Crispy Chicken & Kale @ Coffee & Cake

There's a lovely little coffee shop that does great food and has a large variety of simple Thai dishes and coffee in the old town of Korat. If you are looking for a cheap lunchtime meal, try Coffee & Cake, a nice, clean, air-con cafe with a few tables, English music and free wifi.

I ordered the kanaa kai grob, which is crispy chicken with kale. Usually, kanaa comes with deep fried crispy pork belly (moo grob), but this place seems to have a few special dishes that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. I was asked if I wanted it spicy and told him I did. It ended up with quite a kick, but was really tasty. The oyster sauce and chili complimented each other well, and the chicken was really well cooked and had a delicious rich flavour. They do an aromatic yellow rice which I am told is called 'khao ob saparot' (pineapple cooked rice), which looks fantastic too.

This is a great place for those who work or live in the old town and are looking for a quick, cheap and easy meal. If you want to take your meal home or back to work, they will pack it in a (relatively high class) clear plastic container instead of a foam box, giving you the authentic feel of a Chinese restaurant back in England. Try it out, and see if you can work through their whole menu.

Tel: 044 268 452

Open: 10:00 - 20:00 daily

Address: 190/4 Thanon Manat, Nai Muang, Korat, 30000

Directions: On the corner of Manat Road and Yomarat Road in the old town

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