Met up with 7 other paternal cousins for dinner at "somewhere central", given that some lived in the 'far, far East' and others live in the 'far, far West'. Tired of dining at Marina Square and hanging out at 'the Steps', we opt to try dining at Suntec City and hung out at the Fountain of Wealth instead.
8 of us, and not a single one remembered to make a reservation. -___-
Thankfully, they manage to accomodate us all. Perhaps they even regret it, given the amount of ruckus we create afterwards. I can imagine all the other diners giving us the evil eye... :P
8 of us took AaaaGES to decide what to have for ourselves. Much less the shared appetisers. Then there's the beverages....
There were so many pics, so I decide to split this post into 2:
1~ The shared starters/appetisers & beverages.
2~ Individual mains.
GREEN PAPAYA SALAD WITH SHRIMP FLAKES
Som Tum Song See
I was so looking forward to this and yet, it turn out to be such a downer. Kinda' bland. Strongly felt like some key flavours are missing. :(
I can still recall when I was shopping at Bangkok's Chatuchak Market and saw this being sold for less than $2. As were were enjoying strands of the fiery green papaya with its generous chunks of dried shrimp; everywhere around us, people sudden;y stopped moving and went all quiet!
Then we heard the national anthem blaring from the loudspeakers/PA system. Whoa!
One of my cousins was midway through spooning the 'Som Tum' into her mouth and she froze right there. We had to stifle our giggles, seeing how the locals were seriously observing their national anthem. Once it's over, the continued with what they were doing like time never stood still they way it did, minutes before.
Ahh... fond memories....
GREEN MANGO SALAD
Yum Ma Muang
For more description on this, refer to my recent entry HERE.
SIAM KITCHEN SPECIAL MID-JOINT CHICKEN WINGS
Peek Gai Tod Nam Pla
With a name like that, you can't help expecting more. Yet, what appeared on our table actually looked more like skinny frog-legs (that's what I thought right then).
I gingerly took a bite and that's when it dawn upon me, what actually made this 'special'. It's the marinade. Nicely spiced, savoury and crispy! And the sweet chilli sauce, instead of over-powering the subtle taste, actually accentuate it instead.
So fun to bite into these!
CALAMARI FRITTERS WITH SALT AND CHILLI
Pla Muek Kua Prig Klua
Honestly, the calamari rings at Fish & Co. really raised the bar for me. That made other mediocre calamari rings totally pale in comparison.
Rings were a tad thin. The fact that they are simply dusted in flour with a bit of salt and chilli (powder) made the taste simple and the tangy mayonnaise on the side complemented that.
ICED LEMONGRASS TEA : THAI ICED MILK TEA : THAI LIME ROSE
Very, very similar to what I had previously too.
What's worth a mention is the Mango Iced Frost which one of my cousins had. Refreshing & delish! Sorry, no pics though. She sat at the other end of the table. :P
Coming up: Individual mains…!