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Situated at the heart of Bangkok’s popular shopping area Siam Square, Ban Khun Mae Restaurant is an authentic and very accessible Thai resturant not to be missed. The best item has got to be the claypot of glass noodles and baked prawns. The glass noodles together with mushrooms and garlics were pan fried and stewed, producing a very well-flavored and fragrant dish. The glass noodles did not turn up soggy but remained springy and chewy despite having absorbed the essence of the sauce. Buried underneath the glass noodles was a handful of big baked prawns, comparable to the size of crayfish. These were succulent and fresh. We ordered the glass noodle with crab on another occasion but felt that the crab was less impressive.

Baked Prawns with Glass Noodles

Baked Prawns with Glass Noodles

Another dish not to be missed is the Tom Yam Soup. The soup was thick, sour and very spicy, definitely tantalizing for the tastebuds. It was evident from the not so clear soup that either milk or coconut has been added. However, these were barely detectable and rest assure that one would not feel too sick from the milk or coconut. The soup remained equally refreshing. However, the salt content may be a little too high and one would feel overwhelmed with saltiness if the soup was overly consumed. Generous ingredients of prawns, mushroom and tomatoes are definitely plus points for the Tom Yam Soup.

Tom Yam Soup

Tom Yam Soup

The mango salad and papaya salad (not shown here) went well with our tastebuds too, making excellent starters.  On the other hand, we felt that the pandan chicken and the other fried items did not fare as well. The chicken wrapped in the pandanus leaves were a little too chuncky, dried and tough for our liking. The addition of tenderizers should be considered to improve the overall texture of the chicken. However, the marinade was good. Other fried items such as crab pancake, salted sotong, fried grouper were average fare, perhaps due to the fact that we are not exactly fans of fried food.

(from top to bottom) Deep Fried Marinated Chicken Wrapped With Pandanus; Deep Fried Grouper Topped With Chili Sauce

(from top to bottom) Deep Fried Marinated Chicken Wrapped With Pandanus; Deep Fried Grouper Topped With Chili Sauce

 

(from top to bottom) Deep Fried Squid Seasoned With Garlic and Pepper; Mango Salad

(from top to bottom) Deep Fried Squid Seasoned With Garlic and Pepper; Mango Salad

Boiled Tapioca in Syrup with Coconut Milk Sauce

Boiled Tapioca in Syrup with Coconut Milk Sauce

Boiled Taro in Syrup with Coconut Milk Sauce

Boiled Taro in Syrup with Coconut Milk Sauce

Sticky Rice with Ripe Mango

Sticky Rice with Ripe Mango

Another thing one should not missed from Ban Khun Mae Restaurant are the Thai desserts. Even though we are not fans of coconut, we were still won over by their desserts. All the desserts contained coconut milk sauce, which was drizzled over the yam, sweet potato (not shown here), tapioca or sticky glutinous rice. The coconut milk sauce was different from those we have tried in Singapore in that it was fragrant milky coconut with a slight tinge of saltiness. It was a great accompaniment to the sweet yam, tapioca and sweet potato which had been soaked earlier in honey syrup.    

Service here was prompt and the dishes were served swiftly after the orders were made. A typical meal for 6 cost around Baht 2300 (S$100). Ban Khun Mae Resturant is a place to go to for good, authentic and affordable Thai cuisine or a good resting place to catch some desserts after shopping.

Ban Khun Mae Restaurant
458/6-9 Siam
Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road,
Patumwan District, Bangkok 10330

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Written by foodphd

September 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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  1. […] visiting the good ol’ Hua Seng Hong Shark’s Fin and Bankhunmae on every Bangkok trip, we decided to venture beyond the lesser known central touristy area of […]


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