It’s clear that you can eat any kind of food on the streets of Bangkok and going to eat seafood in China Town is fun and exciting. But thankfully Thais don’t need to trek across the city to that famous neighborhood for delicious seafood if they are on the other side.
One of the hottest neighbourhoods among Thais and non-Thais who live in Bangkok is Soi Thonglor or Sukhumwit 55 where there’s plenty of bar-hopping action taking place and it’s already famous for its nighttime dining scene.
Recently, I crossed the city to meet up with friends for seafood on the street. Walking just a little beyond Soi 55 but still before Soi 57, you will come across the tantalising smell of seafood BBQ filling the air.
When Talay Pao 57 (Seafood BBQ 57) is ready for action, the charcoals are red hot and ready to grill anything. From 100 metres away I can smell the shrimp shells charring and my mouth begins to water. As soon as I get a seat
I order those grilled shrimps and a spicy oyster salad. The best part of this place is the quality of the seafood, from Mahachai, along with their spicy seafood sauces. There are colours – red is the spiciest while the green sauce has a little sweetness as well.
But once I get the super-fresh seafood, nothing else is needed to enhance the taste. The sweetness comes from the shrimp meat after I peel off the shells. You can tell they’re fresh because the orange and red colours from the shells stays on the meat. The little secret of cooking these BBQ shrimps is butter. They apply butter on the shells while grilling to attract the flames and soak up the special aroma of the seafood.
The other recommended dish is the spicy oyster salad. It’s a mixture of raw oyster, nam prik pao (roasted curry paste), krathin leaves and deep-fried shallots, seasoned with a little lime on the top.