29 January 2010

Is it time for Vietnamese food ?

On almost every corner in Bangkok you will find an abundance of restaurants, shops, and streetside vendors. They differ greatly in products offered, from simple to luxurious, even though they might be located right next to one another. Talking about restaurants, in the same area you might see simple food carts right next to luxury restaurants along the road.

In Bangkok, there are many restaurants which offer local and foreign food.
You love Chinese food? Go to China town, Yaowarat road, and you will be amazed by the abundance of choices. What about Japanese food or American fast food? Just hit the shopping malls or look around the business area, and you will get what you are looking for quickly. The same, to less extend, is true for Italian, French, German food - you name it!

Now, with all these  exciting choices, how do we actually tell if the food is really high quality?
By price, really?
It may surprise you, but by not only my opinion, some of the less expensive Asian food is not only more original, but sometimes of equally high quality as its counterpart in a luxury restaurant in Silom or Sukhumvit. Certainly, you will not get the same kind of atmosphere as a luxury restaurant will provide, but hey, if it's about food only, all that counts is freshness, quality of ingredients, and this special art of cooking that is unique to Asian food.

How do I prove my point? I wish I could take you right down to my favorite Thai-Vietnamese restaurant close to Satorn road.

The place is simple yet clean and frequented by locals and foreigners alike. The food choices are presented in menus in both languages Thai and English, and some of the dishes are pictured in photographs. So far this description could be true for most of the local restaurants on side streets in Bangkok, you might think, but wait until you tried the food. The taste is fresh, unpretentious, straight forward yet full with hints of oriental flavors.

I had a chance to talk with the owner of this restaurant about her food. What is different from other surrounding restaurants? She answered me with smiling face.
"I select  seafood, beef, chicken and other ingredients in the best quality available. Additionally we clean vegetables by using ozone water. One more thing"
She looked down to me, smiling again and whispering:" "I use the same seasoning as the luxury restaurant does."

"Bai Mieng Restaurant"

Pad Thai (popular menu)


Fried Rice


Fried curry with fish


Muu Kam Wan


Several kind of vegetables in a bowl


The owner of the restaurant (on the right hand side) and I.

Bai Mieng is located on Suanplu road adjacent to Thanachart Bank. It is bout 300 meters from the main South Satorn road.  In contrast, there are many restaurants on this road. The price per dish is about 50 - 120 Baht. It opens from 9 am to 9 pm.

Bai Mieng will open a new branch in Chiang Mai, "Bai Mieng Chiang Mai (Suanplu)", it is located at Ton Kham 2 road, Tha Sala district. If you want to know more information, make a phone call no. 053-248938.

By: GeoVenture

1 comment: