Recipe: Thai Pork Patties

Published on: September 10, 2021

This month, Vana shares the recipe for a simple but tasty traditional Thai dish courtesy of hidden gem, Ruen Urai Thai Restaurant.

By Vana Kasemsri

Discovering Ruen Urai Thai Restaurant was a truly remarkable experience. On my birthday two years ago a friend who loved authentic Thai cuisine invited me to join her at this uniquely Thai outlet. She boasted that it was a hidden gem and I would be surprised by the discovery. She was so right. I was surprised to be driving into a small sub-street surrounded by modern condo buildings and commercial towers, to a very serene site enclosed by tall trees and lots of tropical flowers. This place reminded me of a smaller version of the Jim Thompson House Museum.

Having been to the busy Surawongse district before, I did not expect to find this unique restaurant set in a century-old, restored, traditional Thai house. This golden teakwood house has an interesting history of being built in the 19th century during the reign of King Rama V and was said to have belonged to a herbal medicine practitioner. If you are a history enthusiast like myself, you would appreciate the truly memorable experience of dining inside a traditional Thai home with original wood panels, windows and doors, fully restored in Ayutthaya province to reveal its former glory.

Sadly, since the pandemic began, I have not returned to Ruen Urai (Ruen meaning ‘home’ and Urai being the name of the owner’s mother), but I am looking forward to ordering some of my favorite dishes, including their traditional Thai patties again. Khun Tom Vitayakul, owner of Ruen Urai, also kindly sent me the recipe to share with you all to try at home.

Ingredients to make five patties

Patties:

200g of ground pork

1 tbsp of roasted and pounded rice 

A pinch of chili powder (can be omitted for children)

1 tbsp of chopped shallots

1 tbsp of chopped mint leaves

1 tsp of chopped coriander

1 tsp of chopped green onion

Some julienned kaffir lime leaves

1 tbsp of fish sauce

1 tbsp of lime juice

½ tsp of natural cane syrup

Coating:

1 chicken egg, separated

50g of bread crumbs

To fry:

500g of cooking oil

Method

  1.  Mix all patty ingredients well with 1 tablespoon of egg white and mold them into a small patty shape.
  2. Beat the rest of the egg and coat the patties.
  3. Toss the patties in breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat the oil up at medium heat in the pan and deep fry the patties until they look golden (about 5-6 minutes).
  5. Serve the patties with fresh salad and Thai herbs (sweet basil, mint leaves, cabbage and long beans) — for children you may use other options.

Ruen Urai Restaurant – 118 Soi Na Wat Hualumphong, Surawongse Road, Bangrak, Bangkok.
Phone:
02 266 8268-72 or Line ID: rosebkk124 

Photos courtesy of the author

About the Author

Vana Kasemsri, a Thai national born in the US, has lived overseas for a significant part of her life. She is a BAMBI volunteer and works for B Grimm Company, overseeing their charity and conservation projects. You can email her at info@tpmcf.org.


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