“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
BANGKOK is a sanctuary for Thai cuisine where you can find food from streets to restaurants. When it comes to a place to dine in this metropolis, one of the famous areas for palatable dishes is Samyan.
This neighborhood is well-known for its fresh market which opens from early morning till late night but not far away from the market are three fantastic restaurants which you wouldn’t want to miss.
1.Cheng Sim Ei
This restaurant is located in Suanluang Square, Chula Soi 5. Its signature dessert is Cheng Sim Ei which is the name of the restaurant. This is shaved ice in longan juice with toppings including monkey apple, Job’s tears, lotus root and round shaped dough (Ei).
There are other Thai desserts too such as rice noodle in coconut milk (Lod Chong) and grass jelly in fresh milk (Chao Guay). For anyone who wants to create their own dessert, there are 20-30 toppings displayed in front of the restaurant to choose from.
This restaurant also serves meat dishes with these being roasted red pork, crispy pork and roasted duck with rice or noodles.
Cheng Sim Ei opens from 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. every day. The price ranges from 25 – 50 baht for desserts and 25 – 70 baht for meat dishes.
This restaurant is also located in Suanluang Square and is around a minute’s walk from Cheng Sim Ei. Established in 1995, the eatery continues to serve its signature dish, black sesame lava dumpling in hot ginger tea (Bua Loy Nam Khing). When you bite the dumpling, the sesame lava instantly comes out and its bittersweet taste matches perfectly with the peppery taste of ginger.
There are also other kinds of dumplings to choose such as taro, red bean, and on special occasions, soybean. If you do not want hot ginger tea, other options include fresh milk, green tea and Thai iced tea.
Sweet Circle opens from 05:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. every day. The price ranges from 45 – 75 baht.
3.Chokdee Dim Sum
This restaurant is located in Chula Soi 12, near Bantadthong road. The signature dish is Bak Kut Teh which is a soup made of boiled pork ribs, mushrooms and coriander. The soup contains more than 15 types of healthy Chinese herbs boiled for hours, so it has a strong taste. There are more than 20 types of dim sum to choose including steamed stuffed pork bun and steamed shrimp dumpling.
Chokdee Dim Sum is open 24 hours every day. Bak Kut Teh is 129 baht while the price of dim sum ranges from 25 – 49 baht.
When you have tasted the dishes at these restaurants you will surely think, love, and sleep well because you have dined well. Samyan area restaurants more than welcome you to drop by and dine.
TOP: Cheng Sim Ei is both the name of the restaurant and its signature dessert.
INSET: Assorted Dumplings in Ginger Tea at Sweet Circle
FIRST BELOW: A serving of Bak Kut The, which is a nutritious soup with 15 kinds of Chinese herbs at Chokdee Dim Sum.
SECOND BELOW: Some enticing dim sum available at Chokdee Dim Sum.
THIRD BELOW: A delicious plate of Roasted Duck with Rice at Cheng Sim Ei restaurant.
By Supavit Kerdteesud