Less than 24 hours ago, I landed at the Sunport runway grateful for the dry heat and the mountains and a personal space allotment larger than 2 square feet of grungy Bangkok sidewalk.
Sure I was jet-lagged like a drunken mango, but I couldn't help but do the following things to celebrate a return home:
Surprisingly, our homegrown ethnic food superstore has just about everything I could want to prepare a home remedy for my Thai cravings... Even crazy ingredients such as fresh banana blossom, green mango, and frozen mangosteen. On the shelves of the Bangkok aisle, I found chile garlic oil, shrimp-chile paste, and canned lychee, rambutan, and more mangosteen. In another section, I found fresh wide noodles. The only thing I couldn't find was fresh pomelo.
But that's only good if I'm up for cooking at home. What about authentic Thai food elsewhere in town?
Albuquerque has a decent number of quality Thai restaurants in town including Bangkok Cafe, Thai Tip, Thai Basil, Orchid Thai and more. But which are the most authentic? You know, places that have yam som-o (pomelo salad) on the menu and will prepare a dish "thai hot" if you ask for it.
Got any recommendations?