Eating your way through Thailand in Paris
Thailand. Food. Journey. Heaven.
I have such vivid memories of street food in Thailand: Phat Thai, Khao Soi, Phat kaphrao, Khao phat to name but a few; Copious, fresh and fragrant dishes; mouth watering and lingering smells; a feast for the eyes. Put it bluntly, i do not think you know Thailand, part of it anyway until you have tasted it’s food. For me, some of the best food are on the streets.
It was my friend Isabelle’s birthday recently and she chose to have her birthday meal in a Thai restaurant: Silk & Spice. Needless to say that when we got to the restaurant, the bunch of hungry munchies that we are had expectations. Most of us in the group have travelled to Thailand so this dinner was at the very least a throw back journey for the senses.
The atmosphere at Silk & Spice is relaxed and friendly. Minimalist aesthetics. Large and airy room. As we settled and loosened up over drinks on a post working day, we were scanning the menu, acknowledging there were sufficient options to get us truly excited. We are talking Pad Thai, Tom Yam to say the least and if you are a meat-lover, you are in for a treat.
We started this journey with a:
– “Sam Tord” (mixed platter of chicken skewers with coconut milk / taro and vegetables fried rice paper rolls / calamari and prawn croquettes)
– “Kai Sathe” (chicken skewers with coconut milk and crushed peanuts)
– “Shrimp tempura”
After the usual flurry of smartphones and pictures, we dove straight in there. The tenderness of the chicken, the crispness yet softness of the rolls, the plumpness of the shrimps left us wanting to explore more
For our main courses, we went for:
– “Ped Makham” (thin slices of duck in tamarin sauce)
– “Kapao Nua” (chili paste and kapao wok fried beef)
– “Pad Thai Koong sod” (pad thai with prawns, eggs and tamarin sauce)
Thick caramelised tamarin and garlic perfectly complemented the unique taste of the duck; The heat of Kapao and chili pepper sharpened the melt-in-the-mouth beef; Juicy thick prawns.
Needless to say: full bellies, ckeck. Empty plates, ckeck. But wait, one of us girls still had room for desert. She settled for the fresh mango and the indulgent combination of coconut milk and sweet sticky rice.
[spacer height=”20px”]Little surprise there that at home I tried to recreate the tempura. Further practice is required 😉
[spacer height=”20px”]All i will say is Kudos to Silk & Spice. I am so thankful Isabelle got us all to share this wonderful journey; Little did we know it was the last time we will get to see our beloved friend Fatoumata Keita, who suddenly passed away 5 days later. A angel gone way too soon.
Silk & Spice is located in Paris, 6 rue Mandar / 75002 Paris; Take good care of yourselves and keep travelling. What’s your best memory of thai food?
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