|Hungry people at our first stop, Cali's Grill.|
Over the last couple of years, the scary prospect of leading a food tour popped up many times. As much as I have confidence in my own recommendations, taste is subjective, and I will be shattered if things didn't work as planned, leaving restaurants/attendees disappointed.
This was the case until the possibility to curate a food tour for Retty Thailand popped up. Retty is the most popular foodie app in Japan, with the sole purpose of creating an active foodie community and a platform to facilitate it. It plans to do the same in Thailand, albeit in small baby steps, as it has only set foot here for slightly more than a year.
Knowing I will be leading a small group of pure foodies who have an open mind to accept all kinds of food, and a bunch of trustworthy restaurant owners/groups to back me up, I summoned enough courage to lead my first ever food tour: "International in Asoke", focusing on a comfortable walking tour around Asoke BTS Station/Sukhumvit MRT Station to enjoy a variety of cuisines.
Stop 1: Cali's Grill, representing Ecuadorian and Mexican cuisine
As the tour started pretty late at 1pm, Cali's Grill, with the immense hospitality of chef/owner Mauricio Zurita, was the perfect place to start. We totally enjoyed the South-American cuisine, especially the lapingachos, which are Ecuadorian potato patties. They were a joy to eat, especially when paired with Mauricio's signature salsa.
|Lapingachos, still thinking of it today|
|Mauricio's signature salsa, which I think goes well with everything|
Stop 2: Paris Mikki, representing authentic French pastry
Without being overly-naggy on the excellence of Paris Mikki's products on my blog, I will let pictures do the talking.
|My recent favourite, the St. Lucia, which is a refreshing tangy mango and passionfruit-based dessert|
Stop 3: La Dotta La Grassa, representing Italian cuisine
After a brief sweet respite at Paris Mikki, we only had to cross the road to reach our next stop, the whopping new little sister of Thong Lor fresh pasta institution La Dotta. The classy yet casual pink vibe La Dotta La Grassa represented was apt in the mid-afternoon laze.
|Linguine Vongole, a favourite among the ladies|
|I personally preferred this manly Wagyu Mac n Cheese more|
|The Bomboloni bar is one of LDLG's signatures, we of course couldn't miss trying them out|
Final stop: Ping's Asoke, representing Singaporean and Thai-Teochew cuisine
How can an Asoke food tour led by me not include a visit to one of my absolute favourites in the city?
This time, however, aside of my beloved fish maw soup, I specially ordered a Singapore Popiah (fresh spring roll) party platter and Singapore curry puffs (both only available through special order or catering, not in Ping's everyday menu), to fit into the theme of international cuisine.
|Mouth-watering fish maw soup, my kids are growing up with this as their favourite dish in the city|
|Singapore Popiah platter, a foodie do-it-yourself activity|
|Singapore curry puff, in my opinion, the best version of it in Bangkok|
|Caught engrossed in foodie conversation with food writer Nianne-Lynne Hendricks|
Phew, that was an epic food journey for an afternoon's work wasn't it.
I was glad to see happy faces and full tummies at the end of the tour. I could ask for nothing more.
Photo credits: Retty Thailand