6.145 TETRITSA 5 + 6 : Phak Boong Fai Daeng + Fried Chicken


30 (Sat) May 2015

Phak Boong Fai Daeng


at Firm Meal (Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Airport)

-Samut, Prakan, Bangkok-

with MG

Mission to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic + Personal Deviation : Day 1.

On my way to Vientiane for a tobacco-related mission, follow-up to the mission that had brought me here last March (see generally 6.067 Salmon Zosui).  Arriving tonight, a day early to do some prep work while hanging out in the city.  The mission will be conducted over a single day Monday.  Heading back to Manila that night.

Firm Meal is a Thai restaurant, located on the 3rd floor; as for the name, I’m wondering if “firm” is an awkward translation of a Thai word meaning something along the lines of “comforting, reliable, wholesome, filling.”

With no direct flight from the Philippines, the trip requires a transfer and 3-hr layover in Thailand.


The food was pretty good.  Despite the establishment’s casual appearance, the dishes were prepared and plated along the lines of a proper restaurant.  I found the phak boong fai daeng to be way too spicy but otherwise excellent, the vegetables pristinely fresh.  Marginally the best meal that I’ve had in the airport thus far.

Phad Thai (2.5) — every phad thai that I’ve had in my life has been a 2.5.

Try Every Thai Restaurant in the International Terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport (TETRITSA).  Flying into/thru BKK so often these days — today is the 7th time in the past 12 months (see most recently 6.069 Spicy Stir-Fried Shrimp…) — I’ve been eating my way through the airport’s international terminal to determine the best dining options whenever I’m stuck there in transit.  Only the places that offer Thai.  Whereas some restaurants have multiple locations — the terminal being so big — I’m targeting just one each.  Currently 8.  As intimated in a prior post, this project has been on my mind for awhile, but I hadn’t wanted to make it official until I was fairly confident that I could carry it through.




5 and 6 down. 2 to go.

Char Haru is a Thai/Chinese/Japanese restaurant.
Some dishes are ready-to-go.
The fried-chicken is precooked but refried upon order.

The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series :

  1. TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…)
  2. TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see completed 6.095 DONE)
  3. TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see completed 6.081 Lobster, Baby.)
  4. TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid)
  5. TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.141 Bon Jovi on Fire)
  6. TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.070 Chicken and Pork Adobo)
  7. TETRITSA (…Thai Restaurant in the International Terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport) (see most recently 6.069 Spicy Stir-Fried Shrimp & Seafood with Basil)
Not cheap.

To accelerate completion of TETRITSA, I squeezed in a postprandial snack.

Glad that I got Char Haru out of the way without having to eat a full meal there.

Fried Chicken (0.75) — refried at low heat, rendering it unpalatably greasy; not at all Thai, but no matter.

2 thoughts on “6.145 TETRITSA 5 + 6 : Phak Boong Fai Daeng + Fried Chicken

  1. i prefer keeping chilies whole in that dish, since i can’t tolerate spicy foods well. Still adds flavor, but not much heat.

    Not a fan of igniting my taste buds, which would leave me focused entirely on the inferno blazing in my oral cavity instead of appreciating any flavors present. Spicy=pain. Pain=bad.
    I don’t do spicy.

    1. this is another dish that i must learn to cook. you have a recipe? i’m in thailand at the moment and will try to buy some of those beans. i might remove the chilies entirely. or use a mild red one, just for color.

      “inferno blazing in my oral cavity” — i’d like to think that my writing is inspiring readers to get more creative in their comments (see also DC’s recent comments under the slider post)!

      anyway, i totally agree about heat. heat isn’t even a flavor, just a sensation. although pepper, chili, etc. do have their own flavors, aside from the heat. but at a certain point, that heat distracts from everything else. if every dish in the world could be made without heat, while retaining the flavors, i wouldn’t object.

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