Bongkoch Satongun – better known as ‘Chef Bee’ – finds inspiration in century-old Thai cookbooks and reimagines these traditional dishes at Paste, her one Michelin-starred fine-diner in Bangkok. She approaches Laotian cuisine with a similar curiosity at Paste Laos, her restaurant in Luang Prabang. “Our recipes take customers back to their childhood,” she says. “That’s how we won their hearts”. When the 2018 Asia’s 50 Best Female Chef isn’t winning hearts with authentic Thai flavours in her chef whites, she’s enjoying them (along with a beer) at her favourite local restaurants shared here.