Sawaddee Peemai 2016!

Sawaddee Peemai! (That's Happy New Year in Thai.) I'm writing this newsletter a little too late because I have been in Thailand for the past couple of weeks and just been super busy with family, friends and filming! It's so good to see my family again, especially this year because we have a complete set of cousins united from all over the world who have come for one of the cousin's wedding! Here's all of us at the wedding saying hi to you from Bangkok!

News & Updates

• Tons of Thailand Food Vlogs on YouTube! I have been capturing my delicious food moments in Thailand as I eat my way around town, and I have shared many of them on YouTube! They're short, casual, spontaneous videos that I film with my phone, so think of them as my way of inviting you to join me on my trip! I won't include all the videos here because that would make the newsletter super long, but I have curated them into a nice playlist called "Eating in Thailand" on my YouTube channel, so make sure you check it out!

• Upcoming Thailand Special Episodes. On my last trip to Thailand I made a video about the top 5 rice dishes you should have in Thailand, and the trip prior it was all about noodle soups. This year, of course, I've got some special episodes in the pipeline as well, and they will be a bit different from previous years, so stay tuned!

•  Some photo fun with cousins. I don't have too many updates this time, but wanted to share this little piece of happiness with you :) To celebrate our reunion, my cousins and I recreated this fun OLD family photo. We have not been all together since that first photo was taken, so this was a very big deal! Do you have an old photo you'd like to recreate?


December Videos

Here are recipes I posted this month! Remember that I did not include my Thailand  Vlogs here, so make sure you check out my YouTube channel page for a those! I also took a little break from Pai's Kitchen this month because I already have lots of Thailand vlogs to post and I didn't want to bombard you with too many videos :) Pai's Kitchen will resume as soon as I return to Canada!

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Guay Tiew Kua Gai 

Chewy fresh rice noodles wok-fried until toasty, served with Sriracha hot sauce, it's a street food you can find all over Thailand that is super easy to replicate at home.

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Green Curry Rice Balls 

Here's an appy recipe to WOW everyone at your next party! These rice balls are a new trend in Thailand where we turn a classic lunch of rice and curry (or rice and anything else) into a fun finger food that's crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. 

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Thai Roast Chicken & Gravy

Here's a way to add some tasty Thai flavours to your holiday table without it clashing with other traditional Western-style side dishes! The chicken is flavoured with a simple, classic Thai marinade, then roasted on a bed of Thai herbs.

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Sesame Singapore Cookies

These cute yummy treats make the perfect food gifts. When I was a kid I used to eat these all the time! Buttery shortbread style cookies boosted with a ton of toasted sesame seeds and topped with cashews. 


Throwback: A good ol' recipe to make in January

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Fresh Tuna Spring Rolls 

Here's a recipe I made last New Year's when I resolved to eat more vegetables. Light and healthy, a great way to start 2016!


Interesting stuff you might enjoy...

• 13 Amazingly Beautiful Places in Thailand. This great article put together 13 little-known natural beauties in Thailand. Something to think about for your next trip perhaps?

• Silly Food Gadgets Reviewed by Alton Brown. Hilariously silly kitchen gadgets that actually exist on Amazon, and Alton Brown's funny take on them! 

• What does "natural" mean on a food label? The FDA asked people for ideas on what the word "natural" should mean on food labels, and people have weighed in with some really interesting thoughts. What do you think? 


December Fan Photos!

Here are some beautiful dishes this month! Thank you to everyone who sent me pictures, please keep them coming, I really enjoy receiving them! P.S. If you would like your photos to be included in the newsletter, it is better to send them via social media (post to the HTK Facebook or tag me on Instagram). If you send them via email, it can easily get lost among the piles of emails!

Photo Credits: Angkorthom B, Anna P., Clandia S., Damien T., @et_artistry, Jonah O., Kevin C., Meetha L.,Ratee W., Richard L., @sherfootprint, Susan C., @the_demented_librarian, Thomas L., Tynk I.