I was recently invited to dine at Thai food restaurant- Neung Roi Radisson Blu Plaza in Delhi. After seven trips to Thailand it was a treat to eat good Thai food closer to home. So if you are craving for Thai food in Delhi/Gurgaon, you can check out Neung Roi at Radisson Mahipalpur!
When I visited the lobby had lovely Christmas decorations! Neung Roi means the numeral 100 in Thai. It has been named after the 100oC East longitude line, which runs through Thailand. The restaurant caters to food from all the four regions of Thailand- the Lanna, Isan, South and Central Plains!
When I saw Miang Kham (beetle nut leaf with small bites of lime, peanuts, and other tasty bits) the first thing on the table, I knew my day was made! I tasted it before in Bangkok and I remembered it fondly. My second encounter with Miang Kham was as delicious as the first!
The appetizers were Phad Tuea Hrong (wok fried tofu, bean sprout & chives with soya sauce), Yam Som-O (pomelo salad with crispy onion, garlic & palm sugar tamarind dressing) and Yam Mamuang (raw mango salad with cashew nut).
I am usually not a big fan of tofu but this one was so fresh that I quite liked it with the bean sprout. Both the Pomelo and raw mango salad were in competition with each-other. In the end Pomelo won for me by a very thin margin! Both were delicious! But the Pomelo one was truly wonderful!
The soup was the popular Tom Yum Soup. It is a spicy & sour vegetable soup with lemongrass, kaffirlime and galangal. I like mine with mushrooms. The soup was excellent.
The main course consisted of Phad Pak Kaprow (stir fried vegetables with hot basil, chilli & dark soya sauce), Phad Pak Kiew (stir fried kale with morning glory, pokchoy, soya bean sauce, garlic & pepper) Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak (mixed vegetables in Thai green curry), Mee Spam (stir fried noodle with black soy & pokchoy) and what I like most, the Phad Thai (flat Rice Noodle with tofu, bean sprout, chive, tamarind, chilli & peanut).
Apart from the noodle ones, the vegetable and curry dishes go well with rice.
The Phad Thai was excellent! I am a fan of the morning glory dish and I liked the green curry too! As there were so many dishes I ate everything in moderation! At times like this I wish I was a big eater!
The dessert was Tub Tim Krob (water chestnut in coconut jasmine syrup) and Kanom Tom (jaggery stuffed pandanus glutinous rice dumpling with coconut).
Kanom Tom is eaten whole! The water chestnut dish was superb. I have a big sweet tooth and yet there was something about the portion that I was not craving for more! I have to say it is very rare in my case!
You can see it was a heavy lunch. But as most of the Thai dishes are stir fried, it was a fulfilling meal rather than being excessively oily! If I compare the food at Neung Roi with what I eat in Thailand, it tastes exactly like Thai food should! A lot credit I am sure goes to Thai Chef Yenjai Suthiwaja.
So if you are craving Thai food in Delhi/Gurgaon in a fine dining restaurant, Neung Roi at Radisson Blu Plaza will suit your needs perfectly.
Whenever I start writing about food, I start with ‘I am not a foodie!’ Well, so what if I am not a foodie, I absolutely loved the vegetarian Thai food at Basil at the Sheraton, Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Before you wonder, yes I am in back in Thailand again with TAT New Delhi. But back to the food tales!
Miang Kham is a non-vegetarian starter. But the good folks at the Basil did a vegetarian version for me. You need to fold the betel leaf and then stuff it with coconut shreds, peanuts, onion, ginger, lemon (all really tiny pieces) and then top it with the sauce. Fold it and put it whole in your mouth. It is an explosion of tastes, I truly liked it. I mean I often do food posts as a chore, but not this time. If you ever get a chance to try Miang Kham, go for it. I am already waiting to taste it again!
I liked the Pomelo salad when I tried it on my last visit. I absolutely loved it at Basil. The other dish is Phad Thai Noodles. I tried the papaya salad too and it was again done quite well. I do not like too much chili and the flavor was just right for me. I took an Thai iced tea with my meal.
Khao Phad or stir fried jasmine rice with vegetables and egg was my main course. I was happy that I had two lovely ladies to share the food with, Khun Runjuan the Director of TAT New Delhi and Gobgeao Diessl the digital marketing manager of the hotel. As much as the food, the conversation about India, Thailand and everything in between made the meal even more enjoyable!
What absolutely floored me was the willingness of the chef and her team to serve me Thai vegetarian delights. Gobgeao (on extreme right) told me that the owner of the hotel is an Indian, so they have an Indian chef and they have a long list of vegetarian food both in Basil and their Italian restaurant Rossinis. I can personally vouch that the vegetarian menu at Basil is quite long. If you wish to try out vegetarian Thai food in a luxurious surroundings you have to try out the Basil at the Sheraton, Grande Sukhumvit. Of course, they have non-vegetarian food too but then that is always the norm, finding such good vegetarian food was a delight!
I have lived in hostels for close to 12 years and mess food killed all my taste buds. However it has been 11 years since I left hostel and I am regaining some interest in food. Mind you just a little, so don’t expect much out of this post. I am now going to talk about vegetarian food in Thailand and Cambodia. More likely you get to see how the food looked in those parts of the world!
Noodles with Greens and Crushed Peanuts as a Starter at Ban Dong Krathong Yam , Thailand
It also doesn’t help my cause that I am vegetarian. I am not that strict a vegetarian. If push comes to a really hard shove I can eat a little bit of fish. Give me rice and fish gravy and I will survive but that is not the food of my choice. I do eat eggs, that gives me another weapon to survive when I travel abroad. I have managed in many parts of the world because they eat rice and vegetables and they are hospitable enough to produce something for a vegetarian customer!
My Lunch Plate at Ban Dong Krathong Yam , Thailand
So I was happy with my lunch plate that had rice, noodles and vegetables. But Thais have great curries too. They have (among others) Massaman Curry, a Red Curry and a Green Curry and all can be done in vegetarian versions. When I travel abroad I give up completely on looking for Indian food. First of all I am not going to find it, secondly if I do, it is going to be overpriced and thirdly I didn’t travel to another country to eat Indian food, I get it at home quite easily. Hence I am happy with whatever I can find, as long as it is largely vegetarian.
Chilies are Easily Available
Thai and even Cambodian food is flavorful and spicy. I can’t take too much spices, particularly chili. My eyes start watering and my nose becomes red if I chew on one small piece of chili even by mistake. But if want your food to be more spicy you can add more chilies! They are easily available in Thailand.
Sea Food at Ploen Restaurant on Viphavadee Rangsit Road, Bangkok
If you like sea food and non-vegetarian of course the entire world is your playground! However, I like travel so much that I am willing to survive on bread and butter rather than miss out on a travel opportunity! I would also say vegetarian options have gone up with time. Ten years back, there have been a time when I have actually survived on bread, jam and cake!
More food from of Ban Dong Krathong Yam, Thailand
And if you are wondering why did I click so many pictures at Ban Dong Krathong Yam, it was because light was good. The lunch was held under a partially covered auditorium which made for better light and pictures. A lot of restaurants keep the light so dim that it becomes a task to click pictures.
The Starters at Cassia Restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia
I usually don’t get fazed by whatever I am served. When I looked at this plate, I thought it was the main course. I have to admit even I was a little daunted. But this was just the starter, for the main course we had enough rice and curry to eat for two days if we wanted.
Bamboo Sticky Rice at Ban Dong Krathong Yam , Thailand
I just loved Bamboo Sticky Rice. It is cooked in a kiln in a bamboo and it tastes great. They make an excellent dessert out of the sticky rice with coconut milk and mangoes. Thailand and Cambodia have brown rice as well and it was a delight.
Banana Sweet Dish at Cassia Restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia
I am very fond of desserts. I almost never give them a miss. I would be very happy to see when they served a fruit platter for dessert. But I sampled many others too. For example, for this banana pancake like dessert was excellent. Now if you feel that I am not telling you the exact names of the food, remember I am the one with almost no taste buds, my food forays are new. I will get better if I keep at it, which I think I will.
Thai Iced Tea with Milk at May Kaidee’s, Bangkok
And that brings us to the most important thing for me, tea. It was different from the milk tea I am used to at home but then I am lucky. I can enjoy tea in its various forms. Thai Iced with Milk is excellent but I have to admit I start longing for my adrak/tulsi chai after a few days! I don’t miss the food but I do miss my kind of tea sometimes. But then I love travel so much that I am ready to survive on bread and butter and whatever goes for tea!