Shang Thai Celebration Kind of Love

Love has to be celebrated, what is the point otherwise? and no one knows that better than my love-struck bunch of friends. They took me to Shang Thai for my well-orchestrated surprise Anniversary dinner.

Mr. Hubster is back in India, drowning himself in medical books and thesis work (or so I assume ;)) So my friends took it upon themselves to make sure I was celebrating this day. Hence Shang Thai.

Shang Thai, Muscat, Oman

When I think celebration, I think fireworks, music, dance, laughter, balloon, flowers and chatty, high-spirited people everywhere. But Shang Thai is a kind of celebration that made me alter my imagery. It is grand without being loud, it is warm without being overtly expressive and above all it is yummy without being pretentious.

I had the yummiest Tom Yum soup (not that I have ever tasted the original). But my friend Yousuf was in Thailand and has had the real thing and said that it comes really close to the original.

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We ordered the Tom Yum soup – seafood version. I didn’t mind paying 3.6 rials for it because the bowl of golden soup was bountiful with fresh fish, fresh mushroom, fresh cuttlefish, fresh mussel, fresh coconut gravy and was freshly infused with lemon grass. Oh did I mention it was fresh?

Talking about wedding anniversary, I also experienced a perfect union right there, as the Thai green curry – veggie version, perfectly complemented the Thai fried rice Kao Phad (RO 3.8).

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Gang Kiew Wan or the Thai green curry (RO 4.4) will blow your mind away again in the most subtle manner as that’s the Thai way. Exotic flavours presented in a clean and simple manner.

Thai green curry

One observation that I made, which I would like to share with you is that this is one place that treats veggies with a lot of care and honour. I am a hard core non-vegetarian and believe its criminal to have vegetarian food while eating out. But I stand corrected. This place is a haven for vegetarians as well. I loved the tender care with which the snap peas, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn was prepared.

Best Thai restaurant in Muscat

Shang Thai, Muscat Grand Mall.

They have other outlets in Oman. Click here to visit their website

While you wait for your food, enjoy the complimentary prawn crackers and tantalizing dips

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The ‘Friends over Food’ Kind of love

Food can spark great conversations and wonderful friendships.

I had such a moment at work last week, when a colleague turned into a friend with something as simple as, thoughtfully picking up my favourite chicken quiche, from this one bakery in muscat that does it right – Modern Oman Bakery.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS GOLDEN GOODNESS

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WHERE DO YOU GO TO GET IT?
Modern bakery, located in Ruwi, next to al masa hall. Yum yum yum

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Photo courtesy foursquare

First bite experience

This creamy, buttery fluff of Pastry with onion and shredded chicken filling will definitely crackle a smile that comes from the depths of your soul. Even my vegetarian friend seemed to be secretly salivating just looking at it.

P.S: Get there in the morning as these sell like hot cakes…ehhh like hot quiches.

Thanks Fazal for the yumminess n cheers to the food camaraderie!!!!

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