Rim Khong Restaurant: Thai-Chinese Cuisine With Awesome Views of the Mekong River in Chiang Saen, Thailand

If you are in Thailand’s far north, and happen to be in the ancient town of Chiang Saen in Chiang Rai province (Thailand’s northernmost), then head to the Rim Khong Restaurant (ริมโขง) which is located right beside the Mekong River and offers a good selection of Thai-Chinese cuisine with awesome views not only of the river but also of Laos on the opposite side.

Main view of Rim Khong Restaurant in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Once in Rim Khong Restaurant (ริมโขง), diners have a clear view of the Mekong River, its islands, and its tributaries. This location provides a superb view of the Mekong River: during the typical dry season (November-April) the water in the river recedes and one can clearly see the islands in the middle of the river, whereby the opposite side of the river is the neighboring country of Laos.

An awesome close-up view of the Mekong River from the Rim Khong Restaurant, in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Amazingly, parts of the Mekong River are almost reduced to a trickle nowadays during the height of the December-April dry season, whereby one can easily walk to the island in the middle of the river and barely get wet.

Dry scene of the Mekong River from the Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Rim Khong Restaurant offers a good array of Thai-Chinese dishes including stir-fries, salads, and dishes made from ‘pla buek’ (ปลาบึก), a giant catfish found in the Mekong River.

Some Thai and Chinese fusion dishes I sampled at the Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

But by far, the greatest treat for diners is the ability to enjoy some awesome views of the Mekong River while enjoying the food, and to have a glimpse of Laos on the opposite side of the river.

An awesome scene of the Mekong River with Laos visible on the far opposite side, as seen from the Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.

The restaurant offers tasty fish fillets (of a local giant catfish called ‘pla buek’) stir-fried in a mild pepper sauce with fresh chilies and spices.

Crispy fillets of 'Pla Buek' giant Mekong River catfish stir-fried in black pepper sauce at Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Again, I’m amazed at how much the Mekong River can dry up during the dry season – an awesome sight indeed!

An awesome view of the Mekong River during the dry season from the Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Another recommended dish at the restaurant is the lemon chicken salad, which consists of a crispy fried battered chicken fillet atop a bed of salad greens, topped with a sweet lemon-cream dressing.

Crispy-fried chicken salad with lemon cream dressing at Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

The riverside atmosphere at Rim Khong Restaurant is especially awesome during December to January, when diners can experience the cool winds from the north while enjoying the scenic view of the Mekong River and Laos on the opposite side.

A panoramic view of the Mekong River during the dry season from the Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

The restaurant also recommends its crispy fried meatballs, which combines nicely with either the sweet plum sauce or the spicy fish sauce with lemon juice and chilies.

Crispy-fried meatballs at the Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Here at Rim Khong Restaurant, diners enjoy the serene, countryside scene of northern Thailand along the Mekong River, as well as a view of Laos on the opposite side.

A northern Thai countryside scene along the Mekong River at the Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Another dish I enjoyed consisted of soft chunks of crispy fried tofu stir-fried with mixed vegetables in Chinese brown gravy, which combined nicely with all the selections listed above.

Crispy soft tofu stir-fried with mixed vegetables at Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Haha! This cute black cat was constantly nagging me for food throughout my dining at Rim Khong Restaurant, so I eventually gave in and shared some of my tasty treats!

I shared my tasty treats with this cute black cat at the Rim Khong Restaurant, Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Rim Khong Restaurant is located right beside the Mekong River, just outside of Chiang Saen town in Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province. It is located along a riverside road heading north towards the famous Golden Triangle.

Here's the main sign of Rim Khong Restaurant, in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

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

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Kitchen Paradiso: Delicious European and Thai-Western Fusion Cuisines at Siam Paragon

If you happen to be at Siam Paragon in Bangkok’s posh downtown shopping district and would like to sample some tasty European or Thai-Western fusion dishes, then Kitchen Paradiso could be a place for you.

Lovely Welcoming Station at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand.

The restaurant offers a blend of French, Italian, and Thai specialties ranging from appetizers to main dishes to desserts.

Kitchen Paradiso serves Thai and international food.

Diners can enjoy the cool, relaxed atmosphere during lunchtime, afternoon, or evening hours at Kitchen Paradiso.

A general view of Kitchen Paradiso at Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

Among my favorite appetizers is the ‘rocket mushroom’ salad with balsamic viniagrette dressing, a good healthy beginning for a happy meal. The tender, succulent mushrooms proved to be a perfect combination with the crispy rocket salad and aromatic garlic tidbits. I love this appetizer so much, I wanna fly off like a rocket whenever I savor it!

Rocket mushroom salad at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

Another appetizer which is my favorite is the crispy soft-shell crab salad served with balsamic viniagrette dressing. I love the crispy-fried soft-shell crab which combines superbly with the crisp, fresh rocket salad.

Crispy soft-shell crab salad at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

And what else can be a better way to round up my appetizer set than with a nice traditional creamy lobster bisque? I definitely love this mild, luscious dish!

Creamy luscious lobster bisque at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

My all-time favorites among Kitchen Paradiso’s main courses include the following:

1. Salmon steak with creamed herb dressing and mashed potatoes and veggies – this dish combines crispy-fried and grilled salmon fillet with mild, tasty creamed herb dressing, which was great with the mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.

Salmon steak with herbed cream sauce at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

2. Spanish chicken stew – this light dish features a tasty, tomato-based chicken stew with a strong citrus flavor. The stew is served with spinach rice, and proves to be a very tasty dish for any time of the day.

Spanish chicken stew at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

3. The crispy pan-fried duck confit served with potatoes and vegetables – the crispy, salted duck confit combines perfectly the mild potatoes and vegetables. Served with additional sauces and condiments, the crispy duck confit is among my favorite main courses here.

Pan-fried duck confit at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

4. The hearty and tasty pork chop in onion gravy with grilled vegetables and potato cubes is among my favorites for a delicious, filling meal.

Succulent, filling pork shop with gravy at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

5. For a light yet filling meal, my recommendation would be the grilled sea bass fillet smothered with a very aromatic rosemary sauce, served with mash potatoes and steamed vegetables.

Grilled sea bass with rosemary sauce at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

The restaurant also offers a tasty array of European desserts such as the crepes suzzette, almond crepes, tiramisu, panna cotta, hot chocolate lava cake, and others.

Delectable desserts at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

Another view of the restaurant’s dessert station, full of delectable treats.

Dessert counter at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

My favorite happens to be the almond crepes, which are soft, buttery crepes with mildly sweet almond cream fillings, and sprinkled with thin slices of crispy almonds. My perfect dessert for any meal!

Almond crepes at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

And don’t forget the restaurant’s aromatic, tasty and creamy Tiramisu, another favorite dessert of mine!

Aromatic, creamy Tiramisu at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

Kitchen Paradiso is located on the 3rd level of Siam Paragon shopping complex in downtown Bangkok and is open every day.

Fine wine and irresistible menu at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

But you better hurry up, because the restaurant will soon be closed for major renovations and changes which will see a revamp of its menu, with renovations beginning approximately May 2012!

A cute mascot chef at Kitchen Paradiso, Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand.

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

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Gai Yang Wanna: Irresistible Isaan-Style Grilled Chicken at Khao Suan Gwang, Khon Kaen, Thailand

If you’re traveling to the heart of Thailand’s Isaan (Northeastern) Region, and would like to enjoy some very tasty local grilled chicken and spicy salads along the way from Khon Kaen to Udon Thani, then definitely visit the ‘Gai Yang Wanna’ (ไก่ย่างวรรณา) restaurant at Khao Suan Gwang (เขาสวนกวาง) district of Khon Kaen province for an unforgettable local lunch.

Front scene of 'Gai Yang Wanna' restaurant in Khao Suan Gwang, Khon Kaen province, Thailand.

‘Gai Yang Wanna’ offers very delicious Isaan-style grilled chicken and has become a popular dining venue not only among locals, but also among travelers from Bangkok and other provinces.

Lively front dining scene at Gai Yang Wanna restaurant, Khao Suan Gwang district, Khon Kaen province, Thailand.

‘Gai Yang Wanna’ offers lots of tasty local free-ranging chicken freshly grilled every day right in front of the restaurant using traditional charcoal stoves.

Lots of freshly grilled chicken at 'Gai Yang Wanna' restaurant, Khon Kaen province, Thailand. The restaurant uses natural 'free-range' chicken in its cooking.

Here at ‘Gai Yang Wanna’, the restaurant’s grilled chicken are served hot, freshly grilled from the stove!

Freshly grilled chicken from the stove at 'Gai Yang Wanna' restaurant, Khon Kaen province, Thailand.

These grilled chicken are excellent when enjoyed with sticky rice, which is the main staple in Thailand’s Isaan (Northeastern) Region. In addition to freshly grilled chicken, ‘Gai Yang Wanna’ also offers excellent Isaan-style spicy meat and herb-based salads, such as the spicy minced-pork salads, or ‘larb moo’ (ลาบหมู). Here’s a picture of my tasty lunch set!

Grilled chicken and Isaan-style spicy minced pork salad ('larb moo') at Gai Yang Wanna Restaurant, Khon Kaen province, Thailand

If you are travelling through Thailand’s Isaan (Northeastern) region and would like to sample the freshly grilled chickens of ‘Gai Yang Wanna’ Restaurant, be sure to stop by Khao Suan Gwang district of Khon Kaen province, along the road heading towards Udon Thani province. The restaurant may be reached via the following address and contact:

Restaurant Sign of 'Gai Yang Wanna' with its 'Shell Chuan Chim' culinary accreditation award.

Hope you enjoy these Isaan-style, charcoal grilled chicken in your next trip to Thailand’s awesome Isaan (northeastern) region!

Isaan-style charcoal grilled chicken at 'Gai Yang Wanna' restaurant, Khao Suan Gwang district, Khon Kaen province, Thailand.

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

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Hor Mok Paa Jew: Aromatic, Spicy Thai Fish Cakes and Seafood in Rayong, Thailand

If you happen to travel to the serene seaside town of Baan Phe in Thailand’s eastern Rayong province and would like to sample some tasty, authentic Thai local dishes, then head to ‘Hor Mok Paa Jew’ (ห่อหมกป้าจิ๋ว) restaurant, whose culinary highlight is its aromatic, spicy Thai-style fish cakes (ห่อหมก).

'Hor Mok Paa Jew' restaurant is located along the road leading towards the seaside Baan Phe town, Rayong province, Thailand.

Located right beside the road heading towards Baan Phe town and the Baan Phe Aquarium, ‘Hor Mok Paa Jew’ (ห่อหมกป้าจิ๋ว) is a popular local restaurant that offers authentic Thai food, ranging from spicy steamed or roasted fish cakes to other Thai specialties, most of it being seafood. Here’s an extensive list of the restaurant’s recommended specialties.

An extensive menu list at 'Hor Mok Paa Jew' restaurant featuring spicy fish cakes and other Thai seafood dishes.

By far, the restaurant’s most famous highlight is its aromatic, spicy Thai-style fish cakes (ห่อหมกปลาอินทรี) that contain natural aromatic turmeric and other local herbs and spices. These fish cakes can be ordered steamed or baked, and must often be ordered in advance due to their immense popularity.

Spicy turmeric fish cakes at 'Hor Mok Paa Jew' restaurant in Baan Phe, Rayong, Thailand.

Another dish which I found to be very spicy and appetizing consisted of local sea scallops (เอ็นหอยผัดฉ่า) stir-fried with fresh chilies, aromatic shredded ‘krachai’ roots (กระชาย – a popular Thai herb), and fresh peppers. My recommendation to anyone who likes it spicy!

Spicy stir-fried scallops at 'Hor Mok Paa Jew' restaurant in Baan Phe, Rayong, Thailand.

The restaurant offers a spicy tom-yum seafood soup featuring fish or squids, a recommended accompaniment to any any spicy Thai meal.

Spicy fish tom yum soup at 'Hor Mok Paa Jew' restaurant in Baan Phe, Rayong, Thailand.

I also enjoyed the restaurant’s tasty crabmeat stir-fried in mild yellow curry sauce and onion greens, although I would have preferred a spicier (and less sweet) version of this dish.

Crab meat stir-fried in mild curry sauce at 'Hor Mok Paa Jew' restaurant in Baan Phe, Rayong, Thailand.

Here’s the egg and crab fried-rice, my required accompaniment to any seafood meal in Thailand. This fried rice was perfect with all the spicy dishes shown above!

Crab and egg fried rice at 'Hor Mok Paa Jew' restaurant, Baan Phe, Rayong, Thailand.

‘Hor Mok Paa Jew’ (ห่อหมกป้าจิ๋ว) restaurant is located along the local road heading into the quite Baan Phe seaside town and the Baan Phe Aquarium, in Thailand’s eastern Rayong province.

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

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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La baguette Bakery Cafe: Luscious Crepes and Cakes in Lively Pattaya, Thailand

If you’re in Thailand’s cool, lively seaside resort town of Pattaya, then head to ‘La baguette’ The French Bakery Cafe for some large, luscious crepes and delectable desserts.

Front view of La baguette Bakery Cafe at the Woodlands Hotel and Resort, Pattaya, Thailand.

With its large, filling crepes and delectable desserts, ‘La baguette’ has become a popular dining venue among locals and visiting Bangkokians.

Front section of the interior of La baguette Bakery Cafe, Woodlands Hotel and Resort, Pattaya, Thailand.

The highlight of ‘La baguette’ is its wide selection of large, lusicuos crepes with various tasty fillings. The moment I saw the crepes section of the menu, I decided to begin my meal with a large, rolled crepe with an ‘Eggs Benedict’ and cheese filling, which was so savory I wanted more!

Crepe with 'Eggs Benedict' and cheese filling at La baguette Bakery Cafe, Pattaya, Thailand.

The next crepe selection I enjoyed here at ‘La baguette’ was the large crepe with its rich, tasty blend of spinach-cheese fillings – an ideal dish for lunch, late-afternoon snack, or any occasion!

Crepe with spinach and cheese filling at 'La baguette' Bakery Cafe, Pattaya, Thailand.

In addition to its extensive menu of crepes, ‘La baguette’ also offers a variety of tempting cakes and desserts for a perfect end to any meal.

A variety of desserts are on offer at 'La baguette' Bakery Cafe, Pattaya, Thailand.

With its large, luscious crepes and irresistible desserts, I would recommend ‘La baguette’ as a dining venue for breakfast, lunch, late-afternoon snack, or for any occasion. The place has become a popular dining venue among locals, visiting Bangkokians and tourists alike, and remains full even during the late afternoon hours.

Busy moments at 'La baguette' Bakery Cafe, Woodlands Hotel and Resort, Pattaya, Thailand.

If you happen to be in Pattaya, arguably the liveliest attraction in Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, then be sure to visit ‘La baguette’ for a memorable, filling meal or snack. The place can be reached at the following address and contact:

La baguette The French Bakery Cafe,
Woodlands Hotel and Resort,
164/1 Moo 5, Pattaya-Naklua Road,
Chonburi 20150, THAILAND
Tel: +66 (0) 3842 1707

For more information and tempting pics, please visit ‘La baguette’ Bakery Cafe’s website via the following link:

http://www.labaguettepattaya.com/

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

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Bangkok Dim Sum Brunch: Fei Ya at Renaissance Ratchaprasong Hotel

If you’re searching for an awesome all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch in the middle of Bangkok’s posh downtown shopping district of Rachaprasong, then be sure to check out the free-flowing lunch at Fei Ya Restaurant, in the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel.

As scene at Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant in the Renaissance Rajprasong Hotel in the heart of downtown Bangkok.

In my recent visit, I was delighted by the restaurant’s impressive variety of delicious dim sum selections, along with its chic, relaxed atmosphere which combined traditional Chinese charm with a modern ambience.

Modern Chinese interior at Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel, Rajprasong, Bangkok, Thailand.

Fei Ya not only offers an impressive array of luscious dim sum varieties to choose from, but also serves a soup, main course (noodle or rice dish), and a dessert to accompany the free-flowing dim sum.  The restaurant also serves other tasty main courses that can be ordered a la carte, such as the ubiquitous Peking Duck which I found to be superb.  I found the Peking Duck to be especially delicious, with the crispy skin sliced very thin in front of our table.  The thinly-sliced Peking Duck skin fillets and Chinese wheat pancakes were accompanied not only by the common sweet hoisin sauce, but also the restaurant’s unique aromatic longan puree.  Indeed, the word ‘Fei Ya’ translates to ‘Flying Duck’ in Mandarin Chinese, a fitting name given the restaurant’s very tasty Peking Duck that will make you fly off the table! Here’s my Sunday brunch table which was full of tasty dim sum selections and the Peking Duck.  With such a luscious Chinese banquet, life is good!

Peking Duck, condiments, and luscious Chinese food at the Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel, Rajprasong, downtown Bangkok.

Fei Ya Restaurant’s free-flowing, all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch features an impressive array of dim sum varieties, ranging from the traditional to more modern east-west fusion creations.  The very first dim sum item I chose from the menu was the recommended steamed minced pork and mushroom dumplings, a perennial favorite in any dim sum brunch.  They were indeed large, succulent, and flavorful!

Large, succulent pork and shrimp shumai at the Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant.

Next in line among my traditional dim sum favorites was the ‘Ha Gao’, or steamed Cantonese-style shrimp dumplings wrapped in a soft, transparent rice skin.  These are great when enjoyed with a unique sour soy sauce.  When it comes to selecting the most healthy dim sum without sacrificing flavor, Ha Gaos always reigns supreme for me!

Tasty Ha Gao dumplings: Chinese shrimp dumplings wrapped in transparent rice skins. At the Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel, Rajprasong, Thailand.

And don’t forget to try the steamed rice flour rolls (‘kuay tiew lod’) with flavorful barbecued pork, shrimp, or scallop fillings.  These delightfully irresistible soft, tender rice rolls are normally served in a mild sweet soy sauce.

'Kuay tiew lod', or Chinese-style rice rolls with meat fillings, at the Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel, Rajprasong, Bangkok, Thailand.

Fei Ya’s chic, modern feel is also full of traditional Chinese charm.  As I dined, I can’t help imagining myself in an old, lavish Chinese palace or mansion.  It’s just a feeling which really amplified my already huge appetite!

Chic modern Chinese decor at Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand.

The dim sum lunch (or weekend brunch) also includes an accompanying rice or noodle dish, a soup, and a dessert – each of which can be chosen from a list of selections featured in the menu. For my noodle dish, my choice for the day was the recommended fried rice noodles with crispy-fried fish fillets in a tasty Chinese black bean gravy.

Chinese wide rice noodles with crispy fish in Gravy at Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand.

Other tasty rice and noodle dishes that I’d highly recommend include the ‘Mee Sui’ noodles with barbecued pork, and the ‘Young Chow’ fried rice.

Young Chou fried rice at Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand.

My soup selection to accompany the free-flowing dim sum lunch was the rich, mild braised Shark’s Fin Soup with abalone, conpoy, and mushrooms.  This is indeed my favorite Chinese soup wherever I go!  Other soups which I’d recommend is the Hot and Sour Soup, and the Fish Maw Soup.

Shark fin's soup at Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand.

Finally, the dim sum lunch includes several scrumptious desserts to choose from, my selection being the irresistible Mango Pudding which was made of succulent, sweet mango cubes and topped with coconut ice cream, pomelos, and lychees.  Other tasty desserts available include: the sesame dumpling in ginger tea, the chilled sago in honeydew, and the chilled almond tofu.

Mango pudding at Fei Ya Chinese Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel, Rajprasong, Bangkok, Thailand.

For additional information, please visit the Renassiance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel’s website via the following link:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/bkkbr-renaissance-bangkok-ratchaprasong-hotel/

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

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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Baan Paa Nhu: Traditional Thai Cuisine Beside the Bangpakong River

Imagine yourself enjoying traditional, spicy Thai river cuisine in a wooden restaurant beside a large river far from Bangkok’s hustle and bustle.  And no, this is not the well-known Chao Phraya River, but I’m talking about the large, serene Bangpakong River, the largest river in Thailand’s east-central region which runs through the provinces of Chachoengsao (ฉะเชงเทรา) and Prachin Buri (ประจีนบุรี).  I recently took a day’s trip to the east of Bangkok, and visited the Talad Baanmai (ตลาดบ้านใหม่) Market, a very well-preserved, traditional market in the provincial town of Chachoengsao, better known by locals as ‘Muang Paed Rew’ (เมืองแปดริ้ว), which is full of old wooden shophouses with winding walkways and alleyways.  The market sells plenty of tasty Thai street foods and traditional desserts.

Talad Baanmai Market, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand.

And right in the middle of this market in the midst of the wooden shophouses is the renowned Baan Paa Nhu (บ้านป้าหนู) Restaurant, which specializes in very tasty, traditional Thai river cuisine.

A scene at Baan Paa Nhu Restaurant, Talad Baanmai, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand.

Baan Paa Nhu is located right beside the mighty Bangpakong River, a large serene river in east-central Thailand which still retains much of its original charm.

Awesome riverside view at Baan Paa Nhu Restaurant, Talad Baanmai, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand.

Baan Paa Nhu is immensely popular with the local crowd and domestic visitors, with hardly any foreign tourist in sight.  The restaurant serves very tasty Thai and Thai-Chinese fusion dishes featuring fish and prawns from the bountiful Bangpakong River.  My first selection is one of the restaurant’s recommended dishes called ‘Kuay Tiew Pla’ (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวปลา), a tasty dish of crispy fried boneless fillets of a local freshwater fish called Pla Krapong (ปลากระพง) alongside succulent Chinese wide rice noodles in a mild soy gravy.

Kuay Tiew Pla, Baan Paa Nhu Restaurant, Talat Baanmai, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand.

Also very innovative and tasty is the restaurant’s crispy fried whole Thai snakefish (ปลาช่อนทอดกรอบ), in a blanket of edible crispy fried lemongrass in white sesame batter.  This crispy fried snakefish and lemongrass was great when enjoyed with the accompanying dipping sauce made of shredded fresh mangoes, fish sauce, chili, and roasted peanuts.

Thai snakefish crispy fried with lemongrass at Baan Paa Nhu Restaurant, Talad Baanmai, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand.

Of course, how can such a traditional Thai meal beside the river be complete without the ubiquitous ‘Tom Yum Kung’? Baan Paa Nhu serves a very spicy, tangy, and tasty tom yum hot pot featuring jumbo river prawns!

Spicy Tom Yum Kung soup, Baan Paa Nhu Restaurant, Talad Baanmai, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand.

To round up this wonderful traditional meal, I also enjoyed a large platter of shrimp fried rice, which was full of shrimps and proved to be a great complement with all the selected dishes above.

Tasty shrimp fried rice, Baan Paa Nhu Restaurant, Talad Baanmai, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand.

And lastly, the restaurant offers a very vintage Thai dessert which was popular many decades ago, but rarely seen today: the sweet bread topped with finely shredded ice, an aromatic sweet red syrup (น้ำแดง), and condensed milk (นมข้น).  A perfect way to end an authentic, spicy Thai meal!

Vintage savory dessert: sweet bread topped with finely shredded ice, aromatic red syrup, and condensed milk, at the Baan Paa Nhu Restaurant, Talad Baanmai, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand.

If you have a chance to visit the provincial town of Chachoengsao (ฉะเชงเทรา) Province, known locally as ‘Paed Rew’ (แปดริ้ว) which is located to the east of Bangkok, and are interested in enjoying a traditional Thai meal right beside the large, serene Bangpakong River, then Baan Pha Nuu is definitely a place to consider.

The restaurant can be reached as follows:

Location: 64 Talad Baanmai, Amper Muang, Chachoengsao Province 24000
Telephone: 038-817336
Fax: 038-511006

Location in Thai: 64 ตลาดบ้านใหม่, อำเภอเมือง, จังหวัด ฉะเชงเทรา 24000
โทร: 038-817336
โทรสาร: 038-511006

The Baan Paa Nhu Restaurant (บ้านป้าหนู) is located in the very well-preserved Talad Baanmai (ตลาดบ้านใหม่) Market, which is full of old, traditional wooden shophouses selling a plethora of traditional Thai street foods and vintage desserts.  Should you be interested in visiting this vibrant vintage market, please visit my blog article on this exotic attraction which is located far off the beaten tourist path:

https://latztravelandfoods.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/talad-baanmai-vintage-thai-street-food-market-beside-the-bangpakong-river/

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

Lat (Ratasit C.)

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