[Bangkok] It was not yet 12 noon and there was already a long queue to get into Luk Kai Thong at Level 4 of Siam Paragon.
Speaking of which, how come I have never realised there is this level of Siam Paragon where there are so many restaurants?
Groups of families and Thai tai-tais (quite a mouthful) were seating outside this posh looking Lukkaithong designed to look like a bird cage.
Yes, complete with hanging plants, and a buzzer that emitted sounds of chirping when I called for a waiter.
“Kai Thong” means “golden chicken” in Thai, while “Luk” represents “baby”.
Singaporeans will call this the ”zhi char” restaurant, and it essentially serves Chinese home-style food with some Thai dishes. The hor fun and the likes.
Popular items include the Hong Kong Fried Rice Noodle with Pork and Prawn, Crispy Noodle with Australian Beef, Stew Pork Belly and Vegetables with Baked Rice, Steamed Minced Pork with Thai Salted Fish and Baked Rice, Hong Kong Egg Noodles with Deep-Fried Pork Fillet or Wontons.
The price of the food is not cheap at all, considering that this is Bangkok where 50 baht can get you a filling meal.
It was 255 baht (SGD$10, USD$7.20) for a plate of Rice Noodles with Pork and Prawn.
The first time I had this Hor Fun, the experience was life changing. So much so that I came for seconds and thirds during a single trip.
It could be this branch, or that the standard was in consistent. The signature dish somehow lacked of wok hei, which would mean ‘wok heat’.
This time, I had the Stew Pork Belly with Pickled Vegetables and Grilled Steamed Buns (590 baht, SGD23.20, USD$17).
It was 590 freaking-expensive baht, but crazy good.
The slices of Kong Bak were so oily, just like how grandma used to make at home. If this was in Singapore, the Health Promotion Board would look out for them.
Dreamily melt-in-your mouth, the salted vegetables were so addictively tasty (and not salty). When you wrapped everything in this soft, fluffy bun, life was just complete.
Just so you know, Lukkaithong has a Fucheer concept a few steps away which serves dessert.
Almost every other table was having their Pang Cha Royal Thai Tea (295 baht, SGD$11.60, USD$8.40) aka the Thai version of bingsu or ice kachang.
When it arrived, I knew immediately that I had to go to the gym somehow. Two of us shared the guilt, but we wished four other friends would be here to take the calories away.
Talking about that, this was so weird, watching slim Thai ladies just gobble the whole thing down.
This was not just ordinary shaved ice, because when things started melting halfway, the bottom became a pool of Thai Iced Milk Tea with pieces of tea bread that absorbed all of that ‘drink’. Said to be created by 5 different types of tea.
Have it first, diet later.
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