EATING OUT Soi Thai at Basant Lok Market specialises in the street food of Thailand
When it comes to street food, Delhi would most probably leave any region of India behind. However, already creating more than a ripple on the world cuisine map for street food is Thailand. And now, the good news is, Delhiites have a small window to the street food of that country, thanks to a dedicated restaurant for it. Appropriately named Soi Thai, (Soi means street in Thai language), it is at Basant Lok Market, bang opposite PVR cinema, Vasant Vihar.
The ambience of Soi Thai is pretty homely and no-fuss, almost like eateries manned by friendly women on the neat and clean streets of Bangkok. Shinjini Kapoor, the promoter of Soi Thai, lived in Thailand with her husband for some time and fell in love with the cuisine. She took cooking classes and returned to India with much passion to open a Thai restaurant. She began with home delivery of food in Delhi before starting Soi Thai at the posh colony market. The restaurant, besides having a lot of options for non-vegetarians, also has an extensive menu for vegetarians. Chef Rakesh Pal asks me to start with the authentic Tom Kha soup. To understand the taste of Thai cuisine, it is the most common dish to try out. Having staple Thai ingredients like lemon grass and coconut milk, the soup is adequately tangy. Next before me is a glass noodle salad. I always love the mixture of sweet and spicy dressings in Thai salads. This one is no different.
In appetisers, Chef Rakesh serves me some batter-fried prawns and chicken satay with the traditional peanut sauce. Prawns are crisp, topped with stir-fried veggies. I like its seasoning very much. The chicken satay is a bit dry for me. Though dipped in peanut sauce, it tastes fine.
In main course, I opt for pad Thai noodles, a must-have for me in that cuisine. Chef Rakesh makes it yummy, serves it topped with roasted peanuts. I also like yet another dish, mee krob latnaa, basically deep-fried yellow noodles topped with a mixed vegetable gravy.
Then there is mixed vegetables with a spicy sauce and basil, served with steamed rice — tasty. I though feel that a bit of lemon grass flavour could have been suppressed.
My meal at Soi Thai ends with crispy honey noodles served with ice cream. Chef Rakesh tweaks the original recipe and dips the noodles in molten jaggery. It definitely adds an interesting flavour. Meal for two