Kum Poon

www.misopeckish.comWe were looking for somewhere to eat and it was nearing 10pm where some of the restaurants at the Central World Shopping Centre were starting to close.   One good thing about the food court in this shopping mall is that that the food court spans over 3 floors which plays host to a number of different cuisines from around the world.

As most restaurants were starting to close up for the evening, we jumped into the closest restaurant – Kum Poon specialising in north eastern Thai cuisine.  We were the last set of patrons that was allowed in before they started turning other customers away.

Launched five years ago by a group of fresh-faced Thai restaurateurs, Kum Poon serves up hardcore Isan fare. It’s large menu presents a complete repertoire of pungent north eastern dishes prepared to authentic recipes with the level of spiciness adjusted to diners’ preferences.

It is essentially street food that has been prettied up to suit its furnishings, and unlike most modern interpretations of local food, Kum Poon succeeds in being exciting but approachable. it is not high-falutin’ gourmet or startlingly good in and of itself – but it is very likable, and we got more-than-decent meals both times.

Lime Juice – was exceptionally tart, and there was a reason why  a small jug of sugar syrup accompanied the lime juice.

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With Kum Poon’s Tum Lao –  it was love at first bite. My initial impression was the subtle combination of tastes led by the tangyness of the lime juice, followed by a toothsome amalgam of different textures.

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Tum Pu Ma – Tum Thai with Raw Blue Crab was interesting.  I would not recommend it if you have no interest in eating raw crab as it has this slimy, slightly salty texture to it.  Since I ordered this additional dish I made sure I did not show my weakness to Mr Wasabi, and pretended I enjoyed this dish as much as.

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Tom Yum – Fans of the sour and spicy tom yum soup may not want to miss tom sab kradook moo on, or spicy soup of young pork spare ribs (155 baht). Soothing rather than burning, the clear soup, redolent with the fragrances of galangal, shallots and lemongrass and flavoured with lime juice and chilli, featured a generous portion of tender spare ribs in a tastily subtle broth that proved addictive.

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Pad Thai –  You definitely cannot get pad thai wrong in Thailand.    Regardless where you go whether it is a high end restaurant or one from a local street cart, the consistency is always the same.  The only difference is the quality of the ingredients.  The Pad Thai  was sweet, tangy, hot and sour.

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One dish that’s really worth sampling is pad Thai goong sod malakor, or Thai noodles with papaya and prawn (125 baht). Instead of the typical rice noodles, the dish features green papaya strips stir-fried with all the traditional elements such as egg, bean sprouts and chives in a savoury sweet sauce.

Since it’s known that the tastiest pad Thai must be prepared with sen jan noodles, which are a bit chewy (one may say al dente), substituting them with the bracing green papaya strips didn’t just add a natural sweetness but also a crunchy texture to the dish.

It’s been proven over and over that location does not affect the quality of a restaurant even if  the restaurant is in a shopping mall.  The food here, is quite good. it’s casual, inexpensive

Location:  Level 7, Central World Shopping Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

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