On the first episode of Hungerlust, we ventured to Astoria to explore Vietnamese culture and one family’s story behind their delectable pho. On this next episode of Hungerlust, it was only fitting to head back to the multicultural heart of NYC, Queens.
New York’s eclectic borough of Queens can often fall in the shadow of its glitzy neighbor, Manhattan, and effortlessly cool Brooklyn. Yet, travelers would be remiss to overlook this part of New York City, which was crowned the top destination to visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet.
What sets Queens apart is its diversity and the fact that you can tap into Chinese culture in Flushing, Colombian cuisine in Jackson Heights or Greek specialities in Astoria (to name a few).
“The whole world is in Queens,” said Anthony Bourdain in a recent episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown. “And like the world as a whole, it is constantly changing.”
Thai food has always been an omnipresent favorite in New York, but authentic Thai food—which is to say a menu that goes beyond the traditional pad thai—can be tricky to find.
Following the announcement of a street food ban earlier this year, finding authentic Thai food in Bangkok may also soon prove difficult. Preserving traditional family recipes, like those whipped up by the husband and wife duo behind Astoria restaurant, Pochana, is perhaps never more paramount.