Krua Apsorn Restaurant: Awesome Thai Food off the Beaten Path

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.

Krua Apsorn Restaurant, Bangkok.

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.

Busy time at Krua Apsorn during a weekday lunch hour.

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.

Colorful menu highlights at Krua Apsorn.

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.

Large chunks of crabmeat stir-fried with strips of yellow pepper, Krua Apsorn, Bangkok.

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.

Fish balls stir-fried in green curry with basil, coconut blossoms, and Thai eggplants.

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.

Thick omelette laden with crab meat, Krua Apsorn, Bangkok.

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).

Whole deep-fried sea bass in fresh chili, garlic, and fish sauce.

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.

Crab meat stir-fried in rich, aromatic 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!

Refreshing coconut ice cream at Krua Apsorn, Bangkok.

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.

Some recommended menu items at Krua Apsorn, Bangkok.

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

My Favorite Dishes at Krua Apsorn

My favorite dishes at Krua Apsorn, Bangkok. And don't forget the whole deep fried sea bass in chili sauce, and the coconut ice cream!

Happy Thai dining, wherever you are in Thailand, and around the world!

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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I love travelling and exploring the world around us, and to experience new cultures, adventures and cuisines. A self-declared food connoisseur who loves blogging about food and travel in Thailand and around the world! Find me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RatasitC or also visit my Gardening Blog at http://latzgardening.wordpress.com as I bring you my latest encounters! Happy dining and travelling, wherever you are around the world!
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3 Responses to Krua Apsorn Restaurant: Awesome Thai Food off the Beaten Path

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  2. Dan says:

    Are all the branch just as good as each other or is there a stand out one ?
    Cheers

    Dan

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