Krua Thara Restaurant

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Krua Thara Restaurant
Krua Thara Restaurant
Besides having beautiful white beaches and many well known tourist attractions, Krabi is also famous for its fresh seafood.  Krabi is next to the sea and you can find many seafood restaurants that serve food that tastes just fine.  However, there are only hand full of seafood restaurants that is very popular to local people; and “Krua Thara” or “Thara Kitchen” is one of the seafood restaurant that worth paying a visit.

The Interior of The Restaurant
The Interior of The Restaurant

Thara Kitchen is located on Nopparat Thara Beach, right at the entrance of  “Nopparat Thara Beach – Phi Phi Islands National Park.”  At the front of the restaurant, you can see broad selection of fresh seafood such as prawns, shellfish, crabs, and fish.  You could ask the chefs to cook ones that are swimming in tanks or ones that have been laid out on ice to you liking; you could also ask the waitress for recommendations or you could see what you want to have from the menu.

Please be patience when trying to order, most Thais do not understand English very well.  We really love to recommend you to order shellfish, since Thara Kitchen is also well known for having wide selections of fresh shellfish for visitors to try such as areola babylon (Hoi Hwan), meretrix meretrix (Hoi Tarab), dog conch (Hoi ChakTeen), oyster, and many shellfish that we do not even know the name.

Seafoods
Seafoods
After taking awhile deciding what to order, the waitress recommend “Yum Hoi-Khong Ta Lay” which cannot be found easily anywhere else and “Narm Prik Kung Siab” or (Spicy grilled-shrimp paste) which is famous cuisine of the Southern part of Thailand.  We ordered those two mouth watering dishes along with popular dishes such as “Pra Kra Pong Tod Narm Pla” or “Deep fried sea bass in fish sauce” and the traditional “Tom Yum Koong.”Let’s start with “Narm Prik Koong Siab” or (Spicy grilled-shrimp paste) that comes with several assortment of steamed vegetables.  Unlike other Thai spicy pastes, the dish is not as spicy because the grilled shrimp is quite sweet.  The paste is highly recommended for foreigners because there is not many Thai paste that taste as sweet.3925888422_97285d5b99

Both “Deep fried sea bass in fish sauce” and the well known “Tom Yum Koong” taste exactly as they should have been.  Freshness of shrimp and sea bass make these local favorites special.

There are still many recommended dishes at Krua Thara such as “Yum Sam Hoi” or “Three type of shellfish salad,” “Kung Chae Buay Pud Ma Karm Peak” or “Banana Prawn in Tamarind Sauce,” “Pu Nim Pud Prik Thai Dum” or “Soft Shell Crab with Black Pepper,” “Kang Som Pla Kra Bork” or “Sweet-Sour Mullet Fish Soup,” “Kang Pud Kra Tiam Prik Thai” or “Mantic Prawn with garlic and pepper.” The last but not least are their popular “Somtum” or “Thai Payaya Salad” such as “Somtum Poo-Ma” or “Somtum with crab” and “Somtum Koong Luak” or “Somtum with soft-boiled shrimp.” 

By now, we are pretty sure that you would like to go and try out some fresh seafood. Krua Thara open daily from 9 am – 9 pm but if you visit during the holiday season there might be a lot of customers and you might have to wait for awhile. Don’t get irritated!  It is very normal in Thailand.

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