To Bangkok she’s known as Jay Fai (a nickname that loosely translates to Auntie Mole), to the food world she’s known as the “Mozart of the wok,” and she’s the only Michelin-starred street food wizard in the game. And last night’s dinner lived up to the hype and then some.
We waited outside, sipping Thai beer and snapping photos, for about an hour before the lovely hostess took our order. “Yes, Thai spicy,” we said, “We promise we’re good for it!” A few minutes later, we were escorted to our table where the smells of the operation danced by our table as our neighbors were served. .
Before we knew it, Jay Fai’s famous crab omelette, a deep-fried loaf of tender white crab meat and scrambled eggs the size of a large burrito, hit the table with a side of homemade sriracha. A masterpiece. The crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-and-salty-on-the-inside signature dish fully transported us into the food world of Thailand. .
Next up, we dipped our beef pad krapow in a fish sauce marinated with fire-hot Thai chilies. And that was immediately followed by a Tom Yum filled with tender white fish. The broth was almost clear, but the flavors of the ginger, lemongrass, and chilies all squeezed into every bite, side-by-side with whatever other magic Jay Fai adds to that cauldron of soup she keeps bubbling over the hot charcoal fire.
Then the Pad Kee Mao arrived, and, you guys, it was perfect— balanced, spicy, and rich with gigantic prawns and squid. There’s definitely something to be said for traveling more than 8000 miles to watch the best chefs make your favorite foods. And the kicker of the entire experience? The entire business is run by women. #asiamoon #honeymoon
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