âThailandâ is a country rich in food resources such as seafood, rice, meat, and fruit, thanks to its fertile land and natural environment surrounded by the sea on three sides. Thai food, which harmoniously combines the five flavors of sweet, spicy, sour, salty, and bitter based on rich ingredients and various spices, is considered one of the world's top six cuisines. Due to its geographical environment between India and China and in the center of Southeast Asia, it was also influenced by cuisines from neighboring countries. Food culture such as Chinese noodle dishes and stir-fries, Indian curry, and Portuguese confectionery was added, and it developed into a more complex world of gastronomy.
Typical Thai dishes include âpad thai,â made by stir-frying rice noodles with a sweet and salty sauce; âsom tam,â a salad made by cutting green papaya into thin slices and topping pong kari with a soft and rich flavor using coconut milk. There are restaurants that make you feel like you've come to the best Thai resort with the hot sun and emerald blue waves. Here are 5 of the best new Thai restaurants where you can enjoy the passion and romance of Thailand.
Thai restaurants include Yeonnam-dong Tuk Noodle Thai, Yeonnam-dong Soi Yeonnam, Huam-dong Changsurin, Hongdaesang-su Mumaloi, Yeouido Lannathai, Nonhyeon-dong Yum Thai, Seoul National University Bangkok Night Market, Songpa Bangi-dong Golden Thai, Gyodae Khunsom Chai, Itaewon Bua, Sinsa-dong Suaepis, Seongsu Lemongrass, Namsan Granam Dining Lounge, Jongno Ikseon-dong Saladang Bangkok, Incheon Yeongjongdo Aroi Aloi, Bucheon, Drungkinthai Famous places include Gimpo Caimart, Hongdae Amazing Thailand, Hannam-dong Soi Yeonnam, Apgujeong Andaz Hotel Miang, Apgujeong Kaphom, Gyeongridan-gil SAAP, Busan Haeundae Songjeong Abambu, Apgujeong Soi Yeonnam Mao, Hannam-dong Khao Mu, Yeonnam-dong SAAP, Samcheong-dong Hwayang Yeonhwa, Itaewon Tairoti, Itaewon Mai Tai, Sinchon Gotai, Daegu Doosan-dong Sinchao. There are also several branches such as Saint Augustine, Kon Thai, Ahan Thai, Grill Thai, Buddha's Valley, Mekong Thai, and Simply Thai.
1. 'Miang' in Apgujeong, Seoul, made the most of its rich flavor with herbs
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âMiangâ is located on the first basement floor of the Andaz Hotel near Apgujeong Station. This is the second space presented by Chef Kim Yu-ah, who graduated from the Royal Thai Cookery School, after âVuangâ in Itaewon. The signature menu, âCurry,â uses a homemade curry paste made by putting herbs in a mortar to make the most of its deep flavor, and at the same time has a refreshing taste that does not use chemical seasonings. âPoopa Pong Curry,â which combines a fragrant curry with soft crab that can be chewed on the skin, and âMiang Pong Curry,â which has a rich umami flavor made by putting blue crab meat in yellow curry paste and slowly simmering it, are the most popular. Course meals where you can enjoy a variety of traditional Thai dishes are also available.
â²Location: B1F, 854 Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 22:00 every day, B/T 15:30 â 18:00
â²Price: Poopa Pong Curry 31,000 won, Miang course 38,000 won
â²Testimonial (dysphoria after eating): It was nice that the atmosphere was so good and there were many types of curries compared to other places. I ordered Poopa Pong Curry when I was wondering what to eat, and it was a choice I have no regrets about. Hehe, I couldn't feel it, and the flavor was so rich that I couldn't stop spooning it.
2. 'Aobambu' in Songjeong, Haeundae, where the blue sea adds flavor
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âObambuâ is very popular because you can enjoy a meal while looking out at the cool, open sea. The interior of the store, which is decorated with fresh green plants and rattan props, has an exotic feel everywhere, making you feel like you are eating locally in Thailand. The signature menu is âPoopa Pong Curry,â which is deep-fried soft crab with soft yellow curry and crab meringue. Along with its appearance, the fragrant flavor of coconut milk, which irritates the nose, enhances the taste buds. The curry that spreads all over your mouth has a spicy flavor, so you can eat it all the way through without getting bitten. I also recommend drinking it with Thai beers that will enhance the flavor of food, such as Rio, Singha, and Chang.
â²Location: 87, Songjeong Gwangeogol-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
â²Business hours: 11:00 â 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 â 17:00
â²Price: Phu Pat Pong Curry 24,000 won, Pad Thai 12,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Minimi): The store is so beautiful that you feel excited as soon as you enter the store. As soon as it opened, I went and sat in an outdoor seat, and I was able to see the ocean, and I felt healing just sitting there. When I go to eat Thai food, I always make Phu Pat Pong Curry a must, but this place is really sweet! If you rub it on rice and chew it with crab, it will keep getting in. hehe
3. The local taste and atmosphere remain the same! 'Kaphom' in Apgujeong, Seoul
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âKafomâ unravels Thai cuisine in an authentic style without adding fusion. Chefs from Thailand recreate local flavors using Thai street food as motifs. The interior, which uses simple tables and plastic chairs to create a street vendor atmosphere, is impressive. The signature menu, âRangchong,â is served by piling up many soft-boiled pork backbones and topping them with finely chopped coriander and red pepper broth. The seasoning, which combines the sourness of fish sauce with the spiciness of red pepper, provides an intense flavor and stimulates the five senses. If you apply tender flesh and soak it in condiments, the pleasant acidity and savory flavor will spread throughout your mouth.
â²Location: B1F, 18 Seolleung-ro 153-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:30 â 00:00 every day, B/T (weekdays) 14:30 â 18:00
â²Price: Langham 22,000 won, Nangyang Namkon 13,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Spring Herb Mania â¥): The smell of spices comes from the entrance to the basement, making me feel full of anticipation. Hehe, when it comes to Thai food, Rang Chum tried a new menu after eating only curry every day! Thanks to the spiciness, it was topped very full of peppers, so it was hot, so it went really well with beer. hehe
4. Unique, eye-catching plating, 'SAAP' in Gyeongridan-gil, Seoul
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âSSAPâ is a Thai modern pub run by Chef Kim Hoon, who worked at a three-star Michelin restaurant in San Francisco. He creates a new style of Thai food by incorporating his experiences gained from traveling to 56 countries into the food. The signature menu is âMama, Drop the Noodle,â which has an attention-grabbing plating based on the concept of bringing and pouring food. Mix vegetables and noodles in a fresh sauce, then add finely crushed raw ramen and a large shrimp. The combination of noodles imbued with the moisture of the sauce and crunchy raw ramen makes chewing fun. The âbitter chicken,â made by applying a special sauce to the chicken and grilling it whole, is also popular. The perfect combination of moist inner skin and spicy and salty condiments makes beer delicious.
â²Location: 36 Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 17:30 â 00:00 on weekdays, 12:00 â 00:00 on weekends, closed on Tuesdays
â²Price: Mama, Drop the Noodle 14,000 won, bitter chicken 24,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami Oguogu 5959): When I saw the name of the Mama Drop the Noodle menu, I thought it was so fun, but when it came out in a cup noodle container that looked like it had just been poured right out of it, I felt a sense of emotion bursting! The colors are also colorful, so I think it would be great for those who like taking pictures! As for the flavor, the sauce was sour, so it felt a bit like eating salad pasta, which was nice. hehe
5. 'Kaokamu' in Hannam-dong, Seoul, made the most of its moisture with a secret broth
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Among Thai food, âKhao Okamuâ specializes in pig's foot dishes, which are considered one of the delicacies. The signature menu, âPig's foot rice,â is served with large chunks of pig's feet in homemade broth, boiled eggs, and steamed rice. Pig's feet, which have been simmered in soy sauce broth for at least 10 hours, have a soft texture that makes it easy to separate the bones and flesh with a spoon. The sweet yet salty seasoning is deep, and the combination of the plump collagen and tender meat of pig's feet is attractive. You can soak pig's feet and rice thoroughly in soy sauce and eat them with basil vinegar, freshly stir-fried rice, or chili fish sauce as you like. Note that pig's feet and eggs can be added for a fee.
â²Location: 23, Hannam-daero 27ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:30 â 21:30 every day, B/T (weekdays) 15:00 â 17:00
â²Price: Pig's foot rice 11,000 won, pig's foot bowl 11,000 won
â²Testimonial (One more cup of food and two more): This is really the first time I've seen a visual pig's foot dish! Like soy sauce stew, it's made with a soy sauce base, and the meat is surprisingly tender. Hehe, if you cut it into something easy to eat and grate it with rice and an egg, it's all in one fell swoop! I personally enjoyed the fragrant basil sauce, but my friend said the spicy chili sauce was delicious. hehe
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