Tuesday, March 22, 2011
My second night in Bangkok was actually Chinese New Year Eve. Having done plenty of shopping (they don't close early too!) in the day, we researched for a place to have our own little reunion dinner. And what's better than to have it in Chinatown!
The whole area was simply alive and soaked in joyous atmosphere by the time we arrived, squeezed full of tut-tuts and pedestrians alike. We originally made a reservation at one of the pricier, bigger Chinese restaurants which ran their own supply of sea delicacies, but decided to scout around first after seeing how empty it was.
And just further down the road, there was this small establishment with tables packed to the sidewalk, as waitresses rolled out piping hot dishes from the kitchen and helpers continuously picking out crabs from the tanks. Now that's a good sign! Choose to enjoy the alfresco mood or head into the shophouse for some air con (we did anyway, cant really stand the heat)!
Cool yourself down with one of these before browsing through the seafood-heavy menu. I'm sure you will order more bottles later!
Plump and succulent, these fresh ones were grilled simply with salt and served. Had a nice smokey flavour to it!
Baked Stuffed Crab, Steamed Fish
I literally gasped when I saw how cheap this was. For only ฿100, you get a huge chunk of crab flesh, minced chicken and tanghoon, blended with a bit of pepper before baking. So darn satisfying that we had encores for this!
We don't even know the name of this fish, merely relying on the waitress's recommendations! Nothing outstanding, but the reasonable quality of tender, flaky meat with a dash of soy sauce worked well for me!
Fried Kangkong, Crab Tanghoon
The obligatory greens, nothing to shout about really.
This was my other favourite Thai dish! The tanghoon was more peppery spicy than the usual ones, but still very moist and rich in flavour after absorbing all the juices. Crabs played only a supporting role here!
On a side note, anyone watches funny Thai commercials? I can't help but to be reminded of the part three of this outrageously hilarious one.
Their version of Orh Luak, the oysters wasn't fantastic but when paired with sweet thai chilli, I was loving how fluffy the omelette was with a slight crisp at the edges.
Sharkfin in Claypot
It is reunion dinner after all, lets have a pot of this each! For only ฿300, don't expect humongous fins to be swimming in your claypot. But as usual, I was looking forward more to its sticky, rich stock that went so well with bowls of rice. Felt the warmth from within!
The must-have dessert here! Again, don't expect a pile of the delicacy for the ฿100 you are paying, but when served in a milky base, this was nonetheless a nice, sweet ending to the meal.
Good ol way of passing orders from the second storey
I didn't list out all the item pricing as I couldn't understand what was written on the receipt. But the final bill for three was ฿2170, approximately SGD98. Everybody scream with me: "What? I couldn't even get all those stuffs at double the price here!" Not like they skimped heavily on quality too! If I am ever coming back to Bangkok, I am definitely making a revisit for the awesome seafood spread!
49-51 Soi Phadung Dao
Tel: 02 223 4519
Note: The restaurant is located at a major junction of Chinatown, you can't missed it with all the employees wearing green uniform. Just opposite is a rival restaurant with employees cladded in red. Let me know if the other one is good too!
Taken with Nikon D70