Pad Riew แปดริ้ว is more of the hometown of D’s dad. Once in a while, we will drive 56 km to this small town, at Chacheongsao ฉะเชิงเทรา province to visit D’s relatives, on his dad side. D is very close to his dad’s side of relatives: his aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pad Riew is a pleasant small town, just off tourist route, sans tourist attractions.
I have always enjoyed this ‘balik kampung’ (go back to hometown) trip, albeit the language barrier. I love the sense of family closeness, Thai-style, everytime we head back to Pad Riew.
There are always abundant food; we were always welcomed with food, and also with open arms. This trip is of no exception. We had our heart-warming lunch there.
And as usual, not only that we were well-fed there, we were also given food to take home: kuehs (local snack), fruits, lime and even a jar of prawn paste.
After few hours of chit-chatting, we then had early dinner with Aunt Chai and D’s cousins and niece, at Jitlada Plaphao จิตลดาปลาเผา. This restaurant is one of our regular food stops in Pad Riew.
I am the newly crowned mayor of this place, but sorry, no discount. But nevertheless, you should still bow to me, when you dine here.
Jitlada Plaphao’s signature dish is their grilled fish in salt. And that’s exactly what we order everytime.
But the unassuming grilled mushrooms with soy sauce glaze is my favorite dish at Jitlada. The earthy taste of mushroom is unveiled with a simple grilling method, and it’s juicy with soya sauce taste. I also think that it is absolutely genius to complement it with a vinegar dipping.
D ordered grilled crab to satisfy my crabby craving. Nope, the flower crab didn’t do its job. I still want my ‘meat’ crab.
It’s always a tug-of-war when we have pay. D won this time. Hooray! The bill came up to ThB1,300+ for 6 adults and 1 children. Worth it for a tummy-licious meal.
By the way, there is a small children playground right in front of the restaurant. So, it’s a perfect place to keep the little ones occupied.
Jitlada Plaphao จิตลดาปลาเผา
Rom Yen 1
Tel: 038 981 237
Business Hours: 10:30 – 23:00