or, “Why Getting into Shape in Thailand is not Going to Work Out.”
Last night I joined a group of young professionals, who all live in the same neighborhood, for their weekly dinner around Bangkok. A good friend from Hong Kong, who has since relocated to Bangkok introduced me not only to the group but, in doing so, to another delicious local Thai meal and a new part of town to explore (it was good catching up with her too)!
The group rotates around to different restaurants and this week’s meal was in a neighborhood north east of the city called “Ladprao.” The restaurant, Aroi Nae Non which aptly translates to English as “Delicious Definitely” serves Issan-style food. Issan is a northeastern region to Thailand and the food is characteristically a mix between Thai and Laos. It is usually accompanied with sticky rice and chili sauces. Also big in this cuisine are som tam (papaya salad) and gai yang (grilled chicken) and lap (spicy ground meat salad) .
We had a beautiful grilled fish (which according to google translate is plā thạbthim pheā) that was served with “Thai condiments” of lettuce, basil, mint, cabbage, two types of noodles, chili sauce and sweet peanut sauce. There was also some tom yum kung (a spicy, citrusy soup that can be served with a variety of ingredients – ours was shrimp or kung) as well as the big three Issan dishes mentioned above.
I got a little lost trying to find the restaurant and ended up finding some beautiful street food on Lad Prao Soi 1. Walking up and down the street I resolved to return and eat more in this neighborhood. Especially since it is only 15-45 minutes (depending on traffic) from Nichada!
Aroi Nae Non Issan Restaurant is located at the beginning of Ladprao before Union mall and Ladprao Soi 1. It is right around the corner from the Phahon Yothin MRT station. In a strip of several restaurants its the one with the set of three stairs to get into the restaurant. Tel: 02.939.3808