Appon's Thai Life

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Here you can find articles on Thailand, anything interesting, unusual, or eye catching that doesn't quite fit on the recipe blog. Over the years of writing 'Appon's Thai Food' there have been lots of articles that have come and gone from the site, simply because they weren't recipes and didn't have a place in the recipe archives. This blog is their new home!
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December 20, 2014

Koren Style/BBQ 149 Baht/Paradise


Doesn't the title say it all?

I've been exploring the area around Udomsuk, where I'm staying for a few weeks in it's April/May. My nearest malls are Paradise mall HaHa mall and Seacon Square mall, and exploring around these areas has been a real boon. (HaHa is the new mall they build between Paradise Mall and Seacon Square mall).

I've discovered an unlimited BBQ, 149 baht a head gets you live music, and a wide selection of meats, fish, shrimp and vegetables to grill Korean style over charcoal at your table.

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December 19, 2014

Lady Pie, Phuket's Answer to the Witches Pie Shop


Christmas is coming, we don't really celebrate it here in Thailand. A holiday that celebrates a religion we don't follow, with a tree that doesn't grow here, eating a large bird we don't farm, it makes no sense. There are plenty of fat jolly red faced men here in Thailand though, and one of them recommended Lady Pie as a place to get mincemeat pies from.

I've visited the Witches Pie Factory in Bangkok, famous for Western style savory pies, and this is Phuket's version of that. Run by an Australian woman, its been going for 9 years, so its doing something right!

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December 18, 2014

Bizzo, Take Your Time, Bangna Bangkok


There's a new dining area behind Central Mall in Bangna, called Bizzo, it's a small square with Japanese Shabu restaurants, Vietnamese cuisine, and this restaurant, wishfully called "Take Your Time", it really should be called "Play with your food". The Shabu Shabu restaurant was full, but this one completely empty! Why? It has live music, it's brand new, looks clean. Why no customers?

I felt sorry for them, the place was empty and one look at their menu and you could see the problem! What style of food does it serve? Chicken Fajitas, Spicy Pork Neck, Cordonbleu Chicken, Lap Shrimp Salad, German Sausage... it's a mish mash of Thai, Tex-Mex and European cuisines! What a train wreck of a restaurant! It's for people who fancy mexi-thai food or Shrimp-Wurst?!

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December 17, 2014

Vareeya Revisted


I've been to Vareeya before, its a restaurant/resort in the North east of Phuket, quality fine dining Thai cuisine. For a while it was my go to restaurant for cakes, but over the year its sort of morphed.

The Chef there is now trying out fusion food more than traditional Thai, its different, but as ever he executes it with engineering precision.

Shame his photographs are all engineering and no art! This dish on the menu is photographed top down, the pork all spread out. It doesn't sell the dish, yet when it arrives it is thick juicy pork with good hard crackling. The photograph on the menu really doesn't do it justice.

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December 16, 2014

Warm Comfy Bar, Bangna Bangkok


More of my exploration of Bangna, I covered Sushi Hana already, well this restaurant is the best pizza I could find on Udom Suk road.

It's name is in Thai, but loosely translates to 'Warm Comfy' bar, it has live music, an open air feel and a genuine pizza oven.

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December 15, 2014

Sushi Hana, Central Bangna, Bangkok


There's a major elevated highway known as Bang-na Trad, and I'm visiting Udomsuk, another long street that runs parallel. Between the two streets are little linking roads and I've been exploring these side roads and finding some fantastic surprises.

Sushi Hana is a Japanese sushi restaurant. It looked expensive, inside I could see some Japanese people eating, which is a sign of authenticity and authenticity costs money! Once inside I was pleasantly surprised, the prices for most dishes were reasonable. I ordered a Sushi salad and a plate of sushi and the total was only 600 baht. The salad alone was huge with lots of salmon in it and a delicious light dressing.

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Song Birds by Day, Song Birds by Night

iCondo Udomsuk 103 Bangkok

Monument Festival, Sisunthorn Phuket

Snake Ate my Fish

Wear White for Democracy

Custom Key Rings, Phuket

Jatujak Fans for Jatujak Fans

Wat Kowrang Dedication *happening now*

LED's Everywhere

Boom & Chef Win Wedding Wallpapers

Otop 2013! New! Dryer!

Supercheap, risen from the ashes

I broke my house roots

The dentist, what could be more fun?

Bug Control, The Natural Way

Light em up!

Our NSA overlords

Supercheap Phuket Homage

Sparkly Iron on Beads

Prison Product, Furniture, Phuket

Sequel: Villains, Heros and Victims

House Cancer

My First Geocache

Phuket Bike Week

Weapons of Splash Destruction

6 More To Go

Phuket Boat Show, Not just for the Rich

Siray Island Phuket, Decay

Phuket is Busy 2

Phuket is Busy!

Heroines Celebrations 13-16th March

Yamu Night Fishing Competition

OTOP Phuket City

Consecrating Wat Padungthamapotivad

Chinese New Year Failed

Escape from a Hangover

ISP Tektonic

Drifting Rocks Illusion

Gilding Buddhas

Bird Song Competitions

Phuket Triangle

Permits Revoked, Paradise Lost

Cassa Khiewchanta Indoor Swimming Pool

Cassa Khiewchanta, Snakes

Cassa Khiewchanta, Cleanup

Buddha Day 3/Aug/2012

Buddha Day, Candle Procession

Olympics Silver, 58kgs Womens Weightlifting!

Any idiot can drive a scooter

Rainy Day Fun: Soda Science

Rainy Day Fun: Wafer Biscuit Jenga

Vegetable Carving

Mall Wars Casualty : Siam Night Bazaar

Not Buddhism

Gang Hed on the Farm

Eat like a Thai: Phra Pradaeng

Superstar Monk, P.M.Sompong Talaphutto

Asiatique Night Market Bangkok

Mega Bangna Megarific

Hot today, time for the seaside

SpokeDark vs ZeFrank's Back

BIG+BIH Show Bangkok

Songkran in Chonburi, Sand and Crabs

Songkran in Bangsaen Chonburi, Seafood and Sunset

Songkran - Choose Your Weapons

Authentic Mang-Da Nam Prik, Bangkok

Liew Khiewchanta, Dead at 21

Bitec Thai Food Fair, January 2012

Chinese New Year, Bangkok

Chinese New Year

Home Made Acne Cream

Children's Day (2nd Sat in January)

Ekamai Bus Station Shortchanger

Sunken Markets

Ikea vs SB Design Square, Bangkok November 2011

Thai Red Cross Flood Relief

Lucky 235612, How the Thai Lottery Works

Flood Land, Phra-Khanong, Bangkok 30/10/2011

Terminal 21, Asok, Bangkok

Cassa Khiewchanta Street Cleaning Notice

Flooded Don Muang by Chihiro Train

How to Disinfect Fruit & Salad Vegetables

BIG+BIH Crystal After Shave

How to Clean Dirty Water

Flood Check 23/10/2011

BIG+BIH Wall Coverings

BIG+BIH I'm Not a Paper Cup

BIG+BIH Gift & Housewair Fair, Bitec, Bangkok 2011

Photos of the Floods

Flood Preparations 21st October 2011

Lightning Storm

Neck Warmer

A tale of two piers, Bangkok

Pork Chocolate Strawberry Crepe

Bituoy Flower

Chinese Buddha Temple, Samrong, Bangkok

Bangkok Island and the Flood Gates

Old Style Thai Candy

Womens Tonic

Handicraft Kit - OTOP

Dried Bananas with Honey Glaze, OTOP, Tak

Noni Juice & Galingale Health Drink -OTOP Nongkhai

OTOP - One Tambon, One Product

Bangkok is Sinking

Coiled String Bowls and Pots

When Localization Goes Wrong

Luang Por Waen Sujinno Model

Cardboard Model Books

Google Thailand, กูเกิลไทยแลนด์

Wok as a hand basin

Carved Coconut Duck

Familiar Photo??

Lacquerware Salad Bowls Jatujak

Dog Bottom Paper Dispensers

Walk through a Slum

Cable Noodles

Shy Plants

Cooking with Dog (It IS what you think)

Witches Pie Factory

Baiyoke Sky Tower, Bangkok

Sa La Pow - Cooking With Dog

Give up your seats for monks

I dare you

Say it with Chocolate

Jatujak Cock Fighting

Bullet Hole Decal

Food in Jatujak Market Bangkok

Jin-Joks Everywhere

Jatujak Little Find

Melonpan - Cooking with Dog

Bubble Blowing Penguin

Mystery Object Quiz

Mugging in Nakhorn Phanom

Seafood Filled Omellette Balls

Crazy Clocks Bangna Central City

Alien Statue Jatujak

Chopstick Shopstick

Huggy Bears

Clever boy plays the khene

Ghost Vendor


Custard + Cake + Cute = Corn Cob

Roasting Chestnuts, Bangkok

Lighting Thailand

Traditional Thai Nougat

Chinatown Ingredients

Fresh Chips/Crisps + Street Show, 20 Baht


English Taught To Thai Children

Thai Cut-less-lery

Black Thai Toothpaste

Another Jatujak Novelty

Bento Box Egg Moulds

Jatujak Market, Wooden Elephant

Iced Sweet Thai Tea

Big vs Little

Chinatown Fish Stomachs

Feeding Fish in Bangkok

Chinese Paper Funeral Possessions

Fortune Teller

Rainy Season Thailand

China Town Food

Jatujak Market Coffee Machines

Buddha by Day

A side order of democracy

70's Retro Chic Bangkok

Traditional Thai Condiments (Noodles)

Cooling Spray at MBK

Jatujak Horses

Clever Boy Plays Xylophone

Button Shoes at Jatujak

Viles Sold on the Street

Wan Assanhabucha, July 15th 2554

Dish Washing Soap Kit

Imperial World - Dynamo

Ice Crushing - Old Style

Centipede15" Scary, Ouiuuuwwww

School Supply Shop Bangkok

And the winner is.....Thailand

Red Light Jumping

Superstar Monks : Pra Mahasompong

String Wishes

Beansprouts Growing

Khiewchanta Wallpapers

My Father