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FEB: Thai shabu shabu

What: Thai-style hot pot
Where: +Suki Thai Shabu in Woodside, Queens
When: Sat, February 4th

Why: I’ve only visited Bangkok once and just for a few days like 10 years ago, but I recall three things: (a) how crazy spicy the food was, (b) how amazingly hospitable Thai people are (probably the most kind culture I’ve experienced), and (c) Thai hot pot. My Thai friends took me and it was a warm, social, interactive, part-DIY meal. 

So, when Suki + Shabu opened two years ago in Woodside (the first in the city), all three things aligned for me again in this fusion-y tribute to thai shabu. Especially on cold winter nights, I crave it. There you get an individual pot that you can fill with a lemongrass or spicy isaan (northeastern) broth, add your choice of ingredients to cook, and then mix your own ramekins of dipping sauces at the sauce bar. It’s very vegetarian friendly, and there’s a non-hot-pot menu, too.

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What Did You Buy?

The weekly special from Esaan - a taste of Thai.  I still don’t know what it was — it involved ground chicken, some sort of gravy, and large rice noodles.

How Much Was It?

$8.00

Do You Like It?

No. 

Will You Keep It?

I will likely never order this again.

Woman, Why Did You Buy That?

From the description the chalkboard, it sounded pretty good.  I’m pretty sure this is not what this dish looks like in Thailand.

What Did You Buy?

Yellow chicken curry with white rice from Esaan - a taste of Thai.

How Much Was It?

$8.00

Do You Like It?

Well enough because the potato was soft and fluffy, which made up for the chunks of chicken being massive and tough.

Will You Keep It?

It’s nearby, so it’s inevitable that I’ll be back.

Woman, Why Did You Buy That?

I’ve been having a lot of burritos lately, so Thai food seemed like a good idea.

onbanksofanamelessriver asked:

Esaan 5 & 7 :D

esaaaan aww yea:

5. How their parents met.

he was born under the Qun, so the idea of parents doesn’t really exist for him. he’s quite an independent person, regardless, so i don’t think he really wonders about it very much. then he became tal-vashoth and had no reason to really know, or wonder how.

7. How/why I came up with the concept for them

i just wanted a nice character! heh, in all honesty, i was looking through my OCs and there wasn’t one who was just a typical ”good” kind of character, and i didn’t have a qunari OC yet. weirdly enough, esaan was one of those OCs who kind of made themselves an idea, rather than me forcing an idea to fit a specific shape. he just happened to be a good old soul and a qunari. problem solved.