Farewell, Play Bar

One of Maha Sarakham’s first really cool outdoor pubs. Lots of memories here… It was the first place to offer deep fried larb balls. It was also where T and J hid from the cops upstairs (I didn’t even know it had an upstairs!). One day last week we drove by, and it was just gone.

Dripping Umami Bomb

Mina brought a hamburger bun stuffed with a fried duck egg over to my desk and said, “try some.” I was just waking up, so I told her I needed a minute. In that minute, the sandwich disappeared and I jokingly asked Mina why she didn’t save me any.

“Cuz it was sooo gooood.”

I fried up one of the duck eggs Nam’s sister gave us from her egg factory (she makes salted duck eggs out on her resort in the country) and threw it in a toasted burger bun with a slice of processed cheddar… UMAMI. BOMB.

It was the best, messiest, umamiest egg sandwich, ever.

Hematogen – the Russian Cow Blood Candy Bar!

Today I learned about Hematogen (latin: Haematogenum), which is a nutrition bar partially made from black food albumin taken from processed cow’s blood. Yum!

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I also fell in love with the website where I found the original photos.