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The place to Discover the Most Refreshing Khao Chae in Bangkok this Summer season

The place to Discover the Most Refreshing Khao Chae in Bangkok this Summer season

Summer in Thailand signals the arrival of several seasonal delicacies. As summer 2024 comes around, it’s time to indulge in the royal culinary dish known as khao chae.

Khao chae divides the room for obvious reasons. It consists of soaked, cool rice with jasmine water, which to many may sound bizarre at first. However, the dish has deep historical roots, initially as part of the cuisine of Mon people, and later gaining popularity in the Thai palace during the reign of King Rama V.

The modern rendition of khao chae in present days stars white rice soaked in infused cool water, accompanied by a number of side dishes and a basket of Thai herbs.

It is easy to enjoy, as diners can pick and mix their condiments as they like.  A crucial tip is to refrain from putting the side dishes into the rice water, as it will dilute the floral and candle-smoked aroma that the chefs work so hard to achieve. Despite its royal association, khao chae is meant to be enjoyed by everyone. Here’s where to find the best khao chae in Bangkok this summer 2024.

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Where to Find the Best Khao Chae in Bangkok this 2024

Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant

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The famed Khao Chae Jim Thompson is served amid an elegant and serene ambience. The set includes seven side dishes on top of the candle-smoked, jasmine-scented khao chae from Chiang Rai. The meal ends on a sweet note with a delightful Mango Sticky Rice. If you’d like it for takeaway, the delicacies will be contained in a beautiful Thai tiffin inside of a canvas bag.

Khao Chae is served until May 12, 2024 for dine-in and takeaway.

The Siam Tea Room, Asiatique The Riverfront

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The riverside venue presents its Khao Chae Chao Phraya which can be served as a set or a la carte. The set menus include a welcome drink, Ma Hor as an appetiser, and 12 selections of savoury and sweet condiments. Alternatively, enjoy the side dishes your own way with the a la carte experience.

Khao Chae Chao Phraya is served until May 31, 2024.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

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Guests have two choices to enjoy khao chae here at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; indulging in the full set on its own or in a smaller portion as part of the afternoon tea set. The jasmine rice from Yasothorn is soaked in flower-infused water, which is accompanied by seven delicate condiments. These include stuffed long green bell peppers, deep-fried battered salted eggs, stuffed shallots with grilled river fish, fried shrimp paste, and more. On the other hand, this age-old menu is also incorporated in the Oriental Afternoon Tea set with 13 other Thai savouries and sweets.

Khao Chae is available at The Mandarin Oriental Shops for takeaway and dine-in. The Oriental Afternoon Tea is served at The Authors’ Lounge until May 15, 2024.

InterContinental Bangkok

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The Balcony Lounge serves the chilled delicacy throughout April. All the classic condiments are served here whether stuffed shallots with fish, shredded sweetened pork, or deep-fried shrimp paste ball.

Khao Chae set is served at The Balcony Lounge between April 1-30, 2024 from 11am-5pm.

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park

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The khao chae set at The Siam Tea Room is a complete feast with extensive selections of accompaniments. The fried herbal fish and shrimp paste are the stars of the set, while the stuffed green pepper is beautifully seasoned. Eight more side dishes are included, from the likes of shredded sun-dried ray fish to sweetened shredded pork. Takeaway orders are packed in a traditional Thai basket.

Khao Chae set is served at The Siam Tea Room for dine-in and takeaway until May 31, 2024 from 11.30am-5pm.

The Athenee Hotel

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Khao chae at The House of Smooth Curry follows the ancient royal recipe, which requires an overnight soak of the rice. The scented rice is then served with eight delicate condiments like shrimp paste balls, stuffed shallots, stuffed sweet peppers, fried minced pork with salted fish, and a lot more. This seasonal dish also ends with a seasonal dessert, the refreshing Mayongchid Loy Kaew.

Khao Chae is served at The House of Smooth Curry for dine-in and takeaway until April 30, 2024 from 11.30am-2.30pm and 6pm-10pm.

Banyan Tree

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The full set of khao chae served at Romsai and Saffron restaurant is filled with the traditional sweet and savoury side dishes. Find the shredded pork jerky, sweet radish, stuffed shallots, and stuffed bell pepper alongside the refreshing soaked rice. The meal ends with a pandan ice cream and Tab Tim Krob, a cooling Thai dessert of water chestnuts in coconut milk.

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Khao Chae is served at Romsai and Saffron restaurant for dine-in and takeaway from April 7-30, 2024.

Anantara Siam Bangkok

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The royal dish is crafted with traditional cooking techniques at Spice Market. The Khao Chae set comes with a wide range of condiments, from spicy shrimp paste balls to pork-stuffed peppers. Spice Market aims to transport diners back in time, so that all of us could dine like the royals, amid a vibrant ambience.

Khao Chae is served at Spice Market until April 30, 2024 from 12pm-2.30pm.

Royal Osha

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Chef Vichit presents his finely crafted version of the royal delicacy with seven condiments to be eaten with Sao Hai white rice. The rice is soaked in flower-infused water overnight, resulting in a beautifully scented khao chae. Enjoy the set with two additional Thai appetisers, and conclude the meal with the summer’s special dessert, Mayongchid Loy Kaew.

Khao Chae is available for dine-in and takeaway until May 30, 2024.

Saneh Jaan

Image credit: Saneh Jaan

The one-Michelin-starred Thai restaurant serves Siamese Heritage Khao Chae with an extensive list of 11 condiments. The recipes are exclusive to Saneh Jaan, which boast all the classics like fried shrimp paste, stuffed bell peppers, and fried battered yolk.

Khao Chae is available for dine-in and takeaway until May 14, 2024 from 11.30am-2pm and 5pm-10pm.

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