Friday, August 05, 2011
Southern charm lights up Thonglo
Before the first time I ate at this little eatery in Thonglo, Khao Chao, I (always) guessed that this is an ordinary Issan somtum hut or Ayutthaya boat noodle joint when I passed by it; who knows; it is actually an extraordinary Thai restaurant with a Southern twist.
Extraordinary is that the restaurant is homey and of Baan-lae-Suan style; even the wait-staff look like someone's domestic helpers at home.
Extraordinary is that the restaurant has only a single page laminated menu, but everything on that is delicious.
Extraordinary is those Thonglo high-so aunties, who are hotel fine dining major sponsors, are also Khao Chao's regulars. Didn't I mention that I had passed by the restaurant many times but hesitated to step inside due to its nondescript shop facade that made me think it is ordinary. Thanks to one of the 'auntie' regulars who brought me there after a business meeting, finally I sampled her food, and had my palate experienced some joy for the day.
One more extraordinary, is that the bill doesn't match with the Thonglo high-so standard.
Two days ago I revisited Khao Chao with two friends, we ordered these.
gai phad takrai (stir-fried chicken meat with cashew nuts, lemongrass and herbs)
gaeng ju (clear soup with minced pork), THB 60
phad sataw (stir-fried stink bean with prawns in shrimp paste), THB 80
stir-fried minced pork in Thai basil and chilies with fried century eggs
gaeng kiae waan phad han (stir-fried green curry, with pork), THB 60
pla daeng tord cumin (deep-fried offshore fish with cumin), THB 110
lod chong nam kati (pandan flavored glutinous rice flour in smoked coconut milk)
chao kuay (herbal jelly with ice)
Khao Chao Thai Restaurant ****
341 Thonglo Soi 17
Sukhumvit 55 Road
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Open daily : 10 am - 8:30 pm (close 3rd Sunday of the month)
Pay (food only for two): around THB 350