Huahin Beach part 2 – “Jim-Daeng” restaurant

We travelled about 40 minutes from Samroiyod National Park/community to our lunch location. This is the Thai dedication to food. In fact, often times Thai people would devote an entire trip (that could take more than one hour) to delicious food hunting. For example: it’s a weekday, our friend had just bought a new fridge and we want to celebrate, so let’s drive one hour and a half out of the city to have some delicious seafood! We will be back by the time the kids come home.

Anyway, let’s continue onto Huahin trip (Part 2)!

This restaurant called “Jim-Daeng” (which is a pretty interesting name to say the least… I’m not going to include the translation for fear of flagging) rests just across from a quiet beach. Literally, on the way there we passed about 300 small resorts all with open pools (some, horizon pools; fancy that), and pink/orange people staring back at us. Exaggeration. I would say 3-4 small private resorts.

As for the restaurant; how was the taste? I would say that depends on the dish; some were incredibly tasty, some were just average.

For example, this fried squid here was pretty dang dry on top of being tasteless. Since I’m also not a squid fan, eating this was no more different than eating rubber (with delicious spicy sauce)

Fried squid with spicy and sweet sauce
Fried squid with spicy and sweet sauce

Then there was this super delicious dish which I had forgotten the name of!

Shrimp with Gratin vegetables and coconut milk sauce
Shrimp with Gra-teen vegetable and coconut milk sauce

At least I know what it contains: boiled shrimp, local Thai vegetable called *“Gra-teen” (which you can now find in frozen form in Asian supermarkets! You must try it out!), coconut sauce, and bathed in deep fried shallots.

Before I became health conscious I basically used to eat deep-fried shallots for snacks. They’re that delicious (deep-fried shallots can be bought in Asian supermarkets in packets/bottles). This is a common element in Thai cuisine, where they are often used as garnish on noodles dishes etc. (which I will write about in my next post!)

Anyway, the dish was just a perfect combination of nutty/fatty taste of lightly sweetened coconut milk sauce and crunchy/savory-ness of the deep-fried shallots; on top of the crunchy vegetables and fresh shrimp. How you eat it is: the vegetable, shrimp, and shallots together; topped off with spicy seafood sauce to cut down any fishy smell of the shrimp, and fattiness of the coconut sauce. This along with rice.

I would say this dish is relatively healthful, depending on how much coconut sauce or fried shallots you take with each serving. After all, the ingredients were all natural.

Sadly, since I did not have the **usual photographic freedom, two images is what is left from this restaurant outing. Nevertheless, I can give you a quick breakdown of the what to order at the restaurant – this is a seafood restaurant (duh, right across from the beach. You can literally jump into the ocean right after a meal) and so I would recommend to order their shrimp, fish, squid (if you must), and crab. The shrimp with vermicelli in clay pot was pretty good, so were the other typical Thai dishes like omelette or spicy soups. You can’t go very wrong. I would recommend asking the waiter for their most popular dishes.

The environment was nice, spacious, clean, (but it did have a bit of a canteen feel to it..) and had lots of ceiling fans (imagine tissues blowing everywhere), which is in fact, very important for the summer!

Since I don’t have anymore food photos from this restaurant, here is a bonus image of crispy, sweet, delicious banana roti!

Fried roti - banana filling with condensed milk and sugar topping
Fried roti – banana filling with condensed milk and sugar topping

Side notes: *”Gra-teen” or “Yod gra-teen” is a local Thai vegetable that is cheap and can be found in almost all parts of the country. It is popular mostly as a health food with digestive benefits. The english name is “Lead tree”, which sounds really scary and inedible (also a part of the acacia tree family. The stuff that giraffes eat), and this is partially true where only the young shoots of the lead tree can be cooked and eaten.

**You readers may have noticed a difference in my posts format where food images have decreased significantly. This is because I did not intend to blog during this Thailand trip, and so did not take any pictures. These pictures are all borrowed. Speaking of which, I should probably credit the photographer aka my brother’s girlfriend.

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Please stay in tuned 🙂

– Izzy