All over the world, the enjoyment of food is considered a significant aspect of the enjoyment of life. Thailand's famous cuisine and its people's unquestionable passion for food is proud testament to this philosophy. It's also a well-known fact that the country's delectable cuisine and exotic culture is the result of many different influences through the ages, such as Chinese. That's why some great Chinese restaurants and traditions are in abundance, especially in Bangkok, where Chinese traders settled on the banks of the Chao Praya River hundreds of years ago. Two traditions that came along more or less at the same time, are mooncakes and dim sum; Chinese culinary legacies that live on in the streets of Bangkok...
Glowing white and majestic, the moon is a universal source of wonder and mystique. Whether an orb of Gouda cheese or merely a hunk of magma planted in the heavens, the moon has been a constant inspiration for countless works of art and celebration. Myths and fables about the moon abound, describing its lunar effect on people, eliciting bizarre and uncanny behaviors.
Asia is home to a number of dishes often deemed peculiar by the Western diner. In Vietnam, 'thit chao' is a meal comprised of dog meat - hard to swallow for Lassie lovers across the board. Thailand's visitors are often encouraged to sample handfuls of fried grasshoppers in the tradition of Fear Factor, while those experimenting with Cantonese cuisine are served Phoenix talons, or deep-fried chicken feet marinated in black bean sauce.