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Review: Thai restaurant Ploy Pochana (Antwerp, Belgium)

Finding Thai food in Belgium isn’t very hard. Most cities typically have one or more Thai eateries with larger cities having have a few dozen, if you count every restaurant with a link to the Land of Smiles. Finding authentic Thai food is another issue altogether, with most chefs focusing on Farang (or Foreigner) Thai Food. Just like the Chinese have done several decades ago, the Thai have adapted their recipes abroad to better suit the Western palette: sweeter, more colorful and less spicy. When looking for authentic Thai dishes, one of the restaurants that stand out is Ploy Pochana.

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Salapao, anyone?

Salapao, or steamed buns, are often sold by the side of the road and are offered in both salty and sweet variaties. It is a Chinese-Filipino treat that the Thai have made their own, and I was tempted to try by fellow blogger Manon, who visited us a little while ago. Thanks for the tip, I have a new favorite local snack. For visitors to Phimai: the nice lady and her cart (below) are right next to the Tesco Lotus, close to the clock tower. Today’s choice: charcoal and cream.

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