My best friend, a fellow American who lives in a small provincial capital upcountry with his Thai wife and their two daughters, was in town this weekend with his wife. He comes to Bangkok three or four times a year for a little R&R sometimes mixed with business in the Bangkok office of the company he works with. The town he lives in is pretty quiet even if it is a provincial capital, so he looks forward to his Bangkok trips, and we always do up the bar scene. He spent an evening out alone with his wife on Thursday night, then he had a meeting in the daytime Friday at the office. Friday night was Boys’ Night Out, and we cut a swathe through the Soi Cowboy bar area, paying particular attention to the live lesbian show in Sheba’s. He went back to his hotel relatively early, but as usual I stayed until close to daybreak at the sidewalk bars lining Sukhumvit Road. Great people-watching scene, high entertainment value. Then Saturday night, with wives and other friends in tow, we took in the more family-oriented entertainment at Tawandang German Brewery. A great mix of Western and Thai music and cabaret shows. The wife and I have a membership card that gives us 15% off of everything, including their excellent beer, and we had a great table, having reserved it five weeks in advance. So there was much imbibing of lager last night, too.
So anyway, I’ve spent Sunday recovering from the weekend, not doing much of anything except pondering how old I feel these days after our bar runs. But whenever I have a hangover, eating a big slab of meat is next to heaven. If I’m out and near a Burger King, a triple Whopper with bacon and cheese usually fills the bill. But I stayed in today, and if I can’t get something like that, I order phat kraphao with chicken and a fried egg from the restaurant in our condo compound (they deliver to the rooms here). This is a Thai dish in which the meat is minced and quite spicy. Really, REALLY hits the spot when I’m hung over and cannot get a steak or hamburger.
So, what food helps YOU recover from an evening of overindulgence?