Summer's here, you know the drill! Khao chae is in season, and here are six places where you can experience the best of this famous Thai summer dish around town.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Visit The Mandarin Oriental's Sala Rim Nam restaurant or head to The Mandarin Oriental Shops to indulge in this refreshing dish of chilled rice in jasmine-scented water accompanied by the distinctive flavours. The Mandarin Oriental's khao chae set features fried sweet pepper, deep-battered salted egg, stuffed shallot and fried shrimp paste. Don’t forget to try the sweet fish, salty beef and pickled vegetables and fruits. The small set for two people is priced at 455 baht net, while the large set for four is 695 baht net. Available throughout April 2018.
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Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers invites you to discover an authentic Thai summer menu with its khao chae set. With the refreshingly fragrant rice, find traditional sides like deep-fried shrimp paste balls, fried bell pepper stuffed with minced pork and shrimp wrapped in egg net. Other delectable sides include preserved salted radish stir-fried with sugar, fried mackerel, sweetened dried beef and watermelon topped with sweetened dried fish flakes. And that's not all—don't forget to end with a sweet dessert of sala fruit in syrup. Priced at 550++ baht per set, the Royal Orchid's khao chae is available daily at Lobby Lounge and Pools between 11:30am-4:00pm throughout the month of April.
The Sukhothai Bangkok
Award-winning Celadon restaurant at The Sukhothai Bangkok invites diners to savour the traditional Thai summer dish for lunch at 990++ baht per set—takeaways are also available at 1,200++ baht per set. Prepared by chef Rossarin, the set includes an array of traditional condiments, including fried shrimp paste balls, ground steamed stuffed bell peppers with minced shrimp, sweetened shredded fish, fried stuffed shallots with ground catfish, crispy beef or pork threads, watermelon with sweet ground fish and homemade marian plum in syrup. Celadon is opened daily for lunch from noon till 3pm while dinner is served from 6:30-11pm with live Thai dancing.
Jim Thompson’s khao chae set presents itself with an array of fine ingredients. Using two-tone Sao Hai rice soaked in the chilled Jasmine-scented water, this unique delicacy is served alongside a varied selection of delicious side dishes according to the royal court recipe. The traditional fine shrimp paste is infused with rare finger root, while the stuffed sweet peppers are carefully filled with shrimp and ground chicken before being delicately wrapped in duck egg. Other savoury treats include the stuffed shallots with sun-dried snakehead murrel and the salted fish fritters made from Indo-Pacific king mackerel. For balance, the sweet side dishes of sautéed sweet radish with coconut sugar, sautéed sweet spotted eagle ray with fried onion and Jim Thompson's signature mango with sticky rice will delight the palate. Jim Thompson's khao chae can be enjoyed until May 31 at the Jim Thompson House (0-2612-3601), Jim Thompson restaurant and Lounge on Surawong Road (0-2235-8932) and Bombyx at Siam Paragon (0-2129-4840).
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Cool off with khao chae from Up & Above restaurant at The Okura Prestige Bangkok. First steamed and then fried to beautiful consistency before being allowed to cool, the fried assortments for the khao chae here showcase the Okura Prestige's attention to detail of traditional Thai recipes. Other toppings include fried shallots, fish balls and stir-fried sweet pickled Chinese turnips with egg. Priced at 525++ baht a set, Up & Above's khao chae is available daily from noon until 10:30pm, until April 30.
St Regis Bangkok
VIU restaurant will be serving an extravagant royal Thai khao chae exclusively from April 13-15. Priced at 650++ baht per set, the Thai Songkran Sharing menu offers royal Thai khao chae with chilled, jasmine-scented, soaked rice, shrimp paste balls, sweet fried pork, crispy sesame fish, sweet turnip with egg, and green mango, cucumber, turmeric and chilli. Special on April 13 only, enjoy a Thai musical instrument khim performance and a complimentary hand garland class from noon till 3pm.
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