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Fullers London Pride, ESB and Trappistes Rochefort Round Off Lamb Chops, Mint Sauce and Mashed Potatoes

Yesterday (6th November) was my birthday and I managed to get Kanyah in the car and to visit the E.A.T. restaurant I had been planned to visit for a long time.

It took quite a while to find the E.A.T. Restaurant which is listed as being at Khao Yai – a National Park close to Pak Chong. In fact we drove all the way to the entrance to Khao Yai and back to Pak Chong again before we saw the signs to the E.A.T. restaurant:-

Photo of the Sign of the E.A.T. Restaurant at Khao Yai near to Pak Chong

Sign of the E.A.T. Restaurant at Khao Yai near to Pak Chong

The E.A.T. restaurant itself had a modern and air-conditioned interior but it being a nice day we opted to sit outside.

Photo of The E.A.T. Restaurant at Khao Yai near to Pak Chong

The E.A.T. Restaurant at Khao Yai near to Pak Chong

In a previous Post I wrote about The Drab Reality Of Eating In Rural Thailand and how living in Pak Chong was like Living in the Dirt

Image of kids in Thailand sitting and eating in the dirt

Typical Family Sitting In The Dirt in Thailand

I complained about the lack of decent food in Pak Chong and I still bemoan that Thailand is a dessert for good beer, even Guinness Foreign Extra Stout being impossible to find.

Well All That Has Changed! (Except the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout Bit) 

Image of Bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

You won’t find this in Thailand… but there’s plenty of it in Cambodia! As reported on the Cambodia Visa Run Post.

I wasn’t disappointed by our visit to the E.A.T. restaurant. In fact I was absolutely delighted – it was paradise in Pak Chong!

At the E.A.T. Restaurant not only was there a whole menu of decent Thai food there was also Italian, German an even English dishes listed. I was torn between Spaghetti Bolognaise and Lamb Chops. I opted for the latter.

Beer at E.A.T. In Pak Chong

But before we get to the food lets talk about the beer. A first disappointment was that two of the three draft beer pumps were off. The third was a German Wheat beer as I found out after it was poured. Nothing wrong with it but I don’t like wheat beer.

Next I had a glass of Sangria then I tried the dark and dangerous Trappistes Rochefort. At 11.5% alcohol I certainly felt it.

But the best was to come! I saw on the beer menu – itself about 20 pages long – Fullers London Pride and Fullers ESB.

I bought a box of each and half a dozen bottles of Trappistes Rochefort to take home.

Here is a photo of the beers taken when we got home to our retirement house in Pak Chong:-

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Here is close-up photo of the beer bottles:-

Image of Beer From EAT Khao Yai Pak Chong Thailand

Beer From EAT Khao Yai Pak Chong Thailand

I put a bottle of Thai Leo in the picture just to make sure you will be really envious!

See that bottle of London Pride to the right of the photo? That’s empty now – I drank it as I was writing this Post. Any you know what? Next to Leo it tasted… lousy!

Obviously I’ve been in Thailand too long.

Food at E.A.T. In Pak Chong

Kanyah had a huge Rib-Eye Steak which came with mashed potato upon which I pounced with relish. It was gorgeous.

The lamb chops were fine – not delicious – but OK. To me starved of western (proper) food for the last three months they were wonderful. The vegetables were cooked Thai style – interesting and delicious but not the plain western style cooking you would expect with lamb chops.

Photo of Lanb Chops at E.A.T. Khao Yai near to Pak Chong, Thailand

Lanb Chops at E.A.T. Khao Yai near to Pak Chong, Thailand

By the way lamb is not a common food in Thailand and you won’t find it in any shops in Pak Chong. Only the Muslims in Thailand eat lamb and since they live mostly in the south I guess that’s where the lamb is to be found.

Back To The E.A.T. Restaurant at Khao Yai

I’ll be going back to the E.A.T. Restaurant at Khao Yai as soon as I can find a good excuse. There’s no reason not to go except that it isn’t cheap.

Here’s the bill and I guarantee the total will make your eyes water. I have added the price in GBP£ and US$:-

Image of My Bill From E.A.T. Restaurant, Khao Yai Pak Chong Thailand

My Bill From E.A.T. Restaurant, Khao Yai Pak Chong Thailand

Actually, it’s not as bad as it looks. If you take away the beers I bought to take home and the and the extravagant Trappistes Rochefort beers it comes to just 1,871 Baht. (£37 or $69) and that includes the main meal and dessert for three people plus two bottles of Leo and a glass of Sangria. Not cheap for Thailand but inexpensive by western standards.

So I’ll be back sometime.

Cambodia, Draught Guinness, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Pattayah, Bangkok, Thai Nationality  and a Model Engineering Workshop

What An Amazing Week

Our son Alex visited us for three weeks to apply for his Thai Nationality. At the same time I had to go to Cambodia to renew my Thai visa and I wanted to see a friend I had met via this website who was a fellow model engineer and lived in Pattayah.

We made and followed a blistering itinerary and here is the story.

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Visit To Cambodia To Get My Visa Renewed

The two border towns at the Thai/Cambodia border are Aranyaprathet on the Thai side and Poipet on the Cambodia side.

There is nothing much to say about Aranyaprathet  but Poipet is a different animal altogether. The border crossing and particularly on the Cambodia side reminds me of an old Wild West movie. It’s dirty, dusty and well… just wild.

But, just to set the scene, lets see a movie taken on the Thai side:-

And a movie taken on the Cambodia side, a walk down the high street at Poipet:-

 

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