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Best Food Court in the World-Bangkok

Food courts have a bit of a negative connotation in the US-they tend to be fast food joints in malls aggregated in a single mess hall of quick cheap dining.  They exist for the convenience of the shopper rather than as standalone dining establishments.

In Asia the feel is a different.  While they are still usually reasonably priced, there’s a broader mass appeal.  Going out to eat at a food court is still a sensible Friday night choice.  When I lived in Singapore I probably ate out more often at food courts (sometimes called hawker centers)  than restaurants.

Singapore food courts were amazing.  Food Republic must have been some type of revolution at some point, freeing asian cuisines to the masses.  This chain of food courts were indoors, relatively cleaner, and airconditioned. (in contrast to the outdoor hawker centers)

And then I went to Bangkok for probably the umpteenth time. I randomly ran into an old friend who had married a local and was now living in Bangkok.  He took us to the best food court I’ve ever been to hands down.

The newly built Central Embassy mall is fairly high end and foot traffic is low, so it is quiet in there.  Their new food court features all types of Thai cuisines, with separate stalls for northern, southern, northeastern Thai, vegetarian, seafood, and street food.

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Marinated street pork, Beef salad, Galangal chicken noodle in coconut milk, and best pork satay with peanut sauce I’ve ever tasted

The food court is kid friendly, with a few high chairs and a tuk-tuk for the kids to play in.  At the door everyone gets a dining debit card/pass that allows you to charge food.  Each stall will hand you a receipt and staff will help retrieve the food once you give them the receipts.  Fast, easy, delicious!

 

Cafe Dulce

Rating:4/5

Headline : Interesting selection, green tea donut’s a winner2014-05-11 14.13.54

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What: 
Walked into this little Tokyo cafe in downtown Los Angeles by chance. Side by side, you will find bacon topped doughnuts (and bacon doughnut holes ) next to spirulina cakes.  I ordered the relatively more neutral green tea doughnut, which has a sugary exterior and light green tea flavor.  Doesn’t feel that healthy, but hey, you are eating a donut!!

Service :Very attentive..4 different people waited on us within the first 10 mins.   The chef/owner also came out to greet everyone, which was nice.

Parking: Have to find street or garage parking in the area

 

  • 134 Japanese Village Plz
    Bldg E
  • Little Tokyo, Downtown
  • Phone number(213) 346-9910
  • Business website cafedulce.co

Meals By Genet

Rating:2/5

Headline :too spicy for my personal preferencegenet

What: 
Veggie combo-the waiter recommended  we order a protein dish and a veggie combo because it came with all the veggie sides.  There were sides like lentils, salad, carrots,beets, puréed veggies, etc.  I didn’t realize that half of the veggie items were spicy.   
Dorowot-spicy chicken
Injera-spongy bread that comes with the meal

Ethiopian food is analogous to Indian food for me..both cuisines use their hands to eat and dip bread into spiced curries or purees.  This meal put my mouth on fire, so unfortunately I can’t rate my experience higher.  I’ve also been to a few other Ethiopian restaurants in little Ethiopia that are more cheaply priced and tasted very good.  This was on Jonathan Gold’s (Pulitzer prize winning food critic) top 100 list so there was probably a premium.

Service :Very attentive..4 different people waited on us within the first 10 mins.   The chef/owner also came out to greet everyone, which was nice.

Parking: Free in the lot behind the restaurant.  It’s tight but there should be enough space.  You have to enter from the alley behind 7-11 or Carls Jr

 

Zucchini Chips

Oven baked zucchini chips, delicious for an appetizer or snack.

Prep time: 30 mins (I’m slow) Cook time: 30 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs (panko or even crumbled crackers work)
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (unnecessary if your bread crumbs are salted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini (about 2 small)
  • Oil/Cooking spray

Preparation

1) Cut the zucchini into 1/4″ inch thick slices (for speed, slice in a food processor.  Place in strainer and salt heavily.  Let stand for 30 mins.  Then rinse salt off and pat dry with paper towels.  Cucumbers are 90% water – this takes some of that out so your chips are crispier!  I haven’t tried skipping this step yet, but it could be optional if short on time.

2)Preheat oven to 425° F.  Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl and mix.  Whisk egg in shallow bowl.

3) Dip zucchini slices in egg, then dredge in breadcrumb mixture (coat at least a thin layer on the each side)

4)Prepare baking sheet with cooking spray or oil.  (I typically use a baking pan with aluminum foil and brush olive oil on) The oil ensures the slices don’t stick so make sure there’s an even coat.

5)Place coated zucchini slices on sheet and bake at 425° F for 30 mins or until browned and crisp.  Serve immediately.

This recipe makes zucchini a bit less boring.  The parmesan and crispy texture come together to make this snack a household favorite.

*recipe modified from recipe.com