Bangkok Restaurant Review: May Kaidee’s Vegetarian Restaurant

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

On our second night in Bangkok, I took colleagues to May Kaidee’s Vegetarian Restaurant. I’ve written about May Kaidee’s before: last time I was in Bangkok I took an amazing vegan cooking class with May herself and I’ve eaten previously at her Samsen Road location.  This however, was the first time I had a full meal at the flagship location behind Tanao Road, just where it intersects with Khao San Road. The menu at this location is much more extensive than at the more intimate Samsen Road venue, packed with Thai staples as well as a number of dishes more typical of Northern Thailand.  After a long day of meetings, we were really hungry so we decided to order a number of dishes to share.

We started off with May’s famous pumpkin hummus, which is served with brown rice. The primary ingredients are pumpkin flesh and seeds and cilantro. Delicious, creamy, goodness!  If you ever make it to May Kaidee’s this is definitely one dish you can’t pass up. 

Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

We also ordered a spicy banana flower salad.  I’ve had banana flower served with pad thai in Bangkok a number of times and I’m really not a fan: on it’s own it tends to be tough and relatively tasteless. But I loved it in this salad. The shredded banana flower was nice and tender and had absorbed the flavors of the spicy, lime-based dressing.  It was a nice variation of the more familiar Som Tam (green papaya salad).

Banana Flower Salad

Banana Flower Salad

Our final starter was Isaan Vegetarian, a dish from Northern Thailand of mashed pumpkin and chilies topped with a touch of coconut cream.  It was very spicy and I really enjoyed it.

Isaan Vegetables

Isaan Vegetables

 One of my colleagues ordered the seaweed soup, of which I stole a sip. It tasted very light and was packed with crisp vegetables and seaweed. I would definitely recommend it!

Seaweed Soup

Seaweed Soup

For the main event we ordered a massaman curry, haw mokk, ginger fried tofu, fried basil tofu, and the steamed mushrooms, with vegetable and tofu.

The mild massaman curry overflowing with potatoes, carrots and tofu was a definite winner, probably the best massaman I’ve ever had.  Everyone at the table loved it. The potatoes and carrots were tender, but firm, and the yellow curry was full of flavor. The menu says that it is “different and special” and it certainly is.

Massaman Curry

Massaman Curry

The haw mokk was a red curry stir-fry, with tofu, a firm soy protein, and vegetables. It was good, like everything at May Kaidee’s, but it didn’t wow me.

Haw Mokk

Haw Mokk

I have to say the same for the ginger-fried tofu and fried basil tofu: yummy with lots of crisp vegetables, not at all heavy, but lacking just a touch in the flavor department. Perhaps it was just an off night for the kitchen, or maybe my taste buds were over-stimulated by that point. Other stir-fries I’ve had at May Kaidee’s in the past did not disappoint.

Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

Basil Tofu Stir Fry

Basil Tofu Stir Fry

If you want a lighter option, I would highly recommend the steamed mushrooms, tofu and vegetables.  Served with a chili soy sauce and peanut sauce on the side, the very fresh vegetables were cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious.  

Steamed Mushrooms and Vegetables

Steamed Mushrooms and Vegetables

To drink, I had the “zinger,” with mango, pineapple, orange, lime, and a hint of chili. Delicious and very refreshing! A big thumbs up from me.

Zinger!

Zinger!

As the wait staff started bringing out the food, we thought that we had ordered far too much for our group of five. But as you can see, we did a pretty good job of polishing it all off!  The bill came out to just about 200 Baht/person, which we all thought was a great deal for such a lavish and delicious meal. 

You can tell it was delicious!

You can tell it was delicious!

When I was last in Bangkok, May told me she was coming to New York at the end of September to scout restaurant locations around Union Square. I’m crossing all of my fingers and toes that she is able to open a restaurant in New York – I would definitely be a regular!

In the meantime, I know I’ll be coming back to May Kaidee’s again and again whenever I am in Bangkok.

Locations: 59 Tanao Road, Bang-lam-phu, behind Burger King and 33 Samsen Rd., Soi 2, Bang-lam-phu, Bangkok

 

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