Probably my favourite Phad Krapow Khung/Shrimp/Prawns in Udon Thani. It was this dish that got me coming back to this place regularly.
The first thing that got me into this place was simply its location, as it sits just below my condo, and so I thought I’d check it out on one of my lazy “stay at home – Netflix” nights. I just wanted somewhere close to home where I could grab a good thai meal in a “take home” bag.
Being a “stay at home movie night” and all, I had opted for the Phad Krapow – it’s kinda like Thai version of the pizza really, but a lot healthier. It’s that kinda dish that pleases you every time, you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… and it always hits the spot.
So I knew the dish I wanted, I knew where to get it…now I just had to go out and get it!
I figured I’d go for the seafood Phad Krapow for my first test of this place (Shrimp/Khung to be exact). This isn’t the wisest choice in Udon Thani when trying out a retaurant for the first time as it’s always hit or miss with the seafood. It’s not like Hua Hin, that sits on the beach and delivers quality fresh seafood 80% of the time, in fact I think the closest beach is a good 10 hours drive away! So finding Fresh and quality seafood isn’t always easy…and judging a restaurants quality based on a seafood dish isn’t really fare in this part of the country…but hey…I was willing to give it a shot!
The first mouthful of this dish had me going “Wow!” The flavour of the sauce was…well…unique. For those who are familiar with Thai food, you’ll know that you can order the same dish from a dozern different restaurants, and although the flavour is “let’s say” a Phad Krapow flavour, each chef has there own taste or “twist”. The other thing that impressed me about my meal was the quality of shrimp/khung, they were quite big and very fresh! So that was it, I was sold on this placce…they’d already made a lasting first impression that would keep me coming back for more.
I’ve mixed it up a bit since my first visit by trying a number of other dishes including the Phad Krapow chicken (which surprisingly wasn’t that good, but still edible). All their other dishes however have been pretty impressive. For example, here’s a list of other meals I’ve tried here that have also been impressive and keep me coming back for more.
- Som Tam – Tam Thai (Papaya Salad – Thai Style – also one of my favourites in Udon Thani)
- Nua Tort (Deep fried beef)
- Khung Sot (Raw Shrimp) with fresh garlic and chilli on top
One thing to note is that from my experience they only speak Thai here, so you may either want to bring a Thai friend along with you, or sharpen up on your Thai (or at least memorise a few of your favourite dishes in Thai) as you might find it a little difficult to order here otherwise.
The restaurant itself is pretty large in size, and very rarely more than half full. That’s not because of the quality of food though, I think it’s more to do with them not being well known, or even searchable on the internet. I’ve tried searching these guys on Facebook, Google, and Google Maps….NOTHING!!! So unless you know where to go, and have been referred to this place by a friend…or…reading this blog….it’s unlikely you’ll ever end up here.
The place is also quite large…so to fill this place up would mean having a good 50 or so guests. There’s a few different seating options to choose from, including a private room/function type dining area which seats around 15 or so people…this is where I sit most of the time (being VIP and all :-)). Then there’s the main area that has around 6-7 different table, and an outdoor area with a 2-3 tables.
The restaurant has airconditionaing as well, and the tables are well spaced out so you get that feeling of privacy even though you’re in a public dining area.
What are the prices like?
Around ฿50 for Thai salads like the Som Tam, and ฿80-140 for a stri fry (depending on whether you get meat or seafood – seafood being the more expensive option). Then they have the more speciality Thai dishes like your grilled fish and fresh salmon, and the prices will go up again. But what I can say is that it’s value for money here…I definitely feel like I got more than I paid for every time I dine here.
Where are they located?
Corner of Watthananuwong Road & Udon Dutsadi Soi 2, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000
OK, so like I said, there’s no Google Maps link for these guys, so I’m going to include my own. You can either click on the link below or see the Google map located further down this blog post.
Every day: 16:00 – 22:00
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What to Expect