Marikina’s piping hot food scene gets more exciting with the opening of homegrown restaurants serving international cuisines like Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. One such restaurant is Moo Baan by Krung Thai, which specializes in traditional Thai dishes that are so authentic in tastes, texture they can make you forget for a while that you are in Marikina.
Moo Baan actually springs from the original Krung Thai in Brgy. Sta. Elena near the public market that opened 24 years ago.
To capture the authentic tastes of Thai food, the restaurant only uses ingredients such as soy sauce, fish sauce imported from Thailand. Tita Betty says she also grows her own Thai herbs (galingale or krachai, kaffir, bergamot) and fruits like papaya and dayap in her mother’s farm in San Ysiro in nearby Antipolo.
“Krung Thai is the first authentic Thai restaurant in Marikina. It’s not fusion. We use a lot of Thai ingredients. Even our patis (fish sauce), toyo (soy sauce), mushroom sauce are from Thailand. We don’t use local ingredients because we don’t want to compromise the nutritional value of the food,” says Beatriz “Tita Betty” Victorino Srimata, owner of the restaurant that opened only in October 2016.
“Our papaya is from Thailand. We planted it here. We have dayap from Thailand, which we grow and harvest from our farm here,” Tita Betty adds.
She says almost all of the items on the menu are bestsellers: tom yun soup, the green and red curry, the rice (bagoong, seafood, crabmeat, beef, garlic and fried), the salads (green mango, vegetable, squid, seafood and lap mu or spicy beef salad). For the main course, people like its pakbung (kangkong in Tagalog and morning glory in English), the fried chicken, the satays, the barbecued liempo and stir fried vegetables with seafood.
“Our curry is very nice. Red is not so maanghang (spicy) and the green is very maanghang,” she says. “And then our famous fried chicken is very masarap (delicious). Our customers usually combine it with papaya salad or cucumber salad. Our papaya is from Thailand. It’s mahaba (long) and hindi madagta (there is not much sap).
Because of this, Moo Baan by Krung Thai immediately gained a following. Diners are not only the Marikenos, but people from other places in Metro Manila, as well as from other parts of Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. Even tourists from other countries look for Krung Thai.
76 Block 5, Liwasang Kalayaan, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
(02) 634 9386
Monday to Sunday
10:30am to 3pm and then reopens at 6:00pm to 9:30pm
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