BKK for a couple of foodies!

Old Jun 26th, 2013, 05:17 PM
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One more thing - we are staying at Centre Point Silom, so am I right in thinking it's very nearby?
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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 05:23 PM
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Yes Paris Bangkok has a very good area joining the main restaurant where you can smoke cigars and is only separated from main dining area by an "air curtain". Very reasonable price food and if you go on Friday or Saturday then that will be the best time as their live seafood arrive on that day from Europe.

Location - yes it's near to the Centre Point Silom but not within walking distant. Perhaps a 10 minutes taxi ride since you're basically travelling from one end of Silom road to the other.

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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 05:50 PM
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Thank you! We're actually starting to look at the menus of both the French recommendations as well as the Thai. Hubby would rather make a decision based on a food menu, not a cigar menu - strange, right?

Will look at the recs you made and then decide. I think we have several good choices.

Thanks, Paule
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 07:59 AM
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hi Hanuman - sorry for the late reply. My wife and I would definitely like to go to Jok Kitchen for lunch - but we are trying to figure the exact dates which we will have available. We need to have an appointment outside the city for one afternoon, but we're waiting for confirmation on the date.

In the meantime, do you have any suggestions for places to get good curry rice?

Thank you!
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 08:34 AM
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Thai curry is not like Indian curry, although a few dishes are quite similar to the Indian dishes. For Thais when we refer to "Gaeng" or curry type dishes and if add "Curry" or as the Thai pronounce it "Garli" then you will get a very Indian type dish. So if you like an Indian style curry with rice then ask for "Gaeng Garli" and viola!

If you want a pure Thai "Gaeng" then there are several type like green curry (kiew wan), red curry (gaeng ped) etc then you can find them at most market. If you want to visit a good clean market with excellent food and proper hygiene facilities then go to Bon Marche Market. It has an excellent food court with hard to find Thai food. It does have a web site but not very good but at least there's a map.

http://www.bonmarche.co.th/index.php...page&Itemid=54

Another market is Or Tor Kor, next to the weekend market but Bon Marche is nicer IMO.

Now one of my favourite curry cooked in a very old way and served in a very old restaurant is a chicken curry. There's a very old restaurant hidden in a soi (side street) off Silom road. Not a big selection but I love the chicken curry there and it's not spicy or hot and is eaten with bread. Other dishes that I like there is the grill beef salad, satay etc..

https://foursquare.com/v/silom-resta...64a520708427e3
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 08:41 AM
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Oops just found out that Silom restaurant has moved. Here's the new address if you're interested:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 10:24 AM
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Thank you! Sorry for the confusion.. I meant Thai curry - like gaeng ped , kiew wan, penang, etc... I thought I remembered seeing them at most markets, but I'm glad to get your recommendation of Bon Marche... I love seeing good markets anyway. I saw the facebook map of Silom restaurant - what is the name of the chicken curry dish you like so much?

Also - a bit of a side topic, but I was looking to buy some curry paste to take home. I have great memories of going to a market and seeing huge mounds of curry paste. Do you have a specific market/vendor that you prefer? BTW, it doens't have to come prepackaged - I have plans on how to get it home with no problems...
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 12:32 PM
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my friend gets me good thai curry paste in nyc too---the same kind as in bkk
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 01:10 PM
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I can get decent prepackaged curry paste - the kind that has to be refrigerated - not May Ploy. But I was curious to try other versions so I can do comparisons... plus, I remember touring a market in chiang mai with the cooking school teacher and she commented on how there were several curry paste vendors in each market - and that they are different, and different people have different preferences. And, like a good restaurant, the best ones are usually the busiest. My problem is that sometimes I go to the market on off hours when it's not so busy, so it's hard to tell which ones are the most popular because there are few locals shopping at that time.
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 04:28 AM
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Hanuman - if it is still possible, can you make a reservation for us at Jok for either the 9th, 11th or 12th of July? Any of those days would be fine for us - so whatever works best - it would be most appreciated!!! Is there some way I can send my personal details to you privately? Thank you!
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 05:05 AM
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Sure - my email is [email protected]

Once I have your name I'll make a call - for lunch?
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 12:23 AM
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khtodd - email sent, reservation made, street address + telephone number inc in the email plus a video showing where the restaurant is at. You're set!
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 07:52 AM
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Thank you - I'm sure we'll find it now! I think we'll do a walk-by sometime before just to make sure we're not late.

What should we expect when we're there? From the photos and videos I've seen, it looks like the courses are served in large platters, family style. I assume we'll be seated at a large table with others and that we all share, right? Does the service staff speak any English or will it be a good opportunity to practice my 'Pom phud dai pasa Thai nit noie krup'? I'm sure it'll be great either way, I'd just like to know in advance so I can practice a bit beforehand.... Hehehe
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 08:39 AM
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You will have your own table and the portions will be adjusted for 2 people. The "basic" menu, or food that they usually have and suggest are:

Steamed wonton - *no soup
Quick fried ginko nuts
Fried cod fish with salad
Pepper grouper soup
CRABS! Very fresh, steamed mud crab and very good. Sometime they will have a special crab, "Pu Katoey" which is special.
+ other dishes.

Expect to order about 5 or 6 dishes and don't worry it's not expensive. Do avoid anything with abalone, unless you really like it, because the price they charge is quite expensive.

Jok's daughter speak some English and she helps out at the restaurant. Jok himself speak a bit of English as well and since he has become famous and being interviewed by several foreign magazines, press and tv you should be able to communicate with him.

Also the Thai you wrote should be "Pom phud pasa Thai dai nit noi krub". You almost got it right!
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 09:29 AM
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Ack! Sorry! I've only been learning for a couple weeks.... But thanks for the heads up... My wife and I love abalone ever since having it in HK at a place that specialized in it... But I'm sure it's very expensive... We'll see. It may be a game-time decision.
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 07:46 PM
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the place is very basic as I remember and is down an alley sort of marketplace or it may be a street food area--not well lit... there was an electric sign I think...

the chairs and tables are very simple.. the food outstanding..
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Old Jul 2nd, 2013, 06:34 PM
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Pook - We're off to the airport in a minute... one more question though... what do you think of Baan Paa Jazz? A friend of a friend strongly recommended it... thanks!
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Old Jul 2nd, 2013, 11:37 PM
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Is this the same Pa Jazz near the Victory Monument? If it is I haven't eaten there yet and I think it's local food and suppose to be good.
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Thailand is truly amazing, a country that has something for everyone. With Bangkok as its capital city, Thai culture can be found in sculpture, architecture, music, dance and cuisine.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2013, 01:26 PM
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Yes, that's it by the victory monument. http://bk.asia-city.com/restaurants/...s/baan-pa-jazz is a link to an old review...

Currently in Taiwan airport enjoying their free wifi, waiting for the restaurants to open before our xfer to BKK...
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