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A stretch of street many Bangkokians call Soi Arab.

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The restaurants of Soi Arab always seem packed, while other places in tourist-dependent Bangkok are clearly not.
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A Thai woman weighs a small bag of oud, or agar wood, that is burned for its fragrance.

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Our table pounced upon the crisp bread straight from the oven, stuffing it with dips and tender chunks of lamb heart.
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The hearts have a wonderfully concentrated taste of lamb, without the grainy texture of organ.
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Grilling kebabs at at restaurant that specializes in Iraqi cuisine.
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Mandi is served with a sour relish of tomato, coriander, and onion that isn't far removed from salsa.
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Mezze at Shahrazad.
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The restaurant is run by Rashid's family: "Cousins, uncles, and brothers, some of whom have lived here for 18 years."
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Jarrett Wrisley explores restaurants in
Bangkok's Middle Eastern Oasis