Friday, September 02, 2011

Phaiboon Seafood, Bangrak, Bangkok

Bangkok, Phaiboon Seafood
More Thai Chinese food again here in Bangkok and this time round, it's the localized home styled restaurant (598/3 near Soi Jomsomboon, Rama 4 Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, tel : + 66 0 2234 9568, 0 8504 70330) down a street near the old Mandarin Hotel.

Bangkok, Phaiboon Seafood, oyster omelette
The oyster omelette they served was a little different from the local variety. We got bigger oysters and a more sticky flour batter along with the crunch of beansprouts in a sizzling hot plate. This was quite delicious.

Bangkok, Phaiboon Seafood, tom yam goong
Phaiboon's tom yum goong has coconut milk, but wasn't done in excess like the rendition served at Baan Khanitha. The flavour from this prawn laden soup were still relatively clear in spite of that addition. It was also a tad spicier.

Bangkok, Phaiboon Seafood, fried prawn spring rolls
We had a deep fried prawn spring rolls that married savory, crispy and not excessively greasy.

Bangkok, Phaiboon Seafood, curry crab
One of the signature dishes at Phaiboon is apparently their curry crab. This wasn't the conventional curry as many people know of outside of Thailand. The viscous "curry" tasted only slightly spicy, was noticeably sweet and was also quite eggy. After it cooled, the "sauce" congealed and became what I thought looked like otah. While I couldn't say that I didn't like it, the taste was quite singular in dimensions and did become cloying after a while.

The crab however, was fantastically fresh with the sweetness of the meat that shone in the mash of all the other flavors.

Bangkok, Phaiboon Seafood, kang kong
The stir fried kang kong appeared to be quite ordinary. I suppose it was their style of the cooking here and didn't come with sambal or belachan. It seemed at the start to be a tame plate of vegetables in garlic until we all hit upon the small camouflaged slices of green chilli (very similarly colored as the kang kong there) that exploded with blazing heat. Pretty good stuff.

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