Dining Adventures: From Bangkok to Buenos Aires

Boat SoupI finally made it to Krua Thailand to try their famous Boat Soup
– famous enough at least to have a banner outside the restaurant advertising
it. Turns out boat soup is basically the Thai answer to pho, the Vietnamese
beef noodle soup – but with one important difference – boat soup is made with
beef blood. How was it? If you like pho, and aren’t squeamish, I think you’ll
like it – the blood gives it a little extra kick. There is lots more on the menu that I would like to try, including the Kaeng Dang (red curry ($8.99-$12.99 depending on protein), and the pla rad prik, (tilapia with ginger and chili, $13.95).

Krua Thailand, 432 W. University Av., St. Paul, 651-224-4053.

Couple of cool dinners coming up:

  • The next Rake World Flavors dinner will be at the
    Bulldog Northeast on August 26, with a menu that goes way beyond typical bar
    burger fare: Foie gras meat ball on fried wonton with flying fish eggs,
    followed by a deconstructed shrimp cocktail, a "pyramid of Cobb" (with a
    confit of chicken thigh and, presumably, a dramatic presentation), a salmon
    fillet with fingerling potatoes, plus a Bulldog cupcake for dessert. All this,
    plus three pints of beer for $35. Click here to sign up.

  • The World Flavors Dinner is co-sponsored by Whole
    Foods, Peace Coffee and KBEM- Jazz 88 FM which has its own gastronomic event
    going on this Sunday, August 17 – A Celebration of the Ports – From New Orleans
    to Buenos Aires
    , featuring chef Rachel Rubin,
    at Alexis Bailly Vineyards in Hasting. Cost is $75 per person, and space
    is limited – for reservations or more information, click here.
  • By the way, Rachel Rubin, is leading a food tour of Peru October 12-19 – for gastronomic adventurers, it sounds like a great trip.