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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sieng Kee


Sieng Kee Khaotom Pla 祥記

My friends all understand that I avoid dine at roadside or in an ambiance that is old and dirty, except Sieng Kee Khaotom Pla in the Yaowarat area (Bangkok’s Chinatown), I couldn’t avoid. I always go for the scrumptious khaotom neua pla jaramed (broiled rice soup with pomfret fillet).

In Bangkok choices of khaotom (broiled rice soup) are overwhelming, but only Sieng Kee Khaotom standing out strong for over 70 years and its popularity still growing. The eatery is nothing fancy, instead a bit slump, just its excellent quality of pomfret and sea bass rice soup that draws our loyalty for years. During Sieng Kee opening hours the street immediately became an open-air showroom of luxury cars from Benz to Ferrari and the shop became a tycoon and celebrity club. Once I met Thailand liquor tycoon Khun Charoen who owns Beer Chang, Imperial Hotels Group and TCC Capital Land, and his friends. The other time I met GMM (Thailand No. 1 record label and entertainment companies) Chairman Khun Paiboon and his super stars. Just a few to name but there are more to see and to be seen.

If you are not a fish person, don’t go. Because Sieng Kee only offers broiled rice soup with pomfret and sea bass fillet or stomach. Yes, fresh sea bass stomach a real treat to me. The broth was aromatic and the fillet was naturally sweet without any hint of fishy but with a chewy texture. Yummy!

Even without the comfort of air-conditioning and attentive service, a bowl of khao tom (broiled rice soup) or kao lao (soup only) with fillet of pla jaramed (pomfret) or pla kapong (sea bass) cost B250 for small and B300 for large. The price is not easy but the quality worth that price. Oh, cash only.

Our Ratings (1 to 5 the higher the better): Sieng Kee has [3.6]
(Ratings are based on Food, Service and Ambience, with Price taken into account in relation to Quality)
Food=5, Service=3, Ambiance=2, Money Worth=4.5)

Price range for two without drinks (incl. local water) in Thai Baht: BBB
(B=below 200, BB=201-500, BBB=501-1,000, BBBB=1,001-2,000, BBBBB=over 2,000)

Best dishes: khaotom neua pla jaramed (broiled rice soup with pomfret fillet)
Wine list: no wine
Best table: outside
Details: Open daily 5-11pm (dinner only)
Sieng Kee Khaotom Pla, 54 Charoenkrung Soi 12, Yaowarat, Bangkok

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