Life is Short…Eat Dessert First!

Life is Short...Eat Dessert First!Thanying is a conversational address to the title of Mom Chao Ying (Her Serene Highness Princess, the usual rank of granddaughter of a king).

The Thanying Restaurant is named in honor of H.S.H. Princess Sulabh–Valleng Visuddhi who was once the head cook in the Sukhothai Palace kitchen for her half-sister, Queen Rambhai Barni of King Rama the Seventh.

Specializing in the kind of recipes which Princess Sulabh would once used there, it is run by the princess’s son, M.R. (Mom Rajawong, the fourth royal generation) Sorut Visuddhi and his business partner, Mr. Kriangkrai Unhanandana, a renown Thai actor.

The Thanying first opened some 20 years ago on Soi Pipat and three years later has moved to an old house on Pramuan Street ever since.

Since the Thanying was recommended in the New York Times and other leading local and foreign magazines as one of the Bangkok ’s best restaurants, it has attracted a number of foreign visitors.

For such people, unfamiliar with the food, there are set menu at 660 baht net, 792 baht net, and 990 baht net which serve such typical fare as TOM YAM GOONG and there is also a long and thoughtful compilation of traditional favorites at moderate prices.

There is only one Thanying Restaurant – no branches.

The Thanying is about three minute walk from Surasak BTS Station. It is located at number 10 Thanon Pramuan (Pramuan St.), off Silom Rd., between Silom 17 and 19, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.

Lucky me, in fact, lucky Singaporeans – we may not have The Thanying but we do have A Thanying Restaurant located at Amara Hotel, Level 2, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539 since erm… even before Valerie was born and she’s turning 24 this year! Luckier still, we now have not one but two with the sister restaurant located at The Amara Sanctuary, Sentosa, Singapore. Many Thai restaurants come and go but Thanying Restaurant has stood the test of Singaporean’s fussy tastebuds for a quarter century now. Whenever I visit a new Thai restaurant, the first I do is to check out their dessert menu. Where there’s a Thai dessert buffet, there’s a happy me 😀

Thanying©BondingToolThere is a reasonably big Chinese community in Thailand thus they celebrate CNY too. Nian Gao and Lou Hei which you can see laid on this table by the restaurant’s entrance are available until Chap Goh Mei (literally meaning 15th evening) since Spring Festival is celebrated for 15 days and will end this Sunday, 24th February (Asian time). That reminds me I need to eat some Yusheng before Sunday ends.

Thai Meal at Thanying©BondingTool Playing catch up with an old friend, Li, whom I have not seen for 10 years on this Friday afternoon.

Tomyum Goong©BondingTool Tom Yum Goong: Thai Spicy Prawn Soup cooked with Mushroom, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Lemongrass and a hint of Chillies.

Seafood Tomyum©BondingTool Tom Yum Talay: Thai Spicy Seafood Soup cooked with Mushroom, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Lemongrass and a hint of Chillies. I find both the tomyum goong and tomyum talay only mildly hot and would be happy if the restaurant could adopt a system where diners could indicate the level of heat like Ying Thai 2.

Boneless Stuffed Chicken Wings Thai©BondingTool Peek Kai Yad Sai: Boneless Chicken Wings – Deep-fried, crispy skin stuffed with juicy succulent filling of minced Pork, Prawns, Chicken and Mungbean threads.

IMG_8590 Yam Sohm Oh: Thai Pomelo Salad with lots of Pomelo pulps, fried Dried Shrimp, fried Garlic, diced Shallots, Thai Chilli paste, Palm Sugar, toasted Coconut and Peanuts… This dish has been in the Thai culture for at least a couple hundred years and I always order this when I come here. The combination of sweet, sour, spice and crunch is just flavoursome and very very delicious!

Olive Rice©BondingTool Khow Ob Nam-Liaeb: Fried Rice with Black Olive and Minced Chicken in Claypot. The tiny bits of  chopped lime adds a slight bitterness which actually has good after-taste.

Grouper in Spicy Sauce Thai©BondingTool I forgot the name of this dish in Thai but it’s Grouper Fillet sauteed in Spicy Chilli Paste and yup, this is a very spicy dish cooked with Basil and tiny pea eggplants.

Pineapple Rice©BondingTool Khow Ob Sapparod: Pineapple Fried Rice with Sliced Chicken topped with Pork Floss. I felt the restaurant could improve on this dish. I was not impressed with neither the presentation nor the taste. In fact, it was only mediocre.

Red Curry and Pomelo Salad©BondingTool Kaeng Phet Ped Yang and Yam Sohm Oh.

Salted Fish and Red Curry©BondingTool Crispy Fried Salted Fish served as a side to the Roast Duck in Thai Red Curry. For recipe click here.

Red Curry Roast Duck©BondingTool Kaeng Phet Ped Yang: Roast Duck in Thai Red Curry has pineapple and Makua Puong the tiny pea eggplants. The seasonings were just right although I would preferred this curry to be thicker and richer.

IMG_8602a I love Thai desserts, especially the steamed tapioca with coconut cream and the mango with glutinous rice sans the mango and warm the rice for me (not shown in the picture).

Special thanks to The Thanying for the informative introduction about the name Thanying.

Thanying Amara Hotel is so popular during weekdays lunch getting your bill paid demands patience.

Thanying Restaurant Amara Hotel
Address: 165 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088539
Phone:6222 4688
Transit: Tanjong Pagar Plaza

Happy eating 🙂

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