One little achievement during my flying visit to Bangkok was to buy a Thai cook book. Quite a selection available, and in the end choose one written by a farang, not the cheapest but it seemed to explain how to do things, things that someone like me would need explained. All well and good. Home, I decided to make khao soi, long a favourite. However, and despite the recipe’s accompanying photo, I quickly realized that it probably wasn’t the khao soi I particularly like. And did the recipe really call for 2 tablespoons of chilli powder? Trust the recipe, I thought. Hah! The soup-y dish blew your socks off! So might just shelve and forget about this book.