FEATURE OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2017

TREASURES OF AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD

TREASURES OF AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD

Those of us who have lived in Thailand for a long time tend to forget just how broad ranging, and how good, Thai cuisine really is.

We in Bangkok also tend to become used to a cuisine that has evolved in the city and which can best be labelled “central Thailand”, assembling as it does recipes from across the nation and presenting them in a homogenous manner that, while being perfectly enjoyable, may nonetheless have lost the original authenticity.

In this way, the joy and fascination of old recipes that have passed down through communities and families, and indeed sometimes also through royal kitchens, can be lost.

Preservation of these traditions, in our fast changing world, is very important. Further, the traditions do have commercial appeal. While we all enjoy innovative cuisine, we also have a yearning to rediscover our roots.

This is not just the case with Thai cooking: visit any French, Italian, Japanese or Chinese restaurant that serves original cuisine, and you will invariably find that it is doing good business.

This month we decided to seek out some Bangkok restaurants that have an originality about them, rather than serving “central Thailand” cuisine.

We also decided to tackle the question that is always asked by out-of-town visitors: namely, where do we go for a Thai meal.

These visitors generally have very different expectations, especially as Thai food is often regarded as an upmarket luxury overseas, and so we sought out two of the top Thai outlets in town.

So many possibilities were suggested for this feature, that we shall return to this theme later.

 

 

 

 

Saneh Jaan
Saneh Jaan

A classy, glossy restaurant in Wireless Road’s Glasshouse, with a menu of intensely flavoured dishes devised by food guru Torroong Jarungidanan.

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Yang Gao Gorn
Yang Gao Gorn

Family recipes collected to preserve the authentic cooking of earlier generations, indicated in the restaurant name, which means “like olden times.”

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Supanniga Eating Room by Khun Yai
Supanniga Eating Room By Khun Yai

Set on the river bank within a short walk of the Grand Palace, and directly opposite the Temple of the Dawn, Supanniga serves traditional dishes from Trat province and Isaan.

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Krua Sa Ros Chad
Krua Sa Ros Chad

A family business that was established a quarter century ago and which offers traditional recipes in a setting that is like a family home.

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Saffron
Saffron

Thai cuisine is taken to the heights, literally, at this fine dining venue on the 52nd floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok.

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