Decades back, people in Bangkok were used to eating curries and other dishes of the kind that originated in the Central Region, and felt no need to look any further. Some of the basic ones were kaeng som pla chon (a sour-sweet, slightly spicy, soup-like dish made with snakehead fish) with phak boong or some other fresh vegetable on the side, kaeng phet kai or kaeng phet mu (a spicy, red, coconut...




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