Southeast Asia, in addition to being the preferred destination for young singles who want to experience a backpacking adventure to rediscover themselves, offers a wide variety of delicious cuisines. Countries such as Thailand, Indonesia or Vietnam have centuries-old cuisines and many dishes that can be eaten in other parts of the world today. In Spain, for example, you can see Thai or Vietnamese restaurants more and more often, and dishes such as banh mi or nasi goreng already seem familiar to many who did not go on a tourist-spiritual journey and returned, appreciating the little. things of life.
Since for many years we love the locals who serve recipes originating from these lands in some cities, in El Comidista we decided to compile a list of recommended restaurants where you can try them. Yes, we know that Southeast Asia as a geographic region covers more countries, but here we have focused on three cuisines: Vietnamese, Indonesian and Thai. One last clarification: we limited ourselves to the preferred seats of the experts we consulted; If you know a place where you can eat almost better than in the historical center of Bangkok, you can leave your praise in the comments block or on social networks.
Opened in 2013, this restaurant is by far the oldest Vietnamese restaurant in Madrid, according to Ernesto Vaca-Pereira, coordinator of the cultural relations agency VietCasa. Among Ernesto’s recommendations are appetizers “perfect for summer, such as the typical Vietnamese roll -nem vietnam-, veal salad -nộm bò- or crispy quail rice cracker (cơm chiên)”. “It also has one of the most original Vietnamese dishes: kanga, boneless chicken wings stuffed with minced pork served with chicken salad. We always say that this recipe is the ultimate test to see if the food is homemade,” Vaca-Pereira says.
RVietnam restaurant: c/ de las Huertas, 4. Madrid. Tel.: 917553126. Map.
“In terms of this type of gastronomy, I think there are two pretty iconic places in Madrid, and the main thing I would name is Kitchen154. Alejandro Zurdo, its owner, is a fan of them and is always experimenting and updating the menu of his establishment,” says Alfonso D. Martin, our expert on Oriental tastes. “Their recipes are inspired by street food and they don’t cut corners to adapt them to the European flavors that I love. He makes very interesting fusions – I once tried some gyoza sausages that I could eat 100 times – but he respects the integrity of Southeast Asian cuisine, ”says Alfonso. “Right now they are going to recall – or perhaps they have already recalled – some crazy namprik knives,” he concludes.
Kitchen154: c/ Agreement, 3 and c/ Vallehermoso, 36. Tel: 918191695.
Another Madrid temple of Southeast Asian cuisine for Alfonso D. Martin is Krachai. “Unlike Kitchen, this place is more focused on restaurants. It has an extensive menu and I think they do a great job of presenting all sorts of flavors and flavors of Thai food, although the price lets me down: it’s expensive and Thai food doesn’t have to be,” says the comedian. “But it is without a doubt a very good option for anyone interested in this type of gastronomy. They have a wide variety of curries of all kinds, and the shrimp tom yum brings the dead back to life,” praises Alfonso.
Torahai: Calle de Fernando VI, 11. Madrid. Tel.: 918336556. Map.
The aforementioned Alejandro Surdo, owner and chef of Kitchen154, with whom we cooked Thai green curry a few months ago, chooses the Asian Army restaurant located in the Anton Martin market: “This place serves Southeast Asian cuisine. , especially from Indonesia and Malaysia. They have very good dishes like laksa which is a spicy soup with noodles, coconut and shrimp which is quite tasty, their starters or char kwai teow (fried thick rice noodles),” Alejandro says.
Asian Army: c/ de Santa Isabel, 5. Mercado Antón Martín, ground floor, kiosks 7-11. Madrid. Tel.: 680 54 39 42. Map.
Yeka Estri Food
“Herman, the former chef of Kitchen154, opened this place with a Southeast Asian street food style with some Indian influences, although most of the dishes are Thai and Vietnamese,” says Alejandro Zurdo. “Green chicken curry is delicious. Also bun cha, a very traditional dish in the streets of Hanoi, consisting of fried pork with noodles, or beef salad (laab neua). These are authentic, spicy dishes. a lot of power,” says Zurdo.
Yeka Estri Food: Tribulete street, 10. Madrid. Tel.: 638255363. Map.
“Chef with Chinese-Indonesian roots Andrey Finanta prepares dishes from these countries, Thailand or Vietnam in this tiny Asian restaurant in El Raval. This pan-Asian hodgepodge usually ends in disaster in many places, but here you’ll find simple, delicious delicacies that aren’t too bland and quite true to the originals,” says gourmet Michel López Iturriaga. “Another argument for the fact that this place is unpretentious and that at the moment everything is done with patience and a good hand,” says Mikel, who warns that it is important to make reservations given the size of the place.
MAkan Makan: c/ de la Lluna, 4. Barcelona. Tel.: 930012912. Map.
Anna Duangruthai, President of the Association of Friends of Thailand SAMMKHI, based in Barcelona, advises us to eat at the Thai restaurant Erawan, which specializes in the cuisine of the northeast of this Asian country: dishes. Of particular note are salads such as larb moo made with pork, bamboo or papaya,” recommends Duangrutai.
Thai Erawan: c/ Sant Pere d’Abanto, 16. Barcelona. Tel.: 930072260. Map.
“For appetizers, they have a lot of different rolls and delicious chicken satay skewers (and tofu with the same marinade in a vegan version). In addition, salads and soups have a powerful and fresh taste, herbs and fun dressings,” begins editor-in-chief Monica Escudero. As for the curry, Escudero notes that the duck massaman with vegetables is “rich and powerful,” the green “stings without fear,” and the yellow is “very mild, perfect to start with.” “They also have woks with different combinations of vegetables and sauces so you can choose which protein you prefer, and a lot of very tasty vegetarian options,” says Monica.
Little Bangkok: Valliran street, 29; c/ de Balmes, 106, and c/ de Ávila, 87. Barcelona. C/ Jesus, 55. Sitges (Barcelona).
Lamun Quina Thai
The second recommendation made to us by the Association of Friends of Thailand SAMMKHI is in the Barcelona district of San Antonio: Lamun Cuina Thai. “This is a different Thai restaurant with a modern touch, but with an authentic and original taste. Among all the dishes offered in this place, pad thai, tom yam khung – spicy broth with various spices and shrimp – very tasty. – or rice dumplings, for example.
Lamun Quina Thai: c/ de Viladomat, 73. Barcelona. Tel.: 931066645. Map.
Gourmet Josep Navarro advises us to visit Tai Mongkut, a Thai who has three shops in his hometown of Valencia: “You can enjoy his curry in a space where the architecture of this country is combined with the local one. Of everything on the menu, one is driving me crazy: red with peppers, eggplant, basil, beans and red chili, served with white Thai rice with jasmine. Josep notes that the place also offers a range of tasting menus, which he thinks are the best option “because that way you get to taste the most typical dishes at a fixed price that isn’t offensive at all.”
thai mongkut: s/Crown, 8; c/ Seville, 27, etc. Aragon, 28.
We moved to the capital tomorrow on the recommendation of comedian Claudia Polo: “There are not many offers in Zaragoza, although there is a small place in the center that serves Vietnamese food only to take away. A corner of Hanoi is a place that goes almost unnoticed unless you pass by during rush hour, as there is usually a line of people buying one of their homemade meals. According to Claudia, they have a board at the entrance where they write down what they eat every day: “Soy noodles, Vietnamese soup, mango salad, beef stew and curry or nams. All at a very affordable price (about 6 euros).” “This is not the best Vietnamese food in the world, and it doesn’t claim to be. Strict and simple, but half a day with no desire to cook and a quick craving for Vietnamese food is enough,” says Polo.
Hanoi Corner: c/ de la Torre Nueva, 17. Zaragoza. Tel.: 666496289. Map.
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