Many local families of Chinese origin know Khrua Nai Baan, a Thai-Chinese seafood restaurant that has been established near the end of Soi Langsuan for more than 30 years. Khrua Nai Baan is not a fancy restaurant with elegant decor and professional service. It is rather a homey restaurant with ordinary decor and service. However, Khrua Nai Baan is always full with diners. The secret for its successful business is simple – quality food at a very reasonable price.
Most seafood restaurants we find in Bangkok are expensive with rocket price especially for fresh seafood dishes such as grilled river prawns and charcoal-grilled scallops. You may be under the impression that Khrua Nai Baan is another expensive eatery due to its prime location in Soi Langsuan. However, by the time you flip through their menu, you will be amazed and probably question whether a wrong list of price is printed in the menu.
Grilled Prawns: Surprisingly, this dish of grilled prawns is priced according to how many pieces of prawns you order. THB 200/prawn. This dish cost me THB 400 only. The size of the prawns are not huge but big enough to impress your appetite.
Grilled scallops with butter and garlic: THB 300/ dish. Fresh juicy scallops with aromatic garlic, not bad actually. It would be even better if lesser garlic had been used so that the original taste of scallops would be sharper.
Smoked pork – THB 120/ dish. This is one of my favourite dishes. One simple word to describe this dish – delicious!
Fried rice with salted olives and minced pork – THB 40/ dish. This is a simple Chiu Chow-styled fried rice. The portion is enough for one person. Not bad at all.
Dim sum: Their dim sum is very affordable, from THB 45 to THB 60. Of course, you cannot expect high quality dim sum. However, with such an affordable price, I really have nothing to complain at all!
Dessert: Eating at Khrua Nai Baan, you should not miss the famous Thai dessert – Mango with sticky rice. You will surely love this dessert at your first bite!
To try out local authentic taste of Chinese and Thai cuisines, Khrua Nai Baan could be a good choice.