Wat Arun may be known as the Temple of Dawn, but its view at sunset is lovely too. I took this picture while cruising upstream along the Chao Phraya River on a taxi boat. I couldn’t help but sigh to see such a romantic vista…
Monthly Archives: January 2010
Tucked down Plubplachai Road in Yaowarat, Luuk Saow Naay Mong’s oyster omelette is, in fact, one of the best I have ever eaten. As the Thai name suggests, the dish is now cooked by Mr Mong’s daughter. My guess is Mr Mong probably served this dish in the past, but he has since passed the art to his daughter who continues the family culinary trade. So far, I have been to Luuk Saow Naay Mong twice, and tried both Orh Lua and Orh Suan. The former is a rich crispy batter topped with oversized oysters, and the latter, a succulent watery version with tapioca flour and oysters mixed in. My personal favourite is Orh Lua: it’s crunchy on the outside but light inside, and the heavenly oysters simply pop and melt in the mouth.
Paa Meuk is my favourite auntie for grilled squid (plaa-meuk yaang).
She sells the most sensational squid: fresh, tender, succulent, chewy…
But don’t let her friendly, toothy smile fool you! If you don’t tell her to go easy on her homemade chilli concoction, she’ll pour a generous portion over your beloved tentacled friend. No doubt, I always bite into her mouthwatering dish with zest, but the very next moment I know, I’ll be looking for the nearest fire hydrant to douse my fiery tongue.