Thaikhun Thai Restaurant Silverburn

Last year, I was invited along to the launch night of Thaikhun in Silverburn shopping centre and had a great night sampling some of the dishes, so when they got in touch to ask if I'd like to try out their new menu I jumped at the chance.

Thaikhun Menu Curry Stir Fry

Adam and I headed there on Saturday, and after some shopping went for our dinner then to see Suicide Squad, so we had a great day. Especially when the weather's miserable (what summer?) it's good to have an indoor place like Silverburn to spend the day.

Street Sipper Cocktail Thaikhun

We got started with some drinks - we had a cocktail each and mine was so delicious. It was the Street Sipper, made with gin, passion fruit and orange - and served in a plastic bag! It was sweet and refreshing, and I could have drank many more! Adam had the Thai Takeaway which combined vodka, rum, pineapple, lime and coconut. Not my thing at all but he enjoyed it.

Thaikhun Moo Ping Pork Skewers Starter

To start, I went for the Moo Ping pork skewers and Adam had Moo Dad Deow - deep fried pork strips. Both dishes were lovely, but we both agreed the Moo Ping was the nicer of the two as the sticky marinade was so good! It also came with a chilli dip, the slight sweetness of which complimented the marinade perfectly.

Thaikhun Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob

My main was a dish famous in Bangkok called Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob. It was slices of pork on a bed of rice topped with a sweet barbeque sauce. It was very nice but I would have liked some more sauce as it was so tasty but there just wasn't enough of it! There was, however, a lot of meat (two different types of pork) and I just couldn't eat it all. Just one type of pork with more sauce would have been perfect.

Thaikhun Panang Thai Red Curry

Adam went for a classic Thai Red Curry called Panang. He said the sauce was very light and refreshing, and you can choose what meat you want with it which is a good option. He went for the duck and gave the meal two thumbs up! Again, the portion was quite big (there was a lot of meat in that bowl!), which is great, but as we were having three courses we did struggle to get through everything!

Thaikhun Thai Waffle Green Tea Ice Cream Dessert

Earlier in the day I had a craving for a sweet waffle but was unable to find any, so it seemed like fate when I saw it on the Thaikhun dessert menu! It was absolutely heavenly, drizzled with toffee sauce and topped with green tea ice cream, which I had never tried before but was surprised at how much I liked it. Adam went for chilli chocolate ice cream, which he enjoyed but the spice got a bit too much in the end, especially after a curry!

Singha Beer Thaikhun

There's a huge selection of restaurants in Silverburn and it can be overwhelming to decide where to go, but Thaikhun is well worth a visit, especially because you're guaranteed to get something a bit different there - whether it's a cocktail in a tin can topped with jalapenos, interesting flavour combinations you'd never have considered or even real creepy crawlies for the kids (!!) And please, do yourself a favour and get the waffle dessert - you will not regret it!

*Our meals were kindly provided by Thaikhun for consideration of review. All opinions are 100% my own as always. See my Disclaimer for more info. 


Does dairy cause acne?

If you've ever suffered from acne, you'll know the huge toll it can take on your confidence. You'll know that you end up spending tons of money on all kinds of skincare products, only for none of them to work.

I've been there. It's not something I've ever really talked about because I've always been embarrassed to, and didn't want to draw attention to my skin at all. But now that it's looking much better I feel more comfortable discussing it. Yes, I've tried countless different skincare brands and techniques, I've been prescribed a million different antibiotics which never made the slightest difference and I've spent hours researching skin online. I even went on Roaccutane which is a very harsh drug and the side effects were so unbearable that I had to stop taking it, even though my skin had started to improve a bit.

The only thing that has actually helped my skin in any meaningful way is cutting out dairy. I want to point out here that everyone's skin is different and it's also wise to speak to a professional before making any big changes to your diet. This is my story, it might not work for you but I hope it does. Also, there are no before photos in this post because even though my skin isn't bad now, the thought of posting photos from when it was is still terrifying!

The curious thing about this is that there's not a ton of scientific research to back up the claim that dairy can cause acne, but a quick Google search will show you loads of anecdotal accounts from people who swear it was the main contributor to their acne. I have spoken to many dermatologists and while they all stress that there is not enough evidence to firmly state that dairy can make acne worse, most agree that they often see a difference in patients who cut it out. The last dermatologist I saw said she never consumes dairy for that very reason.

My skin is now the best it's ever looked.

In 2013 the American Academy of Dermatology reported that studies were beginning to show that there was actually a possible link between dairy and acne, and the Harvard School of Public Health found a "clear link" between regular milk drinkers and acne sufferers. But what exactly is it about dairy that can be so bad for your skin? The main thing is the hormones in dairy, which can encourage over-production of sebum and lead to spots forming. Everyone has a different tolerance for this, which is why the dairy affects some people's skin more than others, and why some people see no negative effects at all.

I now know that dairy definitely has a huge impact on my skin and I can see the difference when I do eat it. When I was on holiday this year I allowed myself to eat it because come on, who can say no to numerous ice creams on a hot day by the pool? When I got home, my skin was terrible, even though it was pretty much fine before I went. I didn't regret having dairy on holiday but I was strict with myself when I got home and after just a week or so being back to dairy-free my skin had almost completely cleared up.

I'm not going to lie, it's been hard. Especially because I bloody love cheese. I still fall off the wagon sometimes and indulge in spaghetti carbonara or a nice lemon cheesecake, but that's okay. This isn't a diet and I'm not going to constantly deny myself things I love or beat myself up over eating some mac and cheese.

My skin isn't perfect and I don't know if it will ever be, but this change in my diet has helped give me back the confidence that I lost a long time ago. It's kind of frustrating, though, that I spent over ten years struggling with my skin, when really the solution was pretty simple all along. I wish one of the many doctors and dermatologists I have seen had at least mentioned dairy as a possible factor, because it could have saved me years of self-consciousnes. Like I said, everyone is different but if you're struggling with acne I would suggest that you consider cutting out dairy for a month or so to see if it helps at all.

Have you noticed a link between dairy and your skin?