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One Step Beyond: Baan Sabaidee

We all have our limits. When it comes to food, my limits are farther out there than most – I like taste. I like most cuisines, or at least most of most cuisines. I do have my limits.

One limit is okra / ladyfingers/ bamyi:

One time, at a buffet in Jordan, I told my husband I was going back for something I found totally delicious, and he laughed and said “You know it is okra?” No, I didn’t know. I did go back and get a little more anyway, but it no longer tasted the same – I knew it was okra. It’s the texture; okra is, to me, slimy, gooey, in my mouth it gives me shudders. It’s like raw oysters. Shudder.

Deep fried okra in a spicy tomato sauce was OK – until I knew it was okra.

I was visiting with a friend, working on some projects and we decided to order out from a nearby newly opened Thai restaurant for lunch. She’s a crazy woman, like me. We are not alike – she says “tomahto” and I say “tomato” and somehow we get along just fine. We decided to order things we have never ordered before.

We ordered two safe things – the first was Gai Sate (chicken sate). It was gorgeous and delicious. The sauce is one of the best sauces I have had with Thai food, hot, sweet, and sesame. Delightful.

The second safe thing was Pad Thai, which was also beautiful and tasty:

We ordered Pad Ka Phrao, because we had never heard of it, and because it has basil leaves in it:

It was delicious.

We loved the way the food was packaged. The green curry and the soup was packed in sealed plastic sacks, inside the normal plastic containers. Not a single drop was spilled in the bag. I’m impressed. I love soups, and I hate the mess when soups spill in the bags:

This is the green curry (Gaeng Khew Wan). It is totally delicious.

You know me. I love fish. We had never tried the Tom Kling (smoked herb soup) so we ordered that, with grilled smoked fish. It came beautifully packaged, like the above curry. When we went to eat the soup, however, although it was delicious, I had to fish out the fish. I am not normally squeamish, but their little fishy eyes were too much for me:

AdventureMan and I later made a trip to find the restaurant. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth the trouble. Tucked back behind some of the behomoth apartments on the Southern Gulf Road, it only has maybe six tables, but it is tiny and exquisite. Someone went to a lot of trouble to make this little place beautiful and serene. Although it is a new restaurant, it was already packed when we got there, but a table opened up just as we arrived.

We asked for recommendations, and tried the Tod Mun (shrimp cakes) and a dish I loved. Pad See Ew, which was vermicelli noodles stir fried in soy sauce with shrimp. We also had the chicken sate again – delicious. We were busy watching other people with big pots of something in front of them, shared by groups. We have to go back and try that, whatever it was.

Their take out menu has a nice feel to it – heavy paper with good photos so you can guess what you are ordering:

And- the bonus – it has a map of how to get there on the back, so I don’t have to confuse you trying to figure out the directions:

If they are full, I noticed across the street is another branch of China Queen, one of the best kept secrets in Kuwait for Chinese food with authenticity.

July 20, 2008 - Posted by | Adventure, Community, Cooking, Cross Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Food, Kuwait, Living Conditions

9 Comments »

  1. Good to know, might try both and blame you if it turns bad of course.

    Comment by Purgatory | July 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. I will try it soon 🙂

    Comment by Amu | July 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. Oh good! Blame me, Purg! But . . . .If you like it . . . you have to come back here and tell us you did, and what you ordered, so we will know what to try next time. 🙂

    Amu – you too! If you like it, come back and tell us what you ate, so we can try something new.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 20, 2008 | Reply

  4. If you have the time, would scan the whole menu and email it to me so I could add it to The Paper Dump? :]

    Comment by 3baid | July 20, 2008 | Reply

  5. If you have the time, would scan the whole menu and email it to me so I could add it to The Paper Dump? :]

    Comment by 3baid | July 20, 2008 | Reply

  6. 3baid – Can I photograph and send to you? I don’t have a fax at home.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 20, 2008 | Reply

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  8. hmmm I may go one day! I do like thai food but with limitations! I did not like blue elephant, but i tried one in sharq and it wasnt bad at all.. I loved Thai Chi… ALAS it closed :’-( I miss it a lot!!!!!

    I LOVE okra cooked in stew! YUMMMMMMMMM one of my favorite Kuwaiti dishes

    Comment by Ansam | July 20, 2008 | Reply

  9. Thanks for the review; would never have heard of the restaurant.

    Marag bamya, especially with the small, dainty okra, is simply divine. But if you have an aversion that is understandable.

    And fish eyes…they say if you eat the eyes of the nagroor you will never leave Kuwait, always return 🙂

    Comment by jewaira | July 21, 2008 | Reply


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