My friends like food adventures too. When I heard of the Laotian menu at Bangkok Golden, I asked around and no one else had tried this cuisine before. My boyfriend and I checked it out a few weeks ago, and we gathered with some friends for a group meal this weekend.
Green Papaya Salad with peanuts.
Tum Marg Huong ($7.95)
The fish sauce in the seasoning was a little strong.
Vegetarian Crispy Rice Salad
Nam Khao ($8.95).
Wrapped in lettuce leaves, this is probably my favorite dish. The textures are varied and the fresh herbs add a brightness.
Koi Pah ($10.95).
This resembles ceviche, with the tilapia cooked medium rare.
The fish is mixed with a spicy sauce, Kaffir lime leaves, toasted rice powder, shallots, garlic, green onion, cilantro, mint.
Grilled Tilapia with lemongrass and ginger.
Ping Pah ($10.95).
This was light and good flavor. It's served with little baskets of sticky rice.
Mango with sticky rice and coconut.
The mango was nicely ripe, and paired well with the sticky rice topped with a coconut cream.
Shared amongst five people, this lunch was under $15 per person including tax and tip. Very reasonable. The restaurant was noticeably empty during our meal. The waiter mentioned it is Songkran, the Thai Festival of Water and New Year celebration where water is thrown at people. Considering this is one of the hottest times of the year inThailand, the water makes sense.Texturally, this was more of the slimy persuasion and not my favorite item. I liked the larb with chicken better.