Zabb E Lee Thai Cooking School – Chiang Mai, Thailand

When in Thailand, you have to take a class at a cooking school!  We picked Zabb E Lee Thai Cooking School because it had great reviews on Trip Advisor and it was a very good choice.

They didn’t have a class planned for the Sunday but opened one just for us!

The ingredients were all prepped for us but we still have to grind our own peppers for the curry!

Our finished product: tom yum soup….

pad thai…..  this is the real deal! authentic pad thai shouldn’t be too orange-y in colour or be ketchup-y.  The slight orange tint is from the tamarind paste.

fish curry…. We get to pick what curry to make so I picked this.  I first had this in Bangkok, and wanted to re-create this.

papaya salad

I felt like a real chef when cooking this but when I tried to make the pad thai at home but couldn’t re-create this taste.  It’s probably because we don’t have the fresh ingredients.


Zabb E Lee Thai Cooking School

Address: 6 Moo 8 Sriphoome Soi 8 Sriphoome, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Phone Number: +(66)93 267 9572

Khao Soi Samerjai ข้าวซอยเสมอใจ – Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of the must try food in Chiangmai is Khao Soi, a Burmese-influenced  noodles.

The most famous place to try Khao-soi is a roadside canteen that is frequented by the exiled former prime minister…….. his pictures are plastered all over the place…

For a local road side canteen, the place is pretty clean..

khao-soi: boiled egg noodles and deep-fried noodles in a curry coconut soup base……  really really spicy.. couldn’t really enjoy it but my friends really liked it…

some sausage and rice dish……


Khao Soi Samerjai ข้าวซอยเสมอใจ

391, Charoen Rat Road, Tambon Fa Ham, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50000
+66 53 242 928

Lemongrass – Chiang Mai, Thailand

The hotel recommended Lemongrass for dinner and it’s quite touristy ….

We ordered:sauteed morning glory

tom yum soup….

pad thai…..

fried rice….

After diner, we went back to the hotel because Thailand was under military rule… It was fine… look how happy the soldiers were!



Loi Kroh Road (200 meters pass Royal Lanna Hotel towards the river)

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Huen Phen – Chiang Mai

I went on a short getaway to Chiang Mai with my friends but only have time to blog now.  I’ve been to Thailand a few times but every time it was to Bangkok. This was my first time in Chiang Mai and I liked the slower pace feel to it.

Our first meal was lunch at Huen Phen.  Huen Phen, during lunch, is cafeteria- style while at night, it is restaurant-style. It serves Northern Thai / Lanna cuisine, which is different from the curries/pad thai seen in Bangkok.

you point to whatever you want and the food is delivered to your table..

grilled pork

pomelo salad.. this was sooooooooo spicy!

Northern Thai sausage… a bit spicy but had flavours of coriander and lemongrass…

Khao Soi….a Burmese-inspired dish… boiled egg noodles in curry coconut soup, topped with fried egg noodles and condiments..condiments that goes with Khao Suai…


Wat Chedi Luang.. a few blocks away from Huen Phen..


Huen Phen

112 Thanon Rachamankha

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Burgers and Desert

What’s more authentically California than In-N-Out Burger???

I’m so glad they opened one in Cabazon because there’s really nothing much to eat around Desert Hills Premium Outlets  (except McDonalds)….

I like ordering from their no longer “secret” menu, the animal style burger…. which has added grilled onions and mustard cooked beef patty.

After stuffing ourselves with burgers and fries, we were ready to head to Joshua Tree National Park.

picture-worthy Joshua trees…..



multiple locations in California

49188 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230, United States

Phone:+1 800-786-1000

Urth Caffé – Los Angeles

The day we went to Beverly Hills was a gloomy one…

There were a lot of options for brunch in Beverly Hills but I picked the celebrity favourite, Urth Caffé.

 It’s like a high-end cafeteria cause you line up to order food and find your own table.

Chicken curry sandwich / Pizza Catona / clam chowder / Earl Grey tiramisu / Spanish Latté….

Surprisingly, the food was really good and it was big portioned.  First time trying Spanish Latte, which is basically espresso with condensed milk. OMG so fattening yet yummy!


Urth Caffé

267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, United States
Phone:+1 310-205-9311

Milk – Los Angeles

Another interesting version of the ice-cream sandwich is macaron ice-cream sandwich!

Milk is a cafe known for its dessert and ice-cream, but most importantly, the red velvet ice-cream sandwich!

After being bummed by the churro ice-cream sandwich, I was pleasantly surprised by this crunchy macaron and not-too-sweet ice-cream.  Definitely worth the hype.

After dessert, we headed to the nearby LACMA to take photos!



7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States