Bangkok street food eatery earns Michelin star

Jay Fai, center, the cook and owner of a street food eatery in Bangkok, speaks to reporters after her street-side eatery was recognized with a one-star Michelin guide mark at a hotel in Bangkok on December 6. (AFP)
Updated 06 December 2017
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Bangkok street food eatery earns Michelin star

BANGKOK: In a city famous for street food, a roadside restaurant in Bangkok with plastic tables and simple but sumptuous fare has earned one of the dining scene’s highest honors: a Michelin star.
Jay Fai, named after the 72-year-old proprietor who took over from her father, is located in old Bangkok and features an open-air kitchen known for churning out crab omelets and curries.
Though classified as street food, Jay Fai is more expensive than your average roadside stall, with a typical specialty costing upwards of $20.
It was the only streetside establishment listed in Michelin’s first-ever Bangkok guide released on Wednesday, which said the Thai capital’s culinary scene was as “diverse as it is surprising.”
A total of 17 restaurants in the city serving up a mix of Thai and international cuisine received either one or two stars, though none clinched the coveted three-star rating.
Jay Fai cooks the food herself while wearing large goggles to deal with the endless steam from the dishes.
The accolade was a welcome one even if the owner was not so familiar with the company behind it.
“Before, I knew the Michelin name but I did not know it had to do with cooking,” she told AFP after obtaining the star.
“I am very proud,” she said, adding that she must be back in the kitchen Thursday. “We do not have a lot of staff because I’m a bit difficult and crazy.”
Jay Fai’s newfound stature comes at a tough time for food stalls in Bangkok. City officials, backed by the military government, are attempting to unclutter the streets by pushing vendors into hawker centers as in Singapore.


French MPs roast 'misleading' soya steaks, vegan sausages

Updated 19 April 2018
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French MPs roast 'misleading' soya steaks, vegan sausages

  • Vegetable-based products labelled and marketed as meat substitutes have been banned in France
  • Food producers will no longer have the right to use "steak", "fillet", "bacon", "sausage" or any meaty term to describe vegetarian substitute

PARIS: Soya steaks, vegan sausages and other vegetable-based products marketed as meat substitutes have been skewered by French lawmakers, who agreed Thursday to ban them for "misleading" consumers.
Under the measure proposed by a farmer MP, food producers will no longer have the right to use "steak", "fillet", "bacon", "sausage" or any other meaty term to describe products that are not partly or wholly composed of meat.
The regulation, which was tabled in the form of an amendment to an agriculture bill, will also apply to vegetarian or vegan products marketed as dairy alternatives.
Refusals to comply with the regulation will lead to fines of up to 300,000 euros ($370,000).