DINING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
Nasi Jumpru at the Harbour
By Heather Allen
I confess I only went to Nasi Jumpru when it was out
on the Maejo Road, it was a bit far out of town for me and
then when it moved even further out, was still too far! So,
I was very happy to learn of the opening of their new branch
in the Harbour on Huay Kaew a few weeks ago.
interior of the restaurant is very charming, with lovely
furnishings and interesting chandeliers. One side of the
restaurant is a floor to ceiling window overlooking the road
that runs alongside the Harbour. Not a gorgeous view but
interesting people watching nonetheless. However, one does
not dine at Nasi Jumpru for the view or the furnishings,
although ambiance is important and it is a very pleasant
space. One dines at Nasi Jumpru for the food and it was, as
I dined with a few friends and we shared several dishes
including a divine version of Kaeng Hung Lay that seemed to
come with half the pig! We ordered extra roti which was a
good idea. There was also a delicious yum made from green
apples that will definitely have me coming back for more. We
also had a delicious creamy green curry with prawns that had
just the right amount of spice and three giant prawns.
The portions are generous; we probably could have gotten
away with ordering two dishes not realizing the pork was
going to be so large! But we were glad we had ordered to
share. We also had a fabulous honey cake dessert that was
absolutely divine. They did not serve alcohol when we ate
there and we did not ask about corkage since we had not
brought a bottle of wine. However, I suspect they do not
have a problem with bringing your own bottle and answer
their Facebook messages quite quickly.
Our dinner was around 1100 baht for three, including rice,
roti, sodas, desserts, and the three generous dishes. For
fine dining with excellent Thai fusion food, it is great
value. I will certainly go back again. They are open daily
from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and are located inside the
Harbour Shopping Center on Huay Kaew Road between
Nimmanhaemin and Canal Roads, there is ample parking
alongside the mall.
RECIPES BY NOI: Tao or Green river algae
Tao is fresh water green algae and is the same family as Gai
which we cooked before
difference is that Gai can be found in the Khong river but
Gai can be found in small river. The only condition is that
the river must be clean and flowing all the time. We mostly
pick Tao in the river in rice fields and the river from
mountain. That’s why we call them river Tao and Mountain
Basically they both look and taste the same. Nowadays
villagers prefer to pick Tao from a river in mountain
because at least they are sure that the river and Tao are
clean. The rice fields are full of fertilizer and other
chemicals but there is a spot nearby my house in Chiang
Khong that we can be very sure the river is clean because it
comes from a small spring. It has water all year round,
maybe a little less during summer but there is water enough
for Tao to grow. The best time to pick Tao is in the summer
until the rainy season which is about March-September.
So, let’s say we find a river with good looking young Tao,
now it’s time for a small trick to collect them. All we need
are plastic boots and a hand net.
We must walk as gently and carefully as we can otherwise the
water and our Tao will be muddy. Softly scoop up Tao, be
careful not to have items such as dry leaves and old
brushwood in it.
After reaching home we might need to clean it again in clean
Now that you know how to find Tao, in the next issue we will
look at it in 2 different ways, raw and cooked.
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