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Bangkok street food, Delhi address...

With curtains up on their third venue for authentic Thai street food in New Delhi this past week, Bangkok-raised siblings Ning and Ko's menu list includes dishes for those who savour Thai food and who have never tried the fare before, says SUMITRA SENAPATY... .


PASSIONATE ABOUT Bangkok and Thai food, sisters and partners Ning and Ko, bring warmth to winter chills with their third Thai restaurant in New Delhi, bang next to Tarsillo Nataloni's Italian Flavors. Bangkok One, Two and now Three, the restaurants are famous for Thai dishes that have exactly the same taste as in Thailand, specially cuisine sold off the streets of Bangkok.

Educated in Pune, London and Sweden, the third generation Indian-Thai duo's dreams for Delhi, came true with the launch of Bangkok 1 at Sainik Farm, followed in quick succession with the Bangkok cafes in Friends Colony and Defence Colony. The just opened Bangkok °3 promises to fast become a neighbourhood favourite, with both indoor and outdoor seating, friendly and knowledgeable café staff and a lightening-fast kitchen crew. With a menu consisting of over 80 Thai preparations, there's something to suit every taste at this small Thai cafe in the heart of the town. Everything on the menu is made to order, and can be as spicy or bland as the adventurous appetite of the diner.

Apart from visiting Delhi to run three restaurants, Ko, a Bangkok resident, is into textiles and trading, besides piloting a small aircraft to the borders with Cambodia, for relaxation and fun! Ning, married to a Delhi businessman, loves to visit Kerala and Bangalore and her favourite food apart from Thai is the South Indian dosa, idli and vada. Both Ning and Ko believe that authentic Thai food can only be cooked by a Thai and have ensured that each of their three cafes have an experienced Thai chef to take charge of the kitchen. Ning is particular about the regular supply of fresh lemon grass, basil, galangal and kaffir leaf and with such fresh ingredients in the hands of experienced Thai chefs, the Bangkok restaurants are sure to impress.


Kind of inconspicuous from the exterior, this Thai Café doesn't seem to be the kind of locale that would lure in passers-by. It's a word-of-mouth establishment, dependent more on good service and even better food than alluring decor. The place does have its minor charms, orchids and some

Thai artefacts, bringing a bit of exoticism to this bustling section of the city.

But it's not for the token Thai trinkets that people come to Bangkok °3 cafe. It's for the food.

Start with the spring rolls. Thin, flaky and not too greasy, these appetizers deserve to be wrapped in lettuce leaves and happily dunked in the peanut sauce. Proceed on to the tauntingly spicy curry chicken in coconut milk or the unbeatable Pad Thai. Delicate and nearly transparent, these flat rice noodles wallow in the midst of chicken and prawn, with vegetables for company. But at all costs, save room for dessert - the mango with Thai sticky rice is supposed to be an urban legend unto itself. Follow it up with an Oliang, the refreshing Thai iced black coffee.

The prices are reasonable, service is fast, and the atmosphere is café like! Highly recommended to those who love Thai food and to those who have never tried Thai before! With their motto being "Most authentic Thai food", Bangkok °3 is worth a visit.

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