Pork belly can be just excellent in the hands of the right cook, or it can be ordinary or plain boring as in most cases. Luk Kai Thong serves a melt in your mouth pork belly that passes on most criteria.
Kai Thong” means “golden chicken” in Thai, while “Luk” represents “baby”. They also have a special ingredient for you meal, an annoying one. Every time you want the waiters attention, you press a buzzer on the table. The result is the sound of a chirping chicken all over the restaurant, or is it a roosters crow? It might be fun for the children, but I can really control my excitement as there is like 20 tables in the restaurant.
They don’t do things halfway at Luk Kai Thong, and part of the restaurant is designed to look like a bird cage, complete with hanging (false) plants. Slightly kitschy in my view, but it certainly give the room a softer look, even if it can’t make up for the annoying chirping from what sometimes sounds like a farm. Someone have probably put in quite an effort to come up with this absolute ridicules idea.
The food on the other hand is far from ridicules. It is actually very good, and the portions are generous. If you’re alone, even the small dishes is enough for one person for lunch. Dishes that comes in different sizes are marked S/M/L. My pork belly was enough for two people, so even with prices like 590++ it is bearable, but of course far from cheap.
The melt in the mouth stewed pork belly was very tasteful, but slightly on the oily side. I therefore recommend it as a sharing dish with some other dishes, but it becomes slightly too oily as a single dish. The quality of the meat is in itself very good. It is basically a Hakka dish (Chinese) and the restaurants say it takes two days to make it. I can believe that. The vegetables are stir-fried and ads a necessary bitterness to the slightly oily pork. It comes with a couple of decent buns.
I also ordered a plate of Hong Kong fried rice noodles with pork and prawn. The rice noodles are the wide once (sen yai) and the only rice noodles that would work with the sauce like gravy. It comes in at 255++, in other words a rather pricey dish in Thai terms, but the quality of the soft and marinated pork meat and the prawns are good. So is the gravy and the stir-fried vegetables. The flat/wide rice noodles are absolutely perfectly done. Don’t forget the black pepper as it adds to the taste of the dish.
I also had a glass of cold lemon tea with honey and bubbles as they call it. Quite nice and absolutely refreshing. It could easily have been to sweet as we are in Thailand, but they haven’t fallen for adding to much honey.
In general, this is not a spot were the average Thai person would go as the prices would shrug most of them off. It seems to attract the typical Thai middle class, together with all the tourists coming to EmQuartier for shopping.
Dessert can from the Fucheer Lounge outside.
Food: Hong Kong food. Extensive menu.
Open: Daily 10 AM – 10 PM
Price: Expensive in Thai terms. Expect to pay around 1000 – 2000 bath for a meal per person. Crabs and large prawns hits the four digits.
Address: 6th floor at the EmQuartier Department Store
How to get there: Take the Skytrain to BTS Phrom Phong and walk to the Helix Quartier where you take the elevator.