Sunday, May 11, 2008

Chao Phraya

Only one recipe this weekend since we went out for dinner last night.

It's been almost 2 years since we went to Chao Phraya.  It serves some of the best Thai food in Montreal.  We just could not bring ourselves to go for Thai food in Montreal since returning from the Far East last winter.  You just can't get better Thai food than in Thailand wether you are eating in a fancy restaurant that only mostly farangs can afford or on the street praying that you will not spending the next three days in the bathroom.

The menu at Chao Phraya is extensive.  Looks daunting at first but basically there are a number of flavors that are repeated for different types of meat/seafood.

Not that it makes deciding any easier.

We started with Kampoo Swan (fried crab claws), Peek Gai Kha Pao (spicy fried chicken wing with crispy basil leaves) and Yam Mumuang (green mango salad).  The salad was sweet and sour with the right amount of heat.  (Just be careful not to eat a raw chili pepper by mistake!)  The other two appetizers are deep fried but neither one tasted greasy.

For the main dishes, we finally settled on Neua Kha Pao (sauteed beef with chili and basil leaves) and Mou Pad Khing (sauteed pork with ginger, shallots and onions).  The beef was sweet and spicy.  The pork was fragrant but a little on the salty side for my taste.

Then, there was dessert.  It's been over a year since we had mango and sticky rice and although the portion is a little smaller than we had hoped, it certainly hit the spot.  The fried banana was crispy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside.  Unlike the last time I had this dessert at Chao Phraya, it did not taste greasy this time.

It is no Baan Khanitha or Celadon, nonetheless, Chao Phraya serves up some satisfying Thai food that brings back many delicious memories.

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