A small community restaurant in old Bangkok packs in a lot for the baht.
If you’re sick of skyscrapers and mega malls, try a walk around Bamrung Muang Road. The area consists of well-preserved old shop houses; it’s the so-called ‘old city’ area. With strict building codes stating that no building can be higher than five stories, it’s a nice change from Sukhumvit or Sathorn roads. There’s also good sightseeing in the area, with the Grand Palace and Wat Pho (which houses the giant reclining Buddha) just a 100-metre walk from the road. There are also other beautiful temples to visit such as Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Suthat, which conduct meditation practice for the public every day at noon and 8pm.
Then there’s food. Hidden among several twists and turns is Plang Phuthorn, a local community that’s amazingly peaceful yet sits just off the main road. Hidden here is a homely restaurant, Krua Som Hom. With only ten seats, it mainly caters to the surrounding community.
Don’t be fooled though, the cooks are equipped with some serious culinary skills. The dish I recommend most highly is their kai jiao topped with thick red chicken curry. This Thai-style deep-fried egg goes best with a spicy soup. Squid in salted egg sauce is also a good choice. For something refreshing try their mushrooms spicy salad. I had all of these dishes for just 200 baht!
Krua Som Hom is located on Plang Phuthorn Road, Pharnakorn, Bangkok.
Opening hours: 11am to 5pm.
05/06/2012 - 11:57