NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF
KALOANG KITCHEN RESTAURANT IN BANGKOK
2 Sri Ayutthaya Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
$4 to $10
This local favorite is a little off the beaten track, but it's worth the effort
if you want the genuine flavor of riverside Bangkok and good seafood as well.
Beginning at the National Library, a soi leads down to the open-air restaurant,
built on a ramshackle pier. Fans and the breeze off the river keep things
comfortably cool most evenings.
The more observant customer will notice right
away that almost all the waitstaff are transvestites.
Service is friendly and
competent, if initially somewhat disconcerting.
The grilled seafood platter is
both generous and cheap, and the grilled giant river prawns are also a bargain.
Try the yam pla duk foo. It is rather spicy, but it complements cold beer as few
things in this world do.
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