Ever on the lookout for a great plate of pad grapow, I’m happy to report I’ve got another for the list of awesome places to enjoy the famed Thai basil stir fry dish.
Stir Fried Minced Lamb with Chili & Holy Basil (Tinnakorn Family Recipe)
At 560 baht, Bo.lan’s lunch time krapow plate rivals the smoky stir fried basil plates with giant seafood from Jay Fai. But they can only be compared in price only, the taste is outstanding and properly spicy. The fried free range egg puffs up a deep golden brown and has a unique flavor, unlike any plain eggs. There’s plenty of deep fried basil to crunch into and on the sidelines is a peppery chicken soup and hefty portion of nam prik nam plah (incase the flames and salinity when mixed with the unpolished rice aren’t enough for you— I don’t think you’ll need it though).
I wish I had tried this sooner, but it’s only recently on the menu at Bo.lan, which has changed locations and is serving lunch for the first time. During lunch you can show up and catch one plate wonders like their version of Northern Thai Khao Soi noodles, which is served with locally sourced duck (includes dessert for 560 THB).
Check out the rest of Bo.lan’s lunch menu if you’re hungry, around Thonglor, and looking for an out of the ordinary experience in a Thai restaurant. For those a bit leery of expensive Thai food, the lunch menu compared to dinner is the slow, and more familiar introduction to how the chefs are creating Thai food with unique and sustainable ingredients and is considerably less expensive.
Directions to Bo.lan
Visit Bo.lan’s website for a map or go to BTS Thonglor and exit towards Sukhumvit 53. You will find signs for the new location of Bo.lan just a short 100 meter walk into the soi. The restaurant is much easier to find now in it’s new location and you can also toggle the list of restaurants on the map when you click on the google map image below.