EATING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
By Christopher Sujarit
Nimman Soi 8 has become THE destination for a
variety of food for locals and expats looking to avoid the
riff raff of markets- there’s the Burmese restaurant,
Organic Veggie, the Pork Bone Soup place, Anchan Vegetarian
Restaurant, and now there’s Mu’s Katsu. Go to Nimman Soi 8
for honest, cheerfully priced, convenient fresh food served
in a comfortable setting.
Mu’s Katsu serves generous portions of handmade, freshly
breaded Katsu (chicken, pork, shrimp or cheese) with an
appetizingly intriguing twist. You can have your freshly
fried Katsu with carefully cooked rice or spaghetti and a
choice of savory Japanese curry, healthy Miso, tangy
marinara, or decadent cream sauce. Mu’s offers a deliciously
priced combo set (149THB), complete with a delicious salad
with Japanese sesame dressing, green tea, and your choice of
two desserts: a crispy “deep fried Toblerone” or a cup of
berry- topped pannacotta. Say it with me now, “deep- fried
Toblerone or berry pannacotta.”
All this may seem to spell heavy, but I go to Mu’s when I
want something freshly prepared, and made to my taste. The
Katsu is never greasy; sometimes the stuff at the fried
chicken food stalls seems covered in grease and has been
sitting out all day. The owner of Mu’s Katsu and his wife
and growing daughter (~2 years) lovingly and studiously
serve their growing clientele day after day, from early
lunchtime (11am) to late (9:30pm). He’ll custom make your
Katsu the particular way you want (his English is dee maak).
Alongside your Katsu, you can help yourself to a cup of
Pickled Vegetables (radish and carrots) in the “traditional“
Japanese style. As with the vinegar with peppers, I usually
use half of the cup of vegetables to balance and bring out
all the fried goodness of the Katsu. He lets me indulge on
the condiments and seasoning in pure peace.
Another secret of Mu’s Katsu… someone is donating up-to-date
Vogue magazines for your reading pleasure. Eating fried food
while looking at models has to be one of the most fulfilling
activities you can do. They also have fast internet, aircon
and play Disney Movies on their LCD TV.
If you’re wondering what the what is Katsu?!, I completely
endorse Wikipedia-ing it. You will be left extremely hungry.
Then head over to Mu’s Katsu to eat the real deal. Katsu
basically means cutlet, but with a refined Japanese spin.
Oishii maag maag!
Mu’s Katsu is located on Nimman Soi 8, just on the left side
of Hillside 2 Condominium. Hours are lunchtime (11am) until
late (9:30pm). A full Katsu set with salad, green tea, and
dessert is only 149THB. Katsu Spaghetti alone starts at
89THB. (08) 8407- 3355. www.facebook.com/MusKatsu. Photo by
RECIPES BY NOI: Sen Mee Nam Pla Krapong
Thin rice noodles in canned fish soup.
used to be quite the luxury a long time ago and somehow even
now it still is. Imagine, 15 years ago in a village which is
far away from everything called ‘Chiang Khong’ It was
difficult to find a shop and more difficult to have some
money for buying things. Canned fish and thin rice noodles
had to be ‘imported’ from Bangkok. They were extremely
expensive, I remember 1 can of fish was 10 Baht and the
noodles were 5 Baht a pack. So some people would just use
the fresh fish that they can find instead of canned fish
I must say the soup from canned fish is much more delicious.
So let’s get some for the recipe!
We always start cooking by pounding chili paste. This time
we need dried chilies, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, kaffir
lime leaves and salt.
And then we need thin rice noodles, canned fish (as much as
you want), minced pork, tomatoes, sliced cabbage, deep fried
chili, kaffir lime leaves, coriander and spring onions.
First step, stir fry the chili paste in a few spoonfuls of
cooking oil. Then add minced pork and keep on cooking until
the pork is cooked. Add the canned fish but it is better to
roughly mash them before adding. Pour a liter of water and
let it boil. Add tomatoes, kaffir lime leaves and some salt
to taste then remove from the heat. Eat with sliced cabbage,
deep fried chilies, coriander and spring onion.
Here’s a small secret: I add minced pork which normally the
others won’t do but it helps give it more taste and makes
the soup not too watery. It should be the meat with skin, no
bone. Tomatoes can be added or not as you prefer and other
noodles such as Kanom Jeen or rice noodles are also