Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chote Chitr, Bangkok

So much had been said about the legendary Bangkok icon of a hole-in-the-wall eatery Chote Chitr (in recent years, more bad than good) that we didn't know what to expect. We were prepared for the food to be either sublime or disappointing and overpriced; the service was known to be erratic and subjected to some degree of arrogance on the part of the lady owner.

Well, no knocking till we tried it, so after a 15-minute walk from Rambutri area, we were somewhat heartened to like the facade that we saw, on this small road off Tanao Road.

Old but clean and well-kept, the shop was empty when we got there slightly before 6PM. Celebrated lady owner came to take the orders, a commanding air and her equally well-known Shih Tzu in tow. We are no fans of small, yappy dogs but this one was subdued and kept mostly out of our way so we could get down to the eating.

The famed Banana Flower Leaf Salad proved its reputation correct. The nutty dressing drew the subtle bouquet of the banana flower out, inspired feelings of rolling around in grassy splendour. Or one of them Thai beaches.

We decided to venture against lady owner's recommendations (which incited visible annoyance) and picked another starter, Spicy Chicken with Salted Egg paste served with fresh vegetables. This was unusual in its pairing of the flavours - salted egg yolk and a good dose of tamarind? juice. Would go beautifully with mountains of fluffy white rice. No regrets but we would probably skip this in the future.

Finally, the stunning Chu Chee Curry with River Prawns - more sweet than spicy, the fresh crunch of the prawns when drenched in the coconut-based red curry, with the striking scent of kaffir lime leaves, sealed it for us.

Bill was around THB600, not the cheapest given that it's Bangkok, whose streets are teeming with great food at a fraction. But the succulent meal, paired with the opportunity to meet the grand dame (and defy her!) was well worth it!

Chote Chitr
146 Th Phraeng Phuton (off Tanao Road)
Banglamphu, Bangkok


Kenny Mah said...

Such defiance! How daring! Hehe.

Happy New Year, dear!

Sean said...

i just googled the pronunciation of 'chote chitr' cos i was really curious (and ignorant, heh). and i would have mistakenly pronounced the second word like "cheater" :D
btw, i'd have totally ordered the chicken-salted egg paste thingy too! the dishes here look pretty interesting, kinda reminiscent of recipes that erawan might serve?
p.s. for twisted sadism's sake, i'd like to someday try eating the meat of a hen coated in the yolk of an egg that she had hatched =)

Babe_KL said...

A New Year Wish for You Wishing you a year that brings Good friends, good health, good luck, good things! Happy New Year!

Ciki said...

wah... how come I dunno this place?! me and josen u and hubby must check it out - let's go bkk 2gether one day laaaa ;)

DarKScoRpioN said...

To me, Bangkok is always one of the best places to consider for a holiday. Friendly folks, nice food, shopping sprees, entertaining night life, etc. Read more about Bangkok here.

minchow said...

Kenny, I'm going back to push the envelope further, hehe! Fancy seeing her reaction to suggestion that she keeps dog out of the kitchen!! Happy New Year!

Sean, actually it is absolutely Erawan's style! And whaddyamean, mistakenly pronounced? I've been saying it wrong all this time? :-O

Babe_KL, a bit late to the party but hope 2012 started with a huge appetite for you! :-)

Ciki, let's go!! But looks like I'll be doing only armchair travelling this year! Please visit and tell me what I'm missing!

DarKScoRpioN, yep, we lurrrrve BKK!

Holiday said...

That banana flower leaf salad is irresistible.It proved its reputation and even surpassed it.