A note from Joelle...
Ahhh yes! The 'Deen Scene is back and today I bring you a really cool, new restaurant that just opened in Union Square: Thaikhun [Pronounced Tycoon].
This restaurant celebrates Thai Street Food, which is quickly becoming a favourite all around the world. My friend Elsh recommended this place as she had heard good things. Trusting her judgment, myself Eimhear and Dalila were pretty excited.
When we entered, the [very well-dressed] staff greeted us in the traditional Thai way, which was a nice touch. We then sat down, had a scan of the menu and ordered some drinks.
I slurped on this 'Pash and Shoot' smoothie, served in the plastic cups you get from street food trucks - another nice touch!
Our shared Bangkok Street Platter arrived in super speedy time and we got stuck in [after I took a million pictures first!]!
A mountain of crispy wontons, grilled chicken and pork skewers, steamed chicken balls and an array of dips - so, so delicious!
After all those delicious fried meats, I had to keep it real and order a refreshing noodle soup. I can't remember the name of this [I think it was Tom Yum?], but it really was amazing. The marriage of the chicken, pork, beans and noodles with the heavily flavoured soup was like a party in my mouth. I like the generous portions and just how clean it was - no dodgy ingredients, just exactly what it said on the menu (minus the coriander, because I can't stand it)!
We were well and truly stuffed after the main course and starter. Afraid of the risk of physically bursting, we refrained from ordering desserts and just stayed at the table to have a good chinwag.What's so special about this place is that you are given an authentic Thai street food journey from start to end. From the decor, kind staff and the food, of course, you feel like you are an explorer in the real streets of Bangkok - having the hustle-and-bustle of the city on one side and the street food vendors on the other.It's also extremely casual, so you don't have to whip out the cashmere scarf and boat shoes to have a seat.The Joint Owner, Kim Kaewkraikhot used to be a chef in her native Thailand and it's clear that her vision is to share her country's passion for good service and good food with us UK folk.
Kim and her husband sources the authentic Thai decor that is displayed in the restaurant. From the Buddha shrine to the light bulbs!
Even the name 'Thaikhun' loosely translates to 'Your Thailand'.Every time I walk past this place, it's practically full, which is great to see. I think Aberdonians want some fresh, healthier options to the usual burger/pizza/milkshake scene and this is a fabulous alternative!ขอบคุณสำหรับการอ่าน![thanks for reading!]
29 First Level Mall, Union Square Aberdeen AB11 5RG