Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Khun Lek Khao Mok Kai @ Charoen Krung, Bangkok - คุณเล็ก ข้าวหมกไก่ @ ถนนเจริญกรุง กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Thai Muslim Food
Charged Price: THB150 per person without alcohol
Visited: 9 July 2016
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Value for money: 9/10
Services: 5/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Khao Mok or Biryani is something rather common in Thailand. Thanks to the magic of mixing spices of Muslim culture. However, a really good one and authentic can be difficult to find. Here on Thanon Charoen Krung and opposite Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital, Khun Lek who is the owner of this tiny joint, Khun Lek Khao Mok Kai, produces such wonderful khao mok.

Khun Lek operates her shop only during lunch time and I can tell you that things run out pretty fast. Make sure you are here not too late if you don't want to get disappointed of something running out. As mentioned, it is a small place and only around 10 tables, so be patient. To get here, driving might be your only choice as there is no major public transport around except bus.

Khun Lek Khao Mok Kai @ Charoen Krung, Bangkok

just a small joint of 1 commercial building

This is where the delicacy prepared

perhaps 10 tables

surely something good on the wall

Typically, khao mok with chicken is common. But I tend to go for something with beef each time I visit as you won't often see khao mok with beef around. If you fancy combination, they can also do it for you for example Khao Mok Chicken + Beef - ข้าวหมกไก่ + เนื้อ (10/10). I have to really say it is fantastic. The quality of rice that has been prepared well with spices is top of the class. Chicken and beef were as well tender, juicy, and flavourful. In case of fancy something rare, Khao Mok Mutton - ข้าวหมกแพะ (9/10) could be your pick. Again very nice with its distinct character. Among chicken, beef, and mutton, my top pick would have been beef. To couple the meal Beef Soup - ซุปเนื้อ (8/10) was also a good choice. With a bit of spice from chili, it just completed the meal.

Personally, khao mok of Khun Lek is one of the best in town. So bon appetit if you are visiting Khun Lek.

Khao Mok Chicken + Beef - ข้าวหมกไก่ + เนื้อ (THB80)

Khao Mok Mutton - ข้าวหมกแพะ (THB130)

Beef Soup - ซุปเนื้อ (THB70)

Khun Lek Khao Mok Kai @ Charoen Krung, Bangkok - คุณเล็ก ข้าวหมกไก่ @ ถนนเจริญกรุง กรุงเทพฯ
2432/3 Thanon Charoen Krung
Bang Kho Laem
Bangkok 10120
Thailand

Open Hours: daily from 11:00am - 03:00pm except Sunday

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2006

Date of Tasting: 18 November 2016
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13%
Origin: Bordeaux, France
Appellation: Margaux, Troisieme Grand Cru Classe
Expect to Pay: ~ EUR50
Web: http://www.malescot.com/
Chubby Appreciation: 92/100
Critics' Opinion: WA - 91/100, AG - 91/100, WS - 92/100, WE - 92/100, JS - 93/100, FS - 92/100, ST - 90/100, JR - 16.5/20, DC - 90/100, CT - 91/100


Appearance: Dark red.
Aroma: Tobacco, cocoa, oak, plum, rose.
Palate: Fine but somewhat dense with medium-full bodied. Velvety tannins. Earthy. Dark cherry and bitter chocolate. Complex to the end.

Gear towards modern style but still feminine / elegant characters of Margaux. Delicious indeed. Ready now and good for another decade. Lamb shank to couple and you are good to go. Salute!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Baan Malako @ Rayong, Thailand - บ้านมะละกอ @ ระยอง

Cuisine: Noodle
Charged Price: THB100 per person
Visited: 1 July 2016
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Value for money: 8/10
Services: 5/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

During bank holiday break, we had a chance to visit Rayong and indeed we did spend our opportunity to try out the local stuff. Baan Malako was one of them and is the one we really appreciated. It is a very local joint that serves noodle with spotted mackerel. I have to say it is really fabulous. So simple, so delicious, and so local. The place is spacious and I would guess it can accommodate 50 people easily. Also you don't have to worry about parking space as there are many parking lots right in front of the place. Only problem is they do not serve dinner (T<>T)"

Baan Malako @ Rayong, Thailand - บ้านมะละกอ @ ระยอง

rather spacious

The Menu

Since this was our first visit, so we did decide to try both with and without soup: Stewed Noodle with Mackerel Fillet and Fish Ball (10/10) and Fish Ball with Fillet and Noodle in Soup (9/10). I have to admit that I could be a little biased towards stewed noodle as I personally not the kind of soup-eater. Nevertheless, both were simply delicious. They were flavourful. The fillet were fresh and tender. Usually mackerel can be somewhat tough but it was not the case here. We did as well give a go with Pad Thai with Spotted Mackerel - ผัดไทยปลาอินทรี (8/10) and it did not disappoint us at all. The vermicelli noodle used for pad thai (Chan Noodle - เส้นจันท์) was originally from Chanthaburi Province which is right next to Rayong. So I would presume that the very best Chan Noodle must be from this area. Yes, the noodle here was wonderful. Tender but also possesses some chewiness. Excellent texture. Combining with great local ingredients and fresh mackerel fillet, this was a wow dish. Without doubt, Baan Malako will be another in my list to revisit every other time when popping by Rayong. 

Soup vs. No-Soup

Stewed Noodle with Mackerel Fillet and Fish Ball (THB60)

zooming up

Fish Ball with Fillet and Noodle in Soup (THB60)

fish ball with fillet

Pad Thai with Spotted Mackerel - ผัดไทยปลาอินทรี (THB60)

Baan Malako @ Rayong, Thailand - บ้านมะละกอ @ ระยอง
33 Moo 6
Tambol Klaeng, Amphoe Muang
Rayong 85000
Thailand

Open Hours: Mon - Sat from 08:30pm - 04:30pm
Tel: +66 (038 648 617
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