I got sidetracked from the wide Yaowarat Road in Bangkok and stepped into a narrow dim lane. I heard there was a nice restaurant serving good Khao Man Kai, Hainanese chicken rice, in the lane. Although I was in Chinatown, I wanted to eat a local Thai dish. Soon after entering the lane, I found the restaurant without a hitch and enjoyed the dish there.
Filling my belly, I noticed there was a small Buddhist temple called Wat Bamphen Chin Phrot in front of the restaurant. And some tables were placed at its entrance. The place looked like also a restaurant. However, three Buddha statues were seen inside. The statues shined in the dimness. The inside was deserted and a woman was just having lunch beside the entrance.
Hainanese chicken rice is a dish of poached chicken and seasoned rice, served with chilli sauce and usually with cucumber garnishes. It was created by immigrants from Hainan in southern China and adapted from the Hainanese dish Wenchang chicken. It is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore and is most commonly associated with Singaporean cuisine. The dish is also seen throughout Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Malaysia where it is a culinary staple. Hainanese chicken rice is a common dish in Thailand where it is called khao man kai (Thai: ข้าวมันไก่), literally meaning "chicken oily rice".
January 13, 2020
RICOH GR III