Krua Bang Ta Boon

Bang Ta Boon are located in western side of Thailand in Petchaburi. It takes about 3 hours driving from Bangkok. The origin of Ta boon came from local mangrove tree name which are abundance in the area. These area are also famous for salt farm and seafood which could be seen in the photos.

Bang Ta Boon are also famous for Bryde’s whale sightseeing which is an quiet interesting, crab industry and fireflies. Researching on these data makes me excited to revisit the place haha. Local business are ranges from seafood to making coal from Ta Boon trees which is famous for their long lasting heat coal.

First, I visit salt farm cafe which is a cafe next to a real salt farm. I would say luckily it is quite cloudy that day which makes salt field photography a more gray scale as I prefer. Since I visited on the weekend, there are lots of people in the cafe though and the cafe does not have any air-condition so make sure you prepare for that too.

Then I went for a lunch at Krua Bang Ta Boon. This place has been around for a long time and has been a popular destination for local and tourist alike. Their style are more on a casual though. There are a small market section in front of restaurant where they prepare seafood of consumption and delivery to other parts of Thailand.

Start with Som Tum Thai (Papaya Salad) for an appetizer. Well balanced sour, spicy and sweetness.

Here comes mute crab, shrimp and blue crab. It is just always a good time when you just have to dig in and get messy with seafood just to get those sweet sweet (not a typo lol) meat under those shell.

Mute crab might looks a bit lackluster at first. I would imagine tiny portion of meat similar to rice filed crab. However, this is just a smaller version of sea crab with their sweetness flavor. Plus they already broke down most of the shell and this just became on of my favorite menu around here.

A good quality blue crab is always one of the most popular menu to enjoy around here. Since there are seafood business around here which prepare and extract seafood for other areas, they had already broke down some part of the crab for our convenient. Just a touch of seafood sauce and you are good to go.

Spicy stir fried catfish is a good way to keep you appetite up. Mix with a rice to balance between spicy and sweetness.

Fried Sea Bass with fish sauce is one of most to go for menu in Thailand due to their portion and flavor. From my past experience, most of the places could provide you a decent quality one similar to this one.

Hoi Cho (dry fried crab meat balls) could be easily founded in sea side areas in Thailand. Originate from Chinese culture in Thailand. This one is alright but not impressive though.

Ended my meal with sweet and juicy shrimp topped with some spicy seafood sauce. I think Bang Ta Boon is an interesting tourist attraction with lots of places to discover and would be excited to revisit again just make sure to prepare enough heat protection too since it could be extremely hot around here

Unatoto

Nowadays Bangkok have been extremely hot which gave a clear sunny day vibe. One of tradition I remember in Japan is eating Unagi (鰻) in summer period since they believe Unagi improves health and heat resistance. Luckily Unatoto is located close by Bangkok in Sukhumvit 33/1 close to BTS Phrom Phong station.

This restaurant is a branch from Japan which serves affordable Unagi with a twist of Thai additional menu such as spicy Unagi Salad. Unadon and Unaju ranges from 1xx to 7xx THB as biggest Bikkuriju. The difference between Unadon (鰻丼) and Unaju (鰻重) could be observed as Unadon (鰻丼) are served in circular bowl when Unaju (鰻重) are served in rectangular box called jūbako (重箱).

They got me at “Unagi Tempura” >_<

Unagi Tempura [195 THB]

Unagi is a commonly found in Japanese restaurant. Unagi Tempura on the other hand is a rare sight since Tempura and Unagi Kabayaki techniques are considered as complicate cooking method in which each restaurant takes pride in their specialties. That is why I just had to try this one out when I got a chance.

Tempura are served crispy and light with a side of salt mixed with Sanshō (山椒) Sanshō is a deciduous aromatic spiny shrub or small tree of the citrus and rue family Rutaceae, native to Japan and Korea. Unagi provides a sweet and juicy texture inside combine with Tempura and little seasoning, I am quite satisfied with this menu.

Karaage Chicken [95 THB]

Resides on juicy yet not too crispy fried chicke with good seasoning. Would prefer more crispy one but that is just my preference.

Hitsuma Bushi L size [310 THB]

Hitsuma Bushi could be enjoyed by three different ways. First, plainly with rice and Unagi. Second, Mix with Negi and toppings and my favorite way by adding some soup making it similar to porridge.

Unagi are chopped into bite size pieces combined with clear soup makes an simple and relaxing meal. There is also a wasabi in case you would like to spice things up.

Finished my afternoon with beautifully decorated Latte art and petite size dessert from D’Ark cafe.

Patom Organic Living

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Recently stumbled upon an interesting organic cafe with distinct Glasshouse structure in a garden in Sukhumvit area. With some curiosity, I’ve entered the place to further explore the cafe.

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The main cafe located in the glasshouse consists of organic bakery, Thai dessert, Thai food in Pinto(little food container with distinct silver color) and organic products which percentages of sales are donated in developing provinces in Nakhonpatom area.

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I’ve went for a Kanomthuay 10THB/piece  (consisted of coconut milk, loaf sugar and flour). Having quality dessert with greenery scenery is one of the best way to energize  and relax myself in weekend.

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The cafe also consisted of outdoor garden to enjoy a good cup of coffee, tea or cocoa. Gotta say that the outdoor garden are one of the most impressive place I’ve visited.

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First time I’ve seen a colorful cactus, so beautiful.

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