Had lunch at Muslim Restaurant with David Thompson today, the author of the austerely-titled but acclaimed, Thai Food. As I know quite a few readers own and love this book, I thought you might be interested to know that Mr Thompson is currently working hard on its successor, a tome on Thailand’s street food that figures to be every bit as authoriative (and thick) as Thai Food. At this point Thompson has assembled 250 recipes and is “2/3 of the way done”, but reckons the book probably won’t be on the market until Christmas 2007. Right now he’s struggling to finish the chapter on khanom jeen (9 pages, 1o-15 recipes!), and would appreciate help from anybody who can provide authoriative information as to the origin of this semi-fermented rice noodle!