INSERT ANIMAL NAME – Crap coffee

The only real way to experience true crap coffee flavor!

The most expensive coffee in the world is being produced at the elephant camp we take the kids to almost every new year, on the way to Surin province: World’s Priciest Coffee Is Hand-Picked From Elephant Dung

So here’s my prediction: What started as civet crap coffee and moved to elephant crap coffee will eventually result in the production of human crap coffee. Because, let’s be honest, Kopi Luwak can reportedly be very smooth (the ones I tried were not), but most people drink it because it’s something new and exotic, and because they secretly want to be like the baboon.

Cast Iron Pizza

We went all in with Kenji on this one:
Foolproof Pan Pizza Recipe
New York-Style Pizza Sauce Recipe


Actually, for the sauce, I added filtered fish sauce, tripled the amount of garlic, and used the good part of a rotting onion instead of going to the store to buy a fresh one, and it turned out really, really well.

I tried using a cast iron Lodge pan and an aluminum baking pan, and the latter was predictably much inferior to the former because the crust stuck to it pretty badly.

In Thailand, any cheese is expensive, and the one called for in the recipe is unavailable where we live, so we used a cheap pre-shredded mix. It was most excellent. The sweet Thai basil was also a great match.

Next time, I must find a bigger, better alternative to the baking pan.

Smoked Pork Roast

There’s a new butcher shop between my house and work that opened half a year ago. They sell pork only. The quality of meat is better than anywhere else, and the prices are cheaper as well… So I’m in there a couple times a week.

Most Thais do not like the well-marbled cuts that I go after, so there are usually a few choice ones in the displays. The staff will also go get whatever you want from the back, if it’s not on display.

I asked them about a whole pig last week, and they gave me a number to call… I’m toying with the idea of a barbecue pit. Just need to find a steady supply of my favorite lamyai wood.

Tacos and Somtam

Olé, krup!


To be precise, fish tacos and non-papaya tam variant.

To be even more precise, deep-fried Nile tilapia tacos with corn and bird’s eye chili salsa and long fak bean tam.

Tacos always get my inner Mike D going:

He said, “Can I get some?”
I said, you can’t get none!
Had a chance to run
He pulled out his shotgun
He was quick on the draw, I thought I’d be dead
He put the gun to my head and this is what he said

The Best Thai Beer – Snowy Weizen

A good friend from Roi Et brought his boys over yesterday, and we had an epic dinner with smoked ribs (using a new white wine finish I read about and will now implement every time), authentic Mexican rice and beans, hastily smoked Isaan sausage and Indian corn, grilled het nang fa (literally: fairy mushrooms) from Nam’s sister’s farm resort, and several kinds of beer from my friend Gop’s bottle shop.

Among the beers, the real standout was this Snowy Weizen (obviously inspired by the huge success of Hoegaarden in Thailand in the past few years), produced by Boon Rawd Brewery (other products: Leo Beer, Singha Beer, Thai Beer). It’s a cloudy unfiltered mess in your glass, and also quite delicious.

The fairy mushrooms, lightly oiled and grilled, are simply the best I’ve had in Thailand, and despite their nickname, do not make you see fairies.