Banyan Tree Bangkok

If you've been following me on Instagram lately, you've noticed I took an awesome trip to Thailand. It was such an amazing time - flew into Bangkok, went to Phuket, Chiang Mai and ended our trip back in Bangkok. When arriving back in Bangkok, I went straight to Banyan Tree Bangkok. Banyan Tree Bangkok is known for it's popular rooftop destination, where you can overlook the whole city. It's pretty spectacular. But alongside that, is also an amazing property, with gorgeous rooms and and overall great hotel experience. Follow along below for more pictures and what we ate! 

Be sure to take a look at my travel hashtag #llindseytravels to see more and stay tuned for a full Thailand Travel & Food Guide. Now let's get into it. :)

First thing's first: Breakfast! 

My room had a gorgeous view so how can I not order some breakfast? It was nice to get to relax at Banyan Tree and stay at the resort and take in the view. Throughout our trip, we were always on the go (in a good way! ;)) so it was nice to come to the property and take a break. One way to relax here is to take a bath, which is just dreamy isn't it! The bathtub had bath salts on the side of it and the room comes with daily essential oils and incense, something that Banyan Tree is very popular for as well, as for good reason. 

Bai Yun

Next up, we went to try their Dim Sum spot, also overlooking a beautiful view. I could not get enough of this view. :p We had a spread of their most popular dim sum dishes, including Steamed Jade Dumplings with Fresh Scallop and Shrimp (below) as well as Steamed Seaweed with Spicy Garlic Sauce and Minced Shrimp + much more! You can take a look at Bai Yun here. 

Afternoon Tea 

Depending on which levels you stay on of the hotel, the higher floors have a lot of amenities. One being Afternoon Tea, (as well as buffet breakfast). Took it all in with some Jasmine tea and some pastries before heading to dinner. 

Vertigo & Moon Bar 

Now onto what Banyan Tree is really popular for. People from all over the world are told they MUST go here to see this unbelievable 360 view of the city. If you are ever in Bangkok, this rooftop is a MUST, just look how gorgeous this is! There is dinner at Vertigo, too, where we tried a wine tasting menu of ahi poke, lamb, mushroom soup and more! Head to Moon Bar for drinks, you won't be sorry. Grab a couple drinks and soak it all in. 

Banyan Tree Bangkok

Banyan Tree

Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Chimichurri

IMG_6054 (1) Don't you just LOVE tacos? Think of shredded chicken with a KICK using Jamaican style jerk seasoning that gives a spicy tang. It works perfect with a cabbage and carrot slaw and is topped with a lemon basil & cilantro chimichurri. Continue reading for a step by step and enjoy the full recipe at the end of the post!

Used: Greenpoint Trading Company Jerk Seasoning: Jamaican Style from my Hatchery Tasting Box. Be sure to pick up some at the Hatchery Marketplace. Or you can sign up for $20 month to receive a hand-picked tasting box! Click HERE to learn more and sign up! Use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your  first TASTING BOX for $10! (Disclaimer: $10 off your first monthly tasting box, does not apply to full marketplace ingredients)

Start by making the marinade for your chicken. It can be marinaded anywhere from 1 hour to 1 day for maximum flavor!

Assemble your cabbage and carrot slaw. This should sit in the sauces for at least 30 minutes to allow all the juices to soak into the vegetables, preferably an hour! It tastes better the longer you wait.

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To cook your chicken, make packets with parchment paper to allow all the flavor to cook with the chicken. This also lets you easily shred your chicken. While your chicken is cooking, make your chimichurri that takes no time at all! Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees for the chicken and cook for about 20-30 minutes until tender and not raw, depending on oven.

When chicken is HOT, take it out of the oven and take 2 forks and start to shred it. It should be easy to shred. Chicken breasts should work the best for this, but I used thin chicken schnitzel pieces so your cook time may have to be a little longer if you are doing chicken breasts.

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After shredding the chicken, warm up your FLOUR tortillas on the stovetop. Assemble with the chicken first, then the cabbage slaw and top with the Chimichurri.

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Recipe

Chicken - Chicken Cutlets 

  • 1 T & 1 Tsp Jamaican Seasoning
  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt

Carrot & Cabbage Slaw - 1 Cup shredded carrots and 1/2 Head of Cabbage 

  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 1 T Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Ponzu
  • 1/2 T Sugar

Lemon Basil & Cilantro Chimichurri

  • Bunch of Lemon Basil & Cilantro
  • Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Oil - a lot, until it becomes a liquid sauce (not thick)
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice

Marinated Tofu & Vegetable Spring Rolls

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Spring Rolls sometimes have a bad "wrap". However, this Tofu Spring Roll recipe is flavorful and delicious! The tofu has a special marinade and is then grilled on the fire featuring Salsaology's Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce from my Hatchery Box! This is a fast and easy recipe as well that is light and full of color and flavor!

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Continue reading for the recipe...

Tofu:

  • 1 Block Tofu cut long, soak first with a paper towel
  • 3 T Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic < Sprinkle desired, but not a lot of salt
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Vegetables:

  • 2 Persian Cucumbers (cut thin)
  • 1 Handful of Shredded Carrots
  • 1 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice

Dipping Sauce: 

  • 1 1/2 Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Ponzu
  • 1 1/2 Rice Vinegar
  • 1 T Siracha
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 T Water
  • Salt, pepper, Garlic

Mix all the tofu components together and marinade for 20 minutes - 2 hrs.

Meanwhile, cut your cucumbers and onions and set aside, sprinkle on some salt, pepper and garlic as well as 1/2 lemon for extra flavor.

Grill tofu on the fire until it is crunchy on the outside and add all components together for the sauce.

Assembly your tofu and veggies and seal shut with rice paper/spring roll wrappers!

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