After missing two equivalent days in Bangkok, I was determined to eat one of the best restaurants in the centre of Bangkok, the Spice Market. It was at the same hotel I was staying at: Four Seasons Bangkok. I’ve already made arrangements with the dining department about my vegan needs within a week in advance, and they were very responsive, plus dedicated to accomodate my requests.
For cold drinks, we had lychee mint and watermelon juices. I think the lychee mint has more flavours and it’s a pretty unique drink. But for watermelon juice, it’s basically watermelon. Nothing quite special, I suppose.
They even emailed me a prepared vegetarian (or vegan) set in PDF. I don’t know why they keep saying vegetarian, but I just notice everybody said that in Malaysia as well. “Vegetarian” can also mean “Vegan” (no eggs or dairy). I made it clear that I don’t eat dairy, honey, eggs, seafood, fish, meat, hoison sauce and anything containing bonito.
Tom Yam Hed
Spicy Mushroom Soup with Lemongrass
Gaeng Kiew Warn Jae
Green Curry with Mixed Vegetables
Phad Char Prik Thai Orn
Stir-fried Vegetables with Garlic, Chili and Green Peppercorns
Tao Hoo Tod Kab Sauce Takrai
Deep-fried Tofu and Lemongrass Sauce
Spicy Pomelo Salad and Water Chestnut with Tamarind Sauce
Phad Pak Ruam
Stir-fried Mixed Vegetables and Tofu
Kaow Niew Ma-moung
Mango with Sticky Rice
Kafae Rue Cha
Coffee or Tea
Comments: It was a lot of delicious food for me at Spice Market including the breakfast buffet I had that morning. It was more than what I had wanted, but it was a vegetarian set prepared for us anyway. I think my favourite ones are the fried appetizers (bird nests and spring rolls), not because they are pretty small in portions, but they tasted lemongrass-less and good in a way. I was expecting more from them, such as Thai noodle dishes, which I loved. Where’s the Pad Thai? Where’s the usual laab? I don’t see any offered at the Spice Market, but I felt a bit sick of eating every dish that contained lemongrass. The most unique side dish was probably the spicy pomelo salad/water chestnut. It’s rare to see a pomelo in the salad. I had my first pomelo during my breakfast; it was a bit dry for me. Will I go back to Spice Market? I would, if they do things differently without the use of too much lemongrass?