The Chocolate Factory @ Khao Yai

Everyone needs chocolates in their lives. And where better to get your chocolate fix then to visit The Chocolate Factory at Khao Yai.

They have a great selection of brownies, cookies, chocolate bars, cakes and others to take away with you.

Watch how they prepare the chocolates! It’ll make you want to eat them even more.

Get your fill of cakes and chocolates.

They even have a restaurant on the second level.

Mushroom ravioli – creamy light and very mushroomy.

Charcoal grilled Australian rib eye steak with peppercorn sauce – so tender and juicy.

Giant river prawn with brown rice – it looks like a lobster but it’s a lot tougher.

Choco banana – what could go wrong when you mix bananas and chocolates?

The Chocolate Factory at Khao Yai had so many things to eat that we visited the place twice! We would have loved to try more of the food there though we just didn’t have the time. We hope you will enjoy this place as much as we did.

Hours: Mondays – Thurs 9:30 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sun 9:30 am – 10 pm


Address: 352 หมู่ 2 Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

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Affordable Dim Sum At Chok Dee Dim Sum Hatyai

It all begins with choosing your dim sum! With so many choices to choose from, you won’t have to worry about not getting your fill. 

The prawn crystal dumplings had a chewy skin filled with fresh juicy prawns. The siew mai had a good skin to filling ratio and the meat was cooked to perfection. The chicken feet were seasoned well with a good amount of ginger and dried chili which gives it that little extra kick. And, if you notice, we had three dishes with salted egg yolks in them as we absolutely loved any dim sum that had them. Yummy!

Besides being famous for dim sum, bak ku teh is a must try and it is the signature dish of this restaurant. When we got there, every table had ordered bak ku teh along with dim sum. The soup tasted strongly of herbs and it had a good amount of pork, beancurd skin and enoki mushrooms. It was really delicious.

Lastly, it was time for dessert. But because we were already so full from what we ate, we decided to share one custard bao. We quickly realized how awesome this bao was. The custard was a salty and sweet golden liquid that kept oozing out. One bite of the bao and we knew one wasn’t enough. So, don’t be like us, get one or two custard baos per person at least!

Visit Chok Dee Dim Sum if you want to eat dim sum. Visit Chok Dee Dim Sum if you want to have Bak Ku Teh. Visit Chok Dee Dim Sum if you want to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper. Just Visit Chok Dee dim Sum!

Hours: 6am – 12pm, 5 pm – 10 pm

Address: 58 25 ซอย ละม้ายสงเคราะห์ 1 ตำบล หาดใหญ่ Hat Yai District, Songkhla 90110, Thailand

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Fine dining Bangkok restaurant “Insects in the Backyard” takes eating insects to a whole new level!

As the world’s population grows and food resources decrease, the need to make food production more efficient and the reduction of food waste has never been more evident. A solution to this? Insects!

However, many of us would cringe at the thought of putting an insect into our mouths. Well, I guess it is for obvious reasons. I would assume images like these would come into our head.

But what if I told you these insects could be transformed and integrated seamlessly with our everyday food? Eating insects has never been easier. 

Welcome to fine dining restaurant Insects in the Backyard.

Walking into the restaurant was simply magical. The décor is extremely fitting to the theme of the restaurant.  Wooden furniture,  taxidermized animals and a lush garden outside makes one feel like they have been transported right into a forest. 

The menu presented an array of food. There were dishes that had insects and they were dishes that didn’t.  But of course, we came here for the insects!  

Drinks –   Insects Mhai Thai 

A fruity cocktail with bamboo worms, ant pupae floating on an island made up from the top of a green apple.  The ant pupae was juicy and it was interesting to see that some of the ants were more developed than the others. It was quite strange to see the ants staring back at you as we ate it but we overcame that fear pretty quickly. The bamboo worms were seasoned well and even though some of them fell into the drink, they still maintained their crispiness. This was one of the most unique cocktails we have ever drank. A definite must if you go.

Dish 1 – Fresh house made cricket pasta with black pesto and chorizo

We were really impressed by the use of crickets to make the pasta. The texture was a little chewier than pasta we were used to eating but other than that there was no way we could tell that this pasta was make of crickets if no one had told us. The silkworms were seasoned with salt and had a nutty taste to it. The pasta coupled with the nuttiness of the silkworms and the saltiness of the chorizo all complemented each other well and this was a very successful dish.

Dish 2 – Grilled sea bass with ant ‘caviar’ beurree blanc sauce and blacked corn salsa

The sea bass was cooked to perfection, the skin was crispy and the meat was light and silky. The insects in this dish were incorporated more as a garnish unlike the previous pasta dish were the insects were infused into the dish. What made this dish interesting was the used of the ant eggs in two ways – fried and as is (we were not sure how it was prepared, it could have been steamed or boiled or perhaps nothing was done). The fried version was very crispy perhaps similar to small crispy potato chips? The other version was very juicy, as you bite down on the eggs, the juice would squirt in your mouth – it was pretty satisfying to pop them. All in all, it was a really delicious dish.

For dessert, we had initially wanted to try their tiramisu made with silkworm powder as the use of insects had a bigger role in the dish. Unfortunately that wasn’t on the menu that day and they recommended cheesecake with silkworms instead. The cheesecake had a good creamy texture to it that was almost had a ‘melt in you mouth’ sensation. The silkworms were glazed in honey and the combination of their nuttiness and the sweetness proved to be very yummy. A great way to finish of our meal.

We wished we could try more dishes at Insects in the Backyard. It was truly a remarkable experience. While I am no stranger to eating insects in the past, this restaurant has transformed the way I thought insects could be prepared. If you are visiting Bangkok, do visit Insects in the Backyard, it will definitely be a meal you will never forget!

Hours: 2pm-11pm , closed on Wednesdays


Address: Chang Chui Market – 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Khwaeng Bang Phlat, Khet Bang Phlat, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700

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