A flavorsome blast from the past
In the old days, before commercial Suki chains like MK or Coca colonized the malls and defined Suki for the masses, Suki connoisseurs would scour the city for the tastiest haunts. One of my personal favourites was always Suki Ruenpetch, and amazingly it’s still there (on Perchaburi Road, opposite Avani Atrium Bangkok Hotel).
Suki itself, for those who don’t know, is a communal dish where diners dip meat, seafood, glass noodles, dumplings and vegetables into a pot of broth cooking at the table. Just before eating it’s dipped it into a spicy “sukiyaki sauce” (usually a mixture of chillies, garlic, sesame seeds, soy sauce, lime juice, and sugar). Despite the name, the dish only barely resembles Japanese sukiyaki, having more in common with shabu shabu and Chinese hot pot. But the thing about Suki here in Thailand is that it brings people together. It makes for a perfect family outing and is a naturally communal dining experience.
The focal point is the Suki pot, which sits in the centre of the table and is filled with an aromatic broth into which diners drop their chosen morsels before plucking them out with their chopsticks once cooked. As restaurant experiences go it’s very interactive and also a lot of fun.
Of course, like any great restaurant, what makes Suki Ruenpetch special is the quality of the ingredients—namely delicious soup, a flavourful sauce, and wonderful marinated meat. In most of the modern Suki chains you’ll have to make do with a simple plate of raw meat or fish balls to cook in your pot, but at Suki Ruenpetch the meat comes with an assortment of seasonings including black pepper, garlic, and sweet and sour sauce, so you can pep up your ingredients before plunging them into the pot.
Don’t forget to add some vegetables too. A good suki is a balance between meat, fish and crunchy fresh vegetables—such as morning glory and white crispy cabbage—cooked lightly in the same soup. It’s light, it’s healthy and it’s delicious!
Coming from a family of foodies we tend to go a little crazy at a place like Suki Ruenpetch, ordering as much as we can from the Suki menu and then adding side dishes of roast duck and shrimp cakes on top. While the food is cooking, the conversation heats up too. And when we’re ready to eat, the flavours are always authentic, fresh and truly tasty.