Monday, July 6, 2015

One for the Road at Silk Road

A culinary journey ends at Silk Road, and another begins...

Silk Road Thai Bistro will soon close its doors to give way for a new dining concept, but not before one last meal for old times' sake. The classic Pad Thai and other signature Thai dishes from Silk Road will definitely be missed...

I start my final dining experience at Silk Road with their signature Thai Milk Tea (L) and Thai Ravioli (R), with tender sesame beef and nutty shiitake mushrooms wrapped in soft and freshly steamed rice paper with a sweet, sour and spicy vinegar dip. Here's more of Silk Road's signature dishes...

The Son-in-Law Eggs, or Kay Loog Keuy, a traditional and celebratory Thai dish with eggs draped in rich Thai sauces and spices. I remember the first time I dined at Silk Road with chef and owner Cecille Chang, my favorite "Stiletto Chef," as she described the origins of the dish.

Silk Road's Chicken Satay, served on a concrete block wrapped in banana leaf and garnished with a fresh orchid filled with hot charcoal, with a side of cucumber relish and thick peanut sauce is another dish I will miss. There's nothing quite like Silk Road's satay, grilling right on your table with that savory and fragrant aroma.

Complete your meal at Silk Road with their hearty flavored rice dishes, like the signature Silk Road Fried Rice (L) and the mildly sweet and fragrant Pineapple Rice (R) that pair so well with the mains. 

My favorite dish at Silk Road is their Siamese Pork Ribs (R), tender, juicy, sweet and smoky cinnamon caramel pork ribs served on a concrete block with charcoal. Pair this with one of their off-the-menu spicy rice dishes (L) for a winning combo. 

Fresh Steamed Sea Bass in chili, lime, and garlic, adds a festive vibe to your meal at Silk Road, with fresh, pure, and clean flavors. The delicate flavors of the sea bass are enhanced by the mild nutty notes of the garlic, the sharpness of the lime, and a soothing heat from the chili.

The classic Bagoong Rice, or Khao Khluk Kapi, is yet another mandatory dish to complete your feast at Silk Road. Simply mix the tender caramel pork, shallots, mangoes, cucumber, string beans, shrimp paste and chili and you're in for a flavorful ride.

The crisp and savory Sala Deng, deep-fried lemongrass florets stuffed with ground chicken and served with a sweet chili sauce is another favorite. And the fun begins when you gently pick apart the lemongrass floret with your fork for the richly seasoned chicken stuffing. Dip in the sweet chili sauce and pair it with any of the rice dishes at Silk Road...perfect.

And if its more seafood you want, Silk Road's Crispy Tilapia with Tamarind Puree does the job nicely. The contrasting textures of the tender and moist fish with its crispy outer layer draped in a thick and sweet tamarind sauce with fried basil leaves is yet another memorable dish at Silk Road.

For dessert, cap your feast with Silk Road's Sticky Rice with Mango, a traditional Thai dessert...

...and the Takhoo Thai, a rich and smooth tapioca pearl pudding with creamy coconut custard. Silk Road's dishes will definitely be missed. But Chef Cecille Chang has something up her sleeves for a whole new dining concept...stay tuned for more on Chef Cecille Chang's new restaurant concept.

Silk Road Thai Bistro is located at the ground floor of Net Quad Corporate Center, 4th Avenue corner 31st Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City or call 824-1678 for inqiries.

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