June 23, 2011

Dinner @ Khao San Road

I love Thai food. However, I didn't have a very good experience eating Thai food in Thailand, probably because I was on a tour. So I was extremely excited to have a delicious, authentic Thai feast at Khao San Road. There's been so much buzz about this restaurant that I'm surprised it took me this long to come here.
We made a reservation for 7 pm but arrived early, so we were informed that we might have to wait 10 minutes for our table. Because of that, we were given some complimentary shrimp chips to snack on while we waited. I was very impressed, as 10 minutes is hardly a long wait. I also felt slightly bad, since a lot of other people were also waiting for a table (but didn't make reservations) but weren't given free appetizers. 
Even after the shrimp chips, I was still greedy for more appetizers, so I went ahead and ordered a plate of gra bong-fried squash fritters battered with red curry paste, shrimp paste, and lemongrass. It was positively addictive and I couldn't stop stuffing my face with it. The fritters were delightfully crispy on the outside, and the spiced savoury batter brought out that subtle sweetness of the squash. The accompanying tangy dip was also really tasty.
Of course, my love for Pad Thai compelled me to order the Street-Style Pad Thai with tofu and veggies. I'm not really sure what qualifies as "street-style", but it was quite tasty nevertheless. Unfortunately, I had to pack most of it home because I was too full from all the snacking.
I coerced my boyfriend into ordering the Khao Soi with braised beef, egg noodles in a coconut milk enriched curry, garnished with crispy noodles, green onion and lime. We both loved it, and I would definitely come back to order a spicier version next time (he went with mild). The curry broth was quite sensational and full of deep flavours. I'm actually not that big of a fan of egg noodles, but I was drinking that broth like a tasty soup.
Overall, it was a very satisfying meal. The squash fritters and Khao Soi were both standouts. Next time, I wouldn't order the Pad Thai again as it was quite unremarkable compared to the other two dishes. The place gets very busy (for a good reason) so reservations are definitely recommended!
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