Monday 19 October 2009

Yod Sap Restaurant

Having been eating in "finer dining" restaurants, we thought it would be good to take a break and have some simpler food. So there we were, at a local Thai restaurant where local families have their dinners.

Right this moment, a lot of you might as "Yod Sap"? What on earth... ? I guess a loose translation of "Yod Sap" would be "Extremely spicy"! There are lots of restaurants around here with similar names, by the way. One occassion, we went to another restaurant with "sap" in its name, and, boy, our tongues were on fire!

So this time, I was not the only one in the group who wondered if Yod Sap Restaurant would live up to it's name...and one of the dishes we ordered...the Gaeng Pa (Jungle curry) did. Gaeng Pa is a curry with lots of vegies and herbs like galangal, basil, lemongrass, krachai roots, chillis (of course!) but no coconut milk. It was so spicy I could only have a bit of the vegie with heaps of rice, and even then I had a stomach I guess this is not something I would recommend, unless you're Thai (may be from Issan???) and really can eat such spicy food!!

Fortunately, the other dishes we ordered were OK.

Deep-fried Naem Pork Ribs. These are pork preserved with garlic, which, apparently gives the dish a sour flavour. Often, naem is eaten uncooked, which I am not game to have, but deep-fried naem is so yummy it's one of my favourite Northen Thai dishes....and of course, you should have it with beer! : )

Another pretty good dish to have here is the Hor Mok Talay. Translations for this dish varies from "Thai Curry Terrine" to "Steamed seafood souffle" to "Curry Seafood Moose". I would describe it as a semi-solid steamed curry. For Malaysian readers, it's similar to "otak otak". Yod Sap's Hor Mok Talay was cooked in aluminium foil, and was filled with seafood and lots of fish balls. It tasted great though, particularly since it wasn't sweet like many other Thai restaurants.

Pad Pak Ruam (Stir-fried mixed vegetables) - a pretty standard Thai restaurant dish. All I can say is that the vegetables were lovely - fresh and crunchy, healthy and delicious!

Our meal came to around 380 baht for 3 people.

Yod Sap Restaurant
Doi Saket Road
(In a little lane just before PTT service station just after the Outer Ring Rd)
Tel: 053 399 300

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KennyT said...

I like that pork too, I heard that it's fermented so as to give it a sour taste, is it true?

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

That pork ribs dish looks goooood! How long have you been in Chiangmai, Alice? Isn't it great to be surrounded by good, affordable food?


foodbin said...

i cannot eat food which are too sap until they have a numbing after effect-love those naem pork ribs.

Unknown said...

@ Kenny - Hello! Yep, fermented with garlic. : )

@ Ju - Thanks for dropping by! It WAS good. : ) I've been here about 1.5 years so far, and yes, I'm quite enjoying all the good and cheap food here. Trying to go somewhere new every week! ...but then the food in Singapore is pretty good too!

@ Foodbin - I also can't eat such sap food too. Actually, my tongue can take it, but I always get a stomach ache!

Pam said...

Congrats on the Foodie Blogroll!

Gauree said...

Stir fried mixed vegetables looks really tempting..

Unknown said...

@ Pam - thanks very much! : )

@Gauree - yes - healthy and delicious too!

Krish said...

Me too! I recently had Thai food at the Thai food festival in Chennai, at a popular Thai restaurant Benjarong,it was a great experience For More CLICK HERE

John Moore said...

Many thanks for this tip. The standard dishes (phat kaphrao etc.) are pretty expensive in comparison with the normal Thai eatery but once you get away from those it's very good value. I had the "tabtim fish three flavours" which had a nice sauce and lots of accompanying vegetables. Curries not for the faint hearted though! I'll definitely try out a few more of their specials.


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