The great American Restaurateur Wolfgang Puck once said, “Food is the one universal pleasure which every person can enjoy.” And while we may not all like the same food, pretty much everybody loves to eat. And it is this love of food which makes life so interesting and Bangkok is a city which understands this like no other.
Bangkok is a large sprawling metropolis that teems with food and foodies from around the world. Sure there is great Thai street food but Bangkok also boasts exemplary Chinese cuisine, progressive Indian, delicious Arabic and an abundance of just about any other food style you can imagine. But perhaps what’s most interesting in Bangkok is the way the culinary culture is blending influences from across the globe. Take the example of Feedpoint Cafe owned by American Eric Seldin and his Thai wife Sorathorn Vichain (Mot). Feedpoint combines American comfort food with traditional Thai hospitality to create something quite unique.
Since opening in November 2015, Feedpoint has become a hit with American expats, as well as Australian, Indian and Japanese families in the Sukhumvit Soi 23 “Prasanmitr” area. But perhaps their biggest group of customers are Canadians. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Embassy have been very supportive proving that Canucks appreciate a good bagel and schmear just as much as their southern neighbors.
For Eric and Mot owning Feedpoint is a point of pride. As Eric says, “We wanted our Cafe to be informal, relaxed and airy. Our goal is to attract repeat customers by becoming a classic neighborhood sandwich shop.” And that means having a menu of fresh made food which is hearty and running a business which is family friendly.
Bangkok’s food scene has a truly global feel with many of the Thai capital’s favorite haunts offering a blending of ideas, ingredients and inspiration. This is part of the philosophy behind Feedpoint which is even reflected in its unique name.
Eric explains that, “The name “Feedpoint” reflects both my decades-long experience as a former television cameraman since videotapes were transmitted from a satellite “feedpoint”, as well as a separate, though unusual, reference to a casual place to “feed” oneself .”