Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Aroi, Mai Peng: Mr. Meng’s!
My new favorite restaurant, Mr. Meng’s! “Aroi, mai peng,” means delicious, not expensive. (Forget the tones, you can figure them out on your own.) It’s a chain of some kind, I’m not sure where it originated. I only know of one location, Centron (Central) World in Bang Na, Bangkok.
It’s the first time I ever ate what is called “soft shelled crab.” When I had seen it previously on menus in America, or otherwheres, I always thought, sure, soft shell, but it’s a crab! How soft can it be! At Mr. Meng’s, his happy, smiling face reassured me that it would be ok. And it was! Soft shelled crab over noodles with yellow curry, delicious, 98 Baht, about three dollars. The most expensive thing on the menu. Like Arnold said, Ah’ll Be Back.