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Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor

Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor


Touring Thailand and Japan

Meg Brown

My family and I returned home from a three week trip to my hometown!

Markets full of street vendors are cultural to Bangkok. Every time I'm home I visit them almost daily to taste their savory offerings.

Street vendors typically prepare one or two items, allowing them to develop the tastiest recipe imaginable. Here I am about to try pork satay!

During our trip, we were also fortunate to visit Japan. I haven't been there in so long!

It's a misconception that sushi is a frequent main course in Japan- it's actually a side dish.

Many other dishes make up a typical meal in Japan, including tonkatsu (fried chicken or pork over rice), chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), and radish pico.


Sakura, or cherry blossoms, bloom just a few weeks in the spring. The streets of Japan were buzzing with people celebrating food and flower of the season, many wearing traditional yukatas.

I get goosebumps every time I think of that sight. When I visit next spring, I'm bringing my kimono.

We returned to Thailand to enjoy a few more weeks in my homeland. Seafood is a staple in Thai food, with squid being as popular in Bangkok as lobster is in Boston.

Restaurants serve a catch-of-the-day special (I enjoyed grilled clam), squid salad, steamed fish, and a side of chili lime dressing.


In between food tasting, I enjoyed my $2.50 bit of heaven. Foot massagers are almost as common as street vendors in the market.

I enjoyed a delicious high-end dinner from the upscale Paste Bangkok. I ordered coconut milk with fresh crab meat that came with a side of fruit (star fruit and rose apples) that I dipped in my soup. Yum!

Dessert was truffles with chocolate dust. So good.

One of the more famous street vendors I visited above offered a variety of look-chin made with fish, pork, and chicken. In Thai, we write it as ลูกชิ้นทอด.

I've missed my hometown so much and look forward to visiting again soon. Stop by Chang Thai Cafe to enjoy a taste of my journey; I'm infusing a little inspiration from home into our new dishes!