DINING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
Rockin burgers at Rock Me Burger
By Heather Allen
Rock me burgers is the latest restaurant on Loy
Kroh, opening in February, and offers good burgers with fun
toppings in a cool and funky atmosphere. Don’t be fooled by
the countertop service out front as I nearly was, there is a
much larger (and air-conditioned) restaurant inside. It’s
easy to miss as it is right next to Raming Lodge but I
wouldn’t recommend missing it.
The burgers are rockin here, big and juicy with a good
quality beef. To be honest, for this reviewer, they are
almost too big. The burger comes to the table anchored to a
wooden cutting board with a knife, that came in handy,
actually, as I ended up cutting the burger in half. The
bread was nice, not sweet and not too thick and it came with
some potato wedges, I didn’t count but it was more of a
garnish than a side, and an onion ring that was tasty
I had the Rock Me Burger, which came with cheese and an
omelet. At first I thought the egg was going to be a fried
egg, a la Australian style but thankfully no, and no
beetroot either which I do not much like. My friends had the
fish and chips, stating they were not hungry enough for such
a large burger. A table nearby had a huge portion of ribs
that looked tasty but definitely something you want to share
or, as in the case of the burger, eat if you are quite
hungry. Several of us had the chocolate milkshakes and they
were excellent but, between that and the huge burger, I was
more than full.
We were there for lunch and whilst the place was not
hopping, it was certainly busy enough. Service was pretty
good although they do appear to be cooking things a few
dishes at a time as my friend’s dish came more than a few
minutes later than the rest of us. I understand there is
live music in the evening which would make this place an
interesting place to stop before heading out to clubs or
even after since they say they close rather late.
It is important to remember that whilst there is no real
parking along Loi Kroh there is a parking lot just across
the way where one can park for a small fee. They are open
daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.
RECIPES BY NOI: Hor Neung or steamed vegetable curry
We have covered cooking Kang Kae or mixed vegetable curry
and Kang Hoi or freshwater snail curry in our recipes
already. While they have the same curry ingredients they
have different meat. Hor Neung uses the same chili paste and
vegetables but must be cooked differently than those
curries. Hor Neung is a wrapped and steamed curry.
Normally the villagers will cook Hor Neung on special
occasions because it’s more work than making regular curry.
When I was a young novice a long time ago, I found a lot of
people giving alms with Hor Neung during big important
Buddhist holidays, as well as New Year and Songkran. When we
had too much food and Hor Neung, we would stir fry them
together with chili paste and add some more vegetables and
herbs so it’s called Kua Ham or Kua Ho which we have also
covered in the paper.
But, back to our Hor Neung. The ingredients are Pak Kae
(Wild betel leaves), Pak Tam Leung (Ivy gourd leaves), Ma
Keua Paung (Pea eggplants), Kaffir lime leaves, Cha Om
(Acacia pennata), Pak Chee Farang (Cilantro), Pak Ped (Para
Cress flowers), Dok Kae (Vegetable hummingbird flowers), Dok
Ngew (Dried red cotton tree flowers), Ma Keua (Eggplants),
Ma Keua Yao (Long eggplant), Hed Nang Fa (Oyster mushroom),
Tua Yao (Long beans) and chicken.
Make chili paste by pounding dried chilies, garlic,
shallots, lemongrass, shrimp paste, and salt together.
Then stir fry the chili paste with a little bit of cooking
oil. Next step add chicken and stir fry until medium rare
and add then add some water. When the soup is boiling, add
the vegetables. About 5-10 minutes the vegetables will be
well cooked, remove from heat and add a lot of roasted rice
powder (roast rice and pound into powder) to make the curry
to be thick.
Prepare banana leaves to wrap our Hor Neung and steam it for
Hor Neung normally uses chicken and some people might call
it Hor Neung Kai. Also other meat can be found in Hor Neung
as well such as fish.