For years, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin within the Siam Kempinski hotel has made a remarkable impression on Thai cuisine, with modern Thai-inspired dishes created and presented with an experimental yet courteous touch.

Though conceptualized by Chef Henrik Yde-Anderson, the far-famed Danish chef and founder of Kiin Kiin (Copenhagen’s first Michelin-awarded Asian restaurant), his Bangkok’s flagship “Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin” is as much the creation of Head Chef Chayawee “Berm” Sutcharitchan who has brought his vision of Thai food to life.

Together they have set Thai fare on fire on the world stage, translating their much-admired experiences of Thai culinary traditions into something more venturesome — think yellow curry ice cream and house-made oyster sauce — while retaining the same nostalgic flavours they crave for in Thai food.

Having kept its prestigious Michelin one-starred status, the Thai-centric restaurant is still going strong with its new “Winter Journey” set dinner menu. Here’s an eight-course journey where every spoonful walks you through the taste of forgotten and childhood-favourites – Thai food that’s set to warm you right up during Bangkok’s winter days. We had the opportunity to indulge in their wintertime creations and were absolutely blown away by most of the dishes. Scroll down to see our list of the five dishes from the Winter Journey we absolutely adore.

Beef Ceviche with Avocado in Spicy Marinade

Hugged by clear cucumber jelly, the raw paper-thinned beef has a touch of mellow sharpness from the spicy marinade made fresh by the table-side. The piquant spiciness is also softened by the smoothness of cucumber, avocado cream and mint leaves. Undoubtedly, this is the kind of dish that doesn’t require being cooked to be delectably delicious.

Tom Kha Corn and Chicken

We are sure you’ve had at least one bowl of Tom Kha (Thai coconut soup) in your lifetime. But we guarantee none of them would have excited you as much as this Sra Bua version of Tom Kha. First liquid nitrogen is poured into a bowl arranged with the Thai farm-grown baby corn and chicken like a fog setting over a bed of food, transforming the traditional soup served hot into something more of reminiscent of a winter’s morning. Enriched with coconut milk and sweetened by the baby corn, this dish is Thai cuisine condensed into luscious deliciousness.

Green Curry Risotto with Lobster and Fava Beans

This may have occured to some of you before. When the curry is so good that all you want to do is shower that umami-packed liquid over your rice and have it just like that. Well, this Green Curry Risotto is sort of like that. The starchy, fat-grained risotto rice and the fatty coconut milk balance so well with the pungent herbal notes of the green curry paste. The two ingredients help to retain the creamy consistency of the risotto as well as the distinctive flavour of Thai green curry. Like your pasta or rice al dente? You’ll surely get that from this dish.

Tom Klong served with Grilled Lobster Head, Ginger, Lime and Prawn Cracker Aioli 

Similar to Tom Yum except that with this one, the soup is made with dried fish and roasted or dried herbs. Tom Khlong is a hot and sour fish soup found as a staple on the dining tables of many Thai households. However, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin has scaled it up to something more of a fine-dining nature this winter. Served with grilled lobster head and raw prawn atop prawn crackers, these two elements add appealing textures of crunch and fattiness to the fish-enriched broth.

Roasted Foie Gras, Mushroom Ravioli, Five Spices Pork Ravioli and Mushroom Bouillon  

Braising in the Thai-style five-spiced soup, the juicy shredded pork is stuffed beautifully within the egg-enriched ravioli. Once combined with the soup made from mushroom bouillon, the ravioli and mushroom soup has proved themselves to be a match made in heaven. The roasted foie gras – which we did not think belonged to the dish – actually rendered such a flavoursome lightness to the mushroom-based broth while the cilantro adds contrast and a unique herbal taste to the whole dish.

 

Priced at THB 3,200++, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin’s Winter Journey set dinner menu is available now until the beginning of 2019. For further information and reservations, please call +66 2 162 9000 or email srabua.siambangkok@kempinski.com and website: www.srabuabykiinkiin.com

 

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.