Tourist vs Expat: Must Eat Dishes in Bangkok

Tourist: Pad Thai has to be one of Thailand’s most famous exports, and it’s no wonder once you take a look at the history – the dish was created in the late 1930s as part of then-Prime Minister Phibun’s project to modernize and westernize the nation, along with changing the country’s name from Siam to […]

What’s Up With Bangkok’s Street Food “Ban”?

Judging from the email inbox at Smiling Albino Intergalactic HQ here in Bangkok, we weren’t the only ones a bit shocked to read headlines saying that street food will be banned in the city that CNN recently said had the world’s best street food. But here’s the good news – street food in Bangkok will […]

Four Great Pho Joints in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Four Great Pho Joints in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) There are few Asian foods with identities as closely tied to their home country than Pho, the Vietnamese national dish made with rice noodles, meat, and broth seasoned with various types of herbs and spices. Not bad for a dish that only originated in the […]