Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Fabulous som tam + BBQ chicken & Aree Ba Ba Seafood

After having one of the best meals in Ao Nang on our first day, we were looking forward to our second day. We had breakfast most of our times in Aree Tara Hotel (where we stayed) and to tell the truth, the selection was not that extensive and just mediocre. Even though my favourite BACON was practically unlimited, other things just simply failed to excite my taste bud.

So what we did is to rent a bike which only cost 200 baht for the whole day. And I can assure you that it will be the best mode of transportation while you are in Ao Nang, unless you are planning to drive far. Of course, you can always choose to walk a few kilometres on feet, under the scorching sun. But I think that I had enough of the sun back here in Malaysia so thanks, but no thanks.

On our way back to Ao Nang after 2 hours in Susan Hoi, we saw this stall selling papaya salad or commonly known as som tam plus tasty-looking BBQ chicken & fish. There is no signage so I don't know its name.. there is absolutely no need to locate this stall as there are many stalls along Ao Nang main road up to Noppharat Thara Bay that sell this traditional Thai fare. The trick is to see which stall that has the most local swarm at... and this is exactly what we did! Most of you should know that som tam is Thai salad comprising mainly shredded young papaya, with peanut, tomato, bird eye chilly and local spices. As usual, my order of som tam must be "ped ped" :) coupled with a pair of BBQ chicken thigh, our lunch couldn't be better.

We spent the rest of the afternoon going around Ao Nang, went to Noppharat Thara Bay and also Thai massage. We waited for this before going out to search for dinner. Initially we planned to go to the famous Ao Nang Seafood Street which is facing the beach of Ao Nang for dinner but the high price tag for their selections changed everything.

All of us were very hungry and therefore I took out my Krabi food guide which I pulled from the internet and found this rather funny name.. Aree Baba. It didn't take us a long time to locate this place, as it's located opposite McDonald. Their selection of seafood was not bad, although not as impressive as Ao Nang Seafood Street. You can choose your own seafood in front of the restaurant and they will prepare it right away.

Everything looked fresh

The tiger prawns were huge and cost only 150 baht/100g.

They had a few hut-like dining area in front of the restaurants.

Barbequed squid @ 125 baht - simply delicious! Squeeze the lime onto the squid and dip into the spicy sauce... a great way to start our dinner

Pork satay @ 110 baht for 10 pcs - forget this dish. Tasted mediocre and the meat was not-so-tender. The accompanying peanut sauce was bland as well.

Tom Yam Goong @ 140 baht - the prawns were fresh. However, the soup was a tad salty (which was fine for me by the way). Not as good as Lae Lay's version

Fried pakachad @ 140 baht - this veggie had a crunchy texture but Jenn said it was quite tough to chew.

Fried rice with shrimp paste @ 120 baht - is this what you called fried rice?? LOL.. more like economy rice :P

Steamed mussel in a pot @ 120 baht -as original as it gets for its flavour. Its clear soup was very sweet too

Oyster @ 50 baht per piece - fresh! Squeeze the lime, add some shallots and chilly sauce... good to go!

Deep fried red snapper in Thai chilly sauce @ 200 baht - crunchy skin, firm + flaky meat and sweet Thai chilly sauce... appetising!

Highlight of the evening - barbequed tiger prawns with garlic pepper sauce @ 700 baht. I'll let the picture to do the talking

Leo's verdict - total bill came at 1800 baht (no service + VAT here) to our delight. No great view of the beach but our stomachs felt pampered. Burppppp!!!!

11 comments:

Sean said...

hey all that bacon looks nice and juicy. and it's a nice change to have a hotel breakfast that serves REAL pork, not "beef bacon," rite? :D
that's a cool-looking bike! at first, i was wondering whether u meant bicycle or motorcycle =)
but geez, since the sun is scorching, u still torture yourself with extra-spicy salads?!?
the hut ambience at aree baba looks interesting. private and semi-romantic. and gosh, even i have to say this: that's a LOT of food for a two-person dinner! :D

thenomadGourmand said...

* echoes Sean *
All that for 2???

Now u got me cravign for Thai! My last Sat's Thai escapade failed but lets hope i can make it tis Sat! Khun Tai at PJ!

Paranoid Android said...

The Chicken you had is called Kai Yang. A typical Northeastern dish that has infiltrated through all of Thailand. Typically eaten with Som Tam and Glutinous Rice (Khao Neow)

Pak Ka Ched is a variant of Mimosa (the blushing grass). Lovely if only the young shoots were used. If not, tough! Now you got me all craving for Thai Food.

Sigh!

J2Kfm said...

I know this stretch of cheaper seafood stalls, for I stayed very close to them! But we didn't try any, for we were doubtful.

Btw, the fried rice is actually Belacan Fried Rice, like the one they have in Penang.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

looks like u have been eating exp food in krabi all the way, my friend?

Bangsar-bAbE said...

That's a lot of food you had! Now I feel like eating Thai food for lunch... T___T

UnkaLeong said...

Aiyo...now I have a yearning for Som Tum di.

@paranoidandroix : Let's satisfy our craving soon, I habe just the place in mind ;)

CUMI & CIKI said...

wa.. eat like dat also still look the same.. where does it all go?! the bike is a great idea if you are not driving yes!

Life for Beginners said...

Nice pic of you on the bike, Leo. Makes me wanna take one oso. Hehe. :D

jimmy said...
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jimmy said...

Hi! Nice cover of Krabi you have there! I am also doing a little research of my own on Krabi Food and places of interest as i am going Krabi 18th July. I read here that you have a Krabi Food guide downloaded from the net. Do you still have a copy you can share with me? Thanks!