November 18, 2017

Som Tam, Bangkok…possibly the best fried chicken wings I’ve ever had in my life

It was named Bangkok’s best som tam restaurant by CNN Travel. That was good enough reason for me to visit.

Of course I had the healthy and low-cost somtam with dried shrimp and peanuts. Papaya salad – or som tam – is a mainstay of Thai cuisine. It was a blend of savory umami, sweet, spicy, and tart. However, like the pork shoulder BBQ and hot and spicy crispy nil fish, there were ordinarily average.

Don’t miss the fried chicken – deep fried chicken wings to be precise – which triumphs over the som tam. Absolutely loved the lightly battered wonderfully crispy and succulent wings showered with a generous heap of fried garlic. They were possibly the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life. To be sure, I devoured a second basketful.

The food may not be worthy of going out of your way to visit, but if you are in the area,  fairly fast service, a basic but cozy décor, reasonable prices and addictive deep fried chicken wings are good reasons to pop in. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 13, 2010

Ban Khun Mae, Bangkok…this is a gem

Ban Khun Mae, which means “My Mother’s House” serves excellent authentic Thai cuisine. This place is a very charming, medium-sized, traditional Thai restaurant with relatively low prices. The mood is peaceful and relaxed although it is very centred in the more bustling part of Siam Square, not too far from Siam Paragon and MBK.

The menu is extensive but I selected traditional Thai dishes to sample the true flavor of the restaurant. I was not disappointed. From the tom yam goong to the chicken in galangal coconut milk soup and khung sa oug (a plate of sweet and silky raw shrimp delightfully balanced with chili and garlic)  every dish was exceptional.

The service, too, was right on the money. This is a gem. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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