The first time I heard of Bhutan was ten years ago. I was watching a Taiwanese drama called Meteor Garden with a predictable set of characters. A rich, evil mother tried to separate her headstrong son from a poor, but worthy girl. The implacable mother did everything in her power to set her son up with “appropriate” girls, and failed every time. The poor girl didn’t even like the rich guy, but of course he won her over. After the hero and heroine finally got together, the hero lost his memory in a car crash in Spain. His mother saw this as the perfect opportunity to set her son up with a princess from Bhutan.

Whenever I think of Thai food I think of green curry. So I was somewhat surprised when I asked my Thai classmate what dishes were common in Thailand, and she said Tom Yum soup and Green Papaya Salad.