We’ve come to the end of another year — another delicious food year!

Last year in 2015 it was Bhutanese food in Thimphu and Kobe beef in Japan that topped the list.

This year from 2016 you’ll find some unique and incredibly delicious meals that I can’t wait to share with you below. And before we start, just wanted to quickly mention that the meals in this best food of 2016 blog post are in consecutive time order, not in most delicious order.

Andrew Zimmern
Eating with Andrew Zimmern in Bangkok at the beginning of 2016

First, thank you!

It’s always a challenge to narrow down all the meals you’ve eaten in an entire year and try to choose the best of the best.

But what I like so much about reflecting is that it gives yourself an opportunity to remember not only the meals, but the experiences that went along with the meals, the people you met, and how you yourself have grown throughout the year.

I want to start off by saying thank you for your support. Without you reading and watching, I couldn’t do what I do, and I’m extremely grateful.

Note: The restaurant above is Soei, one of my favorite restaurants in Bangkok that I ate at with Andrew Zimmern filming Driven by Food (available to watch on Amazon). I didn’t include this restaurant on this list this year because I’ve been eating there for years and included it on many previous lists.

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Peranakan food in Singapore at Daisy’s Dream Kitchen

1. Peranakan food in Singapore

When I was in eating my way through Singapore, a friend of mine who is now living in Bangkok, but is originally from Singapore, invited me to his family restaurant known as Daisy’s Dream Kitchen.

Peranakan refers to a group of people that are Straits born Chinese (in this case the straits of Malacca off the coast of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand). Pernakan food therefore is a unique and outrageously delicious combination of Chinese and Malays ingredients and cooking techniques.

My favorite dish at Daisy’s Dream Kitchen was babi buah keluak (pangium edule), a type of nut cooked for a long time and in this case with pork.

Daisy’s Dream Kitchen (watch the video)

Address: Block 517 West Coast Road #01-571 S120517, Singapore 120517
Open hours: 11 am – 2:30 pm and 6 pm – 10 pm on Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays)
Prices: Most dishes range from $10 – 15 SGD

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Home cooked Sundanese feast in Bogor, Indonesia

2. Sundanese feast in Bogor, Indonesia

After spending a few weeks in Singapore, my wife and I decided to take a trip to Indonesia, mostly to Jakarta, with an aim to eat as much Indonesian food as possible.

During our time in Jakarta, we met up with Ken and Grat from Cowokrakus a couple of times to eat. One weekend they invited Ying and I to their country family home in Bogor (about an hour from Jakarta), where we were treated to a Sundanese family feast.

Placing a mat of banana leaves down on the ground first, rice was piled in the center and all the spicy and richly flavorful dishes were placed surrounding the rice. We ate family style, feasting on one of the best and most memorable Indonesian meals I’ve ever had.

Watch the video here.

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Eating mansaf in Amman at Tawaheen Al Hawa (Don Quixote)

3. Mansaf in Amman, Jordan

Visiting and eating in Jordan was a highlight of 2016 for me, partly because it was so different from where I normally travel in Southeast Asia. And everything from the food to the culture was fascinating.

Along with Fadi from Biblical Jordan and the Jordan Tourism Board, on one of our last days in Amman, we went to eat mansaf, what is considered the national dish of Jordan. Mansaf is a combination of rice, lamb, and jameed, which is a fermented goat yogurt (you can even buy it on Amazon!), all prepared into a feast that will leave you breathless.

Tawaheen Al Hawa – Don Quixote (watch the video)

Address: Wasfi al-Tal Road, Jubilee Gardens, Amman, Jordan
Open hours: 6 am – 2 am daily
Prices: You’ll probably spend about 10 – 20 JD per person for a feast

Korean makgeolli feast
This was only the first round of food!

4. Makgeolli in Jeonju, South Korea

Makgeolli is a type of Korean alcoholic drink normally made from rice and often consumed socially. While you can experience makgeolli around South Korea, one of the best places to consume it, because of the food culture that surrounds it, is in Jeonju. Lonely Planet even says makgeolli is one of the top reasons to visit Jeonju, and I wouldn’t disagree.

Eating at Yetchon Makgeolli was one of the best meals I had of 2016. You order a kettle of makgeolli, and they start bringing out so many dishes to go with the drink that you’ll lose track and won’t be able to count every dish. From braised pigs feet to live octopus, get ready for a serious Korean feast.

Yetchon Makgeolli (watch the video)

Address: 8 Jungsanjungang-ro, Junghwasan 2(i)-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
Open hours: 4 pm – 2 am daily
Prices: We spent a total of  65,000 Won ($55.46) for everything for 4 people

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Bombay duck fry thali at Gomantak Boarding House Restaurant

5. Bombay duck in Mumbai, India

When I visited Mumbai in 2016, there were a lot of amazing Indian foods I wanted to try, including some of the most famous Mumbai street foods.

But the one thing on my list that I wanted to eat was bombil fry, or known by its nickname, Bombay duck fry. Not actually duck at all, Bombay duck is a type of lizardfish that likely got its nickname from the Bombay Dak, an old transport train that was known for smelling foul.

Anyway, I’m happy to report, Bombay duck fry is absolutely delicious, especially when accompanied by Malvani side curries.

Gomantak Boarding House (watch the video)

Address: 301 Miranda Chawl, Kelkar Road, Dadar West, Mumbai
Open hours: 11 am – 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm daily
Price: Our total price for both my wife and I came to 710 INR ($10.60)

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Camel curry and rice at Mathabi Salalah (مطعم مظابي صلالة)

6. Camel meal in Muscat, Oman

If you’re looking for an incredible destination with a combination of natural beauty, cultural charm, friendly people, and delicious food, Muscat, Oman is a place you should consider.

My wife and I only had a few days in Muscat and during our time there Mustafa took us around. On our first evening in Muscat, we headed to a local restaurant known as Mathabi Salalah (مطعم مظابي صلالة) to eat camel.

We ordered camel curry and fried camel, which was served on a giant communal tray over rice. The camel was insanely tender and flavorful and the camel hump in particular will melt in your mouth.

Mathabi Salalah مطعم مظابي صلالة (watch the video)

To be honest I’m not totally sure about all the details for eating here, but it is listed on my Muscat guide, and they are definitely open for dinner. Prices are about $ 3 – 5 per person. Thank you Mustafa!

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Mind blowing kebab in Istanbul

7. Lamb kebabs in Istanbul, Turkey

There are few things in the world that sound as fun as going to Istanbul to eat lamb kebabs.

Istanbul is a city that I had wanted to visit ever since I was in high school learning about Western civilization. The history and attractions in Istanbul are fascinating and will blow your mind, but the food and people is what will keep you coming back for more.

Thanks to my friend David Califa for recommending me to eat at Zübeyir Ocakbaşı, a grill restaurant in Istanbul where you’ll find some of the most incredibly delicious lamb Adana kebabs you might ever eat. Adana kebabs are a mixture of lamb and lamb tail fat, mixed with spices like sumac and Aleppo pepper, grilled over a smoky hot fire.

Zübeyir Ocakbaşı (watch the video)

Address: Şehit Muhtar Mh. Bekar Sk. No 28 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, 34435
Open hours: 12 noon – 12 midnight daily
Price: Total price for 2 of us came to 100 TL ($33.55)

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Seafood at the legendary Cervejaria Ramiro in Lisbon

8. Seafood feast in Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal is known for having some of the best seafood in the entire world, and when you eat at Cervejaria Ramiro in Lisbon, you’ll immediately know why.

Just mention seafood in Lisbon and it won’t be long before this legendary restaurant is mentioned. It’s famous for both locals and tourists — everyone who loves seafood and wants to experience the best of the best.

Everyday they serve an assortment of mainly shellfish and crustaceans including crab, clams, prawns of all sizes, oysters, and the unique goose barnacles. Everything was good, but the gigantic tiger prawns and scarlet prawns were impossible to beat.

And one more thing, don’t miss the steak sandwich (prego) for dessert!

Cervejaria Ramiro (watch the video)

Address: Avenida Almirante Reis, 1H, Mouraria, Lisboa
Open hours: 12 noon – 1 am from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday)
Prices: For an all out Portuguese seafood feast we spent around 100 Euros for 2

Xi'an Famous Foods NYC
Spicy cumin lamb noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods

9. Spicy cumin lamb noodles in New York City, USA

When I was in New York City, along with a lot of other must-eat NYC restaurants, one of the places I was most looking forward to trying was Xi’an Famous Foods. Though they have multiple locations, I decided to take the pilgrimage out to Flushing to go to their original location in the basement of the Golden Shopping Mall. It was the perfect atmosphere.

I ordered the spicy cumin lamb hand pulled noodles, which came smothered in healthy and flavor packed chili oil, cumin, and Sichuan pepper, with thick doughy noodles and pieces of lamb. It was simply outstanding — bites of noodles that I never wanted to end.

Xi’an Famous Foods (watch the video)

Address: Golden Shopping Mall, 41-28 Main St Basement, Suite 36, Flushing, NY 11355
Open hours: 10:30 am 9:15 on Sunday to Thursday and 10:30 am – 9:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday
Prices: Hand pulled plates of exquisite noodles cost in the $7 – $9 per plate range

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Tendon brisket curry in Hong Kong at Kau Kee

10. Brisket curry in Hong Kong

There’s a lot of incredible food to eat in Hong Kong from dim sum to roast goose. And while it’s all so good, one of the dishes that absolutely blew my tastebuds this year in Hong Kong was brisket curry at the legendary Kau Kee Restaurant.

Kau Kee is not exactly an off the beaten path restaurant, it’s hugely famous throughout Hong Kong for their perfect brisket noodles and brisket tendon curry. If you see a line out the door, which you normally will, don’t let it intimidate you. The wait, which usually moves pretty fast, is worth it for the bowl of brisket curry you’re about to eat.

(Hong Kong travel food guide coming soon!)

Kau Kee Restaurant (video coming soon)

Address: 21 Gough St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 12:30 pm – 10:30 pm on Monday – Saturday (closed on Sunday)
Prices: Around 40 HKD for a bowl

Watch the video

Watch the full video of all these meals of 2016:

(Or you can watch it on YouTube here)

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My wife and I in Jordan, 2016. Thank you for your support!

Conclusion

So there you have it, the 10 best travel food meals I ate in 2016 — meals that I think are worth traveling for.

I want to say a huge thank you again for your support throughout 2016 and proceeding on to 2017. Not only do you and I share a common love for food and travel, but I think our passion for eating brings us together and I’m grateful to have this opportunity to connect with so many food lovers around the world.

And now I want to hear from you.

What was your best meal of 2016?

Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Rohit C

    2 months ago

    This makes me more than hungry. It triggers the travel bug inside me. Thanks.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 month ago

      Awesome to hear that Rohit, thanks for reading!

  • Jade D’sa

    2 months ago

    I just had dinner but this post made me hungry all over again! Yum!!!
    That Goan Girl
    http://www.thatgoangirl.com

  • Peter Korchnak

    2 months ago

    I’m so glad you started this list with Singapore. Some of the best food I’ve had on my travels was at hawker centres there (and in neighboring Malaysia). Good stuff.

    And, since every traveler has their favorite places, this list is such an inspiration to compile my own top 10 for the year. Thanks!

  • Uganda Safaris

    3 months ago

    Nice list of meals Mark. The Lamb kebabs look delicious. Will probably plan a visit to Turkey soon, like next year.

  • Zhamak

    3 months ago

    Hi, thanks a lot for your travel and show us what you like them. I have suggestion about travel to IRAN. We are very hospitable and we have some delicious food. I’m sure you enjoy them.
    In my country people are good and like you. Please visit our country.
    Thank you

  • Julia Sheed

    4 months ago

    Yes to Xi’an Famous Foods, the other location was right next to my apartment in NYC! Currently in Mexico and nowhere near any of these places but your post has left me hungry and nostalgic for my old NYC Chinatown haunts 🙂

    http://Www.cultwanderer.com

  • EDWARD

    4 months ago

    Mark Wiens, Your Blog is so Helpful. I read Your Maximum Post. Those are Really Nice.

  • kevin houck

    4 months ago

    I’m doing research for an event I will be hosting. This article is extremely helpful. Thank you. Photos coming soon.

  • Dennis

    4 months ago

    Great post, now i’m hungry!

  • Let Frayna

    4 months ago

    Best meal of 2016 for me was eating noodles and satay in a restaurant (I don’t know the name, open air, lots of tables, wood decorations/antiques) located in the corner of the street going to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya. The noodle dish was just unforgettable, tasty and spicy. And they prepared a non-spicy version for my young one. They also have free fried pork rinds as appetizer! If ever I’ll go back to Ayutthaya I’ll definitely eat at this restaurant again. 🙂

  • Tommy

    5 months ago

    Hi Mark, This was an amazing “Best 10”. Especially I would try the seafood from Portugal. Keep posting!

  • Naveen yadav

    5 months ago

    Woohhooo what a post !!
    I just love food,all the dishes looks delicious,the photograph are just perfect,my mouth watered just by having a look at them. Thankyou for sharing thi much information.

  • frankaboutcroatia

    5 months ago

    Your good photos are awesome! Mansaf seems pretty yummy, would love to try it myself. My best meal of 2016 was spicy chicken in a coconut-curry sauce in a Vietnamese restaurant Monsieur Vuong in Berlin.

  • alireza

    6 months ago

    Hello plz dont share my comment , i only write it for you , and its ok if you lonely read them thank you

  • alireza

    6 months ago

    Hello your trips are very nice , i think you must travel to iran and tast the most delicios meals in the world here , lamb kebab is orginally from iran and we call it as kubide kebab , shishlik kebab , barg kebab and its orginal name is kabab کباب and other foods like zereshk polo , mirzaghasemi , kalepache and others thank you

  • Chuck B

    6 months ago

    Best meal of 2016? Like you, great seafood in Portugal (Lisbon & Porto). Tried the Francesinha sandwich in Porto – awesome! Also enjoyed the Pasteis de Nata in both cities. A close 2nd was the seafood we had in Malaga, Spain.

  • Hurghada

    6 months ago

    So, this was our first trip abroad! Our youngest son went to Thailand last year for a month, by himself, at the age of 21, 17 months after he had a kidney transplant! I donated a kidney to him, and felt compelled to travel to Thailand to see why he loved it so much!!!! My husband and I are already planning on going back in 10 months! It was beautiful, the people were beyond so very friendly, and the food…. amazing!!!!

  • thuê xe huế giá rẻ

    6 months ago

    I like Korea’s food. it very delisious

  • Citarasa Nusantara

    6 months ago

    Hi Mark, Among all the food you ate in 2016, what Ayam Bakar Taliwang and Konro Karebosi were ranked according to your taste?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 months ago

      Hey Ciarasa, they were absolutely awesome. If I made a list of 20 best meals, those two would have been on the list. But I tried to diversify and include a range of different countries in my best meals list as well. I’m a huge fan of Indonesian food!

  • Rudy

    7 months ago

    Great Post, Just found your food travel from Youtube, Subscribe instanly 🙂
    Can you please inform the Address and name of “Sundanese feast in Bogor, Indonesia” (Cant found any information for it)

  • Michael S. Peele

    7 months ago

    Gosh! I love foods 🙂 Thumbs up your post is full of information and so interesting.

  • Asanka Miah

    7 months ago

    I came across your post by accident and was pleasantly surprised by the listed food items. Means what else a foodie like me want on a New Year! Your post is seriously a New Year Delight for me.
    And I am not going to say that your post is awesome but I want to say that your post is exceptionally Delicious.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much Asanka, really appreciate your kind words!

  • Alex Steven

    7 months ago

    Simply mouth-watering delicacies.I am sure you must have had an amazing experience.Keep exploring and sharing.

  • Charlie

    7 months ago

    Hey Mark, we had some amazing meals all over SE Asia in 2016 too. I think one of the highlights was living in Bangkok for 2 months and having an amazing spit roast chicken stand at the end of the road. It was truly delicious chook direct from the hot coals to our plates with some superb fresh chili sauce, I know you would approve 🙂 Shame we narrowly missed out on meeting you in Bangkok but we will be back! Food really is a great reason to travel so thank you for inspiring us to get out there are eat more of it! Cheers, Charlie & Kristina

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Charlie & Kristina, thank you very much for sharing, and glad one of the highlights of the year was living in Bangkok. Hoping to meet you next time!

  • Farhad Hossain

    7 months ago

    I am really waiting for your new post and new food recipe, thanks

  • Lisa Vansaghi

    7 months ago

    So, this was our first trip abroad! Our youngest son went to Thailand last year for a month, by himself, at the age of 21, 17 months after he had a kidney transplant! I donated a kidney to him, and felt compelled to travel to Thailand to see why he loved it so much!!!! My husband and I are already planning on going back in 10 months! It was beautiful, the people were beyond so very friendly, and the food…. amazing!!!! I had 3 favorite meals:
    Shrimp fried with curry and Sa-tor in Hua Hin at the pier
    Amazing meal of fish with fried garlic and cashew salad at Lab Sanam Keela in Chiang Rai
    Khan soi at Khao Soi Kuhn Yai in Chiang Mai
    Can’t wait to go back!!! Love your recommendations Mark!!!!!

  • Rebecca

    7 months ago

    I don’t know why I always read your posts while I’m hungry!! 🙂 Happy new year and here’s to much more deliciousness in 2017!

  • Kristine

    7 months ago

    Mark, you have given me a very wide knowledge on the various destinations with the food travel recaps and its inspiring to of you to share. As always its a motivation and as i shape up to do the same in the coming future, i can only say- Asante.

  • Остров Бали

    7 months ago

    Food in Bogor.. mmm Oh my God, every time, when we visit Bogor, we ALWAYS tryting to taste local foods as much, as we can. My wife always trying local babi Gulling, but i’am preffer spicy mixed foods.
    Great review!!!
    My wife

  • miguel

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark! My best meal was a Chili Relleno in Merida, Mexico!

  • P. S. Seshadri

    7 months ago

    ish you a very happy food hunting year! Looking forward to more of your recommendations in 2017

  • Judy

    7 months ago

    Thank you for sharing! My favourite meal of 2016 was at Okakita Restaurant in Kyoto. They specialize in udon. Queued for more than an hour with the locals & it was SO worth it! Cheers & Happy New Year 2017! Judy from Malaysia

  • Reedwanul Islam

    7 months ago

    Mark sir, to be really very honest with you, you are The Best travel food blogger in the history of YouTube. Thank you so much sir for showing us the best foods all around the world. Without you it would be really impossible for us to see such brilliant food videos. I hope I can also see new video from you in the upcoming future. I hope 2017 brings for you more happiness and success and aswell as keeps Micah very healthy. I always pray for him in my prayers. I know it was very hard for you to select 10 best foods although all your videos are really outstanding. Next year I will be coming to Bangkok, Thailand again, this time I won’t be coming to taste food rather I will be coming to meet you Sir. My drexam will come true if I get a chance to meet you and Ma’am ando Micah aswell. Sir all the best for the upcoming year and please next year try to make a visit in my country, Bangladesh. I will show you all around my country and gonna make you introduce to the best delicacies of my country.
    Best wishes and Merry Christmas Mark Sir.
    Reedwanul Islam

  • Larry

    7 months ago

    I literally don’t know where to begin. You live one heck of a life, Mark! Happy holidays and hope 2017 is filled with many more brilliant meals!

  • Malichat ua-anant

    7 months ago

    I might be able to visit some of your recommended restaurants soon. So, I jot a note and keep them in my mind. Thank you. My best meat that I had and love it very much is from an authentic Thai restaurant ” Kim Leng” at Tanow Rd. See Yak Kog-wua in Bangkok. It’s a small and old (Around 60 Yrs old) but nice. It’s recommended in Lonely Planet too. Their signature dishes are Mee Krop , Nam Prick mamong with Pla Salit tord, and Oh! uncountable delicious dishes. Happy New Year to You and Ying and your little baby boy. May all of you bless with happiness and good health and good luck, always.

  • Tim

    7 months ago

    My best food happens right here in Singapore – Lor Mee from Amoy Street Hawker Centre! Go try it. 🙂

  • Mohammed

    7 months ago

    Thanks for your awesome videos, am watching them daily and you keeps me always hungry 🙂

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

  • Hermie

    7 months ago

    Food the very best you got lucky you to have it all.

  • Tracey Waterman

    7 months ago

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!! I love all your blogs…. makes my mouth water every time I read them! Although I must admit that the raw octopus and fish faces sound very challenging!! Tracey 🙂

  • nui acain

    7 months ago

    Well Mark another year has gone again, I would like to thank you for all your blog and video. It’s very well amazing job of
    yours. It’s well information and superb video. Thanks again. Regards to your wife and baby.

  • Garrett

    7 months ago

    My favorite meal in 2016 was eating sashimi and sushi next to the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan!
    Keep up the great work Mark and congrats to both you and Ying on the newcomer Micah!

  • Christy Robertson

    7 months ago

    Having traveled the world, my favorite food has always been my hometown seafood! There is nothing that comes close to a spicy file seafood gumbo, grilled/fried fresh fish, oysters and shrimp or a huge crawfish boil and all of the wonderful food that we are blessed to have in our waters here in South East Louisiana! We live to eat here about 45 minutes Southwest of New Orleans! Needless to say, I enjoyed your Lisbon episode tremendously! Keep up the incredible work! Peace!

  • Patrick Antwerp

    7 months ago

    A Merry Christmas and a healty 2017 for Jing, Micah and Mark.
    We have a Belgian friend living in Chiang Rai and he took us a few times to Chef Daeng. His street food is fantastic and a must taste when visiting Chiang Rai. He is one of the so may good street restaurants in this nice city.
    Hope to see much more food videos coming in 2017.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Patrick, great to hear from you, thank you very much, and Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. Great, thank you for the Chiang Rai recommendation!

  • Daniel Althaus

    7 months ago

    As part of my life is food, it was as well a rather exciting Year.This year started with a trip to Manila, with a great Filipino meal at the Cafe Adriatico in the Mall of Asia. Sitting on the balcony overlooking the ocean we enjoyed a meal par excellence. The meal consisted of baby octopus fried in their ink and garlic. The famous fried Lapu Lapu, the way they presented it looked like a deep sea monster. Plus the Adobo spare ribs, which is another signature dish from them.
    The next trip was to Singapore in April with the highlight dinner at the Longbeach restaurant @ Dempsey. There we ordered their 9 course seafood menu with the main course consisting if the legendary, finger licking good Singapore black pepper crab.
    In the middle of the year the highlight was a fusion lunch at Rosemary restaurant on Tonglor street here in Bangkok. Besides all the little appetizers prepared to perfection, the dish which stood out the most for my taste buds was the beef fillet Wellington. It was so light to eat, a pleasure to be able and enjoy such great chefs creations.
    Then there were several trips to Esarn, where i enjoyed the spicy, flavorful locale delicacies. For example in Ubon Ratchathani I enjoyed in the Feeling Club a fusion larb Ped ” Duck salad with herbs and spices”. It was a pink, juicy, pan fried duck breast topped with the all larb ingredients and as a crunchy topping, the duck skin was fried to little cracklings.
    These are a few highlights, but worthwhile mentioning it. I’m looking forward for next year to discover even more culinary dreams.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Daniel, awesome to hear from you, and thank you for sharing about the highlights of your culinary adventures in 2016. They all sound delicious. Wishing you a great 2017 with more delicious food!

  • Alexander Holloway

    7 months ago

    Dear Mark and family,
    Thank you for all of your inspiration. My young family and I have had more memorable meals here in Bangkok than we have had in a lifetime by following your advice.

    Best wishes and Happy Christmas.

    Alex.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Alex, it’s truly an honor to hear a comment like this, thank you so much. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  • Yumeng Gu

    7 months ago

    Thank you Mark for sharing this with us. I just want to take this time to wish you and your whole family a merry Christmas and happy new year. Your videos have really broadened my horizons. Thank you! Please keep doing what you do.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much Yumeng, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Gracie

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark, I also went to Jordan and ate mansef this year. Thanks for taking me back. I hope you’ll write more about eating exotic fruits in 2017. I really love reading about those!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Gracie, awesome to hear that, it’s such a unique and incredible dish!

  • Regine

    7 months ago

    Hey Mark,
    thanks for all your inspirations for good streetfood. i love the asian kitchen. Whishing you and your familiy for Merry christmas and happy new year. I look forward to your blog in 2017. Lovely. Your Regine

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you Regine, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Russ Blake

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark & Family – Thanks for sharing another great year of international cuisine. Have a very Merry Christmas and looking forward to seeing your adventures in the New Year. Carol and I are very glad for you.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you Russ and Carol, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Khries

    7 months ago

    thank you for sharing all those wonderful food with us Mike. happy holiday!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi Khries, you’re welcome, thank you for your support!

  • silvato

    7 months ago

    Nice selection. Most video are showing culinary insights that are quite unique. More about the 2016 Korea’s trip, I found your video-blogs showing consistent food diversity depending on the location visited. Thanks also for the clarity of pictures and environments. Best holidays to you and your family! Silvato

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi Silvato, great to hear from you, thank you very much. Looking back on the best meals of a year, so many of them were influenced by people, atmosphere, and uniqueness in addition to the delicious flavors.

  • Hayley

    7 months ago

    I love watching your videos and your food guide to Ho Chi Minh City was really helpful while we were there. My favorite meal of 2016 would have to be Chinese style dumplings from a street food stand in Ho Chi Minh City. The dough to filling ratio was perfect, the fried shallots and fresh greens gave a needed textural component, and the chili sauces, well, spicy is needed for living. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your family!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Hayley, thank you very much, and I’m so glad to hear that. Sometimes simple things like those dumplings made perfectly are hard to beat – that sounds delicious. Hope you have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Lea

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for all the tempting food you shared for 2016.. Looking forward for the 2017 food you will share
    All the best for you and to your family
    take care

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      You’re welcome, and thank you for your support Lea. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • teguh

    7 months ago

    dear Mark,
    thanks for the information on the features of the food in some countries that you have already visited.
    I really appreciate what you do for a variety of food is very diverse types.
    Thank you for the opportunity that you have given to us as a very useful insight.
    Hopefully we can also enjoyed that already you done it.
    Wishing you and your family for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Regards,

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much Teguh, really appreciate it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Lina

    7 months ago

    sate padang

  • Antony Vaughan

    7 months ago

    Mermaid Restaurant Hoi An, Vietnam. (January 2016) Squid stuffed with mushrooms prawns and rice, Seafood Curry & Salad made with a crispy garlic and spring onions & Chillies garnish all washed down with Fresh Mango juice! I arrive back in Hoi An December 23rd (2 days time), and hope to have to same again for my Christmas Lunch🍲🍜!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Antony, wow that sounds good. Very cool, enjoy your time in Vietnam!

  • Andrew Ng

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark, This coming Chinese New Year I will be visiting Bangkok again thanks for your sharing this time I will go for street foods no more restaurants foods hahaha. I like those Barcelona foods .Merry X’mas and Happy New Year to your family.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Great to hear that Andrew, enjoy the street food in Bangkok. Happy New Year!

  • Mahamaya Behera

    7 months ago

    Love all the food and your compilation Mark. I believe food is an experience which excites all the senses. It’s all about the feelings while having it. Like the family feast you had in Bogor on banana leaf or the unique way of eating mansaf with hand in Jordan. It remains in our memory how we feel while having our food.
    New Year and Christmas wishes for you, Ying and Micah from India… 🙂
    Maya

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Maya, great to hear from you, I fully agree with you. Looking back on the best meals I had during the year, they were shaped by people, culture, and atmosphere, along with being delicious. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Ping

    7 months ago

    Thank you for all the amazing videos this year. Keep up the good work and have fun eating!

  • bobmimis

    7 months ago

    hi Mark, you have to be kidding about the best meal? there is no way i could pick one, its like buying carpet, that one looks nice , no that one looks better, no that one is a lot better and so on and so on ,they were all great
    Mark hope you and your wife have a great 2017 and look forward to your blogs in the new year

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hehe, I agree, that’s why these are not in best order, just in consecutive time order – there’s no way I could chose the best meal. Hope you have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • George L

    7 months ago

    Always a pleasure seeing all these great destinations you and Ying travel to! It gives me that sense as if I’m there with you. Thank you guys for the vlogs and reviews this 2016! Looking forward to new food destinations this coming year!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much George, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Uwe

    7 months ago

    My best meal was just Some local food in a small local restaurant in Magenta near Milano in Italy. It was nothing special but we had dinner with Four Italians, one Spanish, one British and me as a German person sitting at the table. We had a kind of reunion. It was the feeling and the joy to see them all together at one table. I didn’t see the british friend for >2 years and the others longer than 9 months. It was great fun sharing the moment of having a dinner together!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Uwe, thank you for sharing, friends and family make all the difference, and they are the reason why eating is such a joy!

  • Lisa & Sabrina

    7 months ago

    So hard to choose a favourite dish… It might’ve been the roast pork at Restoran Wai Kee in Penang, or perhaps the pepper pork buns at the Raohe Market in Taipei, then again maybe the beef noodles at the no name beef noodle shop on Taoyuan Street in Taipei… Then again, we had some amazing ayam percik in Kelantan, Malaysia. And there was that fantastic nasi campur feast at Restoran Gerak Dua Puluh Satu in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Wait, there was also the amazing tandoori chicken and stuffed naan at Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant. And then there’s more to come with a trip to KL for New Year’s Eve, Bangkok for Chinese New Year followed by Myanmar, Pattaya, Penang and Kuala Lumpur… Then in August back to Thailand, Malaysia, Yogyakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore…

    Mark, you may recognise some of the food places above. We have enjoyed watching your food blogs, and enjoy the travel component too. We’ve taken your food advice on a number of occasions with great success! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, your wife Ying, and the newest addition to your family, Micah!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi Lisa and Sabrina, great to hear from you, haha, I agree with you, so many good things it’s so hard to narrow it down. Thank you very much for your support over the year. Hope you have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Abel Campos

    7 months ago

    You guy’s are the best! Love your videos, please continue on your journey 🌶 When you guy’s get Houston
    drop me a line . The only problem I have is that I not there with you! Eat all those delicious foods !!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Abel, thank you very much, really appreciate your support. Sounds good, would love to visit Houston. Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • jim

    7 months ago

    Thanks for sharing.
    How about best 10 Chirstmast and new year foods? I am hungry.

  • Andy leung

    7 months ago

    Thanks Mark
    I love all foods and dishes you showed on your web, if you ask me to choose, of course the seafood feast and Kay Kee restaurant in Hong Kong.
    Thanks

    Andy

  • [email protected]

    7 months ago

    I FEEL LIKE EATING ALL YHE DISHES THAT YOU HAVE RECOMMENDED AND I
    HAVE BEEN SALIVATING AT THE BEAUTUFUL DESCRIPTIONS YOU MADE SO
    BRILLIANTLY OF EACH MORSEL. GOOD WORK AS ALWAYS AND BON APPETIT !

    AND |BON APPETIT MARC, !

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Awesome to hear that, thank you very much. Hope you’re doing well!

  • François Poligné

    7 months ago

    Hello Mark,
    Thanks for sharing your traveling and food experience around the world!
    One of my best meal of 2016 was in Venice, Italy. It was in a very local restaurant called “Osteria ai promessi sposi” . As a main dish, I had spaghetti with scampi (jumbo shrimp) and my wife spaghetti alle vongole (clam). The whole meal was delicious, the atmosphere was really nice and authentic which is an important point to me.
    Looking forward to watch your next videos. Have a great holiday season and best regards!
    François

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey François, very nice to hear from you and thank you for sharing about your top meal of the year. That sounds fantastic!

  • bima

    7 months ago

    congratulations for yet another successful year,Mark…

    enjoy the year end holiday festivities, and regards to your whole fam…

    you should come back to indonesia and do a duet with mr. bondan winarno (look him up)..

    all the best..

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much Bima, greetings to you and your family as well.

  • Peter Adelaide South Australia

    7 months ago

    Christmas Peace to your family. My travels resume next year : first to Sichuan China in search of hardcore chilli noodles, then on to my second home BKK.

  • Julianna

    7 months ago

    The Seafood Fiest looks spectacular. Gonna try it find something similar. Can’t wait to see more foods in the new year.

  • Dai Le

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark, I am going to New York this week and I will definitely stop by Flushing to eat spicy cumin lamb noodles. Best wishes to your family this holiday. Congratulations to you and Ying with a new baby.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Dai, great to hear that, have a great trip to NYC!

  • Lynda Martin

    7 months ago

    What a wonderful year you and Ying have had. Thankyou. Not only for the food but the world travel adventures and advise of where to stay. And for sharing the joy of Micahs birth. Great work guys. Thai is my favorite cuisine.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much for your kind support Lynda. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Nescio

    7 months ago

    Mark & Ying, thanks for sharing your great food travel stories,photos and videos.
    I wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and a prosperous 2017
    สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่ ครับ

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much Nescio, Happy New Year to you as well!

  • LadyPseudo

    7 months ago

    My own best dish was this amazing pot of chili I made, ground beef, even chopped up grilled hamburger patties so it’d have chunks of meat. 😀 Not as hot as I’d have liked, but not everyone in my household likes spice. What I’d like to try is that Sundanese Feast, that just looks both delicious and fun!

  • May

    7 months ago

    Hey Mark! congratulations for showing us ( and the world) that there are still many places where one can sit and enjoy a simple dish but rich in textures, colours and intense flavours. The richness of the content of the food is also related to the natural resources that that country has. I am glad that Asia is still a place where one can enjoy plain but healthy food after all. I am originally chinese, but born in the Netherlands, but then my family grew up in Indonesia…., so living now in London …………, i missed all those nice tasty bits, I appreciate so much the asian food, it has nothing to do with the boring western food!
    You 3 keep well, your little Mica, will be very pleased and lucky to be surrounded by a family that love simple life but surrounded by interesting flavours and so many different textures.
    Have a good festive season, and please show us all the beauty out there through your food blogs CONGRATULATIONS!!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey May, great to hear from you and thank you for your kind words and support, and for sharing a little bit about yourself. Hope you and your family and doing well, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Patricia Highton

    7 months ago

    My best dish this year was discovering Mi Quang and Bahn Xeo, whether I cook it or eat at a restaurant.

    • Linh Nguyen

      7 months ago

      My favorite dishes also!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Awesome to hear that, thanks Patricia!

  • Graham Hole

    7 months ago

    Wongs Chinese in Bristol ,England { Denmark st }

  • Jeana

    7 months ago

    Love your blog!

  • Lawrence J. Viles

    7 months ago

    You know like you Mark, I love all kinds of food. But I did love the tastes from Turkey. The lamb kabobs where the best. So happy that you share your travels with me and others. Say hi to Ying. And congrats on your baby.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much Lawrence, glad you enjoyed the tastes and foods from Turkey!

  • Ita

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark…i will b in Hingkong next week. I think i should try briscket curry…

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Ita, that’s a great place, it’s so good. Hope you have an amazing trip!

  • Peggy Postma

    7 months ago

    Mark, as usually I am totally in awe that you can eat and eat and don’t seem to gain weight…..how do you do that….? I love all the pictures that you show of all the foods you have tried, just like these 10 different meals that you have tried, I really envy you with the chance. Merry Christmas to you and your wife and a prosperous 2017……!!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you so much Peggy, really appreciate it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!

  • Dana McCormack

    7 months ago

    We discovered Migrationology while researching places to eat before a trip to Singapore this past summer. Thank you so very much for helping us to find Daisy’s Dream Kitchen. Not only was the meal outstanding, but the people were so generous and gracious. We will never forget it, and we can’t wait to go back. Congratulations on a wonderful, successful year. We will always be fans, saying, “mmmmmmm”, doing the Weins lean, and exploring the world through food.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Dana, thank you very much for sharing, that’s awesome, and glad you enjoyed Daisy’s as much as I did. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • Patricia Highton

    7 months ago

    Dear Mark, Ying and Micah:
    Here I sit at work, answering phone calls and receiving clients…all the while sneaking peeks at your ten best foods of 2016 blog. I just want to say; thank you, Mark for giving me something to be joyful about again. I am literally sitting here holding back tears, because I have been struggling through trials and depression for a very long time. I was born and raised in and around the food industry, and even though I no longer do it for a living, I really miss it. Food is joy. And Jehovah, my God, is a happy God. He wants His people to be happy, and you and your family actually have brought some joy back to me through your food blogs and especially your vlogs. We have so much to be thankful for, and a lot of the times some of us fail to recognize that we need to work more on having and showing gratitude for what we do have. I have recently come to the realization that what your parents do and the environment they raised you in, reflect directly on what you and Ying do through food and visiting other cultures. Because of your appreciation and gratitude towards your hosts’ hospitality, you share with hundreds of thousands of your followers something that commercial food shows cannot convey. With all that said, the highlight of the year was when you shared your experience of the birth of Micah. I have had six children, and no one ever called me a “champion.” One of your followers recently asked, “who else is living vicariously through Mark Wiens?” I think the number of those who have subscribed and comment easily answers that question. I am sure I can speak for all of us, your followers, when I say all the best to you and your family. You are such a genuine and patient person, and you can’t fake that through the camera. Thank you, again, for making this year so enjoyable through your journeys. Stay safe in your travels, and much love to you and your family. Please continue to share the little things in your personal life too, because the people who love you enjoy sharing in your happy moments aside from just eating food.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Patricia, thank you very much for your encouraging words and for all your kind support, both to me and my family. What you gives me so much inspiration to keep on going and to keep on making connections through food — I’m grateful to have this opportunity. I want you to know that you are awesome and loved. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • Stan

    7 months ago

    Hey Mark, thank you for putting together top 10 meals of 2016, they all looks yummy. Just wondering thou where would you recommend for Isan food in Bangkok? We will be in Bangkok in February. Thanks! Stan

  • naomi parsons

    7 months ago

    Thanks for another amazing food year Mark and what a year it’s been! My food highlight was found travelling in Maine in June and having just- caught lobster with butter, corn and coleslaw from a lobster pound sat over the bay on Mt Desert Island. All the best to you, Ying and Micah for 2017 x

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Naomi, thank you very much. Wow, that sounds amazing, fresh lobster at the source would be something hard to beat. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • grahame

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark, I have been following you for a couple of years now and I have to say well done to you. But the question I’ve asked you before is are you not afraid that all this good food you’ve been eating is it not going to make you fatter? Much of the food you’ve been consuming over the years won’t go down very well with me as I cannot shake my 43-year vegetarian habit. Only kidding, I love being a vegetarian and the best part, I haven’t had to see the doctor in all those years. I’m busy writing about my healthy lifestyle on a new website called Health Taboo – A New Perspective. Have a great Xmas and New Year.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Grahame, great to hear from you, and thanks for sharing your new blog, looking good. Although I do love meat, I also really love all sorts of vegetables / fruits, but I enjoy a balance. Oftentimes when I’m eating at home in Bangkok, I eat a lot of healthier foods, fish and vegetables. Will be checking out your site for tips! Happy New Year!

      • grahame

        7 months ago

        Hi Mark, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all you have done to make a sucess of your food blog. My health website is still a baby and my mission is to take what I’ve learned over the years to improve the lives of others. My other website “Luxury Thailand Travel” is nine years young and much closer to your home. It’s my 64th birthday today and I’m celebrating it with friends in Cape Town, South Africa. The food here is world class. You have to visit this place some day. It’s also one of those countries where your money goes a long way.

        • Mark Wiens

          7 months ago

          Hey Grahame, awesome, Happy Birthday! I would really love to visit South Africa in the future, very high on my list. Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Larry Doolittle

    7 months ago

    Thank you for a great year of wonderful videos. We loved them all. A new son and a new year. You will be busy. I sure hope we see more of your videos this coming year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, your wife and son.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much Larry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Titus Santos

    7 months ago

    Mark Wien, I need to know about dish food in Spain and Did you visit in Spain? tell me about the food in Spain I’m interested to know about everything around the people they eat and their specialty food they prepared.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Titus, yes I visited just Barcelona this year, an amazing city. I haven’t had a chance to write much about it yet, but here’s one place I really enjoyed: https://migrationology.com/can-mano-restaurant-barcelona/

      • Titus Santos

        7 months ago

        Oh thank you Mark, I really appreciated your wholesome kindness and being friendly to entertained others. Keep up your good works and every do things will be blessed you and magnet all the positive vibes to your coming success.

  • Kyle Lenh

    7 months ago

    Great post Mark! My favorite food of the year was Siu Yuk (Chinese Roast Pork). I’m hoping to see more amazing videos coming from you Mark. Hope you have an awesome holiday and best wishes to you, your wife, and Micah!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much Kyle. Happy Holidays to you!

  • Mike M

    7 months ago

    Thanks for the Istanbul suggestion, I’m traveling next year and I be sure to try it.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Mike, you’re welcome, and awesome that you’ll be visiting Istanbul next year.

  • Beyond Our Horizons

    7 months ago

    What a great post!! We’ve watched every video listed here but may go back for a rewatch.
    Our favourite meal of 2016 was Spicy Lechon at Rico’s Lechon in Cebu City, Philippines. We have had a lot of roast pork in our eating lives but nothing compares to the melt-in-the-mouth and perfectly spicy lechon pork. 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much. Wow, that sounds incredible!

  • Judy Cadiz

    7 months ago

    Love watching your videos. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Basque and Sichuan are my current passion Love the simplicity and flavors. Best wishes

  • Patrick Lo

    7 months ago

    There is one real good taste food and mostly welcome in my place is Wonton Noddles in fresh shrimp soup based. Try this out while you have time in HK.

  • Lolo Svärd

    7 months ago

    My best meal was the Roast duck laksa with Roti Chenai at Waha Kitchen in Jakarta. Resto located in the hotel Kosenda.

  • Dinesh

    7 months ago

    The Kebabs and Sea food fest are my favorites.

  • Ana Loftus

    7 months ago

    My best meal in 2016 was ramen in Tokyo Ramen Street in Japan. It was an amazing trip with so many delicious food! I wish you, Yin and Micah many more trips around the world in 2017 ! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Ana, thank you for sharing, that sounds delicious. And wishing you an amazing 2017 as well!

  • Chanaka

    7 months ago

    Thank you very much Mark

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      You’re welcome, thank you for reading Chanaka.

  • Gabriele

    7 months ago

    My best meal from 2016 were definitely in Bangkok and in Phuket, I especially loved Somtum Der and Fikeaw, but in two weeks i am gonna try out some new places on my sixth trip to Thailand 🙂 Greetings from Switzerland

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Gabriele, great to hear from you and that you love Thai food so much. I still haven’t been to Somtam Der, but have been to Fikeaw many times, great place. Have a great upcoming trip to Thailand!

  • Andrew Murray

    7 months ago

    Great post Mark! , We’ve recently watched your best meals of 2014 and 2015 videos and spend most nights watching your videos in bed getting ready to come back to Thailand next week! Love your enthusiasm for food and thanks to your recipes I’ve been able to knock out some decent gai yang and a mean nam jim seafood recently.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Andrew, really appreciate it, thank you very much for watching our videos. And that’s fantastic you’ve been making Thai food as well. I’ll be publishing the video of all these meals in a couple days, may be right after Christmas. Hope you have a great trip to Thailand next week!

  • Debi Sen Gupta

    7 months ago

    A Thai green pork curry in a small cafe in chiang mai. Northern Thai sausages in the restaurant recommended in your posts and a great pizza in goa.

  • Danielle Wykander

    7 months ago

    Best meal of 2016 were in Chinatown Bangkock and the food market in Ayutthaya.
    Thank you for so many inspiring food and travel tips

  • Hamid

    7 months ago

    Thanks For Sharing 🙂 Im living in Germanny and was born in Iran, you should defintly travel to Iran. The Peoples are very hospitable and the meals are awesome 🙂 You will defintly love it 😉
    Keep up your work, i enjoy watching you how you enjoying to travel and eat the delicious food in the videos.
    Greets from German
    Hamid

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Hamid, great to hear from you. I would absolutely love to visit Iran, and there’s a possibility of it for 2017, at least I hope. Thank you so much for your support!

  • Stevie

    7 months ago

    My best meal was that salmon sandwich which you ate in NY!!! How could you have eaten all that juicy salmon and smiled at us hungry people living in cyberworld? I will be off to Vietnam next week with your guide – and you left out the best part ”SHISA.”

    Merry Christmas from an avid fan 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Stevie, haha, oh yah that was so good. Hope you have an amazing trip to Vietnam and enjoy the food. Merry Christmas!