Friday, September 4, 2015

=Travel= Thailand-Bangkok Best Tom Yum @ Ban Khun Mae

Ask the locals about the best Tom Yum in town, and they will surely recommend you the Ban Khun Mae, so do expect a very crowded restaurant. The food here truly lives up to its name.



Ban Khun Mae means mother’s house in Thai. Dining in this restaurant is like dining in your own home with a mother’s tender care. It is not really home cook, but a commercialized version of authentic Thai Cuisine.

Tom Yum Kung 200 Baht (About RM24)

The Tom Yum soup is served with prawns and Straw mushrooms only, simple but bringing out the best in flavour. The soup is sour and spicy, unlike the typical sour Tom Yum of Bangkok. It is no wonder that the soup is popular among the foreigners.

Som Tam 100 Baht (About RM12)

This Thai spicy papaya salad is crunchy and fresh, a very good appetizer.

Pad Thai 150 Baht (About RM18)

Pad Thai is sweet and sour fried noodles with shrimp and the noodles normally will have a rubbery texture which Gibson does not like. But this is the standard and common way to cook the dish.

Deep Fried Grouper Topped with Chili Sauce 340 Baht (About RM41)

As long the fish is fresh and deep fried until crispy on the outside but moist and soft on the inside, is considered a good dish. However the sauce that accompanies, bring this dish to a new level of perfection. The sauce is prepared with garlic, soya sauce, sugar, bean paste and tamarind, spicy and full of flavor.

Fish Cake 150 Baht (About RM18)

Deep Fried fish cake with special sweet sauce that goes well with beer.

Stir Fried mix vegetable 100 Baht (About RM12)

We need to have a balance diet, so the next dish of mix vegetables does the trick.

Boiled Banana in Syrup with Coconut Milk Sauce
50 Baht or 100 Baht (About RM 6 or RM12)

Ban Khun Mae is also famous with local desserts, and Gibson was able to taste 6 of them. The first one is boiled Banana in syrup with coconut milk Sauce. It has a hard texture that Gibson believes the dish is cooked with unripe bananas, and the sourness is neutralized by the sweetness of coconut milk.

Boiled Pumpkin in Syrup with Coconut Milk Sauce
50 Baht or 100 Baht (About RM 6 or RM12)

Cutting the pumpkin into pieces and boiling them as they are, while preserving their natural sweetness can at times be quite overwhelming.

Boiled Tapioca in Syrup with Coconut Milk Sauce
50 Baht or 100 Baht (About RM 6 or RM12)

Boiled tapioca in syrup with coconut milk sauce just like the others, but this one is way too sweet.

Boiled Taro in Syrup with Coconut Milk Sauce
50 Baht or 100 Baht (About RM 6 or RM12)

Boiled taro in syrup with coconut milk sauce is the best of all. It tastes a bit like bubur chacha without the syrup.

Water Chestnut Dumplings in Coconut Milk 60 Baht (About RM7)

Water Chestnut dumplings in coconut milk has all the crunchiness of the fruit, but lacks the sweetness that we are all used to due to the absence of the jack fruit.

Thai Cendol 60 Baht (About RM7)

Simplified Cendol, with only green noodle-like rice flour concoction in coconut milk, unlike the cendol we are familiar at home.

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Ban Khun Mae is located behind Siam Square.

Address: 458/ 7- 9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Rd.,Prathumwan, Bangkok.
Contact: 02-2501952
Operating Hour: 11am – 11pm daily

The price list presented here is as on 3th September, the day when I visited the restaurant; when the exchange rate was RM1 to 8.30 baht. All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT.

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