There are tons of food options at Central World, and Mike and I even treated ourselves to a Starbucks Frappucino. Precious and delicious! Ha! It’s funny how at home we wouldn’t even give it a second thought to getting Starbucks, but here, the cost of two frappucinos equals the cost of a huge lunch.
There was a Din Tai Fung in the mall (we ate there in Shanghai and there’s one in LA) and we were tempted to try it to compare, but we settled on a Lao/Thai place with a lot of locals in it. Always go by the rule of eat where the locals eat!
Kumpoon was delicious and we ordered Laotian-style papaya salad with crab and marinated fish as an appetizer. It was good but pretty pungently fishy. After seeing the other two dishes come up, we probably didn’t need to order an appetizer but at least everything was fresh and healthy!
For mains, we ordered fried snakehead fish with herb salad and noodles with pork crackling and Chinese sausage. I had read about snakehead fish while doing restaurant research and the chef of one of the top restaurants here said it was his favorite fish so we gave it a try. It was white and flaky and really good!
The noodles were very normal, nothing spectacular, but you know I love me some pork crackling. =) All told, lunch cost us around $13. Loving being back in a country with delicious food!