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Supanniga Eating Room: Bangkok

by Chasing a Plate

Okay, okay quit with the sniggering.  I will have you know that Supanniga is in fact the name of a Thai flower hey, it sure is memorable isn’t it?  And if memories are anything to go by, the ones I have of our visit to Supanniga Eating Room in Thong Lo induce a mouth-watering, eyes lolled back, give me more type of reaction. Supanniga takes the recipes of owner Thanaruek Laoraowirodge’s grandmother and serves home-style dishes to the lucky patrons who walk in the door. The space is casual but chic- concrete walls, a canary yellow banquette and pretty crockery make for a welcoming dining space as do the friendly nature of the staff.

On our visit we drank a long and refreshing Horizontal Upright which was punchy with gin and triple sec but mellowed by sweet pineapple juice and lime and a boozy Supanniga Martini containing gin, dark rum, vodka, lime, brown sugar and mint. The cocktail menu is definitely worth sampling.

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On the food front we were spoilt for choice from the enticing menu. We started with nam prik kai pu a spicy dip of sea water crab eggs and crab meat in which we dunked crunchy vegetables- cucumber, cabbage and beans. It was a starter full of texture and zingy flavour.

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We ate son in law eggs, their fried exteriors sliced through to reveal gooey, golden interiors. These were some of the best I’ve ever had. Truly memorable.

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The pa nang nue lai, a red curry of tender slices of beef shank which was fragrant with coconut milk and chopped kaffir lime leaves was equally mouth-watering. The thick curry sauce perfect for drizzling over jasmine rice.

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Our first taste of stink beans or sa-taw arrived in the form of a pad nam prik sa-taw goong sod, a ‘simple’ (read incredibly complex flavour-wise) stir fry of prawns and shrimp paste. The prawns were juicy and had bite and the sa taw, reminiscent of a broad bean were delicate but full of earthy flavour. I’d eat them again.

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There are countless other dishes on Supanniga’s menu worth sampling the ka lum tod nam pla for one which we ate the next day at Supanniga’s sister restaurant EAT – who knew fried cabbage could taste so good? All I have to say is put Supanniga on your Bangkok eating itinerary. You won’t look back.

Good to know:

Horizontal Upright 220THB
Supanniga Martini 260THB
Nam prik kai pu (crab dip) 190THB
Son in law eggs 130THB
Pa nang nue lai (beef curry) 180THB
Pad nam prik sa-taw goong sod 180THB
Rice 25THB per bowl

Supanniga Eating Room
160/11 Soi Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor)
Klongton Nuea, Watthana,
Bangkok 10110

Telephone: 02 714 7508

Open 7 days, 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5;30pm to 11:30pm

http://www.supannigaeatingroom.com

Images: Thomas Southam

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