DINING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
Suan Dokmai Coffee & Bar, late morning until late night
By Nopniwat Krailerg
Well known TV host of the show OIC and actor DJ Man
OIC as he is known, or Attachart Sripakdee, returned to his
hometown to start a restaurant. This charming rustic looking
location is actually set in the Suan Dok Kaew Boutique Hotel
alley near Suan Dok Hospital in the heart of town.
Southern Thai food and noodle dishes, the restaurant is open
from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then from 5 p.m. to midnight
you can sit and relax in a pub/restaurant atmosphere and
order dishes off a main menu.
The Southern dishes are not to be missed, offering such
Southern standbys as spicy curries including Panaeng curry
and gaeng luang, salted eggs, and many other foods. Our
favorite was the Panaeng curry over rice with salted egg.
The noodle menu has an extensive selection of noodles with
choices of pork, seafood, shrimp and ribs, and tom yam style
noodles. The highlight on the noodle menu is Tiew Dok, which
is a mixed noodle soup which offers all choices for 150
Dishes start from a very reasonable 40 baht and there is the
option of dining inside or al fresco. Reservations are
available at 093-307-07843.
RECIPES BY NOI: Jiow Kai Mod Som
Ant larvae with egg soup
The ant larvae that we usually cook is the larvae from the
Mod Som (orange ant), in other parts of Thailand it is known
as Mod Dang or red ant. This ant is known as the weaver ant
for intricate nests made by pulling leaves on trees together
and gluing them together using silk that produces the
larvae. I didn’t know that about them until I looked them up
for this recipe, maybe I just don’t want to know too much
about my food before it became my food! Sometimes not
knowing makes it taste better.
I knew that they were small and dangerous having been bit by
one that crawled into my ear. I heard it crawl inside and it
bit me, it felt like I was losing my hearing and my ear was
However, now it is rainy season and there are no ant larvae
until next year between February and April. Ant larvae are
cooked in many different ways, such as in an omelet, spicy
salad even the soup which we once featured here. You can
mash them up with chili paste and stir fry them too.
However, this soup is a clear soup and we normally add egg
as well. Once you have the ant larvae then all we need to do
is pound dry chili, garlic and salt together then add it to
boiling hot water. Then throw the larvae in with egg and
stir. After a few minutes we remove from the heat and add
chopped shallot and spring onion.
Keep this recipe in mind and please don’t forget to try to
cook when it is ant larvae season again!
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