Taste of Thailand Food Tours is a community-led effort to serve Thai culture through its rich cuisine and exotic foods. Their passion is discovering culinary gems in the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok and the mission is to share them with you, dishing up culture, tradition and people behind the savory treats along the way.
Prachak Ped Yang restaurant was started by Khun Lek’s great grandparents in 1909, who immigrated from South China, similar to many other families in the Bangrak neighborhood. The shop has been run generation to generation ever since. During the first two generations, the roasted duck was made solely with chinese spices and ingredients. The third generation, Khun Lek’s father, realized that the taste of duck was popular only for the Chinese. Besides, it was too oily and not healthy. Therefore, the roasted duck recipe was modified to fit Thai taste. K.Lek, as the 4th generation running the restaurant, continues to improve the service and maintain the best taste and quality of food to carry on the tradition of this well-known establishment.
Originally, K. Lek’s grandparents ran their first business off of a street cart, selling not only duck but other foods as well, as part of the market. Once their business grew, they were able to move into a shophouse. In the past, the building was owned by the Thai Prince, which he rented to local businesses.
The shop is officially open daily at 9.00 a.m. but the back kitchen is buzzing starting at 4.00 a.m. because the duck, sauce, rice, noodles and dumplings are all made fresh daily. The owner K.Lek makes sure that all ingredients are the best quality and taste delicious!
We LOVE Chinatown! And what we love even more, is EATING in Chinatown!!!! Here is our new video giving just a hint of some of the tasty treats and bright lights of this amazing part of Bangkok that we experience together on our Chinatown Evening Food Crawl.
Honestly, so many people shy away from visiting Bangkok with kids, but they have no idea what they are missing! Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s humid. Yes, there is traffic. But, Bangkok is actually a great place for kids! Besides activities, movies, parks, proximity to beautiful beaches, swimming pools and tons of shopping and grand sightseeing, the food is also top notch!
Thai food has such a variety of flavors, ingredients and spice levels (including NOT spicy), that there is surely a way to please even the pickiest of kids! The parents can enjoy, too, by the way!
We often have families along on our tour. It’s not only a great way to bond and spend time together, there is so much more! You have a local foodie show you the best spots and tell great stories and share history that goes along with the foods you are tasting. It’s like a museum trip, history lesson, food class and (very large) meal, all wrapped up in one great package – including exercise!
So in between those pool days, shopping trips and trips along the Chao Phraya river, why not fit in a food tour – fun for the whole family!
At Taste of Thailand we welcome children on all of our tours (some age and access restrictions apply) and encourage families to join and discuss their plans with us in advance so that we can deliver the best family experience for them!
Lhong 1919 is one of a handful of sites along the Chao Phraya river that have been renovated in recent years into community spaces, effectively reusing old warehouses and neglected spaces on prime Bangkok real estate.
The sit, a mid 19th century port, included offices, shops and a shrine. In 1919, it was sold to the Wanglee family. In 2017, they renovated the warehouses into a lovely space with sweeping views of the Chao Phraya river, a coffee shop, thai food restaurant and some smaller artisan shops surrounding a long courtyard.
The renovation created a lovely community space, open during the day and night for public and private events.
The beautiful wood architecture and signature red lanterns make for a great spot for photographs and just enjoying a cool breeze in the evening along the river! There are even free shuttle boats to take you there from various areas and hotels along the river!
For more information, check out their website here and go visit!
One of the memorable stops along our Village of Love morning tour is a local shop that makes a rainbow of fresh curry pastes!
Thai curry is traditionally made only from a paste, not from a powder as Indian curries. They range is spice-level from mild to hot (also of course, depending on the chef)!
And the colors and so vibrant – all coming from the chilis used in each type of paste.
Some of the main ingredients in Thai curry pastes are: shrimp paste, chilis, onions, garlic, lemongrass, coriander root and galangal. There are actually two types of curry: water-based and coconut milk based. Traditional favorites such as green (gaeng khiao wan), red (prik gaeng daeng) and massaman curries are coconut milk-based soups, whereas others such as gaeng som, are water, based – lighter fare. All are typically served in a bowl with a side of rice (not poured over the top), so you can eat, spoonful by spoonful (and share with others, as most do)!
Fresh curry pastes can be refrigerated for 1-2 months or even kept in a freezer for up to 1 year. However, for the best color and taste – immediate use and consumption is highly recommended!
Our local curry shop in Bangrak has been making curry fresh daily in this for more than 50 years. You can also see them making their own fresh coconut milk right in the shop!
It’s always fun to bring our friends here to smell and experience the fresh curry pastes so they can understand the backstory behind their favorite dishes.
We always plaster our social media and blog with mouth-watering Thai treats, so why not show off the other stars of our tours – the buildings, scenery and neighborhoods! Our tours include these fabulous spots full of great history, stories and culture that make Thailand come alive and make the food taste even better!
Here are some of the great shots taken over the last week by our fabulous tour guides!
Recently, we introduced you to K. Tai, our lovely friend in Bangrak, who serves up the tastiest bite-sized treats on our tours, Miang Kham! So, we thought we’d give you a little glimpse into what goes into these lovely Thai snacks!
Miang Kham is an herbal snack popular in Thailand and Laos. It is a ‘one-bite wrap’ with a perfect combination of flavours: sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Each tasty bite is a sensory experience of flavour, texture and aromas. Made by wrapping various ingredients into fresh betel leaves, It is an ideal choice for a quick pick-me-up or refreshing snack. It is not a food found everywhere, but some restaurants will feature this special treat as an appetizer or you may see it in some local markets packaged to take home or eat on-the-spot. Thai people believe that Miang Kham is a food balancing all 4 elements in our body.
Miang Kham was originally a snack only for the members of royal family. It has since invaded popular culture with its incredible taste and uniqueness that it is now available to all, even in more modern forms in Bangkok’s most trendy restaurants. In 2014, Miang Kham was added to the National Cultural Heritage List by the Thailand Ministry of Culture.
Watching Avengers: Endgame recently in the Scala cinema is probably one of the best experiences I’ve had in Bangkok! It’s a very well-maintained retro movie theatre open since the late 60’s in the Siam Square shopping area. Amongst Bangkok’s myriad high tech, fancy movie theatres, the Scala Theatre stands out as a unique experience, especially if you are truly a fan of old-school movie theatres. You can even get popcorn for 40 baht! It’s a must visit!
The Scala is the last remaining operational standalone single-screen cinema in Thailand. Not only that, but the ticket price (I paid 140 baht) is also cheaper than many of those expensive fashion mall cineplexes! It’s a hand-issued ticket which may make you feel nostalgic for the good old days (and if you are too young to know the good-ol-days, you’ll get a glimpse into what movie theatres used to be like)!
Famous for its staircase, (the namesake of ‘scala,’ meaning stair in Italian) the act of entering the building is just as much a part of the experience! The lobby still preserves its original art deco design and furnishings. Employees sport snazzy jacket and bow-tie combos of a gone by era. The seats are old but comfortable. The screen is nice, large and a bit curvy with a curtain giving off a true ‘theatre’ vibe. Films shown range from current blockbusters to independent films, all displayed in big red letters on the marquis out front, each put up by hand.
I loved the 70s vintage style signboards, the grandeur of the chandelier and the whole architecture of the building. If you are looking to find a cool, quiet, 70’s vintage style, well preserved theatre, then the Scala Theatre would be perfect for you (and your date)!
Location: Siam Square Soi 1, a few minutes walk from Siam BTS Station.
May was born in Bangkok and began her working career as an executive assistant to the president of a multinational company, which gave her the opportunity to travel around the world and experience many different types of cuisines and flavors.
A few years ago she decided to leave corporate life to open a restaurant. It was originally in Thonglor, a well-known neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangkok. May’s original shop was to be a bookstore, but as customers often came in wondering if she served food, she slowly began adding a variety of dishes until she switched concepts entirely and opened a restaurant.
She first became interested in vegan food when she noticed that many customers would ask to replace the meat ingredients with vegetables or noodles. The more she learned about this type of cuisine the more she became convinced that this was the right direction to take.
As the head chef, May often takes meat or vegetarian dishes and converts them into vegan ones. She plays with the recipes until they are up to her exacting standards. She also supports local small businesses by selling their products and desserts in her restaurant.
She moved to her current location, in the busy Asok neighborhood, several years ago. She was fortunate to have found an older run down building that just needed a bit of love and care to reveal its lovely structure. May opened up the vaulted ceiling and used special paint to prevent dust and keep the environment as healthy as possible. The paintings on the wall are all by artist Justin Love, whose studio is located nearby, and are available for purchase.
May Veggie Home is a neighborhood favorite and is quite busy at peak meal times, but the creative cuisine is worth the wait!