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Kin Khao: Pim Techamuanvivit’s fun, authentic Thai restaurant shows promise

Kin Khao: Pim Techamuanvivit’s fun, authentic Thai restaurant shows promise

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kin Khao, the new Thai restaurant from blogger and award-winning jam-making Pim Techamuanvivit, opened to much excitement this winter. Can this funky, pad Thai- and peanut sauce-less joint live up to the hype? Kate Williams takes a look.

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5 Bites: Tasty Thai Food in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo

5 Bites: Tasty Thai Food in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo

| April 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.

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Old Weang Ping Village: Not a Business, a Sanctuary.

Old Weang Ping Village: Not a Business, a Sanctuary.

| August 2, 2013 | 2 Comments

After 30 years of running the Thai restaurant Old Weang Ping, a locals’ favorite in East Oakland, owners Pat and Jook Sawanwatana are finally retiring. Does this mean the end of Old Weang Ping Village as we know it? Certainly not.

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Spicy Soup to Cure What Ails You

Spicy Soup to Cure What Ails You

| January 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

Sniffling? Sneezing? Then it’s time to make a big batch of this Thai-inspired, sinus-clearing, guaranteed-to-warm-you soup.

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Lao Food in East Oakland

Lao Food in East Oakland

| October 27, 2009 | 7 Comments

I first became really curious about Lao food nearly two years ago, after a tasty meal at Champa Garden, the somewhat venerable Lao restaurant on 8th Avenue east of Lake Merritt in San Antonio–one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the Bay Area, home to close-knit populations of African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians in almost equal proportions. I tried to draw distinctions between its dominant flavors and those most prevalent in the more familiar cuisines of its Southeast Asian neighbors. Like Thai, Lao thrives on interplay between sour and spicy, crunchy and soft, and both cooked and raw ingredients. The effect however is different.

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Thai Curry and Talking to Strangers

Thai Curry and Talking to Strangers

| July 29, 2009 | 2 Comments

After acquiring 3 prize copper pots and the cookbook “The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking” by Mai Pham from a Craigslist ad I adapted a couple of recipes from the book and prepared: Butternut Squash Thai Curry with Coconut Rice and Sticky Coconut Rice and Fresh Mangoes.

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Top 10 Tastes, 2008

Top 10 Tastes, 2008

| December 30, 2008 | 4 Comments

This is the third year in a row that I have published a list of my favorite tastes of the year. My personal rules for the tastes: they have to be something that I first tried in 2008, and they must knock my socks off. I am lucky that every year I am able to taste new dishes that completely change my culinary point-of-view. This year I delved more into Thai food, and spent a lot of time in San Francisco so not many dishes are from out-of-town.

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Vegas: Lotus of Siam

Vegas: Lotus of Siam

| July 1, 2008 | 1 Comment

Lotus of Siam, a Thai restaurant in Las Vegas, has been lauded as the best Thai restaurant in the country by some of the most well-known critics around. It is known for it’s excruciating attention to detail with sauces and depth of flavor, its expansive German wine list, and its low-key, unpretentious approach.

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