I’m not very knowledgable when it comes to Thai food. The only thing I like is pad thai, a noodle dish with a sweet, peanut-based sauce, bean sprouts, tofu and chicken. I had my first taste of Thai food in Tagaytay Highlands, and have yet to find a place that matches the experience I had there.
My uncle Rodel told us about this restaurant located in the heart of Marikina City called Krung Thai. Both he and my brother Nunik sing this restaurant’s praises. Considering that both are also quite picky when it comes to food, I knew that their glowing reviews meant the place was truly something worth trying.
We decided to have dinner here during our family food trip, after failing to find the right way to Cafe Lydia and bypassing Mama Chit’s for the next round. Krung Thai is located near the Marikina market, just where the jeepneys going to Pasig pass by. The sign is faded, with nothing to indicate that there is a very good Thai restaurant located there and has been in place for the last 13 years.
I immediately ordered pad thai. Initially, we thought about ordering one dish per person but we changed our minds when our attendant told us their food servings are good for two to three people. We orderd the following dishes: Thai chicken, Seafood Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Bagoong Rice, Green Mango Salad and Stir Fried Fish with Tofu.
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The Pad Thai was everything I expected it to be. The noodles were firm and not soggy, served with blanched bean sprouts, chicken strips, lightly fried tofu with a mildly-sweet peanut sauce. I added some kalamansi which blended wonderfully with the sweet sauce. The serving is indeed good for more than two people.
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The Bagoong Rice is a meal in itself. It’s served in a big bowl with egg, some meat with asado-like sauce and cucumbers for garnish. To complement it is a dish of green mango salad. It’s prepared like our standand ensiladang mangga, but the onion is mild and there’s no eggplant. The mangoes are in a sauce that’s sweet, sour and spicy all at the same time. I love eating green mangoes and bagoong, and this dish is the best of its kind that I’ve ever tasted.
The Seafood Tom Yum was a surprise because it had button mushrooms. It reminds me of seafood sinigang, with a taste of a herb that I can’t identify. Todel says it’s corriander. I’ll take his word for it. I wasn’t able to really taste the Thai Chicken and the Stir Fried Fish with Tofu so I can’t comment on that. Even if I wanted to try them, I don’t think there was enough space in my stomach. Surprisingly, the green mango salad was a good “panghimagas”.
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Five dishes for six people, with only a few leftovers. Price? Well, I can’t remember the exact amount but I know we shelled out P200 each, and we still had change. We were full and very satisfied with our meal. It’s definitely worth coming back to so I can try the other dishes on the menu.
Marikina Public Market, M. Cruz cor. W.C. Paz, Sta Elena, Marikina City.
646-2005; 681-7696; 0927 792-0587