100 Mahaseth

Bangkok has reached hot and arid summer season which could be easily cured with a sour and spicy packed flavor of Thai north-eastern (Isaan) cuisine. I already had a reservation at 100 Mahaseth before Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants expected revealed on Thursday, 25th March 2021 from 4.30pm (HK/Sing). Alongside Kyoto’s legendary Soba restaurant since 1465 Honke Owariya, 100 Mahaseth has been nominated as root-to-fruit, nose-to-tail and farm-to-table restaurant with 100 Smile Meals initiative to help farmers and suppliers during the pandemic.

100 Mahaseth are packed around lunchtime, the staff informed me that all guest have an advance booking so make sure to reserve before visiting. The ambiance seems to be rustic and simple with an imitation of Isaan vibe. Overall atmosphere seems to be a bit more relaxed than normal fine dining vibe.

Starting with a complimentary starters, crispy pork rind served with fresh vegetables and herbs. Accompanied with Thai Chimichurri, Jaew (Chili sauce with tamarind juice) and Jeaw Pla-ra with moderate spiciness.

Pineapple and Blood Cockle – A Spicy salad of pineapple and blood cockle with Pla-ra (Thai fermented fish sauce)

Blood cockle are famous for their metallic flavor and excessive blood when cooked which I try to stay away from as far as possible. In this particular case, the presentation was well-executed. Combination of sweet and sourness from pineapple with blood cockle and crunchiness from peanuts does blend together.

Som Tam Kai Yang – Marinated grilled chicken with papaya compressed in a seasoned fermented fish sauce with lime and chili

You think you have seen every form of Som Tam? A break from expected Somtum image we normally found in Thailand. Chicken are juicy and the seasoning does blend well too. I wish it would be stronger in the sour and spicy taste though.

Bone Marrow – Bone marrow roasted and buried in charcoal served with toasted perilla seeds, scallion, palm sugar, lime and lemongrass

Bone marrow have a fatty gelatinous texture which felt like a oily custard. One combination bite with toasted perilla seeds felt like a light herbal yummy treat. For the wow factors, this menu definitely got it and majority of the tables ordered Bone marrow.

Grilled sticky rice patties – Sticky rice from Khonkaen rolled into patties glazed with eggs and grilled

A gorgeous presentation of sticky rice apart from our common sight. Be wary of fermented fish on top though since it was extremely salty.

Grilled Braised Ox Tongue – Served with dry Bittergound relish

A generous portion of Ox tongue with a tender texture. Bittergound would be each individual preference due to their strong bitter flavor. Still a strong recommendation as simple and satisfying pick.

Grilled pork Chitlins (Sai-On Yang)

Simple and odorless with a enjoyable chewiness texture

Green Mango Sorbet – served with Naam Plawaan sugar shards with salt and chili marshmallow

Emulating simple green mango with Thai’s snack Naam Plawaan (Sweet fermented fish sauce). Green Mango Sorbet are balanced in sourness and sweetness supported by solidified Naam Plawaan just gave a new twist. Chili marshmallow resides more on a salty side which I would not mind have a full bag as a snack.

Coconut ice cream – in a brioche bun served with sticky rice and roasted peanuts

Packed with creamy and satisfying coconut milk flavor and shred golden thread which was originated from Portuguese Fios de ovos.

In conclusion, 100 Mahaseth offer a lot of twist to Isaan food which still retains enjoyable original taste. The staff are very friendly and informative yet a little bit overwhelmed with full table capacity though. I could see myself revisit this place again in the future.

What is your favorite Thai restaurant around you areas? Please feel free to share your favorite dishes and story.

Krua Chum Sai

Recently I have been occupied with quarantine in Thailand which resulted in a lot less restaurant hopping. The bright side is that staying home gave me an peaceful opportunity to finish some unread books and hobby.

At the moment, Thailand are starting to recover from quarantine period and restaurant starting to reopen with new set of health regulations so I figured it is a good opportunity to support local restaurant and while doing what I love. For everyone struggling with the effect of this global phenomenal, I wish you, your family and all your good friends all the best and I sincerely believe we will emerge stronger than before.

Krua Chum Sai is a hidden gem of Thai traditional restaurant located in Soi Ratchakru near BTS Aree station. They also provide their own parking space. The restaurant has been opened for more than 30 years and the vibe is like a restaurant where your parents have reunion party with their high school friends.

Menu are mainly traditional Thai cuisine. Prices are ranges around 1xx-4xx THB which is reasonable for their quality and portion. What I like about this place is that they do some spicy food which located in tolerable level of tourist and still spicy enough for Thai taste.

Shrimp & Minced pork Thai style Omelet [180 THB]

Apparently this menu is their signature menu. The texture resides in fluffy yet not too oily side. Flavor wise quite balanced. Comparing to Omelet as a popular around Thai restaurant, this one could be classified as a simple yet impressive one.

Stink Bean/Pakria with Chili, shrimp and minced pork [250 THB]

This is the kind of love it or hate it one since Pakria gives a long-lasting smell to your breath after consumption so it is not an ideal menu for a special date. Some people love it and some people just keep avoiding it. Honestly, the stink bean is so light on this one, pretty good for someone trying out for this first time.

Shrimp paste Set with Fried Fish and Veggies – [220 THB]

Contrary to the previous menu, this shrimp paste are full of strong odor from fermented small shrimp. I did backed down on this menu.

Stir Fried Chili shrimp [250 THB]

Appearance could be super spicy and hot. However, the flavor resides on not too spicy and moderate salty flavor. Shrimp texture are also enjoyable.

Overall, I am quite excited I found this little gem. This place is a good fit for bringing seniors for a nostalgia experience still it is a good place to recommend to tourist for a spicy yet not too spicy experience.

Cali Mex Sukhumvit 11

Cali Mex is a Californian Style Mexican cuisine restaurant which currently have 3 branches reside in Bangkok from Sukhumvit to Sathorn area serving Mexican food cravings of local and expats in Bangkok. The ambiance are quite lively as you could see street of Sukhumvit area which is perfect for my Sunday brunch.

Starting off as the waiters are friendly and fluently recommend their best-seller menu with suitable cocktails with the food. Ordered Magarita and Hot Mamacita.

Hot Mamacita – Olmeca Blanco, Fresh muddle Jalapenos, Basil, Fresh Lime, Agave.

Turn on the heat with Fresh muddle Jalapenos. I personally like the idea the the drink is spicy, salty and playful at the same time.

Nachos with Chipotle pulled pork.

Generous quantity of Guacamole. Extremely suitable for appetizing groups.

Jin Kun in action!
Cali wings with Smokey BBQ sauce

These wings are pretty tasty and juicy. Just wish it is a little bit more spicy though.

Quesadillas with Angus Steak

Generous toppings from Guacamole to fresh greens and Salsa. Tortillas are cooked properly with balance fillings.