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Homestay

Through the veins of Steve Anderson runs British blood, but also Burmese, because his mother was born in that Asian country, then went to live in India and then The Glass Castle continued his studies in England. There he met a young Welshman while studying medicine and they fell in love in anatomy class. “They shared the same corpse to do the practices,” says Steve with a smile. A few years later he was born and, although he was raised in England, he was always curious about his Asian origins, so fifteen years ago he made the first trip to Burma in search of his roots. There would be a second part, since last January he decided to embark on a two-week tour of Southeast Asia with Guillermo, head chef of Ma Khin Café, his business in the Mercado de Colón. They flew to Bangkok, where the main attraction was visiting Chef Nahm, one of the best restaurants in Asia. “I loved the cheek ravioli in its own broth. The challenge is to eat them with enough dexterity to not burn your mouth ».

They took advantage to buy at the weekend market in Chatuchak, with stalls for kitchen utensils, crockery, clothes or appliances. There they discovered the kiosk of a Spanish cook who Live by Night sold rations of paella, but they preferred a local recipe, the Pad Thai. “We went to Pad Thai Thip Samai, a classic. The chefs sauté noodles on the street in giant woks. They add tofu, egg, vegetables, prawns and tamarind and soy sauce. ”

From Bangkok they traveled by train to Vientiane, in Laos. They stayed in what they call ‘homestay’, private houses whose owners welcome tourists. “He gave us the opportunity to see how they really live and know their customs.” The next day they rented two bicycles to go to the countryside. The Great Wall By chance they came across a tobacco plantation. «They taught me how to roll cigarettes. People are very open and share what they have with travelers. For their dignity it is important to feel that they also give you something ». Then they took a taxi to Kong Lor, a mountain village that houses a famous cave.