Dan about Thailand loves great content from across Thailand from fellow Expats and is delighted to share this post from MeanderingTales.Com. The author, Kim Waddoup, has over 40 years in the travel industry and is now happily living in Thailand.
The last few days of August and I traveled throughout Phuket, Krabi and Lanta to see with my own eyes the state of the tourist market. There is no way to dress this up, it is pretty desperate.
Special Wine and Dine Dinner at May’s Urban Thai Dine, Jomtien, nr. Pattaya, Thailand. July 2020
I love food, wine and good company and these were the basis of my earlier gourmet experiences in organising the Moscow Good Food Club. Having retired and moved to Thailand I had been searching for the opportunity to indulge in my culinary pursuits and was pleasantly surprised to receive details of a special dinner with wine pairings at one of Pattaya’s most progressive Thai restaurants, May’s Urban Thai Dine.
May’s Urban Thai Dine is conveniently located on Thep Prasit road, in Jomtien, just a short drive down the motorway from Bangkok. May has created quite a reputation in Thailand for the creativity of her Thai food, based on her traditional background and the use of home-grown, organic products. The interior is subdued, modern but retains rural origins. The guests arrived and soon our host, the adorable May, asked us to take our seats. The table was festively decorated and we eagerly awaited our first dish of ‘Grilled Red Snapper Topped with Young Chili & Ginger Sauce’. Top marks for presentation in using the fried fish skeleton! The fish meat had been reduced to a soft texture, with concentrated flavour and the chilli and ginger sauce added perfect flavours. This first course was accompanied by a Château Routas Rosé Rouvier AOC from the Côte de Provence in Southern France. This is a popular style AOC Coteaux Various en Provence that was pleasant, with light berry fruit aromas with a hint of mint? Nice and dry with a crisp finish this was an ideal pairing to the Red Snapper.
The second course was ‘Slow Cooked Beef Sausage serviced with Nam Jim Jiew’(spicy Isan dipping sauce). A simple dish that was superbly presented with a bouquet of herb leaves. The sausage bursting with flavour and the dish followed traditional principles with the herbs, green chilis and ginger. A knife would have been appreciated and the ginger was unfortunately hidden below the green and many discovered this vital enhancement too late to fully enjoy the robust flavours presented in. The Routas Rosé was also a perfect pairing.
The third course was Grilled Eggplant with Soft Boiled Egg served with a Soya Bea Sauce. Again, beautifully presented and decorated. The aubergine was crispy with a lot of flavour and the Soya Bean Sauce presented some real Thai spicy flavour to this dish that was paired with a Alois Lageder, Pinot Grigio Porer DOC from the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. This wine caused a little confusion as in the lighting it looked more like a Rosé! Whilst definitely a white, wine some discussion suggested that this hue may be a result of it’s heritage as thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape variety. This was however a classic Pinot Grigio, medium bodied, quite rich with delicate aromas from a strong bouquet. Another excellent pairing.
This was followed by Slow Cooked Pullet marinated with Shrimp Paste and Pineapple in an Aroma Curry sauce. Once again highly creative presentation in a section of Bamboo. The pullet skewer was soft, succulent and full of delicate Thai flavour with the baby pineapple providing a strong contract to the curry sauce. The Pinot Grigio was again well paired.
Course number 5 was Fresh Lotus Flower and Banana Blossom Salad with Crab Meat and Homemade Chilli Sauce. To marks! This was an exquisite dish of crispy lotus and banana flower served in a banana blossom boat with succulent chunks of crab meat complemented with the chilli sauce. Subtle favours served together to produce an extremely inventive and delicious dish. Paired again with the Pinot Grigio the wine had unfortunately lost its initial crispness but still a pleasant pairing.
Full detail at https://meanderingtales.com/special-wine-and-dine-dinner-at-mays-urban-thai-dine-jomtien-nr-pattaya-thailand/