‘Thai cuisine is not just street food’: with 9 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 entries for Bangkok – matched by Singapore – top chef celebrates

Thai cuisine is not just street food – this is the message coming from the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list, with 9 entries for Bangkok and another 9 for Singapore.

This year, an impressive list of top-tier chefs from Thailand, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia have been announced as entries for the prestigious culinary competition. The list includes Bangkok’s R-Haan, a modern Thai restaurant run by Chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, who has been hailed as “the future of Thai cuisine”.

Chef Rungthiwa is one of many Thai chefs to have made the list, including Gaggan Anand, who runs the eponymous restaurant in Bangkok and is widely considered to be the godfather of modern Indian cuisine.

The list also includes Singapore’s Candlenut, run by Chef Malcolm Lee, who has been credited with introducing Singaporean cuisine to the world. His dishes are said to be “as comforting as a hug from your grandmother”.

The list is a celebration of the diversity and quality of Asian cuisine. It is also an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the chefs who have worked tirelessly to put their countries on the global culinary map.

Chef Rungthiwa said in a statement: “The recognition of Thai cuisine is an honor for all of us. I’m proud to be part of this amazing group of chefs, and I’m excited to continue pushing the boundaries of our cuisine.”

Chef Malcolm Lee echoed these sentiments, saying: “I’m proud to be representing Singapore on this list. I’m honored to be part of this prestigious competition and to be able to showcase our unique cuisine to the world.”

The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list is a reminder of the power of food to bring people together and to celebrate the beauty of Asian cuisine. It is a testament to the talent and passion of the chefs from Bangkok and Singapore, and a testament to the fact that Thai cuisine is much more than just street food.