Moom Aroi Sriracha – The Party-Oriented Restaurant by the Sea
If we are talking about famous beaches in Thailand, Pattaya will surely pop up on the list. Pattaya is located in the Chonburi province which has many exciting things to explore. If we ask locals about where we should go, I am sure that they will talk about this beach called “Bang-Sean” (บางแสน). Bang-Saen. Although is not as famous, the beach still has its own charm. Along the beach, there are a lot of local restaurants and pop-up food stores. It is a great combination of beach and good street food.
There is also a hidden restaurant called “Moom-Aroi” in the Sriracha area (near Bang-Sean Beach). It is very popular among locals as they serve good quality seafood and also offer you a private party convention or karaoke room. And most importantly, they have their private beach area! The restaurant opens from 11 am – 11 pm.
*However, if you would like to go straight to Pattaya Beach on your holiday this restaurant also has a “Pattaya” Branch.
This restaurant offers a wide range of food from original Thai food to grilled seafood. Here are some of the famous dishes from the restaurant.
Thai Salad with Grilled Pork Neck (Som Tum Kor Moo Yang ส้มตำคอหมูย่าง). I like this dish because instead of using real papaya as the ingredient, they use diced Kale instead, so it will give you a super crunchy texture. Combined with the soft grilled pork neck, it is a must to try! It is not too spicy hence it is very suitable for foreigners.
Thai Salad with Crispy Fried Pork (Som Tum Tua Moo Grob ส้มตำถั่วหมูกรอบ). What makes this dish different is again, they didn’t use the papaya as the main ingredient but they use Lentils. The slight bitterness from the lentils goes really well with the sweet and spicy paste of this dish. The fried pork is also perfectly crispy and if you are a fan of bacon, please try one of this Thai-Style Bacon.
Crab Fried Rice (Khao Pad Phoo ข้าวผัดปู). Though it might sound very normal, they actually put a lot of crab meat in there and also crab eggs which is one of my favorite because it lends the dish a crunchy and creamy texture.
Buttered Scallop (Hoy Shell Pud Noey หอยเชลล์ผัดเนย). This dish is my favorite since I was young. The scallops are fried with butter, garlic, and peppers. You can feel the strong butter flavor in your mouth and the nice smell from pepper. However, it is not spicy at all, so everyone can eat this.
When you eat this dish, the crunchiness of garlic and the bounciness of the fresh scallops goes along really well. (Note: For people who don’t like garlic, please be careful when eating this because the scallops and garlic look really similar.)
Fried Shrimp with Salted Egg (Goong Pad Kai Kem กุ้งผัดไข่เค็ม). Actually for this dish, you have a wide variety of seafood you can ask them to cook with. I would recommend Shrimp or Squid. This dish is very worth the price since they give you a lot of shrimp per portion and also they used only salted egg yolk to fry the shrimp with. Although the menu says that it is salted egg, the dish is not that salty in reality because they also put some sugar during the cooking process. When you bite the shrimp, the bounciness tells of the freshness. Also the creamy and salty taste from the salted egg yolk also make it taste really nice!
Let me show you around the restaurant area and show you their party convention and private karaoke rooms.
So, if you ever pass Chonburi in order to go to Pattaya or you are planning to go to Pattaya, go try this and tell us what you think about it.