Bangkok (“The Big Mango”) is indeed a culinary paradise due to its plethora of restaurants, eateries and food stalls that offer diverse cuisines that cater to all types of preferences. One of the culinary gems that I’ve recently discovered well off the beaten tourist path is Krua Apsorn (ครัวอัปษร), which offers excellent traditional Thai cuisine.
Despite its hidden location which is well off the beaten tourist path, Krua Apsorn is immensely popular with local diners due to its authentic, traditional Thai dishes. The place is mostly packed during weekday lunch hours, whereby reservations are recommended. The term ‘Krua Apsorn’ translates to ‘Kitchen of the Angels’ in Thai, a deserving name considering the restaurant’s superb, spicy Thai cuisine.
Krua Apsorn offers numerous excellent traditional Thai dishes featured by such renowned food critics as ‘Muk Daeng’ (หมึกแดง), Health Cuisine, ‘PriewPaak’ (เปรี้ยวปาก), The Manager (ผู้จัดการ) Newspaper, Daily News (เดลินิวส์) Newspaper, Thai Rath (ไทยรัฐ) Newspaper, Bangkok Post, and The Observer. Below is a preview of some colorful Thai dishes featured in the restaurant’s menu.
One of the restaurant’s featured dishes which I strongly favor is the ‘Nua Poo Pad Prik Lueng’ (เนื้อปูผัดพริกเหลือง,Baht 350), which consists of large chunks of soft, tender crab meat stir-fried with strips of fresh, aromatic Thai yellow peppers. This dish is considerably hot, yet pleasantly aromatic.
Another traditional Thai favorite featured here is the ‘Kiew Wan Pad Haeng Luk Chin Pla Krai’ (เขียวหวานผัดแห้งลูกชิ้นปลากราย, Baht 100), or succulent Thai meatballs made from fish meat, stir-fried in spicy green curry with fresh basil leaves, crispy coconut blossoms and Thai eggplants. This dish is truly spicy and aromatic, yet is not excessively hot by Thai standards.
Among my perennial favorites here is the restaurant’s unique ‘Khai Fuu Puu’ (ไข่ฟูปู), a thick omelette laden in the interior with plenty of crab meat (Baht 85), which is great when garnished with the Thai Sri Racha hot sauce.
Another recommended favorite at Krua Apsorn is the whole deep-fried sea bass, topped with a special aromatic garlic chili sauce featuring chunks of garlic, fish sauce, and fresh green and red chilies (ปลากระพงทอดราดน้ำปลาพริกสด, Baht 300-350).
Moreover, my meal wouldn’t be complete here without my perennial favorite, the ‘Nua Puu Pad Pong Kari’ (เนื้อปูผัดผงกะหรี่, Baht 350), or chunks of soft, tender crab meat stir-fried with scallions and eggs in a rich, aromatic yellow curry sauce.
For dessert, a must-try at Krua Apsorn is the restaurant’s homemade coconut ice cream (ไอศกรีมมะพร้าวหอม, Baht 25), which is made from authentic, refreshingly sweet coconut juice with strips of soft, tender coconut meat. A cool, refreshing way to end a spicy Thai meal!
The dishes mentioned above are only a few of the restaurant’s long list of recommended traditional Thai food on offer, many of which are great but are quite difficult to translate into English such as the ‘Storr Pad Goong’ (สะตอผัดกุ้ง), which consists of pods from a unique southern Thai vegetable stir-fried with prawns in a spicy sauce. Krua Apsorn also offers ‘Aharn Jan Diew’ (อาหารจานเดียว), or single dishes for those who drop in to dine alone. Extensive choices in respect to stir-fries, curry-based dishes, and soups are offered as well. Below is a preview of the tasty options available.
Should you be interested in dining at Krua Apsorn, the restaurant has three branches to choose from:
(1) Sam Sem Road, near Wasukri River Pier, Bangkok. (ถนนสามเสน ไกล้ท่าวาสุกรี)
Tel: 02-668-8788, 02-241-8528
(2) Din Sor Road, near the City Hall, Bangkok. (ถนนดินสอ ไกล้ศาลาว่าการ กทม.)
Tel: 02-685-4531, 080-550-0310
(3) Sanam Bin Nam Road, Nonthaburi. (ถนนสนามบินน้ำ นนทบุรี)
Tel: 02-967-1733, 02-967-1734
Happy Thai dining, wherever you are in Thailand, and around the world!
Lat (Ratasit C.)