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    Thai Street Food Stalls earn spots @ 2023 Michelin Guide

    Thailand’s culinary scene is making waves. It was announced yesterday that 189 street food eateries across the kingdom have made it to the 2023 Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list. Out of the 189 restaurants and eateries that made it to the list, 84 were street food eateries, and 105 were restaurants. Michelin Guide’s international director, Gwendal Poullennec, said the high proportion of street food eateries on the list reflects Thailand’s “quintessential culinary scene as an ultimate street food haven for budget-savvy diners.” Poullennec noted that street food provides a “cultural adventure” into Thailand’s culinary tradition, on top of an authentic Thai eating experience. She added that the recent Bib Gourmand selection would help boost Thailand’s gastro-tourism, particularly in the northeast region, to which Michelin has just expanded its coverage this year.
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    Pae Araya - Ubon Ratchatani

    The Highlights

    33 restaurants and eateries are located in Thailand’s northeast region - widely known as “Isan”. With 20 provinces in this largest region of Thailand, four provincial cities Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen – are selected to represent the region’s distinctive and flavorful cuisine, as well as its remarkable natural and cultural heritage. This includes 11 in Khon Kaen, nine in Nakhon Ratchasima, seven in Udon Thani, and six in Ubon Ratchathani. Northeastern Thai or “Isan” cuisine has an interesting background with cultural influences from ancient eras – including the Sukhothai Kingdom and Khmer empire – as well as from neighboring countries i.e. Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. The region has fields and forests on plateaus and mountains suitable for livestock farming. In addition, it is a significant area for quality rice cultivation - including the world-famous Jasmine rice and glutinous rice. Although Isan food does not contain any seafood ingredients due to its landlocked geographical location, the region has many rivers - notably, the Mekong River, where freshwater fish are in abundance.

    Michelin inspectors have been impressed with the flavorful and distinctive Isan cuisine, as it employs simple cooking methods yet delivers subtle and complex flavour profiles – such as boiling, grilling, steaming, slow-cooking, and – above all – the food preservation technique, which is considered a highlight of the cuisine, as it showcases local wisdom in keeping fish and seasonal vegetables for longer shelf life as food ingredients. Fermented fish [Pla Ra], made of local fish fermented in salt and rice, is the most famous and major preserved ingredient that has been used in many dishes and sauces, and has been registered as a heritage of national cultural wisdom since 2012.​

    Apart from unique food and interesting culinary background, there are many Isan-born chefs with food knowledge and cooking experience from working in world-famous restaurants abroad, and have now opened their own restaurants in their homeland. They play a significant role in elevating Isan food to the next level - using local ingredients combined with their superior cooking skills, setting a new standard for more high-quality local food. This is a great sign that the Northeastern region of Thailand will soon be an interesting tourist destination for local gastronomy, contributing to a good economy among local communities and markets.

    Thailand’s Northeastern region has a vast potential – in terms of culinary culture and history, diverse tourist attractions, as well as charming local lifestyle. Apart from delicious and authentic Northeastern Thai or ‘Isan’ cuisine, people of all ages can enjoy visiting attractions like Khao Yai National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - that situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima, Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani, Ban Chiang Archaeological Site in Udon Thani, Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen. Moreover, the Northeastern region has a lot of outstanding local food and handicraft products, with more than 34 registered Geographical Indication (GI) items, to look out for when shopping for souvenirs. With the launch of the upcoming 2023 MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition, we hope that not only will the entire world be aware of the vibrant culinary scene of the Northeastern region of Thailand, but also boost tourism and the local economy at the same time,​
    • 82 Restaurants and eateries are located in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces.
    • 27 Restaurants and eateries are located in Chiang Mai
    • 23 Restaurants are in Phuket
    • 11 Restaurants are in Phang Nga.
    Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list recognises restaurants and street food eateries for offering high-quality food at budget-friendly prices of no more than 1,000 THB - for a three-course meal, exclusive of beverage.

    Thailand’s dining scene has been making headlines this year. In July, a restaurant in Bangkok was ranked 39th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022. The restaurant, Sorn, has won two Michelin stars. A hotspot for fine dining, Sorn serves traditional southern Thai cuisine. Sorn focuses on serving old recipes that have been lost in the modern age. It also has a focus on “local culinary wisdom” and ingredients are sustainably sourced from a trusted network of farmers and fishermen.

    Last year, UNESCO named the central province of Petchaburi a Creative City of Gastronomy. The city continues to draw income from food tourism and locally produced ingredients.The dish that originally put Petchaburi on UNESCO’s map is toddy palm curry, in Thai known as Gaeng Kua Hua Tan. A local woman who makes it uses a traditional recipe with fresh galangal, finger roots, lemongrass and red chillies mixed with coconut milk.

    Thailand’s culinary landscape is preserving the country’s heritage, and promoting Thailand to the world.
    Last edited by Steve; 11-18-2022, 04:01 PM.

  • #2
    The Highlights | New Michelin Guide Listings 2023

    The 53 first-time entries to the 2023 Bib Gourmand list include:

    Bangkok & Surrounding Cities
    • Kin Kub Koi
      a restaurant serving skillfully cooked dishes made from choice seafood – such as standouts grilled river prawns, and stir-fried crab with bitter beans and shrimp paste;
    • Pae Pochana
      a restaurant that has been serving old-school Thai-Chinese dishes for over 50 years, with recommended dishes like the minced featherback fish and minced pork in tofu sheets, the spicy stir-fried featherback fish with herbs, and the fried sun-dried snakehead fish;
    • Samlor
      a cozy restaurant serving flavorsome, well-presented elevated Thai cuisine inspired by local street food with specially selected ingredients; and
    • Arunwan
      a street food establishment that has opened for more than 60 years, famed for its signature dish from a family recipe that features tasty pickled cabbage and fresh offal in a delightful sweet pork broth.​
    Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
    • Kin Lookdeaw
      a restaurant that serves simple Thai dishes using its own freshly pounded chilli paste, like the deep-fried boneless red tilapia with garlic, and the stir-fried green curry with clown featherback fish balls;
    • O Pochana
      a restaurant offering dishes prepared in an open kitchen with a charcoal stove, mostly comprising local fish and river prawns freshly caught just behind the restaurant – such as the deep-fried sheatfish with sweet fish sauce, and the stir-fried salt and pepper river prawns;
    • Pa Pu Boat Noodles
      a street food eatery serving signature boat noodles with shredded chicken or pork and soft eggs.​
    Nakhon Ratchasima
    • Penlaos
      a restaurant that started off over a decade ago as a street stall, serving Isan food using homemade condiments – such as spicy catfish salad, Laotian-style spicy mushroom soup made with Tiliacora juice, seasonal mushrooms and gourd;
    • Lab Somphit
      a street food establishment offering flavorful Isan dishes that strike a perfect balance of intense local spices and Thai herbs – such as the signature Isan spicy calf beef salad, and tender meaty slices seasoned with a smoky aroma of rice powder that adds a crispy texture.​
    Khon Kaen
    • Mekin Farm
      an Isan restaurant on an organic farm that grows fruits and vegetables and raises its own poultry, serving dishes made with simple cooking techniques to bring out natural flavors – like duck egg omelet and locally sourced steamed Nile tilapia fish served with a spicy sauce
    • Khun Jaeng Guay Tiew Pak Mor Kao Wang
      a street food eatery serving the renowned rice dumplings and tapioca balls that have stood the test of time for over 30 years - including the tasty dumplings with tom yum soup.​
    Ubon Ratchathani:
    • Pae Araya
      a floating restaurant where the Mekong and Mun Rivers meet that serves central Thai and Isan fare featuring fish from both rivers – including redtail catfish tom yum, and local roe served with herbs.
    Udon Thani
    • Krua Khun Nid
      a spacious Isan restaurant known for fresh ingredients and sharing portions of both seasonal dishes and enduring classics, whose highlights include deep-fried salted carp and ‘Lab Pa Tong’, or fish cakes grilled in banana leaves
    • Peng Duck Noodles
      a long-established street food eatery that serves duck noodle soup with succulent duck meat, and duck rice with duck blood jelly as its specialties.​
    Chiang Mai
    • Busarin Cuisine
      a restaurant serving northern-Thai dishes based on family recipes with noodles and roti, instead of rice;
    • Maadae Slowfish Kitchen
      a restaurant offering dishes made with fresh seafood transported within the day from the fishermen of Chumphon in Southern Thailand, while other seasonal and organic ingredients are sourced locally, and sauces are made in-house without preservatives.
    • Gorjan
      a restaurant in a family home that serves dishes exclusively available locally – such as the delicious steamed yellow curry with crab meat that carries an intense turmeric aroma and flavour.
    • Krua Luang Ten
      an upgrade from being a street stall to a full-blown restaurant serving Southern Thai dishes that do not compromise on spiciness, made from the catch of the day and seasonal ingredients.​
    Last edited by Ratatouille; 11-18-2022, 07:39 PM.


    • #3
      The 2023 Michelin Thailand Bib Gourmand Listings

      The 6 promoted entries to the 2023 Bib Gourmand list, five of which fall in the street food category, are:
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      Yoom Khao Hom

      • Yoong Khao Hom (I’m Park Chula)
        a restaurant offering authentic Southern Thai cuisine – such as the charcoaled pork ribs, the southern red curry paste, and the coconut dumpling in a coconut milk and shell;
      Chiang Mai
      • Guay Jub Chang Moi Tat Mai
        a street food eatery specializing in guay jub, and also serving the fresh Vietnamese sausage spring rolls topped with omelet and a sweet peanut sauce;
      • Khao Soi Mae Sai
        a street food eatery serving the famous khao soi with intense herbs, rich curry paste, and tender braised beef, and also the must-try vermicelli rice with northern Thai pork curry and tomato;
      • Khao Tom Thanon Di Buk
        a street food eatery offering aromatic porridge, ‘Khao Tom’, and brown soup made from a secret Chinese stock with premium toppings – including grouper, tender pork offal, and century egg – as well as braised pork ribs and chicken with fermented soybeans as weekend specials;
      • Roti Chaofa
        a street food place serving Thai-Muslim breakfasts, curries and Thai-style chicken biryani, plus the crisp, golden-brown rotis with a fluffy interior that can be eaten with the tangy, juicy beef Massaman curry.
      • Gop Phochana
        a popular street food destination serving comforting favorites with intense seasoning and spices – such as the stir-fried shrimp with creamy coconut curry.​
      Last edited by Ratatouille; 11-18-2022, 07:35 PM.


      • #4
        The 2023 MICHELIN Guide Thailand with 5 new one MICHELIN Star Restaurants

        At the MICHELIN Star Revelation Ceremony, which also marks the official release of the MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2023 edition, Michelin unveiled recipients of the prestigious
        • MICHELIN Star,
        • MICHELIN Green Star,
        • MICHELIN Young Chef Award
        • MICHELIN Service Award,
        • MICHELIN Opening of the Year Award
        • MICHELIN Sommelier Award

        Featured in this sixth local edition are 441 dining venues – with 6 two MICHELIN Stars (all retained their status), 29 one MICHELIN Star, 189 Bib Gourmand, and 217 other recommended entries. New additions to the MICHELIN Guide consist of 5 in the one MICHELIN Star (4 newcomers and 1 promotion), and 59 in the Bib Gourmand list (53 newcomers and 6 promotions), together with another 54 in the Guide’s recommended selection. Of 111 new entries, 69 are from four representative cities of Thailand’s Northeast or “Isan” region (Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani), newly covered in the 2023 edition.

        “After struggling with the pandemic for a couple of years, Thailand’s culinary and hospitality landscapes have seen new openings around the country. In the restaurant sector, many new fine-dining restaurants have opened – not only by local chefs that focus more on their culinary roots and thus offer a variety of cuisine: Northern Thai, Southern Thai, Isan, authentic Thai, modern Thai, and so on; but also by big investors and world-famous chefs. Our MICHELIN Guide inspectors are very much excited to see such a development in Thailand’s culinary sector,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides.
        “The increased number of entries in the newest edition of The MICHELIN Guide Thailand is partly a testament of restaurateurs’ achievement in striving to rise above challenges, and partly a result of our coverage expansion to Northeastern Thailand – or ‘Isan’ – the largest region of Thailand, rich in history, combined with beautiful geography and natural resources. We believe that extending the scope of the MICHELIN Guide to this region will make people know and understand more about Isan cuisine, as well as help stimulate travelling to this region. With this newest MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition, we hope to contribute to the post-pandemic recovery of both culinary and hospitality industries.”

        5 New Entries (4 Newcomers & 1 Promotion) Joining the ‘One MICHELIN Star’ List
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        Baan Tepa, Maison Dunand, Potong, Haoma, Signature

        In the 2023 MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition, two MICHELIN Stars listing remains the same with 6 entries – namely,
        • Chef’s Table
        • Le Normandie by Alain Roux
        • Mezzaluna
        • R-Haan, Sorn
        • Sühring.
        The one MICHELIN Star selection welcomes 5 new entries, all located in Bangkok, namely:
        • Baan Tepa
          a Thai contemporary restaurant offering beautifully presented tasting menu, made with seasonal ingredients sourced from sustainably minded producers and its backyard;
        • Haoma
          a Indian restaurant using sustainable, seasonal, local ingredients sourced from farmers, breeders, fisherfolk, and its own garden, to create delicious, beautifully plated Indian dishes in à la carte and seasonal tasting menus (including a vegetarian one);
        • Maison Dunand
          a French contemporary restaurant offering tasting menu inspired by the chef’s Alpine origins, childhood trips to Brittany, and glittering international culinary journey;
        • Potong
          a Thai-Chinese restaurant where traditional and novel converge, offering progressive 20-course set menu that is infused with storytelling and hits its peak with aged duck breast;
        • Signature
          a French restaurant promoted from the previous MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition’s recommended selection, offering classic French flavors using imported herbs and edible flowers that evoke their terroir, through the Flower Bouquet set menus that rotate with the seasons.
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        Jampa, Haoma

        3 MICHELIN Green Stars​ incl. 2 New Additions

        Joining PRU, the one MICHELIN Star restaurant in Phuket, that retains the MICHELIN Green Star for the third consecutive years, are:
        • Haoma – an Indian restaurant in Bangkok that enters the one MICHELIN Star list for the first time this year – growing fish in rainwater conserved throughout the year for its own aquaponics farm and for recycling using Nordaq water systems for guests to consume and, during the pandemic, starting a farm in Bangkok to raise chicken, goats, and cows for use in its ever-evolving menus; and
        • Jampa, a newcomer on the MICHELIN Guide’s recommended list for Phuket that strives to educate guests on the benefits of eating fresh and local – serving European contemporary dishes using herbs and vegetables from its own organic farm, seafood sourced from the island fishermen, as well as nutritious and balanced ingredients that contribute to better eating.
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        Mr. Davide Garavaglia from Côte by Mauro Colagreco

        2023 MICHELIN Thailand Young Chef Award: Mr. Davide Garavaglia from Côte by Mauro Colagreco

        Italian Chef Davide Garavaglia brings the cooking philosophy of Chef Mauro Colagreco from the Mediterranean to the Chao Phraya, working hand-in-hand with Chef Marc Vasseur. After working at D’O – a two MICHELIN Stars restaurant under Chef Davide Oldani in Milan, and later on at Sketch – a three MICHELIN Stars restaurant under Chef Pierre Gagnaire in London, Mr. Garavaglia then joined Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur in 2015 where he played a major part in the restaurant’s three MICHELIN Stars achievement.
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        Mr. Uthit Songtho from Baan Phraya

        2023 MICHELIN Thailand Service Award:

        Mr. Uthit Songtho from Baan Phraya

        Uthit Songtho, the restaurant manager, provided an impressive Thai-style hospitality with high standard of The Mandarin Oriental. During the service, he was friendly, polite, and sincere. Mr. Songtho himself warmly welcomed the guests as they stepped down from the boat, and bid them farewell at the pier when they left. He also provided detailed information regarding the restaurant’s history, chef’s background, information about the dishes and Thai food in general, and always asked for feedback about the dishes.
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        • #5
          2 New Special Awards for the First Time in Thailand

          2023 MICHELIN Thailand Opening of the Year Award:
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          Ms. Pichaya “Pam” Soontornyanakij from Potong

          Ms. Pichaya “Pam” Soontornyanakij from Potong

          The MICHELIN Opening of the Year Award is given to a chef, host, or restaurant manager, for the successful opening of a dining venue over the past 12 months, with creative degustation concept and cuisine approach, which has had an impact on the local gastronomic scene. Being the first recipient of this special award in Thailand, Chef Pam is recognized for her successful opening of the restaurant, Potong, in the heart of Chinatown. She has renovated her family’s ancestral building that used to be a pharmacy, in spite of trying times during the Covid-19 period. It was the first restaurant of its kind to serve innovative/progressive Thai-Chinese cuisine in Thailand, with a 20-course Tasting Menu, whereby each dish embodies the 5-Element philosophy of “Salt, Acid, Spice, Texture, and Millard Reaction”.

          2023 MICHELIN Thailand Sommelier Award:
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          Mr. Guillaume Perdigues from Mezzaluna

          Mr. Guillaume Perdigues from Mezzaluna

          The MICHELIN Sommelier Award is granted in recognition for the sommelier’s expertise in recommending a food and wine pairing to enhance the customer experience. Mr. Perdigues, Thailand’s first winner of the award, is very passionate and knowledgeable about wine. He is a professional sommelier, who takes great pleasure in advising guests – based on their personal tastes and food choices – on wine selection and food pairing. With a gentle but welcoming attitude in serving wine, he engaged well with his guests, and loved to share wine knowledge during his service.

          The full restaurant selection for Thailand is available free of charge on the MICHELIN Guide website and app. They join the MICHELIN Guide selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in Thailand and throughout the world.

          Every hotel in the Guide is chosen for its extraordinary style, service, and personality - with options for all budgets - and each hotel can be booked directly through the MICHELIN Guide website and app. The selection for Thailand features the country’s most spectacular hotels, including luxury boutique trailblazers like Amanpuri, sustainability pioneers like Rayavadee, standouts from our “Plus” collection like The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon, and treetop pool villa wonderlands like Keemala.

          The MICHELIN Guide is a benchmark in gastronomy. Now it’s setting a new standard for hotels. Visit the MICHELIN Guide website, or download the free app for iOS and Android, to discover every restaurant in the selection and book an unforgettable hotel.

          The MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2023 at a Glance:
          • 6x Two MICHELIN Stars
          • 29x One MICHELIN Star (4 new, 1 promoted)
          • 3x MICHELIN Green Star (2 new)
          • 189x Bib Gourmand (53 new, 6 promoted)
          Last edited by Ratatouille; 11-24-2022, 06:05 PM.


          • #6
            6 Bangkok Restaurants make the 51-100 list of Asia’s 50 Best

            Six Bangkok restaurants made the 51-100 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2023. The list was decided by the votes of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which comprises over 300 leaders made up of food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs, and regional culinary experts. The list features restaurants from 17 cities across the region, with Hong Kong leading with eight places, including three new entries.

            Tokyo is represented by six restaurants, including three new entries. Meanwhile, Singapore and Bangkok both also have six establishments each, with Shanghai claiming four spots on the list. Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, and Mumbai are represented by three restaurants each.

            The six Bangkok establishments on the list are:
            • Nahm (No. 98), Gaa (No. 81)
            • Samrub Samrub Thai (No. 82)
            • Lerdtip Wanghin (No. 73)
            • Wana Yook (No. 72)
            • Côte by Mauro Colagreco (No. 71).
            The Bangkok restaurants listed serve a variety of cuisines. Many serve Thai cuisine, however Gaa, located on Sukhumvit 53 Alley, serves Indian cuisine. Côte by Mauro Colagreco, located on Charoenkrung Road, serves French and Italian cuisine, and offers customers a Riviera-like experience. Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur’s Nadodi (No. 94) and Dewakan (No. 74) also made the cut, Nation Thailand reported.​

            This year’s list has 17 new entries, with three from Hong Kong. Yong Fu, an establishment that serves Jiangnan cuisine with a focus on seafood, is placed at No. 54, followed by Ando and Estro at No. 61 and No. 62, respectively. Toyama has a restaurant on the list for the first time with L’évo at No. 60, followed by three new restaurants from Tokyo: Esquisse (No. 67), The Pizza Bar on 38th (No. 80), and Hommage (No. 91).

            Singapore’s debutants include Nae:um (No. 83), which serves modern Korean cuisine, French neo-brasserie Claudine (No. 85), and Cantonese restaurant Summer Pavilion at No. 86. Beijing’s Ling Long enters the list at No. 77, while Shanghai’s Meet the Bund is a new entry at No. 89. Bangkok’s new entrants are Côte by Mauro Colagreco (No. 71) and Wana Yook (No. 72). Seoul’s new entrant is Eatanic Garden at Josun Palace at No. 68, and Jakarta’s is August at No. 95.

            “This is the third year that we are unveiling the 51-100 list, and we hope the list provides inspiration for gourmets around the world as they embark on their gastro-itineraries,” he said. The 2023 list will be revealed on March 28 in Singapore, hosted in collaboration with destination partner Singapore Tourism Board at Resorts World Sentosa. The awards ceremony will also be live-streamed via Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Facebook and 50 Best Restaurants TV YouTube channel.