DINING OUT & RECIPES BY NOI
Corner Bistro is just around the corner
By Shana Kongmun
As an American I was intrigued to hear about a new
restaurant just off Huay Kaew run by a Thai man who lived in
New York for years, I checked out the Facebook page and
after seeing the fried chicken submarine sandwich called up
a friend and we met there for dinner.
It is easy enough to find, turn into the little soi across
the street from the Shell Station on Huay Kaew Road and then
turn right. Follow the road and the Corner Bistro is on the
right hand side, on the corner with the soi that used to go
to Bangkok Bank (you can also turn down that soi from Huay
Kaew if you wish). The restaurant is only open for dinner,
from 5 p.m. to midnight and offers a small if varied
selection of food.
We started with peaches and cream ice cream with a shot of
rum and it was delicious, rich and creamy with just the
right touch of rum. We decided to share and since I had the
fried chicken sandwich in mind we had that and a bowl of
fries with chili and cheese.
The fried chicken sandwich came with a small side of fries,
the bread was a very nice crusty baguette with tomato and
lettuce and a delicious piece of chicken cooked, well, fried
chicken style. The crunchy crust was flavored just right and
with the right amount of crunch, the chicken flavorful and
juicy. The fries were crunchy and came with an aioli like
dip, which I prefer but ketchup was also provided for those
who like ketchup.
Next came the bowl of fries and topped with chili and melted
cheese, this was also tasty but for my tastes the chili
could have used a bit more beef in the chili. However, the
chili had a nice bite to it and the fries held their crunch
enough for the chili and the cheese.
Prices were quite reasonable, our bill for drinks and all
was a little under 600 baht. Kevin, the owner, came over to
check on us and chat, we sat outside on a little balcony
watching the world drive and walk by. All in all, worth a
visit or two. 096 497 6766, 8/8 Ratchaphuek Road.
RECIPES BY NOI: Makolan
All my life I have never had the chance to try sweet
Makolan. The kind that grows in my village is very very
sour. The direct translation of Makolan means Lizard’s Neck
fruit. It does kind of look like a “mini-me” lychee and some
even call it wild Lychee. I used to call it Lychee but
without the fertilizer.
The fruit is quite small, about 2-3cm long and 1-2cm wide
only. The tree, however is quite tall and can reach up to 20
meters high. be very tall up to 20 meters. It usually fruits
the same time as the lychees.
The thinking is when something is as sour as this fruit it
is necessary to have another strong flavor to balance the
Here’s how we eat it in my village.
At first we need dried chili, fish sauce, and sugar. We can
also add fermented fish and shrimp paste for an extremely
Mix all the ingredients together and then peel whatever
amount of Makolan that we want. Mix it with the sauce we
made and flavor to taste.
I used to eat it without any sauce, and even ate it with the
seed. Of course some people really like to eat it that way
but swallowing the seeds might cause choking so most people
remove the seeds before eating.