Feb 27, 2014

“A Taste of Thailand” Special at Asia – Shangri La

Asia - Shangri La, Barr Al Jissah

Restaurant Asia (Telephone: 2477 6565 – Map) at the Shangri La is bringing chefs from the Shangri La Chiang Mai to offer a special Thai menu for the next two weeks. The limited time Thai special has a RO 25 set menu and an a la carte menu that offers appetisers, rice and noodles, mains, and desserts. Asia would not be serving any items from its normal menu for the next two weeks with exception of dimsums and sushi. During this visit we were served a special opening set menu that differs a little bit from the standard set menu.

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The first item we were served was a Miang Kham (not found on the menu) which was a plate of betel leaves filled with Thai herbs, chili, lime, and dried shrimps. I do not think that I had dried shrimps before, so I found the chewy core of the dish a bit unusual, yet with a nice flavor and a spicy kick. We were then served Satay Ram Gai Nuea which had chicken and beef skewers served with spicy peanut sauce.

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After that we were served a bowl of Tom Yam Gung (RO 5.5) – a hot and sour soup with prawns flavoured with lemongrass and thai herbs. This had a peculiar smell different from a Tom Yum soup and only had a hint of spiciness. The prawns were great and I enjoyed the soup quite a bit. This was followed by Yam Ma Muang Pla Foo (RO 3.5) (Not pictured) which was a salad of crispy shredded catfish with green mango and cashew nut. This probably was the most interesting dish I had at the event, and the most spicy, I enjoyed it because it was light and crunchy. We were then offered our first main proper main course for the evening: Kaeng Massaman Nuea (RO 6.5) – a plate of slow-braised beef short rib in rich peanut curry. This did not look like what I would personally think of as a Thai dish because the beef chunks were relatively big and the curry was thick. Even though I am usually not a big fan of peanut sauce, I enjoyed this dish and did not find it too empowering.

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Our second main for the evening was Chu Chi Kung Mangkorn (RO 10.5) which usually comes as a whole lobster in dry red curry, but for our set menu it came in a more manageable portion. The sauce had a sandy texture and was mildly spicy.

To end our meal, we were served Khao Niew Ma Muang (RO 3.5) – sweet sticky rice with ripe mangoes, sesame seeds and honey, which is was a great light way to end this massive meal.

Dessert - Asia

The limited time Thai special menu of Asia will be available for the next two weeks. If you would like to try Thai food that is a little bit different from what other restaurants usually serve you should pay Asia a visit before this special ends.

It is worth noting that the portions shown in the photo above are no the same as those you would get by ordering from the a la carte menu.

You can read our review of the standard menu of Asia at this link.

What is your favourite Thai restaurant in town?