Monday, February 06, 2012
Pungent delicious from Phuket
Bangkok's hip Thognlo strip is not short of foreign cuisine and chic Thai fusion restaurants, but it doesn't have a good hand of merit Thai restaurants that food Thai grandmas will not hesitate to put in the mouth.
All time favorites are old guns such as Thon Krueng (corner Thonglo Soi 13) and Ruea Thong (corner Thonglo Soi 17), while newer players like Khua kling + Pak Sod (Thonglo Soi 5) and Khao Chao (Thonglor Soi 17), are eateries that serve authentic (Thai) and old-school dishes. Last year the Phuket Town adds spices to this high-so(ciety) community (Thonglo) with its debut to the gourmet scene.
Phuket Town, with her name, hints that the cuisine is emphasized on the Southern (especially Phuket) specialties with most of the ingredients sourced from Phuket; dishes like nam-prik pla ching-chang, stir-fried pak miang, stir-fried sa-tor bean with shrimp in Southern spicy curry paste, and Southern style yellow curry with ocean sea bass fillet with young coconut tip, pineapple and banana stalk, are cooked with true Southern accents. Interesting?
If you eat too much fried chicken fillet in pandan leaves wrapper, steamed sea bass in lime and spicy broth, and green curry, then it is about time to evolve your palate to another level in the Thai cuisine - at Phuket Town.
deep-fried Phuket Town fish cakes, THB 140
(sauce already marinated with fish patties, so no more dipping needed)
stir-fried TH bitter gourd with eggs, THB 95
nam-prik-kra-pi-goong-sod, THB 150
cooked shrimp paste, served with fresh & cooked vegetables, and cha-om omelet
pork belly stew Phuket style, THB 150 (to me so-so, but friends love it)
masaman curry with chicken drumsticks, THB 150
fermented rice noodles, served with vegetables, steamed crab meat curry, THB 180
Southern style yellow curry, with ocean sea bass, with selection of vegetables,
bamboo shoot (left) or young coconut tip (right), THB 180
stir-fried Southern sa-tor bean with prawns in shrimp paste, THB 180
stir-fried crab meat with lemon sauce, THB 250
'oh-aew' banana jelly with red beans & red syrup topping, THB 55
Phuket Town Thai Restaurant ****
160/8 Soi Thonglo (Sukhumvit 55 Road)
(at Thonglo Soi 6)
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Open daily : 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Pay (food only for two): around THB 600