Friday, August 27, 2010

Kai Ton Thai Chicken Rice, Bangkok, Thailand

Friday, August 27, 2010
Thai Chicken Rice (Khao Man Kai)

We were on a hunt to find Kai Ton, reputedly one of the best Thai Chicken Rice (Khao Man Kai) stalls in Bangkok. After crossing the street to Pratunam Soi 30 vicinity, we saw a Chicken Rice stall that seemed quite popular, and were led to believe that this must be Kai Ton. Of course it wasn't. Even so, we enjoyed the chicken rice. You must understand this though: I take pride in Hainanese Chicken Rice, one of the more representative dishes of Singapore, so I guess I was almost sceptical when it came to hunting down a chicken rice stall in Thailand. Once again, I was proven wrong! The Thais had taken Hainanese Chicken Rice, added a new element, and made it their own. Granted, the rice and chicken are probably identical, but the sauce makes all the difference. Instead of the garlic chilli sauce and minced ginger we get in Singapore (which, by the way, I really love), we get a dark soya sauce mixed with ginger, chilli, and garlic. This Thai dipping sauce was really tasty and addictive with the chicken rice!

Chinese Spring Roll

We also ordered this as a side. I found this quite interesting. It's a rice roll of sorts with chicken, preserved chinese sausages and some kind of vegetable. Anybody knows the exact name of this dish? The sauce that accompanied was sweet and savoury, and went quite well with the roll!

Kai Ton's Thai Chicken Rice (Khao Man Kai)

Eventually, we found our way to Kai Ton. Look how similar this looks to the one in unknown seemingly popular stall! I wouldn't say the chicken rice here is way better, but the rice is indeed more fragrant, and the chicken seems better prepared too. The sauce is equally kick ass! Like the one in unknown seemingly popular stall, the sauce goes really, really well with the chicken infused rice. I finally understand why the Thais love their Thai Chicken Rice. It's definitely worth a try!

Kai Ton
Soi Petchaburi 30
Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2 252 6325

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