Fans of the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy will remember the “Restaurant at the end of the Universe”. Well, Thailand has something better – its the “Restaurant at the bottom of the lake”. But don't worry, you will not get wet because this restaurant is at the bottom of Lake Doi Tao which dried up more than two years ago. (Maybe deforestation in adjacent provinces has something to do with this.) Which makes the floating restaurant a lot better, you can enjoy a bowl of noddles and a glass of beer without lurching about on a raft. So, it is well worth a visit.
The only problem is the service, there is nobody there. In fact, the only sign of occupation is the vegetable patch that is planted in front. And this is silly when you think about it, because the vegetables are going to dry up as well. They should be planting cacti and learning to make tequila, but these people never take advantage of their opportunities.
Internationally famous novelist and renowned gourmet, Jason Schoonover, chose Bangkok for his Christmas Dinner. Jason went for traditional Thai food, in his own words:
“...we dug into Bangkok's Best - bugs! Nutty grasshoppers, crunchy crickets, meal worms, snappy scorpions and our favorite - mangda, or paddy beetles. They look like cockroaches but taste like sweet custard. Pass the cranberry sauce! Burp!”
Hopefully, Jason will be a trend setter and help in a revival of these culinary delights.
Thai food has now spread throughout the world and a wide variety of Thai cuisine can be found in the restaurants of Europe and North America. So, if you are a tourist looking for a unique Thai eating experience, what should choose? The answer is MacDonald's Samurai burger. You can get Tom Yan Gung or Pad Thai anywhere in the world, but the Samurai burger is only to be found in Thailand. That's right: not in Japan, not in Hamburg (the home of the Hamburger), not in America and not in Scotland.
So how do you make an authentic Samurai Burger at home? The simple answer is you don't. Firstly, you would need a PhD in chemical engineering and, secondly, you would need a food processing plant the size of an oil refinery. Not to worry, you can pick one up at a drive in. Its just 150 Baht for a burger, French fries and a drink.
This is great value when you consider that the average Thai worker earns 300 Baht per day. So, your average guy can have a Samurai Set for lunch and still have 150 Baht left for his evening meal, and food for his wife and children, and the rent and utilities bills, and of course medical insurance (which he is sure to need if he is eating Samurai burgers).