Best Pak Koot Restaurant By The River, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Best Pak Koot Restaurant By The River, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Best Pak Koot Restaurant By The River, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Nestled amongst trees by the river, the Ruan Pak Good restaurant is a cooling respite in the Chang Klang district. Sited by the shallow fresh water river near that flows from nearby hills, the cooling weather produces fabulous greens that is incredibly fresh.

Organic Greens

Ruan Pak Good restaurant is famous for creating many healthy dishes from Pak Koot (a vegetable fern) that villagers pluck from the mountain. Once termed valueless, it is now a popular green with a fresh addictive taste.

With organic vegetables that are home grown from the garden right next to the kitchen, the Thai Herbal Food sound deliciously green, fragrant and healthy.

Even the non-vegetarian in the group enjoyed the fresh taste of the vegetables cooked simply.

For once we didn’t have a hearty meal full of meat. This one is light and packed with nutrients and we felt great after a delightful lunch by the river.

 

Living by the river has its privileges

A man who lives by the river has been described like a tree that is planted by water whose roots are deep in the stream. In the heat of summer, its leaves remain green and even in droughts; it does not stop producing fruit.

 

Butterfly Pea Flower Drink also known as Clitoria ternatea is a creeper plant that grows profusely. The beautiful blue flowers  of this vine resembles the shape of human female genitals hence its Latin name.

How to Make Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

Subtle in flavour, full of anti-oxidant,  known to aid digestion and tastes greet with mild honey or even a twist of Thai fragrant lime, this tea is easy to make.

Take 5 fresh or dried butterfly pea flowers (either works equally well)
Hot water – 1 cup
Honey to taste

Steep the flowers in hot water for 10 minutes or till the flowers turn pale and the water turns blue. Add honey to taste and best serve chilled.

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The stillness of the jungle with the mountains in the background beckons.
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A raised deck for a distance view of the river.
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A serene view of the river.

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Colourful bags of water hanging on the eaves of the roof.
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Bottled fresh juices that are mild and made from flowers.
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A raised deck for “sitting” on the floor.
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A salad with spicy tammang-dala chilli dip. Clockwise; raw cucumber, blanched Pak Koot, raw aubergine, raw long beans, blanched bitter groud and raw winged bean also known as the four-angled bean.
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Stir fried Pak Koot is served with fresh Butterfly Pea Flower.
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Pak Koot served in Kaeng Liang soup.
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Pak Koot in clear vegetarian soup.
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Omelette with banana flower is crispy and flavourful.
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A fragrant dish of fried mushrooms with herbs which tasted amazing.

The boy and girl statues on elephants to greet visitors as they enter the Ruan Pak Good restaurant.Ruan Pak Good restaurant_16Ruan Pak Good restaurant_17There’s always time for art!

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The kids had a great time rock painting!
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