Refreshing hot coals and herbs to keep you on edge; with these descriptions, it must be Thai food! Check out this operation run by two friends who met in Lima, but just happen to be from the same region of Thailand…
Coming to Peru is a culinary delight. One thing plenty of expats can all agree on though, is we miss the variety. Pacific Rim, Western European, or any other real foreign restaurants are scarce in what’s considered the culinary capital of South America.
So I’m extremely excited to tell the story of Banjerd and Sanam. The friends met here, though they hail from the same region in Thailand. They noticed the growing interest in foreign food and opened Bangkok in Lince. The chef Sanam’s family operates street food carts in Thailand and gained an international palate during his time on a cruise ship. While on a separate cruise ship, Banjerd met her husband, a Peruvian national, and moved here to start a new life with her beloved.
Mango Salad(Photo: Joseph Diaz Romero/Living in Peru)
When you first enter Bangkok, the sweet lull of curry and lemongrass excites curiosity and the owner has no problem explaining any exotic part of their menu. Anything you order will be fully aromatic, complex in flavor, and varies in spice depending on personal taste (ranging from not spicy, to Thai spicy which is their spiciest) They have personal suppliers of Thai ingredients like galangal and they make their own coconut milk from scratch which gives everything a deep, rich texture. I can’t complain about a single thing they serve, but a few that stand out for me is their Pad Thai (nothing innovative, but amazingly executed), the Moo Pin which are seasoned pork bondiolas grilled on a skewer and the Pandan leaf chicken which is also worth trying. If you’re looking for something more on the light side, the Green Mango salad (which contains nearly 15 ingredients) is deceitfully delicious and gets you full. Or perhaps the Pla Li Suan, which is a cold fried fish dish, served with plenty of spearmint, lemongrass, and chili to keep your taste buds on edge.
Shrimp Tiradito(Photo: Joseph Diaz Romero/Living in Peru)
If you’re seriously into spicy food, keep an eye out for their Shrimp “Tiradito” which takes 20 minutes to make. If putting a fire hot piece coal on your tongue was somehow a refreshing experience, eating this would be a similar sensation.
Don’t put off the desserts either. They may seem simple but remember how I said they make their own coconut milk? The flavor it imparts in all their desserts is just too much for words to do it justice, it really shows their respect to using only the best ingredients. They also have Thai Iced Tea, perfect to counter balance a spicy stir fry.
(Photo: Joseph Diaz Romero/Living in Peru)
One of the best aspects of Bangkok though is the accessibility. Their prices range from S/. 20 – S/. 45 for platter sized dishes. If you’re not sure you’d like the food, you can try one of their menu options for lunch from Tuesday to Friday for S/. 15 (it comes with a salad or soup of the day and a choice of 1 main course) which, in my opinion, is nearly a steal! This has become, hands down, one of those places I have to go to at least once a week, and if you love the exotic, you’ll start going too.
Av. Bernardo Alcedo N° 460, Lince
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.