Wednesday, July 13, 2005

On Location!!! - Bangkok, Thailand - Episode 2

After shopping at Siam Square, headed down to Ma Boon Krong(MBK) shopping center, It is not far from Siam Square. It is within 10 minutes walking distance. MBK is a huge shopping center and very famous in Bangkok. You can will find almost anything here, from attire to shoe to watches, food and much much more.

After spending a few hours shopping, we are hungry again. All the the while thinking that the food in shopping complex will not be as good as the hawker food in the night market. Headed to the taxi stand to get a taxi to night market.

On the way to the ground floor taxi stand, we pass by the MBK foodcourt. We notice this restaurant, full of people dinning inside and the food looked nice. We saw one of our favorite food, Crab. One crab cost 199 thai bath (less than rm 19). After seeing that the restaurant serves crab and the big crowd, we decided to give it a try. By the way, this restaurant is called HONGMIN Restaurant.

Picture above is the picture of the crabs displayed at the entrance. This was one of the reason we decided to cancel the night market trip to try the food in this restaurant.

Picture above is Tom Yam Kung. Tom Yam Kung means tom yam prawns. It taste very nice, unlike the tom yam maggie and tom yam that you get in malaysia. It was the perfect blend of spicy and sour flavours. The thais really know how to make a good tom yam. Well, actually they should!! They invented the stuff!!

This dish is called Fish Maw soup. Fish maw soup is very popular and famous in Thailand. You can get Fish maw soup in most restaurants. The soup is double boiled and includes ingredients such as fish maw, squid, slice mushroom and crab meat.This Fish Maw soup is served in claypot, to keep it hot when serve. Nice dish!

The two pictures above are of Three Kings Salad. The Makan Kings personally recommend anyone to try this salad. It is absolutely fantastic. Three Kings means oyster, squid and prawn(hmmm...the three kings of seafood?). The oysters used are fresh oysters. The green colour sauce on the salad was made from cili padi with lemon juice. A word of warning, this is very very spicy, even hotter than tom yam. Most of us at the table couldnt stand the spiciness and the Makan Kings happily goobled every last bit! It is that GOOD!! Would rate this dish 9.5 out of 10!

The picture above is of roast duck. The skin was very crispy and the meat was suprisingly tender, not hard. A very nice dish to go with rice.

Our favorite seafood, Crab. The crab was fried in their own thai style. It was fried with onions, spring onions, chili and egg. Taste different from the usual Malaysian kam heong style and sweetand sour style. Worth a try. Nice as well.

Duck meat and wanton noodle. This dish looks like wanton noodles soup that is available in Malaysia, but taste different. The main difference is in the soup, the soup is very nice. The soup probably uses duck and pork as a base. Overall very nice and satisfying dish.

Black sesame "tong yuen". The "tong yuen" served here is much bigger compared to the ones that are normally served in Malaysia. The skin is thin and bursting with the black sesame filling. The soup was cooked with ginger and brownsugar. Served hot.

The above picture is sago in coconut milk topped with honey dew. This dish was served cold. A very nice end to an absolutely fantastic meal. The coconut milk was very nice and fragrant.

Glad that we gave this restaurant a try. It only goes to show that good food may be chanced upon and found in unsuspecting places.

Makan Kings ratings = 8.5 out of 10

Sa Waa Dee Kap!
-Makan Kings-


Anonymous Penang Kia said...

Now is 8 am in the morning and i was sitting in my office reading your blog. I still havent had my breakfast yet, already very hungry. After reading ur post, I am more hungry. Tell me, where can i find this type of food at 8am morning in Penang .......... Nice Job MakanKings, keep it up. Waiting for ur further post. I should go have my breakfast now, b4 i can continue reading ur post..... haha .....

8:02 AM, July 13, 2005  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

penang kia,

ahahhahahahha. Seems like we have a very dedicated reader here! Thanks for your continuing support. More post are coming. We promise.

Hope you had a good breakfast!!

-Makan Kings-

9:35 AM, July 13, 2005  
Anonymous apcc said...

i miss MBK. i miss bangkok. i miss thailand. i miss the food...

did the makan kings try all those fried insects?
and in thailand, they have tau foo faa served using 'green' sugar (coz they use pandan to fragrant the sugar), and normally, they give yau cha guai too...


11:01 AM, July 13, 2005  
Anonymous @lionS said...

i should go bangkok, regret.

11:23 AM, July 13, 2005  
Blogger babe_kl said...

wahhh yr description made them all sound so delicious

3:09 PM, July 13, 2005  
Blogger FatMan Seoul said...

Nice one. Based on what you ordered, looks like you were in a Thai Chinese restaurant.

7:40 PM, July 13, 2005  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

apcc - Didnt try the fried insects. None of us dare. We find it too gross. Didnt see the tau foo faa. Will look for it the next time we are there. We did eat some yau cha kuai though. It was near Pratunam Market at night. Dont have a picture cos we didnt bring our camera out at night. Taste wise, its the same as the yau cha kuai you get in Malaysia. It is slightly shorter and you can buy a pandan dip for it. Taste like kaya.

@lions - Next time we will organise a Makan Kings Food Tour ok? :D

babe_kl - The food there is really really good. Everything was so good. But do heed our warning with the Three Kings salad. It really is fiery hot!!

fatman seoul - Yeap! It was a Thai Chinese restaurant. And a very good one too!!

-Makan Kings-

11:43 PM, July 13, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man, my favorite is Fish Maw soup. I like it very much .... Fish Maw, Fish Maw, Fish Maw..... I want it.

8:20 AM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Wow, I remember going to MBK but I only ate at the food court. You seem to have found great food there. Tummy now growling for lunch!

11:36 AM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger Makan Kings said...


Yes. We found good food in MBK. Hope you have a good lunch!!

-Makan Kings-

1:39 PM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous ruby said...

you people's stomachs must be very big indeed

7:03 PM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous Penang Kia said...

Hahaha , I agree with u ruby. I think they must be a gang of "tua pui" or fatty ....... Just joking la MakanKings, hope u dont mind. I am also a tua pui cos i like to eat .... hehe

2:31 PM, July 15, 2005  
Anonymous Penang Kia said...

My grandma say "Ei chiak si hok" (hokkien). That means can eat is prosperity. hehe ......

2:33 PM, July 15, 2005  
Blogger Makan Kings said...

ruby - How did you know??? heheheheheeheh

penang kia - Yes! We are!! Never never trust a thin person when it comes to food!! Agree with your grandma!!

-Makan Kings-

4:12 PM, July 15, 2005  

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