PRESS

‘Those in the know have always talked up Lao food for its marriage of balanced flavors more savory than sweet, intense use of fragrant herbs, and unusual tastes such as moreish buffalo-skin paste and sundried river algae. Internationally, however, it simmers under the radar.’

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– Travel and Leisure Asia

 

‘In the old days, people didn’t have machines and couldn’t [take shortcuts] so they needed to know the process of what they were actually making. When you study all this history, you also understand what people thought about, how they created that dish, or how they created patterns.’

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– Chef Bee Satongun

‘Growing tourism in the city has also ignited a movement to explore the cuisine in a modern light. Luang Prabang is drawing attention from the likes of chef Bee Satongun (from the one-Michelin-starred Paste in Bangkok) to open up fine-dining restaurants. The expat circle in Luang Prabang are also starting up their own casual eateries and bars, fitting in with the city’s laid-back vibes.’

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– Lifestyle Asia

‘A little water taxi takes us across the Nam Khan River to the bright white restaurant inside The Apsara hotel.’

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– London Evening Standard

‘Paste Laos has truly defined modern fine dining in this ancient land that still reminds me of the seventies when the living was easy, and the landscape was almost untouched by the “advanced” millenium – manmade structures such as skyscrapers, constant construction, traffic pollution, need for digital detox and getting trampled by unnecessary work pressures everyday.’

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– JillyEats

Paste | Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019

‘What makes it stand out: Paste is a study in Thai culinary history. Chef-owners Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun and her husband Jason Bailey have spent years painstakingly studying and chronicling the evolution of Thai cuisine, discovering century-old recipes and long-forgotten techniques in the process.’

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– theworlds50best.com

elit® Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018

‘Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun has dedicated most of her life to rediscovering and reviving the authentic flavours of classic Thai cuisine. Together with chef-husband Jason Bailey, she has carved a unique place in Bangkok’s diverse gastronomic scene with restaurant Paste, where she showcases refined versions of traditional Thai dishes that reflect the country’s heritage with layered flavours and textural contrasts.’

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– Elit® Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018

‘It’s very, very difficult to truly be able to taste. It’s not just about memory but also your genetic coding that contributes to what is stored within you. To truly taste, your mind must be clear and hold taste in the highest esteem. It may just be an afterthought because you want to distract the customer’s eyes by fancy visuals, but you have to know how to produce a dish that isn’t one-dimensional in overall taste.’

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– Chef Bee Satongun

One Michelin Star Paste to Open Branch in UNESCO Listed Luang Prabang

‘With her family roots steeped in northern Thailand and Laos, it’s no surprise that Chef Bee Satongun is opening a second branch of Paste in the charming UNESCO listed city of Luang Prabang.’

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– Michelin Guide Online

 

Michelin-Starred Bangkok Restaurant Paste Prepares Luang Prabang Plates

‘Like the boutique hotel where the restaurant will be located, Paste at The Apsara will be sure to pay the greatest possible attention to detail.’

‘As in Bangkok, the discerning diner in Luang Prabang will be pleased to take note of the processes taken to create memorable dishes with a focus on preserving old-fashioned ways where possible.’

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– Laotian Times

Michelin in the Mountains: Paste at The Apsara to be Luang Prabang’s first restaurant by starred chefs

‘So, could this opening make Luang Prabang a new destination for foodies in Asia? It might. Considering the popularity of Paste Bangkok and ease and affordability of travel to and accommodation in Luang Prabang (AirAsia direct round-trip flights from Bangkok start at THB2,590 (US$79) from Bangkok and rooms at The Apsara start at THB1,500 (US$45) per night) it’s not unthinkable that people will start making weekend trips just to try the new restaurant.’

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– Coconuts

(hotel rates quoted in the article are for low season, please check the Apsara website for current rates)