat. Traditionally, shellfish and crustaceans have an important role to play in the cuisine of Bangkok.

Traditional Dishes of Bangkok

Some of the most popular dishes of Bangkok include Pat Tai, Tom Yam, and Gooay teeo reua. Pat Tai is Bangkok’s, in fact, Thailand’s most popular dish prepared from fresh or dried shrimp, tofu, bean sprouts, seasonings, and egg. It is rice-noodle stir fried using the ingredients that have been mentioned above. Tom Yam is a sour soup made from kaffir lime leaf, lime juice, and lemongrass. All in all, it can be said that the cuisine of Bangkok is quite diverse and there is something for the taste of every individual.

Our Choice of Coffee Brands

Since we are located in the USA, we understand a lot of our customers want the option of having a cup of coffee or cappuccino either during their dinner, or afterwards. That’s why we went and tested 7 of the best coffee beans we could find in order to serve you the very best. Below are the beans we tested and chose to offer to you using our brand new cappuccino maker.

What is Light Roast Coffee?

The common belief is that light roast coffee has lower amounts of caffeine, which is not always the case. In truth, the level of roasting is not an ideal method to determine whether you are getting a high-caffeine kick out of the coffee. Distinction is really in the taste as light roast beans make the unique characteristic of the bean itself become more obvious. On the other hand, dark roasting burns the coffee bean completely so that the unique characteristic of the bean is often obliterated.

Here are some of the most popular light roasted coffee beans that we have decided to serve in our restaurant and are available in the market today:

1. White Knight Light Roast OFT, Whole bean coffee, Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC. (2 lb.)

white knight coffeeMade from the freshest coffee beans possible, the White Knight Light Roast knows exactly what the word ‘light roast’ means.

While others offer dark brown coffee beans as ‘light roast’, the White Knight stays true to the distinction by keeping their beans a muddy brown, which is the true description of lightly roasted coffee beans.

As a result, you are getting all the flavor and caffeine of typical coffee, but with that distinctive hint of the unique strain of the bean itself.

Roasted as soon as they are ready and packaged soon afterward, the White Knight prides itself on quality and freshness, sealing in the flavor and the aroma for that satisfying whiff of coffee.

2. Tiny Footprint Coffee Organic Light Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 3-Pound Bag

Tiny Footprint CoffeeThis 3-pound bag contains 100% Arabica coffee, further compounded by its organic origins.

Lightly roasted in a drum roaster retrofitted to deliver even burning, this particular product is cooked just enough to bring out the rich flavor inherent in the bean.

You can trace distinct flavors of orange, lemon and even cocoa for that smooth drink and amazing smell.

The organic origins of this coffee guarantee you will enjoy a cup in the morning that’s been grown in the most traditional way possible.

Not only that, the management of Tiny Footprint Crustastun also actually donates a portion of their profit to fund restoration projects in the Ecuador cloud forest!

3. Tiny Footprint Coffee Organic Light Roast Ground Coffee, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)

Tiny Footprint CoffeesDone in beautiful packaging, this Tiny Footprint coffee is essentially the same as with the 3-pound bag.

If you are trying out Tiny Footprint for the first time, this would be an ideal purchase, allowing you to evaluate the product before ordering it in larger numbers.

Equally organic, they’re evenly roasted in a drum roaster and contain hints of orange and lemon.

Note that they are pre-ground so all you have to do is load them up in the coffee maker.

Those who bought the product note the lack of bitter aftertaste, hitting that perfect roasted flavor without that burnt feeling, which usually comes with dark roast.

4. Melitta Fair Trade Organic Coffee, Morning Bliss Ground, Light Roast, 10 ounce

Melitta Fair Trade Organic CoffeeThis Melitta Fair Trade Organic coffee is advertised to be the flavor of Europe in a cup.

However, it is also USDA certified as organic, meets Kosher standards and is Fair Trade Certified so that it can be ordered into practically any country.

Grounded and ready for the coffee maker, its 100 percent Arabica coffee beans lightly roasted to produce that distinct taste you can only find in Europe’s best coffee growing regions.

The taste of wonderful coffee remains even if decaffeinated so pregnant women or those who are nursing can still enjoy the drink even in their condition.

5. Coffee Bean Direct Eyes Wide Open Blend, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag

Coffee Bean DirectThis brand also boasts of an excellent rating in the market, thanks to its freshness and flavor.

The product is categorized as Gourmet Coffee Beans that are slow roasted to achieve a fuller and more flavorful blend.

Thanks to the light roasting, you can trace hints of the unique strain of the coffee beans used.

The roasting and packaging process also guarantees optimal freshness, especially with the 2-ply foil bag, which keeps that flavor tight.

Using a 1-way air valve, you can smell the aroma of the coffee while still keeping the package air tight and the freshness of the coffee maintained.

6. Organic Ground Coffee By LifeBoost – Premium Fair Trade Single Origin Nicaragua Ground Coffee

LifeBoostLight roast coffee makes the origin of the beans more distinctive in the flavor, which is why this Nicaragua ground coffee is highly popular.

You can taste Nicaraguan coffee at its purest form, boasting of a smooth and clean flavor, which is low on acid and bitterness.

They’re hand grown and cultivated so the organic element is there, guaranteeing lack of pesticides that can be harmful to your health.

Accordingly, each batch is tested to ensure quality.

Kosher certified as well as passing the USDA and Fair Trade qualifications, the brand also boasts of a guarantee, which allows for a refund in the event of dissatisfaction.

7. Cafe Don Pablo – Light Roast 2LB Colombian Decaf Water Process Gourmet Coffee Beans

Cafe Don PabloAnother popular choice in the market, this Colombian Coffee is made from only the best coffee beans that plantation has to offer.

Thanks to the light roasting, the natural caramel, citrus and cocoa flavor of the coffee beans easily rise to the surface, giving you a new dimension to the taste of coffee.

They’re also decaffeinated through a water process, thereby stripping the caffeine while leaving the remarkable taste and feel of real coffee.

Perfect for pregnant women or those who are nursing, the beans are roasted in small batches to produce an even cooking process, which allows for optimum taste down to the last bean.


If you’re gunning for light roast coffee, these 7 will be the perfect starting point in finding the one, which best suits you. Readily available, you can order them all online or purchase them straight from us. They also come in different sizes other than those mentioned above. Hence, if you’ve developed a liking for one – you can always order them in bulk and enjoy excellent coffee daily.

Is Your Cookware Material Safe?

Tips for Choosing the Safest Cookware

Something a lot of restaurants just don’t talk about is the safety of their cookware. Sure, everyone talks about how they use the freshest ingredients, including us. But what good are using the best ingredients if the cookware you’re cooking with contaminates them and makes them unsafe for human consumption?

So I thought I’d do a write up on which types of cookware materials are actually safe. And what we use in our kitchens, and what you should be using at home too.

When selecting the best cookware and bakeware for your household there are a number of elements that need to be considered.

There are hundreds of brand name pots and pans out there and thousands of products available to consumers. The trick is to successfully select the products and brands that will best meet your family’s needs.

Safest Cookware

Safety is always the most important aspect of any purchase.

Factors to take into consideration in choosing cookware for your home will include product reviews, availability of sizes and styles to meet your needs and wants, versatility of the product, and its ability to fulfill your household’s cooking requirements.

Any health concerns surrounding a product that you might be considering purchasing must be taken into account before you take that item home with you.

There are still a number of cookware products selling on store shelves even today that have health hazards attached to them. You should be aware of these issues so that you are able to safeguard yourself and your family.

It is important to be informed by arming yourself with the information that is out there and available to you.

Having all the information at your fingertips allows you to make informed choices in the areas that matter most to you and your family. Knowledge is indeed power.

There are some new and used nonstick pans that should come with a health warning on them.

A type of cookware that currently comes with a some serious safety issues is Teflon nonstick or coated cookware. A chemical used in the manufacture of these products has been found to contain a toxic chemical that has the potential to seriously affect the health of those who use this type of cookware.

The chemical has been linked to birth defects and cancer in humans and it is regulated to be eliminated by the year 2015 in all products involved with the human consumption of food. Why the government allowed for such a lengthy transitional period is beyond my reasoning.

Perfluoroctanoic acid, or “C-8″ as it is referred to in the scientific world, is a chemical composition used to bind the nonstick coating to the pan. This nonstick surface is commonly found on bakeware and fry pans.

Up to fifteen toxic chemicals, two of which are carcinogenic, can be released into household air from one single use of a nonstick coated pan containing Perfluoroctanoic acid.

The death of household birds from the inhalation of C8 brought the toxicity of this chemical to light. Because birds have a much smaller lung capacity compared to humans they are therefore more susceptible to smaller degrees of toxins in the air household birds began to dye from the gases released from these pans when they were over heated. Studies into their deaths left no doubt as to the toxins source.

It is estimated that currently 95 percent of people have C8 present in their body. You can read more further on this subject at these links: Teflon and C-8 and information from The Environmental Working Group. This is why companies like Green Life Pans have tried to come up with safer alternatives to non-stick cookware.

This health related information concerning nonstick pots and pans is information that you should definitely take into consideration when you are making a choice in the type of cookware that you will be using in your home.

It is what we don’t know about aluminum pots and pans that is pretty scary.

Aluminum pots and pans are another product line that is found in abundance on store shelves and yet it is another product that comes with some very serious health concerns attached to it. For years researchers have been trying to discover the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). They know that health problems exist with exposure to aluminum but they are not sure yet as to what degree it affects human health.

The health risks associated with the different cookware are definitely something very important to take into account when you are shopping for pots and pans for your household.

Young children can be especially sensitive to toxins and pollutants. Keep in mind that whatever they are exposed to today will have an impact on them tomorrow. Where children are concerned always choose your safest option.

You can read more on safety concerns of the materials used in cookware at: Government of Canada: The safe use of cookware

Baking stones are a refreshing step back into the past.

A charming taste of yesterday in convenient sizes for the modern day kitchen.

Baking stones are a naturally refreshingly cookware option.

New glass cookware yes. Older glass cookware no.

Fortunately there are some of the highest standards in place for glass cookware but there are still a few issues that you should be aware of and especially if you have younger children in your home.

New glass pots and pans are generally considered safe for food consumption purposes. The only real danger involved with these is breakage, and hurt from burns, or shattering glass.

Older types of glass bake and cook ware should not be used as these may contain high concentrations of lead. Take care when using old glass dishes that you have inherited or have purchased at garage sales or thrift stores.

Glass dishes that come into the US and Canada with new immigrants from other countries may also not be of the same high standards that are set for products sold here.

Stainless steel cookware has issues when it is new but not so much as it ages.

Stainless steel is another form of cookware that is considered to be one of the safest forms of cookware to use.

However it is important to note that stainless steel pots and pans will leach chromium and nickel into the foods cooked within them.

Studies showed that the amount of nickel and chromium leached into the food was dependent upon how new the stainless steel cookware was and how long the food was cooked it.

New cookware showed significantly higher leaching within the first 6 uses and leveled off to an even plateau after the 10th use. The longer a food was cooked in the stainless steel than the higher the concentration of chromium and nickel was.

The amount of nickel and chromium released into food is considered to be a small amount and generally considered to be a safe amount for humans to digest.

The main health warning for stainless steel pots and pans is for individuals who are sensitive or allergic to nickel or other components of metal. It is recommended that these individuals use other products for their cooking and baking.

Is silicone a safe material for cookware?

Silicone cookware has recently begun to emerge onto store shelves and into the cupboards of homes around the globe. Is it safe? Thus far studies indicate that it is.

If this is the form of cookware that you decide on keep in mind a few simple precautions until all the evidence is in on this new cookware.

1. Do not cook at extremely high temperatures. If the cookware is exposed to high temperatures try to ventilate the room immediately with fresh air and avoid breathing any smoke produced.

2. Do not use the cookware if the surface is cracked or broken in any degree.

3. Remove foods immediately after cooking and never store food in the bake ware.

4. Be careful when removing cooked foods from silicone bake ware as the silicone is very flexible and foods can slip out quickly and cause burns.

Investigate your options thoroughly before you decide on the right type of cookware for you and your family. It is your body, your health, and any health consequences will be based on the choices you make today.

Always err of the side of caution. Keep in mind that your product choices are likely to remain a part of your home environment for many years into the future.

Cast iron cookware turns out to be one of our safest choices.

Cast Iron Cookware is generally considered safe and a healthier alternative to nonstick pans. A well seasoned cast iron pan will be virtually nonstick and this feature only tends to improve with age rather than lesson. That’s why our woks are made of cast iron.

Cast Iron cookware does release some degree of iron into the food that is cooked within it. It is estimated that cooking on a regular basis with cast iron pots and pans will supply an individual with twenty percent of their daily requirement for iron.

If you or one of your family members has allergies to iron or sensitivity to metals in general then you may want to take this into consideration when you are selecting the cookware to be used within your home.

I hope this article helps you make a decision on which materials to use in your own itchen. And also to understand the depths we go to in order to make sure our customer’s meals are not just the best tasting, but the safest too. So stop by Bangkok Cuisine today!

Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla)

Want to know a few of our secret recipes so you can enjoy the best Thai food right at home? Well, we’ve decided to add a few of our most sold and asked for dishes so you can replicate our recipes right in your own kitchen.

And for our first recipe, we are going to start with our famous Thai Fish Cakes, or “Tod Mun Pla” in Thai.

There are a few reasons why our fish cakes taste better than most other restaurants. First off is the oil.

Since these are fried, you’re going to taste the oil no matter what. So start with a clean peanut oil. The reason being peanut oil can stand super high heat which means it not only tastes better, but it also lasts longer which makes it cheaper to use in the long run. But of course the number one reason is that it one of the “secrets” to Asian cooking. Try cooking using a different oil, and you’ll notice the difference immediately.

The next important “secret” is using fresh fish paste. We make ours almost daily depending on how much we’re using. Always use the freshest ingredients in Asian cooking and you’ll get much better results. Even when it comes to sauces and pastes.

Okay, enough talking, let’s get down to the cooking.

First get all of your ingredients together and follow the directions as far as the preparation. Total prep time should be less than 10 minutes.

While you’re getting everything prepared, you can start warming up your oil so you’re ready to cook as soon as you’ve assembled the cakes.

Here are the ingredients…

  1. 8 oz fish paste, (you can use store-bought frozen fish paste or make your own)
  2. 1/2 egg, beaten
  3. 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste, Mae Ploy brand or Maesri brand
  4. 5 snake beans or long beans, thinly sliced
  5. 5 kaffir lime leaves, cut into fine thin strips

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For this recipe you are going to want to make a sort of paste with all of your ingredients. So you’re going to need to combine everything in a bowl and mix them together as well as you can until you get something that resembles a paste. Make sure everything is blended together as best as you can.

Next, take a golf ball sized handful of the paste and and flatten it out like you are making a tasty pie or something similar. Continue until you’ve used all of your paste. You should have around 10 little pies.

Now drop each one into your hot oil and wait until crispy outside. Don’t take you eyes off of them as depending on how hot your oil is, they can fry up quickly. it helps to have a small metal strainer, or just use a pair of chopsticks to take them out of the oil. Let them sit for a minute, preferably on a rack so the excess oil drips off.

Then serve with your favorite garnish. We serve these with a Thai cucumber salad.

And that’s it. we hope you like our recipe and we will be adding more of these soon. Thanks!

And don’t forget, with summer coming to a close, we are having a 50% off sale on all of our frozen drinks before we put our slushie machine in storage for the winter. So take advantage of frozen margaritas and daiquiris while you can. Because when summer is over, so is the special!