[Bangkok] Fish Sauce Scrambled Egg, Garlic Fried Rice with Crispy Shrimp, Sour curry with Vegetables, Sesame Chicken with Rice, Northern-style Rice Noodles, Fried Sticky Rice with Sour Pork Sausage… it was a hard time trying to pick something from the extensive menu.

The ‘boring’ me would usually have some ‘staples’ of Pad Thai, Thai Green Curry and Tom Yum Goong from a Thai restaurant.

However, Bangkok Bold Kitchen as its name suggests, offers many other ‘basic and bold’ choices.

The concept first started off as Bangkok Bold Cooking Studio (also known as Joh Bangkok), a collaboration between three foodie friends.

They were known for conducting classes that teaches age-old Thai recipes, and also presenting them in a more modern, sophisticated way.

One of the co-owners Chortip “Nhoi” Ouypornchaisakul (who started off writing food blogs), decided to open Bangkok Bold Kitchen which now has two outlets – at Riverside Plaza (at Thongburi) and Century Embassy.

I decided to head to the Century Embassy eatery near Phloen Chit BTS station. That outlet is also awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in Thailand.

This is where you can find nostalgic Thai comfort fare.

Some of the recommended rice and noodle dishes (those with the *) included Mackerel Fried Rice with Pork Cracklings and Yellow Chillies (190 THB), Shrimp Paste and Toasted Coconut Fried Rice with Shrimp (200 THB), Fermented Rice Noodle with Crab Curry (275 THB), and Stir-Fried Glass Noodle, Holy Basi, Fermented Pork and Sator Beans (250 THB).

These can be paired with Soy Sauce Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Lime and Chillies (320 THB), Beef Cheek Massaman (350 THB), Steamed Turmeric Marinated Snakehead Fish with Mushrooms (350 THB).

My favourite dish that meal was easily the Pomelo Salad with Creamy Peanut and Toasted Coconut (190 THB).

I think it encapsulate what I enjoyed about Thai food so much – it is complex yet balanced. You get that sweetness, tanginess, saltiness and spiciness all at the same time. And wonderfully refreshing.

You may not find mackerel in fried rice often, but I guess its function was akin to salted fish in a Cantonese Fried Rice.

The Mackerel Fried Rice with Pork Cracklings and Yellow Chillies was brilliantly flavourful yet not over. Except that I would come expecting more wok-hei (wok heat) which was surprisingly not that apparent.

The Grounded Pork and Shrimp Stir-Fried with Shrimp Paste and Fish Sauce Scrambled Eggs (250 THB) was the dish I was most looking forward to.

The eggs were creamy and fluffy, but personal preference – I wondered if the multiple sauces distracted from the original taste of the eggs a little too much.

I read an online review saying this is a restaurant that is “foreign friendly but not dumbed down to suit the foreign palate”, which I think is one of the best ways to describe the food.

Bangkok Bold Kitchen
Central Embassy Level LG, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 91 424 4292
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

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Bangkok Bold Kitchen
2 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Samre, Thon Buri, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

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