EATING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
Not just for bikers
Rider’s Corner is easily found at the Sriphoom corner
on Moon Muang Road.
By Shana Kongmun
As you come around the Sirphoom corner on Moon Muang Road
you can’t help but notice the Riders Bar right there on the
corner. And like me, you may have assumed it was a bar just
for people who ride big bikes. Well, while it is true that
people who like to ride big bikes visit the bar, don’t let
that stop you from slowing down before you hit that curve,
look for a parking space and dropping in.
This cozy place is more than just a bar, offering a tasty
menu with Thai and western food including steak, stew with
dumplings, burgers and sandwiches. The chef used to work at
a very well-known local restaurant, and frankly, it shows.
The steak was ordered medium rare and came out cooked to
perfection. Not the easiest thing to find. It was tender and
tasty and very reasonable at 280 Baht including mashed
potatoes and vegetables.
The stew with dumplings was clearly made well in advance, as
it should be. Slow cooked, the beef in the stew was tender
and falling apart (but not mushy!) and the carrots and
potatoes still slightly firm and not overdone. I confess to
a dislike of those large pieces of onions often chucked into
the crock-pot when stew is made and I was delighted to find
there were none in my stew. The dumplings were tasty but we
had to explain to a Thai friend how they were different from
Thai dumplings. Both dishes came with a nice whole wheat
roll to soak up the juices.
A friend ordered the pumpkin soup and it was as a pumpkin
soup should be, creamy and rich. It also came with a roll.
Another of our group ordered the BLT and again, it was done
right. The bacon was cooked just right, neither soggy nor
overly cooked. Heaped generously with bacon, and of course
lettuce and tomatoes, cheese was also an option. Best of all
were the extremely tasty home fries served on the side.
Neither oily nor soggy, they were tasty and chunky.
The prices extremely reasonable, the stew was only 160 baht
and worth every baht of it. The atmosphere is cozy with old
fashioned wagon wheel tables, friendly staff that managed to
take the orders without hovering, served the food in a
timely manner and cleared up quickly.
Don’t expect a fancy dinner, but you can expect a simple,
tasty, reasonably priced one. Easily located at 357 Moon
Muang Road, it can’t be missed as you go past the House and
turn at the corner. (0) 87 0481 787.
The stew with dumplings was tasty and generous with
the meat done well, the potatoes and carrots cooked just so.
RECIPES BY NOI
Lost your spirit?
are 32 guardian spirits protecting each of us. We’ll get
sick and have bad luck if we lose even one of them. If we
are gone from home for a long time or have an accident we
Northerners believe we will lose a guardian spirit.
‘Soo Kwan’ is a ceremony to call our lost guardian spirit
back. Personally, I call it mental adjustment therapy. For
the ceremony we must have a boiled chicken for the
sacrifice, after finishing the ceremony we always make it
into ‘Yam Jin Kai’.
Base soup ingredients include one whole cleaned chicken,
lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves.
Yam Jin Kai ingredients include dry chili powder, pounded
garlic, chopped galangal, spring onion, coriander and
Vietnamese coriander with fish sauce to taste.
First of all boil the chicken with salt, lemongrass, a few
slices of galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Keep boiling
until its cooked then remove from the broth and shred it
into small pieces.
Add the shredded chicken back into the broth and add pounded
dry chili, chopped shallots, galangal, spring onion,
coriander and Vietnamese coriander. Add a little fish sauce
to taste and feel your spirits rise!
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