Southeast Asia

  • Film

    February 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Yuna Wants to Break Listeners Free of Their Fantasies

    Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, Yuna has encountered a host of interesting faces and talents. "I love seeing their ideas, their passion," she states. "I feel driven and motivated by these people." The people in question are a growing list of talented collaborators like Frank Ocean's pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: Room 237 & The Shining at Videology and Play Golf at Cuchifritos

    And we're back! Sort of. After a glorious holiday break, we were eager to return and give you a rundown of the best and most inexpensive happenings around town. And then this blizzard happened. But, wait, you're in luck! The entire city has not shut down. There's still plenty of cool events going on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Reader: Andy Ricker's Argument Against Free Rice is the Worst Argument Ever

    It's been just over 24 hours since we posted our interview with Pok Pok's Andy Ricker, and in it, the chef made his case for not serving free rice: "You're keeping your food cost below 30 percent, so if you're charging $7 for a giant plate of food, something has to give: labor, rent, or food," he to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Somtum Der Opens in the East Village Next Week

    For the last two years, Thanaruek "Eh" Laoraowirodge has been feeding the people of Bangkok somtum der, a version of green papaya salad that's native to his hometown of Khon Kaen in the northeastern Isan region of Thailand. "Thai people like to eat this kind of food," he explains. "We focused on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Monet Painting Is Latest Chapter in Fight for Ferdinand Marcos's Cash

    Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda collected lots of art. They bought the works using the country's public funds. Many decorated the presidential palace in Manila. Others hung in the Philippines consulate in New York City or in Imelda's Upper East Side town house. By the time ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2013

    The Fight for Ferdinand Marcos's Cash

    A torturous battle in the New York courts for the torture victims of the Philippines

  • Film

    August 21, 2013

    'Cinema of Resistance': Reels of Rage

    At Lincoln Center, it's film as urgent jeremiad.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    What to Eat for Lunch at Nightingale 9

    We get antsy in the summer, and it takes very little convincing to get us to commit to a long midday meal away from our desks. And so a few days ago, we headed out to Carroll Gardens to check in on lunch at Nightingale 9.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    This Weekend's 5 Best Food Events

    Friday, April 19 Wine, Pâté, and Jazz at Clos New York Head down to Soho's new wine bar, Clos, for a tasting of three wines, which the Sommelier will pair with different pâté. Live jazz will play from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., and guests can reserve a spot for $37 online. 64 Kenmare St.; 212-219-0327

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    The Quizzical Origins of the Thai Curry Puff

    A Thai curry puff as served at Thai Market. You've encountered it in Thai restaurants before, a small braided pastry filled with chicken and potatoes called the curry puff. It's unlike any of the other apps on the menu, which run to papaya salads, tart sausages, steamed dumplings, fish cakes, and ... More >>

  • Film

    March 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    How to Make a Hanoi Ginger from Betel Bar and Kitchen

    The vendors on Broadway are selling oversized 2013 sunglasses. Bring on the sequins and make some questionable decisions, it's time for New Year's Eve. If celebrating in sparkles is not your idea of a good time, consider washing your cares away with something bubbly instead (it's tradition!). Today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Sahara Davenport Photos By Andrew Werner

    The drag star died a few days ago, to the horror of her fans and loved ones. Here are Andrew Werner's photo recollections of the glamour.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    E-Sarn Sausage at Center Point

    E-sarn sausage, $6.50, Dish #37 Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Burrata From Faicco's | Honey Dip Donut from Peter Pan Bakery] Thai ... More >>

  • Theater

    July 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Move Over, Evita! Imelda, The Musical Is Coming

    And it's by the guy who wrote "Psycho Killer"! Here's the official description of Here Lies Love, coming to the Public next April: "Within a throbbing dance club atmosphere, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim desconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos and her meteoric rise ... More >>

  • Film

    June 27, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Malaysian Restaurant Week Kicks Off June 18

    If you're hearing the call of satay, roti canai, and mee goreng, we've got good news: Malaysian Restaurant Week kicks off next week, from June 18 to 24. Fatty Crab, LAUT, Penang Malaysian Cuisine, and Satay will offer a prix-fixe three-course menu for $20.12. Other restaurants (including Fatty 'Cue, ... More >>

  • Film

    May 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Singapura Coming Soon to 106 Lexington Avenue

    A stroll by 106 Lexington Avenue reveals that a restaurant called Singapura will open in the immediate future. Although still completely papered up, a sign notes that the restaurant will specialize in both Malaysian and Thai cuisine, and will also offer Hakka Chinese food. Although that sounds lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2012

    Orphan Jackfruit Needs a Home. Do You Have Space in Your Pantry?

    You'll have to take it home in a cab. Jackfruit -- especially in these parts -- normally comes in cans. Also known as Artocarpus heterophyllus, the bumpy green humongous fruit is produced by a tree native to southern Indian and Southeast Asia that's a cousin of the mulberry. It's also the largest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Duck Larb at Zabb Elee, Dish No. 2

    ​Scrumptious nuggets of resilient duck, almost like a cross between pork and lamb, but not quite; pungent herbs like mint and scallion; a tart dressing that assaults the tongue and produces a pucker; red onions provide a lingering sweetness; and a token amount of crudite such as sliced cukes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Jane Fonda Bumped From QVC Over Vietnam

    ​That's what she says. Of course they're simply saying schedule changes happen all the time. Oh, please. Can you believe that a channel known for selling aggressively tacky items (which I love, mind you) can be so wussy about what else they'll sell?

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Del Posto Cook and Travel Writer Claire Handleman On The Joys of Eating In Thailand (Part 1)

    ​ Everyone loves to travel; not everyone, however, lives to travel. During most of the year, Claire Handleman pays the rent working at Del Posto, the Bastianich-Batali Italian juggernaut that won four stars from the New York Times last year. Every winter, she packs up her bags and spends at le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Manila Luzon Wants To Win Drag Race

    ​Leggy Manila Luzon is all lacquered and freshened and killing them on RuPaul's Drag Race. I recently chatted with the Twin Cities-born Manila about her choices and her chances.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Crispy Fried Whole Fish With Basil Sauce at Thailand's Center Point

    ​The delectable-looking snapper is No. 25 in our 100 Days/100 Dishes series. Thailand's Center Point is one of those small Thai cafes that grew up in the long shadow of Sripraphai. It started out as a grocery (by contrast, Sripraphai began life as a bakery), but two years ago split the spac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2011

    These Fat Monkeys Not Quite As Depressing

    In keeping with today's...theme?, more fat monkeys. These ones are happy and get to run around and munch on healthy things like oranges, though. Also, the first comment on this video is the most disturbing YouTube comment I've ever seen. It starts, "In Vietnam we used the damm things as targets" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Eating Bun Cha Ha Noi at Pho Bang

    Lauren Shockey​Bun, otherwise known as rice noodles, are ubiquitous at Vietnamese restaurants throughout the city. New York is rife with bun thit nuong--a large bowl filled with rice noodles, grilled pork or beef, pickled vegetables, lettuce, and herbs. So we were very happy to see on Pho Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Northern Larb vs. Isaan Larb at Lotus of Siam, NYC

    ​The Isaan Larb salad at Lotus of Siam (click to enlarge) Larb (also transliterated "Laab" and "Laap") is doubtlessly one of the best-known dishes from the Isaan region in northeast Thailand, which lies adjacent to Laos and Cambodia. On home ground, the salad is made with duck, pork, or river ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Vegas's Lotus of Siam Coming Soon to NYC

    Like Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Vegas's Lotus of Siam has attained an almost mythic status, often called the best Thai restaurant in the country. When you've never been to a restaurant, the food can soar in your imagination and never come bumping down to earth the way a real meal (no matter how goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    War Vets Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro on One Human Leg

    via Yahoo​Want to feel bad about yourself for not going to the gym yesterday, or all summer, for that matter? Oh, three war vets of, respectively, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam, made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro last Saturday. The trip took six days, and among them, they had but one human ... More >>

  • Film

    July 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Smoking Baby Returns Via Special CBS Investigative Report (Video!)

    Just in case you thought the smoking baby (you know, the 2-year-old Sumatran boy with the practiced inhale) was a scam played upon us by video pranksters, CBS News has tracked him down in Indonesia, where they found him -- just before midnight, lit ciggie in hand -- and spent two days witnessing and ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 27, 2010

    Talent Thai's Kitsch Kitchen

    No pig's blood, but plenty of flavors on 34th Street

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    A Different Kind of 1960's War Demonstration

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 18, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 31 The Hawks in May: A Day to Remember By Joe Flaherty On Saturday afternoon past, with the war gods supplying sunshine to heat their passions, the Legions of Decency and Death paraded down Fifth Avenue. Lik ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 22, 2009

    Not so 'Happy' Happy Hour / Ondoy Fundraiser

    Raising money to aid Filipinos affected by Typhoon Ondoy

  • Voice Choices

    May 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Mangda Na -- The Discovery

    Metaphorically speaking, mangda na is a Thai expression for shiftless suitors -- the kind of guys who hang around a girl, looking for some action. The kind of guys who flit from girl to girl, getting what they can but making no commitments. The kind of guys who never have any money of their own, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Pix from Ayada

    Here is the visual evidence of four wonderful meals at the new Thai restaurant Ayada, which focuses on the cusine of Bangkok, but tips its metaphorical hat to other regions of the country as well.   The appetizer called "raw shrimp" amazed us -- it was a Japanese sashimi adapted for Tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    The Early Word -- Macao Trading Company

      Located on a dark stretch of Church Street west of Chinatown, Macao Trading Company is unheralded by any sign, except for a door screened over by an usual metal grate, and a red lamp that appears to be hanging upside down over the entrance. The menu seeks to evoke the twin cuisines of Portu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2008

    A Couple More G-Darn Thoughts About Sarah Palin

    I don't trust someone who actually thinks we won the war in Viet Nam! And who thinks a captured soldier is the one who won it for us! And who keeps pushing the glories of the traditional family when hers has such serious problems it's a walking advertisement for botched family values! And whose v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Thai Me Up, Thai Me Down

    Fork in the Road and Our Man Sietsema join forces to explore Bangkok-style eats.

  • Dining

    September 3, 2008

    Going Coco-Nuts at Am-Thai Chili Basil Kitchen

    Brilliant Brooklyn Thai is awash in the thick white stuff

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Meat Candy

    The best thing I've eaten in months. And that's saying something.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Remembering Martin Luther King 40 Years Later

    On the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his words on the Vietnam War are as true as ever. "One of the difficulties in speaking out today grows out of the fact that there are those who are seeking to equate dissent with disloyalty. It is a dog-day in our natio ... More >>

  • Film

    July 17, 2007
  • Dining

    May 29, 2007

    The Whole Kadang

    Sunset Park Sino-Malaysian skates to culinary victory

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