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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thon Krueng


Thon Krueng

Thon kreun means the royal chef and royal kitchen in the old days.

So a visit to Thon Krueng Thai Restaurant, you enjoy a feast that fits for a king.

Although the restaurant name hints that the chef may receive revival culinary skill from an ancient royal kitchen by heritage, but, it isn’t. Thon Krueng fare is easy and family, taste to youngster and senior people acceptance. In Thon Krueng I rarely see tourists found their way in, perhaps expats yes.

One of my favorite dishes is Gai Yang (grilled marinated chicken) so our meal started with the chicken. The chicken was range fed or gai baan (house chicken) in Thai, unlike farm raise chicken, the gai baan guarantee texture of the meat and yield a rich taste of chicken. In Thon Krueng they always prepare the grilled chicken right. Second dish was Yum Woonsen Talay (spicy seafood salad with glass noodles), a common appetizer among Thai people. Another very common dish on any Thai dining table shall be the Tod Man Pla Krai (deep-fried minced fish cakes), the Thong Krueng version with its dipping from the ‘royal chef’ recipe always make me return for more.

Kai Dtoon (steamed egg custard), that goes well with plain rice, is a simple Thai-Chinese dish but master the steamed egg custard perfectly is somehow with difficulty, probably getting a master degree sounds easier. In Thon Krueng, it was as smooth as silk without any bubbles created, oh marvelous! For fish, usually I like the steamed sea bass with chili and lime sauce; but tonight I had the Grilled Sea Bass with Sea Salt, what else shall I expect more than the fish was fresh, the meat was sweet, and the taste was aromatic. The green, Pad Yod Mara (stir-fried bitter gourd stem) was as good as other dishes.

If you are looking for a Thai restaurant with a comprehensive selection of excellent dishes, authentic taste, reasonable price and don’t mind if the seating is a bit crowded, Thon Krueng shall be included in your next-to-visit dining list.

Thon Krueng Thai Restaurant ****
239 Sukhumvit Soi 55
(Soi Thonglo)
corner Thonglo Soi 13
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02.391.8703 02.185.2874
Thon Krueng

Open daily: 11am - 10:30 pm
Pay (food only for two): around THB 600

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