Chek Aek Charttrakul takes over the kitchens of Red Ginger in City of Dreams Manila until Sept. 25, 2016 to give diners a taste of Royal Thai cuisine. Chef Aek is on the staff of Suan Dusit Rajabhat University and Culinary School and has competed in numerous international culinary competitions.
We started with Khao Tang Na Tang/ Rice Cracker with Peanut Sauce. The rice crackers were brought over by Chef Aek and goes really well with the peanut sauce with a bit of chili oil.
Mee Krob. Crispy vermicelli tossed in sweet and sour sauce then topped with shrimps and crispy pork. There’s a familiar taste in this texturally pleasing dish that I could not pinpoint. The sweet component is the dominant flavor with the sourness being subdued.
Tom Klong Kradook Moo. Southern Thai pork ribs soup, this dish tasted very similar to local sinigang with both using tamarind as souring agent. This soup is different because of the other ingredients and it’s strong dose of spice.
Kaeng Kew Wan Gai/ Green Curry with Chicken. I was expecting this to be super spicy but it was actually milder than the soup. The curry dish will have you looking for rice to pour it over as did most of the Thai dishes that meal seemed to. Be sure not to neglect the eggplant pieces as they soak up lots of the curry flavor.
Pad Kaprao Nua/ Stir=fried Angus Beef with Hot Chili. Angus beef slices that have been marinated for 6 hours to soak in lots of flavor as well as to enhance the tenderness. The pieces are then stir-fried with basil and chili pieces. I had a few pieces only owing to the spiciness but minus that I could have consumed the whole dish.
Kor Moo Yang/ Roasted Pork Neck with Spicy sauce. Aromatic, flavorful, and tender pork pieces. This one is easy to enjoy if you don’t like spicy food, just use the sauce sparingly. Enjoyable even without the spicy dipping sauce.
Poo Pad Pong Karee/ Stir-fried crab with egg and yellow curry. The star of the meal, you’ll be licking your fingers and plate clean with the kick ass sauce. I’m guessing the sauce can work with a wide range of seafood. Hopefully this stays on the menu even after Chef Aes goes back to Thailand.
Pad Thai. A Thai dish that should be familiar to everyone. I can’t believe I’m saying that this dish needed a little dash of chili.
Kao Naew Mamuang/ Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango. Enjoyed the rich coconut cream sticky rice but would be loads better if mangoes were in season and sweeter.
Red Ginger also has a Peranakan food festival running until October 31, 2016 serving dishes like Nyonya fried chicken, lam mee, babi asam and a whole lot more.
Red GingerUpper Ground Floor, City of Dreams Manila Aseana Ave. cor. Roxas Blvd.
Entertainment City, Paranaque, Philippines
Contact No. (632) 800-8080
Facebook Page: Red Ginger
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