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Authentic Asian Dining in Vienna: Oh, Holy Basil!

Authentic Asian Dining in Vienna: Oh, Holy Basil!

This business of authenticity can be very elusive. Enticing the Viennese to compose their own dishes from the elements, as the Thais do, leaves many diners perplexed. But several young ventures in Asian cooking are now serving up successes with traditional tastes and techniques of the Far East, and setting in motion a new trend […]

Bangkok: Authentic Thai With a Loyal Following

Bangkok: Authentic Thai With a Loyal Following

From the outside it doesn’t look like much – just another Asian take-away eatery. Actually, it almost blends into the building on Joanelligasse in the 6th District. But once you decide to try it out, any previous reservations are left at the door. Bangkok-Vienna is anything but ordinary. On your second or third visit, owner […]

Extreme Snacking

In the midst of the rabbit warren of stall-lined streets you will find what is widely considered the best street food on the planet. The scent of frying shallots, garlic, lemongrass, ginger and boiling rice waft down streets that are so narrow that the scorching Thai sun has been almost completely blotted out even where […]

Among the Mangroves

We were in a mangrove on the edge of the Andaman Sea in Thailand. The muddy channels were getting narrower. It was as if the forest was closing in around us, enveloping us in its aura of mystery. The boat chugged slowly forward through the dark, still water giving us a closer look of the […]

Thai-Land Of Smiles

Thailand. Fall 2009. The plane lands on time, the doors open and the climate controlled tunnel guides the passengers into Bangkok’s Suvarnbhumi airport. This airport is a monster – the world’s third largest after Dubai and Beijing – with metal limbs and glass skin, pathways that move even if it’s not going uphill. Making my […]

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