Traditional tastes of Thailand
Thai New Year is nearly upon us (the festivities will take place from Thursday, 13 – Saturday, 15 April) and Soul Food is helping us all to celebrate here in HK. During Songkran, people in Thailand usually head home to their provinces to spend time, celebrate with their families, and enjoy home-style cooking and traditional faves. Soul Food sets out to reflect this in its menu for the celebrations, and has created four new dishes which bring a handful of classic, regional specialities from all over Thailand, to Soho, Hong Kong!
Only available from Thursday, 13 April until the end of the month, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try the new tantalising dishes (along with a couple we just had to have from the main menu!). We started out with the Geang Om, a clear curry of beef, dill and pumpkin from Northeastern Thailand. More soup than curry, the broth was spicy and sour and packed quite the kick! It was a light, unusual (yet flavoursome!) start to our Thai feast.
We then sampled the Khanom Jeen Gaeng Kiaw Wai Gai. A spicy green chicken curry, served with fresh rice noodles and condiments. Hailing from Central Thailand, I loved how the rice noodles, fresh condiments and soft-yolk eggs gave a fresh and new take on the traditional Thai Green curry that we all know and love. The line-up of new dishes also includes Khao Yam, a rice salad, with crispy sweet pork, herbs, sour mango, and shrimp paste, from Southern Thailand.
A stand out dish was the delicious and full of flavour Larb Nua. From Northern Thailand, the minced beef was packed full of aromatic spices and herbs, which were complemented beautifully by the simple accompaniment of long beans and cucumber. Although not part of the Songkran menu, we also just had to order the Gaeng Penang ($178). An amazing beef brisket Penang curry, with succulent beef that just falls apart and a rich and spicy sauce, I couldn’t get enough! Washed down with a couple of Soul Food’s special cocktails, (go for the Sukhumvit South Side if you love kaffir lime like me!) it’s a must order.
All Songkran special dishes are available from 13th April and priced at $158 each, so check them out before it’s too late (and make sure to order the coconut ice-cream whilst you’re there!).
Soul Food, 26-28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.soulfood.com.hk