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Thailand has a countless amount of healthy and wonderfully tasty dishes, one of them being a famous Northern Thai jungle curry (Kaeng Pa แกงป่า). Nearly every flavor you could possibly dream of in a single bite is present within a spoonful of jungle curry. Originally a curry from Northern Thailand, kaneg pa แกงป่า is a medley of vegetables and herbs that can be grown and harvested from the forest. It was once normally cooked with wild boar, which was formerly common in the area, and while you can still order this version, other variations with chicken or pork are also widespread. To try something new, I decided to order this Thai jungle curry with frog – known as Kaeng Pa Kob (แกงป่ากบ). The soup curry included a vibrant mixture of bamboo shoots, eggplants, long beans, chillies, roots, herbs, basil, and not forgetting the meaty chunks of frog included in the soup. The great thing about Thai jungle curry is that it’s very healthy and includes not coconut milk like many other Thai curries. The flavors will excited your mouth like crazy!
In order to get a taste of Thai jungle curry แกงป่า in Bangkok, there’s no better place to go than a restaurant by the name of Ran Gaeng Pa Sriyan (ร้านแกงป่า ศรีย่าน). Located near the Sri Yang market in the Dusit district of Bangkok, Thailand, they serve some of the best jungle curry in the city. Everyday for both lunch and dinner, the restaurants attracts a crowd of local Thais all out to score some marvelous cuisine. Along with jungle curry, the menu also includes an extensive mix of other delicious Thai dishes, some of them northern Thai specialities. I ordered a plate of minced quail stir fried with chillies, garlic, and basil (Nok Sab Pad Kee Mao นกสับผัดขี้เมา) which was outstanding. Also, the stir fried bitter river snails with chillies and garlic (Hoy Comb Pad Cha หอยขมผัดฉ่า) was equally good. I have a raging addiction to eating and ordering stink beans, so there was no resisting a plate of stink beans stir fried with fermented shrimp paste known as Goong Pad Kapi Sataw (กุ้งผัดกะปิสะตอ). All dishes were unbelievably good and it was one of the most memorable feasts of the month.
To finish of a super tasty meal, I ended with a soothing bowl of durian ice cream over a small bed of sticky rice. It was good, but not as good as the durian ice cream down the street – that’s why I didn’t show it in this video. So when you come to Bangkok and want to sample the best Thai jungle curry แกงป่า, this is by far the best one I’ve ever had. And by the way, you don’t need to order it with frog if you don’t want to, there are many other options you can choose from!
Ran Gaeng Pa Sriyan (ร้านแกงป่า ศรีย่าน)
Address: 954/2 Thanon Nakhon Chai Si, Dusit, 10300, Thailand
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm on weekdays, closed on Sunday
Prices: Dishes are about 60 – 100 THB. Two of us had 4 dishes, 4 bowls of rice, 1 bowl of ice cream, a few bottles of water, and our bill came to just over 500 THB. That being said, we had enough food to probably feed four… we were just really hungry!
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เปิดทุกวัน เวลา 10.00 – 21.00 น. หยุดทุกวันอาทิตย์
If you want to eat here, here’s the article I wrote about the same restaurant: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2012/12/thai-jungle-curry/
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