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2018-06-28

BAAN Restaurant Taste As Home

You've got to admire someone’s persistence and consistently getting the right ingredients from trustworthy resources or even using their own homegrown vegetables to reduce the carbon footprint, cooking it the most traditional way and bringing modest dishes to your table that taste as close as home cooking. Baan Restaurant is not an ordinary “home” that strives to deliver what they believe in with their very own gastronomy originating from Thai family recipes. mylifestylenews writes.


The way we were brought up, being fed food from our very own family recipes as a child passed on from previous generations is the most delicious and memorable meals ever had. As times goes by, the genuine palate begins to fade and we begin to forget the taste of its origin. The people behind Baan restaurant knew about this “lost palette” more than any established restaurants in town and they are here to bring back many good childhood memories to re-stimulate your taste buds through their Thai family recipes. Baan Restaurant is a hidden gem that dates back to 2015 and is one of the understated finds on the Bangkok dining scene. It is run by the family and cooks home recipes that are passed on from generation to generation. The sons are running this restaurant and they want it to be more modern and homey, rather than a traditional Thai restaurant. Converted from shop houses, this quaint restaurant on the eponymous Wireless Road might not be the easiest to find, but the search is worth it.


It is rare these days that you can still find genuine recipes, especially when hailing from the family’s roots that displays cooking with complete passion, heart and love – thanks to those who invest their time in culinary search with their utmost passion, believe in themselves and strive so hard to upkeep the lost and fading traditional recipes, especially those from grandma. Because of that, word of mouth travels, Baan Restaurant attracts many food aficionados who appreciate such effort and draws more regulars patronizing the restaurant for some of the particular palate. Baan stands for House or Home in Thai, it only brings you the most honest and freshest of ingredients to your table and provenance of all ingredients is especially notable, using suppliers that focus on bio-dynamic practices - for example, all meat is chemical and hormone free, seafood is from sustainable fisheries and line-caught where applicable, eggs are free-range, vegetables are 100% grown with love and zero chemicals or pesticides. The culinary team is a champion of sustainability by respecting the land, the sea and its natural equilibrium.


This upbeat eatery is stylish and modern where minimalist plays at the core from its interior and deco to table setting, with accents of chic lighting and reflective light panels and signature artwork for a pop of colour in the otherwise monochrome interior. Feng Shui is partly behind the interior design, which creates a warm welcome and harmony, particularly by creating an off-street side entrance, as this address is on an exceptionally busy road.


Each recipe is the fruit of authentic Thai cuisine, while each dish features quality fresh ingredients, always accompanied by the touch that enhances the classic Thai flavors. We had to try a good selection of classic dishes with some twists starting with <Deep Fried Sun-Dried Pork> Delicate strips of pork with sesame seed, with the crispy curry leaves giving an additional pungent sense to compliment the pork strips. These are simple flavours that put a smile on your face. <Tod Mun Kung> is Baan’s signature deep-fried pork & shrimp pancake which is beautifully moist and tender with an excellent deep fried outer coating, plus delicate flavours with the plum dipping sauce.



<Hot & Sour Pork Ribs Soup> 
This Chinese influenced hot and sour soup with hard boiled eggs is rather appetizing, every bite of the soft and tender pork ribs being boiled for hours gives you zingy flavours and perfectly goes well with a bowl of hot and steamy jasmine rice.



Baan’s signature <Stir-fried Minced Dry-aged Beef in Spicy Holy Basil> is not to be missed and is a staple for Thai people (Usually minced pork or chicken is used) and this did not disappoint.


<Pad Ped Kor Moo> 
Another Baan signature dish – stir-fried pork jowl in red curry paste. These pork slices were tender and juicy, the aromatics of lemongrass, kaffir leaves added a local complexity that was delicious to taste and packed this dish with so much flavor.



<Stir-Fried Fern Leaves> 
Many Thai restaurants use morning glory in Thai vegetable stir-fries and fern leaves is another great rare find in the region and always over cooked the vegetables but Baan has done it perfectly well with the right crunchiness to the leaves and is not over powered by the oyster sauce. Extremely tasty!


<Phad Thai> 
Phad Thai dish is always a popular dish to order in a Thai restaurant. This stir-fried Thai noodle dish in shrimp gravy was a generous portion with two decent sized prawns on top and was tasty, but took the middle road in terms of heightened flavours, with the addition of a little “nam jim” seafood sauce, it was spot on for our palate preference.



To end the good meal, three deserts were served and we started with the <Mango Sticky Rice> - Perfectly ripe seasonal mangoes and with the right texture in the sticky rice, the essence of this dish is always the coconut milk syrups use to brighten the entire bite. <Tapioca Sticky Rice with Black Bean in Coconut Milk> It is sweet, rich, creamy and flavoursome. Best to have it warm. <Salak in Ice Syrup>  Water chestnuts are commonly used in this classic sweet Thai dessert and serves with creamy coconut milk over crushed ice. Salak - Snake Fruits are used in Baan to offer a more distinctive flavour and texture which is well worth trying if you have never sampled.


 With clear intention, Baan wants to bring its customer into their big family, by sharing the tastes of food that they grew up with that they proudly called it their “Family Recipe”. It is always begins at home as home is where the heart is, so you get the picture and to love your food sincerely.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
Experience: 4/5

Highlights:
Thai Family Recipes

139/5 Wireless Road
Lumphini Pathumwan
Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 655 8995

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