EATING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
These three dishes and abundance
of naan and rice meant that we over ate and thought about
taking some home!
By Heather Allen
I don’t usually travel to the Night Bazaar area for dinner
but a friend of mine recommended this restaurant and since I
craved Indian food a friend with a mutual craving joined me
for dinner at the newly opened Khan Restaurant in the
Anusarn Market. It is on the river side of the market, near
all the seafood restaurants and offers an extremely clean
and well-kept restaurant, the ambiance wouldn’t be for a
romantic meal but then most people don’t go to the Night
Bazaar for a romantic dinner!
The restaurant labels itself as Arabic, Pakistani and Indian
food with a focus on Northern food as one would expect from
a Pakistani restaurant. They have many of the usual standbys
that we all learn to love like Tikka Masala and Korma but I
would suggest you stretch your tastebuds and try something
We ordered the Beef Nihari which was a creamy bowl of rich
red curry and tender beef, a bit spicy but mostly just
delicious. I had never heard of Nihari, but I must say it
was the star of what turned out to be an abundant and
delicious meal. We over ordered, as one tends to do when
visiting an unfamiliar restaurant, and had three dishes,
averaging about 150-180 baht per dish, two orders of naan
bread and a plate of rice. Well, we could have easily gotten
away with one order of naan as they are very generous with
their bread which tasted freshly made to me.
We also ordered a creamed spinach dish that was quite tasty
and fulfilled our need for some vegetables with dinner.
There are quite a few Pakistani dishes on the menu as well,
such as Haleem, and they offer beef, mutton and chicken
dishes as well as quite a few vegetable dishes although we
didn’t check if they are fully vegetarian or not.
Be aware that they do not serve alcohol but most people can
manage at least one meal without, I would think.
All in all, my friend and I both agreed we would be back to
try more of the Pakistani dishes on the menu as we enjoyed
the ones we had greatly. Open daily from lunch to 10 p.m.
RECIPES BY NOI
Jor Pak Kad
(mustard green soup)
Kad, also known as mustard greens, grows in every season and
every part of Thailand. It’s cheap, delicious, easy to cook
and can be cooked in many difference ways but there’s a sad
story about Pak Kad and farmers. The farmers can’t really
make big money from their Pak Kad farm because it grows fast
every farmer wants to grow it after the harvest season while
waiting for the next planting season. I used to see a farmer
in Lamphun sprayed his Pak Kad farm with weed killer because
no one wanted to buy more Pak Kad.
Jor Pak Kad is one of the most well-known northern dishes.
Easy and simple but delicious! It can be cooked in 10
You will need
500g of Pak kad (must be Pak Kad with flowers)
300g pork ribs
2-5 garlic cloves
3-5 TSP tamarind juice
1 TBS Pla ra (Fermented fish)
Deep fried garlics, shallots and dry chilies
Fish sauce to taste
Now let’s cook!
Boil water then add 2-5 crushed cloves of garlic, the pla ra
and pork ribs. Once the ribs are tender add the Pak Kad.
Flavor to taste with tamarind juice, fish sauce, deep fried
garlic and shallots. Remove from heat. Deep fried chilies
are always eaten with Jor Pak Kad to make it spicier but you
can add as you wish. Add a little bit of this and that, some
recipe add sugar and you can also use fresh tamarind instead
of tamarind juice but the skin has to be removed by boiling
in hot water and then just add it in the soup.