Connect with us

Thai Life

Phuket Lifestyle: Hanging out at the Monkeypod

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: We’ve been hearing about an exciting new dining experience out in the newly fashionable eastern zone of the island, past the Heroine’s Monument, but we were surprised to find such an elegant white designer restaurant as Monkeypod Coffeehouse sitting at the side of the road in Pa Klok.

Monkeypod is the creation of Chaiyos Pinpradab, a local Phuketian who studied architecture and who spends much of his time reading classic Western literature and thinking about design. He bought this property in Pa Klok twenty years ago and recently decided to invite his family to join him in creating a restaurant/coffeehouse where he could express his design and culinary ideas.

His son, Phai, who shares his father’s interest in the wide world of ideas, works as the genial host and manager of Monkeypod and his sister, Ratchaneevadee, prepares the Thai menu currently offered only in the Thai language.

The clean white spaces of the bistro are set off with large, beautiful monkeypod wooden tables and chairs.The white walls are peacefully empty as Chaiyos says his customers are the art.

However, he has stenciled an Ernest Heminway quote on a wall and I’m told that the literary references will change regularly.

For those wanting the best of Western coffeehouse cuisine, Monkeypod has it. From a classic hamburger to a sumptuous Chicken or Pork Cordon Bleu, Western Chef Chaiyawat Kumsuk has taken these traditional favorites and added his own interpretation. The Chicken Cordon Bleu was served with coconut and rambutan flavors that elevated the creamy sauce.

“We want to celebrate the beauty of the monkey pod trees that surround our property,” explains Phai. “They give inspiration to our menu.We grow as much of our own produce as possible and use what we have on the property to animate our menu.”

In addition to excellent Western menu above, Monkeypod offers a variety of authentic Phuket dishes. Chaiyos’ sister is responsible for the Thai menu. As with many great local chefs, Ratchaneevadee learned the craft and culinary skills from their mother and grandmother who ran a catering business in town.

Local food authority, Wanida Hongyok, has a way of determining the pedigree of a chef by ordering Buer Tod. This dish of batter-fried prawns on a fan of seaweed, says Wanida, is the ultimate test of a chef’s credentials, and the crunchy Buer Tod at Monkeypod, accompanied by a tangy tamarind sauce, passes the test beautifully.

If you like prawns then try goong assam or prawns with tamarind sauce. For this dish, Rachaneewadee only uses wild prawns whose soft shells turn crispy when deep fried. The succulent prawns are then lightly coated with a sweet and sour sauce made from tamarind and palm sugar. Thais usually eat the prawns whole, shell and all, but you may peel them if so wish.

Fish dishes are the usual staple in any local meal and the pla tod krueng or sliced fish with chilli and herb paste served here is robust enough for the locals who are usually known for their penchant for spicy dishes.

One dish we highly recommend is the exotic tofu soup with salted fish, pork and ginger. The combination is at once strange and exotic and will take some getting used to. The soup has a nice smoky flavor thanks to the salted fish. Delicious and satisfying.

Don’t let the Monkeypod modern and minimalist setting fool you into thinking this is yet another nice café. The restaurant’s Thai menu, with the flair for the local classics, is good enough to bring visiting friends and show off Phuket cuisine at its best.

Monkeypod Coffeehouse is on the corner of Lum Sai Road | Highway 4027 and is open 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Drugs30 mins ago

Marine police seize 30 kilograms of methamphetmine from squid fishing boat

Thailand33 mins ago

Thailand News Today | Bars defy bans, Sandbox ‘still on’, vaccine rush | July 28

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand to apply for Guinness World Record for longest petrified log

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Koh Samui bar and club finds 16 Covid-19 infections

Best of4 hours ago

Kanchanaburi’s 5 coolest hotels

Thailand4 hours ago

Thousands of inmates granted royal pardon on HM the King’s birthday

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 16,533 new cases; provincial totals

Best of5 hours ago

5 of the most amazing hotels in Koh Chang

Best of5 hours ago

The best steakhouses in Pattaya serving juicy steak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Girls infected with Covid after mother dies at home; public criticises healthcare system

Coronavirus Vaccines7 hours ago

Crowds rush to Bang Sue for vaccination ahead of walk-in registration ending

Coronavirus Thailand8 hours ago

Thai PM predicts current Covid crisis will be over in 2 or 3 weeks – 4 at the most

Coronavirus Vaccines8 hours ago

Health Ministry says all frontline medical workers will get donated Pfizer doses

Coronavirus Vaccines8 hours ago

Study confirms mixing AstraZeneca and mRNA vaccines as good as 2 mRNA doses

Coronavirus Phuket9 hours ago

Officials reluctant to cancel Phuket sandbox, lifeline for desperate locals

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending