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    Restaurants in Chacheongsao (BP article)

    Next stop: Chachoengsao Known as the home of the Luang Phor Sothorn image, the sleepy little town to the east of Bangkok has plenty to offer those in search of dining treats

    STORY BY VANNIYA SRIANGURA, PHOTOS BY ANUSORN SAKSEREE



    Other than Sukhumvit, Phloen Chit and Silom, where do Bangkok dwellers dine on a weekend? Many of us go to Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram for seafood while some prefer Nakhon Pathom as a destination for a pork-orientated Chinese banquet. And a few have even gone the distance to Chon Buri and Phetchaburi in search of even more fresh-from-the-sea produce. But how about Pad Rew?
    All Thais know that Chachoengsao, aka Pad Rew, is the home of the Phra Phutthasothon Buddha image, widely known as Luang Phor Sothorn. Many of us have been there regularly to worship him while the rest have at least visited the town once in their lives. Yet most visitors never consider Pad Rew a dining destination.
    With abundant food resources including jasmine rice, chicken eggs, river produce, fruit and vegetables - especially toddy palm and mango - Chachoengsao is the food hub of the central region and a land of delicious fare. In fact, the name "Pad Rew", which literally means eight stripes in English, came from the number of slit lines counted on dried fish that were previously caught in Chachoengsao's waters. Normally a decent-sized fish can only bare five slit lines, and that means the fish here are big!
    With the upcoming opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is only 60 kilometres away, getting to Chachoengsao has never been more convenient. And perhaps it's a good time to check out whether this humble little town is worth being included in your gastronomic travels.
    The following are some of real.time's top choices of worth-visiting restaurants and sweet shops in Chachoengsao. Calling the restaurants for detailed directions is highly recommended.




    Rom Mai Sai Tarn
    Next to King Taksin stupa, Bang Khla district. Tel 038-542-794, 086-155-7111.
    Open daily 10:30am-11pm.


    Rom Mai Sai Tarn is a place where you'll get in touch with the real people and the real flair of Chachoengsao, which are seafood - some may argue that it's river produce - and toddy palm.
    This five-year-old restaurant is owned by a group of citizens of Bang Khla, one of Chachoengsao's most agriculturally abundant districts, and was initiated with a million baht from the government's community development budget.
    The lush green garden restaurant is located away from the city and is juxtaposed to the calm Bang Pakong river. Here you must try hae guen boran or traditional deep-fried, battered shrimp dumpling wrapped with pork fat net (80 baht), yum sai tarn or deep-fried morning glory with spicy salad dressing (80 baht), grilled river prawns (prices range from 500-850 baht per kilo depending on their size), pla jolo raad naam pla or deep-fried marinated snapper (120 baht) and tom kha pla chon or snakehead fish fillet in spicy soup (100 baht). For dessert you have two choices: fresh toddy palm seed in toddy palm juice or atap palm seed (jark) in the same juice, 25 baht each. Both are equally scrumptious.




    Pradit Pochana
    133 Maruphong Road, Muang district. Tel 038-511-246.
    Open daily 8am-7pm.
    - Pradit Pochana is Chachoengsao's oldest and one of its most respected restaurants. For over seven decades since it opened the menu hasn't yet changed. One may say that it's the most unpretentious place to dine at and no one seems to care about its somewhat tattered setting.
    Regulars know that they can't miss hor mhok pla chon or fish souffle in banana leaf basket (40 baht ber basket). The pla khung chuchee or khung fish in red curry sauce (180 baht), tom yum pla kod cod in spicy soup (180 baht), fried river prawns with garlic (350 baht) and deep-fried beef jerky (80 baht) are among the best sellers.
    The food here is not cheap but the quality is proved to be high and follows authentic recipes.




    Baan Perm Boon
    Sri Sothorn Tat Mai Road, Muang district. Tel 038-535-099, 089-883-4832.
    Open daily except Sunday, 7am-4pm.



    - Even though this tiny eatery offers nothing that specially represents the riverside province, we couldn't help but fall in love with its fresh and simple approach. Forget it if you are looking for a hefty feast - Baan Perm Boon only offers quick, individual items that focus on light and healthy ingredients.
    Yet the health aspect is not the only thing we love about this place. All the dishes tasted marvellous and the prices were incredibly cheap - almost all are 30 baht. Most recommended selections are guay tiew bok (rice noodle with fresh vegetables and nuts and cereals), porpia horapa (rice noodle rolls stuffed with basil leaves), yum tua plu (wing bean salad with clear dressing) and yum takrai (finely sliced lemongrass salad).
    Drinks (10 baht each) are also healthful and enjoyable. The variations are butterfly pea (anchan), bale fruit (matoom), tamarind (makham) and roselle (krajiab).
    The restaurant is just a stone's throw from Wat Luang Phor Sothorn and approximately 500 metres down Sothorn Tat Mai from Maha Chakrapat Road.




    Baan Pa Noo
    64 Talad Baan Mai, Supakit Road, Muang district. Tel 038-817-336.
    Open daily 10:30am-10pm.



    - Personally I think Baan Pa Noo is an ideal place for those who want to dine amid the nostalgic glow of Chachoengsao in the old days with the wide Bang Pakong river as a backdrop.
    The restaurant, situated at the deepest end of a charming, century-old market called Talad Baan Mai, is just three years old, but the story behind it dates back 70 years when Pa Noo's mother cooked for her clients at the family's gambling den-cum-opium house. Now it's the generation of Pa Noo's daughter, widely known as Pa Toi, who turned the age-old family home into a simple yet stylish eatery.
    The restaurant staff proudly presents pla guay tiew or fried snapper fillet with rice noodle in brown gravy (100 baht), insisting that it was the No. 1 must order. The hard-to-find tom khlong pla salid phak waan or salid fish and local vegetables in spicy clear soup (150 baht) is praiseworthy too. And if you crave naam prik, go for naam prik khai poo or spicy crab roe dip served with fresh vegetables (80 baht).
    Less exciting but equally delectable was takraw baan pa noo or deep-fried seasoned pork ball wrapped with noodle (60 baht).
    Drinks are the pride of Baan Pa Noo, too. Among many dazzling choices are dahlia flower juice, kiwi juice and starfruit juice.
    There are river cruises between Wat Luang Phor Sothorn and Baan Mai market several times daily. Round-trip tickets are 100 baht for adults and 60 baht for children.




    Khum Boonsong
    30 Moo 2, Bang Kanak sub-district, Bang Nam Prieo district.
    Tel 038-524-130. Open daily 10am-10pm.


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    - Personally I don't recommend Khum Boonsong for hungry diners with limited time. Due to its remote location and beautiful setting, you need at least two hours to hang around this picturesque place.
    Though satisfying enough, the food is perhaps not the best-selling point here. We had goong chom jan or pan-fried river prawn in gravy (market price) which we found insipid. But then we were totally delighted with tom kati cha-om goong or cha-om vegetables and prawn in coconut milk soup (70 baht), and mixed local vegetables with crispy fish in clear soup (120 baht). Less exciting was deep-fried tubtim fish (180 baht).
    To wash the food down nicely I recommend naam kraton pun or santol smoothie (25 baht) and santol in ice-cold syrup (25 baht) as a dessert.
    After a meal, you can stay over at Khum Boonsong. There are various types of rooms available, from public sharing rooms to private villas. And while you're there, a relaxing spa treatment may be another well worth sampling.




    Ruay Ruan Pae


    293/3 Maruphong Road, Muang district. Tel 038-512-000.
    Open daily 9am-10pm.








    - Finicky locals and outsiders who know Chachoengsao well said that Ruay Ruan Pae is never to be missed if you are in search of decent restaurants. Yet the restaurant was nothing impressive in terms of setting. Obviously, the charm must lie in its food.
    Ruay Ruan Pae's menu features familiar selections - the kind of dishes you would find at any big garden-style restaurant. Among a long list of dishes served here, recommendations include hor mhok pla chon or fish souffle with fish roe in banana leaf basket (50 baht per basket), grilled river prawns (market price), tom yum goong (180-950 baht) and curry crab (250-800 baht).
    For dessert, the must-order is naam dok mai mango with sticky rice (120 baht) which presents the ultra sweet local mango.


    Rin
    Between Km 17-18, Bang Pakong-Chachoengsao Road (Highway 314).
    Tel 038-512-534.


    - Rin is an ideal stop for visitors coming to and from Pad Rew. With almost a hundred variety of snacks and desserts, it's a paradise for sweet-tooths and snack-addicts.
    The number one best seller here is krayasart or crunchy mixed grain bar. This nibble is made from crispy rice, peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds and cane juice. You should also try rice chips which come in several flavours and toppings such as shrimp and pork floss.
    Because the shop is located in the land of eggs, you can be sure that all the desserts made from eggs are fresh and present a wide variety. Thong yip, thong yord and foi thong are popular here, while Rin's aromatic, freshly made khanom jark (grilled coconut crepe) and khaoniew ping (grilled sticky rice with sweet stuffing) are also delightful stomach-fillers.

    HOW TO GET THERE
    • There are several ways to reach Chachoengsao.
    • Motorway to Highway 314. Approximate driving time is 50 minutes.
    • Suwintawong Road to Highway 304. Approximate driving time is 60 minutes.
    • Bang Na-Trat Road to Bang Pakong-Chachoengsao Road (Highway 314). Approximate driving time is 70 minutes.
    • Sukhumvit Road to Bang Pakong-Chachoengsao Road (Highway 314). Approximate driving time is 90 minutes.
    • Eastern railway: There are trains from Bangkok to Chachoengsao 11 times a day from 5:55am-6:35pm. Tickets cost 13 baht for non-air conditioned and 40 baht for air-con. Approximate travelling time from Hua Lamphong station is 90 minutes.
    I have eaten at most of these places.

    The only place I don't agree with is the one on the right of my house


    Ruay Ruan Pae - always found the food here below par.

    Pradit Pochana - has just moved opposite my house and hopefully will be as good as the old place.

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    ^ Now it's easy for me to find your gaff. Hahahaha!

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    You are always welcome to pop around Macha.

    Watch out for the razor wire though

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    What about macha's nephew??

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    I can't think of any poster who isn't welcome to visit me.

    Even the mental ones as long as they leave their mentalness at the gate I'm not too worried.

    I'm pretty sure you ain't too far from Chach anyway Mhz if you are at Assumption.

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    Mrs. Q I will drop by someday, seriously. I used to visit a friend who worked at Dr. Atit Urairat's hotel (i can't recall the name). Mhz's only 40 minutes away from where you live if I'm not wrong.

    I like the food at one of the restaurants, I can't recall the name though, which is next to the black canyon.

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