Dear fellow tasters,
Sawatdee krap! From my first trip to Thailand, this will be the premiere post. It was the second day in Bangkok, after an evening touchdown at Suvarnabhumi and a late check-in to Siam Swana Hotel the night before, a pad thai and hoy tord (oyster omelet) supper near the hotel (and it was quite good, by the way!), a good night sleep, a cruise on the Chao Phraya Express in the morning followed by sightseeing around the Grand Palace and all the Wats till afternoon, and a prayer at the Erawan Shrine, that my friends and I felt famished and decided to look around Central World shopping mall for a place to have dinner.
Browsing through the mall’s directory, I recommended that we should try Kalpapruek, because I somehow remembered it getting mentioned in the Thailand Lonely Planet guide. Located on the seventh floor of the stylish shopper heaven, I immediately fell in love with the restaurant’s clean yet charming interior, white walls and pretty faux purplish flowers in a slightly cramped dining area yet still with that cozy atmosphere. There were four of us and we settled for three dishes to order to share with steamed rice and some Thai milk tea to drink.
The first to appear was the beef little chili curry or simply known as green curry and we had it served with roti. The curry was simply delicious, with all the burst of flavors in it, spicy, sweet, savory, and salty. Well-cooked and well-seasoned, the curry was the perfect soul mate for the crisp-on-the-outside yet soft-and-fluffy-on-the-inside roti. Next, we tried one of Thai’s notorious dish, the tom yum goong or spicy and sour chili, lime and lemon grass soup with prawn. It was probably one of the best tom yums I ever had in my life. I could almost felt all the spices and herbs in the orange-colored broth, creating the ultimate eating sensation. No wonder, tom yum has become a signature Thai dish famously known all around the world.
The last item we ate was the green mango salad with dried shrimp and cashew nuts. It was also quite tasty and enjoyable because it incorporated a lot of different textures and flavors from the mango, the peanuts and cashews, the dried shrimps and shallots. It was not my first encounter with Thai cuisine, but Kalpapruek was definitely one of the best and the most authentic for me.
ทานให้อร่อยนะครับ! Taan hai aroi na krap!
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – the green curry and tom yum
What to try next time – any other dish will do
Damage 235 Baht/pax
Central World 7th Floor
Ph: +662 613 1359