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Visiting a Thai Restaurant 04

One of my new year resolutions is to work hard on the paknam.com website. There is still a lot to do to make it a proper guidebook for Samut Prakan Province. So, whatI am going to dothis yearis make a big effort to visit a new restaurant at least once a week. I will then produce a Where to Eat guide for my province.So, that is what I did late this afternoon. I drove down Sukhumwit Road as far as Ancient City where I did a u-turn. I then turned left down a soi called Bangsaen 2 which has a row of restaurants along the Gulf of Thailand. I have been here several times before but the place has certainly changed. Apart from the new housing estate where there used to be just wasteland, there are also nearly a dozen restaurants. Some seemed to be more permanent than others. Today we chose to eat at Rabieng Ta-le. This had some fine views of the Gulf of Thailand and the beautiful setting sun.

As you enter a restaurant, a waiter usually comes up to you quite quickly and asks gee tee krap. Basically he is asking how many seats. I think most of the time it is really obvious how many people are in your party but they always go through this routine. Today I just replied by saying song tee meaning a table for two persons. So, he took us to one with four settings. We sat down and he gave us each a menu. In the event that you seated yourselves, you can ask to see a menu by saying kor doo meh-noo. They use the same word we do for menu, but you just have to learn to pronounce it differently. If the waiter stays with you, he might say ja rap a-rai dee krap meaning what would you like to order. (He might say ja sung a-rai instead). However, if he has walked away, attract his attention and say sung aa-haan krap.

I have my old favourites which I like eating when I go out. However, it is always nice to try something new. Try asking the waiter what the cooks specials areby saying mee aa-haan nae-nam a-rai baang krap (or make it simpler by just sayingmee a-rai a-roi baang krap ). Anyway, this is what we ordered. As there were two of us, we ordered three dishes:

ٹѴ - bpoo nim pat pong ga ree
Fried crab with curry powder (180 baht)

ӻҴء - yam bplaa dook foo
Fried Crispy Catfish served with Spicy Mango Salad (80 baht)

о͹ - hor mok ta-lay ma-praao on
Curry Steamed Seafood in Coconut (120 baht)

I forgot to say, that before you order the food, they usually ask you want drinks you would like by saying "ja deum a-rai dee krap". Most restaurant have some beautiful beer girls with the names of the beer they are promoting across their blouses. The Tiger girl came up to us at this restaurant. I asked if there was any draught beer by saying mee bia sot mai. Actually, sot is a useful food term for you to remember. It means fresh. She looked disappointed because the only draught beer they had was Singha Beer (dont forget to call it bia sing in Thai). As I have mentioned before, Thai people like putting ice in their beer. If you are like me and dont like Hush Puppy Beer (and yes some Thai people do drink beer with a straw) then just tell them to leave out the ice by saying mai aow naam kaeng. Oh, as not everyone drinks beer, you have to tell them how many glasses. We were both drinking so I said gaew song bai. (Dont worry, I only drank one glass as I was driving.)

The only thing left now was for us to order the rice. It wont automatically come with your meal. There was only two of us so we decided to order two plates of plain rice by saying kao bplao song jaan. This cost 10 baht per plate. However, we could have ordered a big bowl for 40 baht. For this, we needed to say kao bplao neung toh. I think that was about all of the Thai I used with the waiter today. Oh yes, one more thing. I did ask for an empty plate for all the discarded pieces of food. Remember that plain rice was kao bplao? Well, a plain plate is then jaan bplao! So, just say kor jaan bplao neung bai. When we had finished this fine meal, I asked for the bill by saying chek bin.

That was not only a good meal but a really great restaurant with good service. And just look at that view! Isnt that a wonderful sunset to admire while you are eating your meal?

Until next time.

Vocab:

Ѻ - how many seats?
ͧ - two seats
ʹ - can I see the menu?
ѺôդѺ / - what would you like to order?
дôդѺ - what would you like to drink?
äѺ - I would like to order
ºҧѺ - What is there that is delicious?
йúҧѺ - What do you recommend?
ʴ - do you have draught beer?
ԧ - Singha Beer
ҹ - I don't want any ice
ͧ - two glasses
2 ҹ - two plates of plain rice
˹ (1) - one bowl of plain rice
ҹ - empty plate
ͨҹ 1 - can I have one empty plate?
示 - the bil

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