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koko’s at siam square, bangkok

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This meal is a bit of a blur in my head. It was the celebratory meal after my team worked super (super!) hard at our event in Bangkok. Working super hard means that most of us had missed lunch that day leaving us famished and ready to gorge on dinner. Since Siam Square is the funnest place ever and has plenty of eateries (and an iberry, ahem, see above) we trucked on overto find a suitable dinner joint.

Now usually I wouldn’t go to vegeterian people for dinner recs (sorry, herbivores). I mean, I like tofu and all but I also need meat in my life and I’m not gonna go from famished to vegetables. That would be silly and then I would be grouchy. This restaurant is a favorite of Nop and Kwan (the vegetarians) due to its veggie friendly menu. For us meat eaters they have meat versions of most of their dishes. For tourists, the entire menu is in Thai so point and pick or drag along some Thai friends.

Now on to the picture parade.

First up chili rice and salted egg. Okay not that exciting but isn’t this a nice picture? Also, man I love salted egg.


Mushrooms and kailan with pork (yay, meat!). Standard ingredients but nice execution – crunchy veggies, juicy pork.


Big gigantic dried chilis atop a veggie omelet. This was a bit fishy/oily for me.


A cousin of soon kueh littered with dried shrimp and bamboo shoots. This would have been delicious if I didn’t kind of dislike bamboo shoots. Anyone else think they taste kinda dirty?


Pat says this is a cousin of tom yum. Tasted okay at first bite but had a very, very bitter aftertaste. Only Kwan liked this one. The rest of us poured it outta our bowls. I think the bitterness might have been due to overboiled galanggal but that’s just a guess.


Alrighty we’re finally getting to the good stuff. Looks like… fried meat?


Not meat! These are shitake mushroom stems. No clue how they make them this way – dried and fried maybe? These were addictive and extra good dipped in the sweet sauce they came with. Slightly chewy but not in the jaw fatigue kinda way. Lots of crispiness along the edges too.

Here they are sauteed with some greens. Yum.


Another cousin of tom yum this one extra sour and not as spicy (and not as red). In other deliciousness, this lacks the bitter aftertaste of the other cousin.


Fried fish with five spice nestled under a heaping pile of fried basil. Do I really need to explain how plate-licking good this is?


Another fish dish, this one with the addition of fried ginger strips and with smaller chunks of saucier fish. If I had to pick, I’d go with the first.


All washed down with a chilly glass of the palest Thai tea I’ve ever had. Apparently the taste is not a function of the color.


Nice work herbivores.

Koko’s: 262/2 Siam Square Soi 3 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan , Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330


Written by joann

May 24, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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  1. […] veggie flavors really pop. Where things taste super fresh and where mushrooms taste like mushrooms (or beef jerky). Different strokes for different […]

  2. WOW, this food looks incredible. Did you have the meat in Bangkok? I’ve been looking to buy that. Do you have any details for me to be able to get it?


    November 10, 2010 at 3:45 am

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