Later that evening we arrived in Bangkok, we met up with the Thai girl we became friends with in Vietnam. She and her family flew back in the afternoon that same day from Hanoi. Though tired (probably haven’t unpacked her stuff yet), she drove 2 hours to Kaosan district, went in circles for an hour trying to find Rest Inn where we were staying. All for the glory of friendship!
She brought us to dine at the famous, well recommended Thip Samai Restaurant at 313 Maha Chai Street, Banglamphur. As we queued (so famous that you have to wait for a table to be empty), she told us that the queen, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, frequents the place. One can have the same Pad Thai dish they serve here anywhere in the City at a lesser price, but having the Queen for a regular customer makes dining here more special. An already sumptuous meal plus an approval from her Majesty, where else would you want to be for dinner in Bangkok?
Pad Thai or Phat Thai is a stir fried rice noodle cuisine commonly served as a street food. It is cooked with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar. It is served with lime wedges, roasted peanuts, bean sprouts, garlic drives, coriander leaves, pickled radishes or turnips, raw banana flowers and shrimps or other protein.
The pad thai we were served with was wrapped in a fine egg omelet with shrimps and served with lime wedges, roasted peanuts, bean sprouts, coriander and just a little bit of spice (for me) to perk up the flavor. Being yet a chopsticks neo, eating with it is still a struggle. Our friend requested for a spoon and fork but I held on to my chopsticks. Difficult but I had to learn it somehow.
Finishing up with a glass of fresh organic orange juice, I give 5 stars for yet another BURPfect Thai food experience! With all the people dining in and photos of the queen splashed on the walls, I felt like I banqueted with Her Majesty, herself.
We moved around Golden Mount after dinner eating ice cream in a cup. We told her that we’re going to the Grand Palace the next day and she put a thumbs up in agreement. Looks like a visit to the city is incomplete when you skirt the Grand Palace. Twenty minutes later, we were at a coffee shop having coffee and plates of sweets! Oh my gee! Seriously, no nights in Bangkok ever go tummy-empty. For the second time, I forgot I have a sensitive tummy. Another evening in Bangkok with a Thai friend makes this whole Indo-China journey FUNtabulous! Maraming Salamat Po Apple!