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Restaurants & Bars

Excellent Thai Food in Phitsanulok at Ban Mai!

Ziv | Feb 1, 201806:16 PM

I wasn't sure I was at the right place at first, I somehow managed to completely miss the non Thai script sign and all the signage was in Thai script, but I saw the arched entryways from the street and knew them from the photos. Maybe the western script sign is down? Not sure. It is possible I looked right past them.
But once I got inside, I felt like I was visiting a locals place. The lack of foreigners was a pretty good hint, but the giggling reaction of the 4 or 5 waitresses to my middle aged self probably confirms that. Or my fly was down and I didn't realize it...
Anyway, I ordered Yum Moo Yang, which is a spicy pork salad, that looks more like a spicy pork soup served with a soup spoon, but it was very tasty. The pork was thinly sliced and made the soup a tasty treat. There was a thinly sliced vegetable that was crisp and white, I think it might have been slice Thai eggplant. I have never noticed Thai eggplant getting sliced thin like that but that is what it seemed to be.
The waitress seemed to be pushing me to drink my beer unreasonably fast until I realized that she had already poured my entire first big bottle on the serving cart into my chilled Singha mug. Nice unobtrusive service. She seemed sincerely concerned that the Yum Moo Yang was going to be too hot for me. It was just about right for me, a little heat but not overpowering the flavors of the other ingredients.
Then the main course arrived. Gaeng Phed Ped Yang, which is roast duck curry with basil and coconut milk. Really good. I was mixing the Yum Moo Yang with the Gaeng Phed Ped Yang and the steamed rice pretty quickly. I really liked these dishes and oddly enough they tasted really good together. The atmosphere is old school but the AC was cool and the Singha was cold. I was a bit tipsy as I walked back to my guest house, but I would definitely come back!

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