Elevated Street Food, Not Elevated Pricing

Elevated Street Food, Not Elevated Pricing
Elevated Street Food, Not Elevated Pricing

Thai street food was just ranked number one in the world by CNN. However, many visitors
to Hua Hin find the idea of street food a little daunting

But thanks to Talay Thai restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, travelers can sample the best of Thai street food in a more controlled environment. Set in three interconnecting beachfront pavilions with a central courtyard, Talay Thai offers authentic Thai cuisine. The home-style cooking brings out savoury and sweet flavours that characterises Thai cuisine. My dining companion and I arrived at the restaurant for their daily Sabai-Sabai promotion just as dusk was setting in. We were served a complimentary bowl of prawn chips, with a creamy, sweet and spicy chilli dipping sauce.

They should bottle the sauce and sell it in their gift shop – it is so tasty. For dinks we went with a promotional Treeline chardonnay. At 200 baht a glass, this Australian wine paired wonderfully with the Thai food. The first dishes we sampled were the Hat Yai-style deep fried chicken (gai tord) and the fried shrimp cakes (tod mun goong) – both a great start to our feast. Next came a bowl of tom yum goong – the ubiquitous spicy and sour prawn soup with lemongrass.

A favourite among foreigners for many years, the Talay version is one not to miss. Of course we had to sample a curry, and the kang phad prik gaeng kari was highly recommended by our server. The tender rock lobster swimming in a rich yellow curry was a savoury triumph with just a hint of heat. Not wanting to leave without trying a Talay Thai Specialty, we ordered the deep-friend sea bass (pla ka pong tord ta krai). The deep fried fish had been removed from the bone for easy eating. The sweet mango sauce with a touch of lemongrass paired perfectly with the fried fish. We finished our meal with a scoop of lemongrass ice cream and scoop of coconut ice cream. I didn’t think I’d have any room left, but I managed… Throughout the meal we were entertained by live music – a lovely duo with a huge repertoire of songs (and they take requests).

Hours: Daily from 6PM – 10:30PM
Address: 91 Hua Hin – Khao Takiap Road, Hua Hin
Reservations: +66 3 252 1234