Friday, September 04, 2009

Friday fervour

To balance last week’s Friday Fury I’m raving about ‘Sunshine Kitchen.’ I went off to do some 'research' about ten days ago so that I could blog about them. However I forgot to take a picture; I was half way through scoffing my food before I remembered and then I wasn’t prepared to stop.

Sunshine Kitchen – okay, it’s not a great name – but OMG, the food… the food more than makes up for it. They describe the food as ‘quality, healthy, fresh and tasty’ but the reason I love it is because it’s proper vegetarian food. They do serve meat and fish – separately obviously – but their use of grains, pulses and veggies make this among the best vegetarian food I’ve ever eaten.

For anyone in Bangkok, you can find them downstairs in the vegetable market part of Gourmet in Siam Paragon. You can take away or eat in at a no frills high stool and bench arrangement. They’re total foodies. When you arrive to look at the food, the first thing they do is to get a pot of spoons and let you try stuff.

It’s been a mystery to me why I hadn’t found excellent veggie restaurants in Bangkok. There’s a branch of Buddhism that is vegetarian and think of all those studenty type backpackers that come to Thailand. Is it presumptuous of me to think that they’ll be a higher than average number of veggies among them?

And no, I’m not being paid to say this; I just feel fervour for the grub. I’m a frustrated vegetarian. I grew up among foodies but they were confirmed meat eaters. My sister became vegetarian in her teens and my parents declared it a stage she’d grow out of: 25 years later my Dad’s still calling it a phase. Sod’s law would have it that I married a meat eater too but not only that, but he’s nearly phobic about vegetable, grains and pulses.

This plate of food cost 200 Baht (currently about £3.60)




8 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

That looks very tasty. And since I can't eat much but vegetables at the moment ... it's very appropriate for me.

Carol said...

That looks yummy...and I'm not a huge fan of vegetarian food!!

In saying that...I'm making a brie and mushroom tart for dinner tonight!!

C x

JJ Beattie said...

Helen it was. Oh I do feel for you. Eating a restricted diet is miserable. I hope at least that you are feeling better for it.

Carol, it was. I think brie and mushroom tart sounds absolutely gorgeous. I hope Chris doesn't ask where the meat is...

Queenie said...

Yum, that looks fab. We're off to another festival this afternoon and I think dinner will be purchased from the falafel stall - hope you're not too jealous!!

JJ Beattie said...

Queenie, I AM! But generous too: enjoy.

Debs said...

Yum, that does look tasty. I wonder what I should have for supper tonight?

DJ Kirkby said...

That looks very good except for the onions and tomatoes. And, I quite like the name Sunshine food!

verdantreports said...

That is good to know. I did not meet many other vegetarians, but I did find lots of vegetarian and vegan food in Thailand, and podcast about it.