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  1. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Mmm…I just can’t get enough Thai food lately. Everything on your table looks amazing, especially those sticky green bananas.

  2. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    I followed you like a ninja until plastic nipples, then you lost me.

    Bananas make me laugh. Always. And I’m not single. 🙂

  3. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Now I have the words “anatomical” and “warm squoodginess” merging together in my brain and it’s all a bit too much for it. Oh dear.

    I can’t help but be reminded of a dessert I had in Ontario a few years ago.. (fourth photo down):

    And our desserty yin yang thing continues! Never fear, I shall ALWAYS save you from any coconut milky desserts you find yourself having to contend with.

  4. Errign

    Mmm thai food is my jammmmm.

  5. Helen (grabyourfork)

    lol – the sight of Suze pausing mid-step and sniffing the air was very panther-like. Presuming they like ribs. Well of course they do.

    And now I’m disappointed you didn’t finish the rest of the dumplings on the plate. I thought they would’ve made a great entree but my tastebuds were craving sugar. For closure!

    Can’t wait for Part Two!

  6. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Your dessert descriptions are fantastic!! I don’t know if I would be intrigued or terrified by the prospect of garlic and dessert lettuce…

    I would dive right into that fried banana and green sticky rice though….yumm.

  7. Emma

    Story time.

    I live a few hours away from a decent Asian-y market/store. Last May (as in 11 months ago) I bought some treasures at said market, and promptly brought them back to my sad, Asian-y market-/store-less town. They quickly got disappeared, as all purchased items were delightful and delicious.

    Until one day last month (as in 10 months after my trip to the Asian-y market/store), when I unearthed from my freezer an item that had until then gone unnoticed. This was peculiar for two reasons. 1: In recent months, multiple people have dug multiple times through this freezer, very thoroughly. 2: The unearthed items were bright green, reminiscent of some form of alien excrement.

    Still, they looked good, they were Asian-y. I was hoping they would have bean curd inside, and be some sort of something (edible) on the outside. After letting them cook up in my steam basket for a decent amount of time, I took the top off. What did I find? The green seaweedy/algae-y exterior on each excremental item had excrementally melted. What remained looked like a sort of green egg: odd substance in the middle (yolk), and thinly spread outer section (white, or in this case, green). To add insult to injury, they proved nearly impossible to chew, and lacked any flavor to speak of.

    Your squoodgy bananas remind me of this story. Was it pandan that I was eating? It was flavorless and lame, in any case.

  8. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    Plastic nipples?! Girl what?! Haha, I love the way your mind works!

  9. Lauren

    After a long day of open houses yesterday, I ate Thai last night, too. We ordered so badly. I was craving Som Tum but decided I should branch out. So, I ordered some bizarre clay pot full of cellophane noodles, cabbage, shrimp and crab (it was expensive so I thought it had to be good!) and Lincoln ordered — Pikachu noodles. We should’ve knew better when his favorite waitress politely encouraged him to order “the usual.” (Why Pikachu? Yellow curry, of course.)

    Already being sent on work trips! I ride the metro occasionally, but that is the extent. Of course, I get to create briefing books for OTHER people’s trips to Hong Kong … grumble.

  10. theresa

    I bought garlic coated peanuts from the asian grocery once, and while Andy baulked at the thought, I absolutely loved them. So I can see why your funny dumpling experience wasn’t all bad!

  11. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    oooh those desserts are intriguing!!!

  12. Shannon

    Ummm fried green sticky rice around a banana? DELICIOUS! Your posts crack me up… I love the way you write!

  13. chocolatesuze

    ahahaha plastic nipples! mmm tasty tasty nipples 😛

  14. anh

    ha, chocolatesuze and her comment make me lol

    back to the post: hey it’s amazing! I am going to check this out next time i am in Sydney

  15. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    That looks great! I’ve never been to this place 🙂

  16. Kath Lockett

    I love love LOVE your meal descriptions – more like hilarious adventures that we’re allowed to join you on.

    I want the crazy dessert lettuce!

  17. sophia

    Red rubies brings sweet memories to me…until you mentioned the nipple.
    But then I remembered the fried banana and all is good….mmm…

  18. Tammy

    ewww – I don’t know. Those red rubies kind of freak me out and I don’t know if I’d go for the fried bananas. The savory dishes look amazing though.

  19. Margaret

    Ohhhh, we’re lucky enough to read about part one!
    It is not my type of food, but reading about your adventures is always interesting Hannah.
    This afternoon I found a live, hairy worm in a block of chocolate I had eaten a few pieces of!! Yuckeeeeeeee!
    I’ll cheer myself up tonight by making a rhubarb rice pudding.
    I’m eagerly awaiting part two. 🙂

  20. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Kath’s comment sums it up well – hilarious adventures indeed! Such great describing, even the components that were left to the imagination (clearly my imagination had no trouble filling in the gaps 🙂 ). I’m looking forward to part 2!

  21. Louise

    What an intriguing gastronomic adventure you had! The colour of the fried green sticky rice is somewhat alarming, I don’t know that the world is ready for the concept of dessert lettuce.

  22. leaf (the indolent cook)

    I am intrigued by the pak mhor! Was that really in the dessert section? Amazing.

  23. Anna Johnston

    Red Rubies to nipples… I see that, without the crazy thought train in the middle. LOL! Yum Hua Plee: Banana flower with chicken, prawn, shallot, coriander, onion, dried coconut, cashew nut, fried shallot, chili jam with chef’s dressing…. I WANT…. So good, beautiful flavours. And the presentation is gorgeous too.
    And you little missy need to stop affirming the single thing, your fantastic and fabulous and all things lovely. I can’t think of any man that might want to share your fluro banana… (HAHA) but this I know… they love food, didn’t ya ma ever tell you that the way to a mans heart be through his tummy, which is disturbing in so many metaphorical ways I could get a bit dry wrenchy, but none the less. You love food, you make a mean chocolatey/non chocolatey dessert and your AWESOME. Let’s start affirming these things. 🙂 It will come from a place you least expect it too.
    Can’t wait for Part 2. *All Ears*

  24. Johanna GGG

    green fried bananas and garlicky dessert – I don’t care what body parts they looked like, I am intrigued. Sounds like quite a culinary adventure. I am never sure about Asian sweets but these sound like something I would love to try

  25. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    Okay that sticky green rice may be one of the coolest food finds I’ve seen in a while! x

  26. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    What a description of a, evening with food! 😀

    I want that banana leaf plate. 🙂

  27. Agnes

    Are you sure the Pak Mhor was meant to be dessert? And you didn’t accidentally order an entree for dessert? :p

  28. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    oh GOSH the desserts look sooooooo good!
    Heidi xo

  29. Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc

    I enjoyed reading about your day in Sydney. Thai cuisine is certainly one of my all-time favourites. Yet I don’t eat it as often as I would like, because my friends are not a bi fan of thai cuisine. I like my papaya salad spicy and tangy, rather than sweet and tangy too. I always thought Pak Mhor is a sweet appetizer, and not a dessert too – I’m not Thai, so I can’t be sure about it.

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  31. Susan

    I love desserts with coconut milk, in fact i love anything with coconut milk. When I see a recipe that calls for it I want to make it straight away!

  32. whisperinggums

    Missed this while I was travelling in the wilds of the northwest. I’d love to try as Asian dessert degustation…partly cos I love things like sticky rice and partly because a goodly proportion will, I think, suit my intolerances. Great story as usual Hannah.

  33. Camille

    So glad you finally found your ideal papaya salad! And don’t you love banana blossom salad? Good stuff.

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