Food From Home At The Street Ratchadapisek

After living (on and off) in Thailand for few years, I have my cravings for food from home once in a while. I am always on a lookout for new places to try, to bring me closer to home. So far, Champions Sport Bar is my favorite, but someone mentioned in a forum that they’ll be closing down (unverified news). And with this unfortunate news, I really have to look harder.

Which brings me to my latest discovery. Not one, but two restaurants at The Street at Ratchadapisek: SO asean (Asean cuisine) and Hok Dee Chicken Rice (Singapore cuisine). The Street’s nearest MRT is Thailand Cultural Centre, only 4 MRT stations away from where I stay in Lat Phrao, perfect when I crave for some yummy comfort food.

Little Hong Kong
Tim Ho Wan

The Street seemed to cater to food from the region – besides the two restaurants mentioned, there is also Little Hong Kong and Tim Ho Wan for Hong Kong cuisine. During my property-hunting days, I was told that Ratchada area is popular with Mainland China people .. so perhaps that’s the reason why.

 

SO asean Cafe & Restaurant

SO asean Cafe & Restaurant
SO asean – the destination of Asean cuisine

I first heard about SO asean from a fellow Malaysian, but the price was a tad expensive for me. So, I KIVed this place till later …

SO Asean deco
SO asean
SO asean

Now that I have been to the restaurant, the price does comes with a nice restaurant ambience, so it’s worth the price.

Our Asean feast

Bf suggested this place few weekends back, when I had my craving for nasi lemak. We ordered Malaysia’s nasi lemak served with butterfly pea rice (165 baht) and Indonesia’s beef rendang (215 baht). Bf also ordered Vietnamese’s pork and vegetables wrap แหนมเนือง namnueng (185 baht) for sharing.

Malaysia nasi lemak
Nasi lemak

Nasi lemak .. Since when our humble nasi lemak turns into such a fancy dish? Give me my plain coconut rice, sans butterfly pea, and that would make me a happy girl. Fried chicken is disastrous. And most importantly, they need to get the sambal right. Nasi Lemak = Sambal Belacan Ikan Bilis (Anchovies). We Malaysians are sambal snob.

Beef rendang

Beef rendang .. Given the price tag, serving portion was way too small .. but I was happy with the beef rendang. I rather they make do without the tortilla bowl, and give me more beef rendang or the rice cakes. They served the same sambal used for the nasi lemak dish .. since when Malaysia and Indonesia’s sambal is the same? Same-same, but different in many ways lah.

Pork and vegetable wraps
My personal “wrapper”
Packs a punchful of flavor

Pork and vegetables wrap … Yummy especially when he did all the wrappings, and me all the eatings.

Total bill: 731.50 baht (including 10% service charge)

 

Hok Dee ฮกดี Chicken Rice

Hok Dee Chicken Rice

I heard about Hok Dee ฮกดี  from my blog reader, WK Swee, who commented on my Ya Kun blog post. Lo and behold, I chanced upon HD at The Street, and decided to give it a try. For whatever reasons, there seemed to be more Singapore food in Thailand, than Malaysia … excuse me, we do share the same food heritage. Also, Malaysians do have “better” food than our friends down south, just so you know …

The history of Hok Dee

The front page of the menu introduced what Hok Dee is all about. So, I did a bit of googling to find out about Lee Kwang Kee in Singapore. There seemed to be people queuing for their chicken rice .. but for the uninitiated, Singaporean queue for their food … For us Malaysians, we always wonder what’s the big fuss. More often than not, we were not impressed with the food that Singaporeans spent time queuing for. A long queue usually means good food, right? But to us Malaysians, sometimes the queue doesn’t justify the food.

HD Mix & match set meal
HD 6 course set meal
HD combo set meal

Their menu includes many set and combo meal options.

  •  “Mix & match” set meal @ 179 baht comes with 1 main dish + 1 side dish + 1 drink
  • “6 course” set meal special @ 199 baht comes with everything!
  • Combo set meal @ 150 baht for 1 pax for steamed/roast chicken, vege, rice & soup
HD chicken menu

If you just order just steam/roast chicken rice, minus the frills, ala carte menu is 80 baht. I was shocked with the price of only-chicken … is it that expensive back home? 1,000 baht for whole chicken?

HD Singapore laksa
Yellow noodle used

Despite the shop named after chicken rice, I ordered their Singapore Laksa (80 baht) from their ala carte menu. Definitely soooo much better than Ya Kun. It tasted fresh too, versus Ya Kun which I suspected frozen and reheat to serve.

The roasties do not look appealing to me

The restaurant was doing not too bad during lunch time, with many Thai people having their lunch break. I managed to peep at the chicken rice ordered by fellow diners, and I wasn’t entirely convinced that the chicken rice is worth my moolah. You see, Hainanese chicken rice is not just about the chicken, but the aromatic-chicken-oil rice and also the chilli-ginger sauce. While I can be easygoing and pretty much anything … but if they claim they are good, they better be. Nevertheless, I shall give it a try one fine day.

 

The Street Ratchada
Address: 139 Ratchada road, Bangkok
Phone: 02-232-1999
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Street-Ratchada-378598675667166/
Nearest MRT: Thailand Cultural Centre, exit 4

SO asean
Address: 1st floor, The Street Ratchada
Phone:02-121-1909, 095-207-7417
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SOasean/

Hok Dee Chicken Rice
Address: Ground floor, The Street Ratchada
Phone:02-121-1909
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicken.head.restaurant/

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

2 thoughts on “Food From Home At The Street Ratchadapisek

  • January 29, 2017 at 11:42 am
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    Looks good even though nasi lemak with blue rice, hmm

    • January 29, 2017 at 11:54 am
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      Kan. It’s not even nice .. I don’t mind they try to make our humble coconut nice more sophisticated, but have to taste nice also lah

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