Experiencing Authentic Thai Cuisine at Neung Roi

On returning from my first FAM tour to Thailand, I realized that something wasn't quite right! I kept craving for authentic Thai food; in fact even before the trip, I was meaning to dine with wifey at a Thai specialty restaurant. 

Luckily, my prayers got answered pretty fast when I was invited to review Neung Roi last week - a new Thai restaurant located in the heart of Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi.


Neung Roi in Thai means 100. The restaurant is named after the 100 degree Celsius East longitude running through Thailand. Just like the imaginary line that runs through the Land of Smiles, Neung Roi too brings along happiness via different flavors of the Thai cuisine from across the length and breadth of the country. In fact, having experienced the 'Sum Rap Thai' or the Thai way of eating, I was extremely happy to find a fine-dining property in Delhi that seems to have its heart in the right place.

Moi at Neung Roi

From the time you enter Neung Roi, you get a bird's eye view of the amazing Thailand's culture and customs. 


The ambiance is aesthetically designed to truly draw you in. Soothing decor and restful atmosphere sets the pace for a perfect rendezvous with your loved ones.


But it's not just the unique decor or the impeccable service that will win your heart over at Neung Roi; the first thing you should look for is a digital menu that draws inspiration from four major regions of Thailand - Isan, Lanna, South, and the Central Plains.


Neung Roi takes you on a culinary ride where you can explore the spicy flavors from Isan, hot and salty food from Lanna, seafood from South, and mild dishes from the Central Plains. The selection of beverages might overwhelm at first, but for someone like me who has experienced the Thai cuisine before, the menu is a sheer delight.


At the venue, I was ecstatic to meet the very humble Thai chef Yenjai Suthiwaja, who has specially designed Neung Roi's menu for the Indian palate. Yenjai also conducts a master class at Neung Roi from time to time.

Deep, Moi, Saloni, Kats, Toshi, Prayag, Adnan, Piyush, and Thai chef Yenjai Suthiwaja

As I readied to enjoy a gastronomic Thai sojourn filled with authentic flavors, I couldn't help but reminisce the wonderful time I spent in Thailand.


Thai cuisine is best described as a combination of unique components. At the core of this cuisine rests the Sum Rap Thai concept, which determines the look, taste, and feel of a Thai meal.


Welcome Drink

Melon A-Qua
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

A unique concoction of watermelon, hot basil, and galangal, this refreshing beverage works as an amazing palate cleanser.

Melon A-Qua

Starters and Salads

Tohu Song Khurg
[My rating: 3.5 out of 5]

Served with tamarind palm sugar sauce and roasted coconut, this delectable starter comprises the tastiest Tofu chunks packed superbly in Pandanus leaf cups.

Tohu Song Khurg

Tod Man Khao Pod
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

A popular Thai street dish, these crispy Thai corn fritters are best enjoyed with sweet chili sauce. 

Tod Man Khao Pod

Gai Yang
[My rating: 3.5 out of 5]

The Thai way of grilling chicken is known as Gai Yang. Again, a classic street food, these succulent pieces of grilled chicken must be consumed with roasted chili sauce and coriander roots.

Gai Yang

Krachai Gab Goong
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

In the mood for some stir-fried prawns? Well, then this is the dish you should be going after! Mixed with wild ginger, red chilies, and shallot, Krachai Gab Goong turned out to be my personal favorite at Neung Roi.

Krachai Gab Goong

Som Tum
[My rating: 4.5 out of 5]

Som Tum is essentially Thai for green papaya salad; a spicy salad made from peanuts, chilies, and shredded unripe papaya. Popular throughout Southeast Asia, Som Tum tastes magnificent with light soy sauce.

Som Tum

Soup

Tom Yum Goong/Gai
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

A Thai soup usually cooked with shrimp or chicken, Tom Yum is characterized by its distinct spicy, hot and sour flavors. Add fragrant spices and herbs used in broth, and you have a clear winner. The basic broth is made of fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime, galangal, chili peppers, lime juice, fish sauce, etc.

Tom Yum Goong/Gai

Main Course

Phad Kee Maow Tohu
[My rating: 3.5 out of 5]

A veggie delight, Phad Kee Maow Tohu contains assorted vegetables along with tofu, hot basil, chilies, and dark soy sauce.

Phad Kee Maow Tohu

Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak
[My rating: 4.5 out of 5]

Served with rice, Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak is Thai for green curry cooked using mixed vegetables or chicken.

Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak

Phad Pak Kiew
[My rating: 4 out of 5]

Phad Pak Kiew is motley of stir-fried kale with morning glory, bok choy, soya bean sauce, garlic, and pepper.

Phad Pak Kiew

Pla Neung Manao
[My rating: 3 out of 5]

I am not such a huge fan of steamed fish. That said, I did like Pla Neung Manao since the flavorful fish was perfectly garnished with cilantro and garlic cloves. With lime slices as the topping, Pla Neung Manao makes a deadly combination when served with lime chili sauce.

Pla Neung Manao

Gai Phad Kaprow
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Thai for fried holy basil chicken, Gai Phad Kaprow also happens to be one of my favorite dishes at Neung Roi. The minced chicken with long beans tastes delicious when served with hot basil sauce.

Gai Phad Kaprow

Other favorite entrées at Neung Roi include Goong Thod Ha Rod (fried prawns served with homemade five flavor sauce and coriander), Phad Thai Gai (stir-fried rice noodles with chicken, bean sprouts, chive, tamarind, chilies, chopped nuts, peanuts, and basil), and Mee Spam (stir-fried noodles with black soy and bok choy).

Desserts

Kanom Tom
[My rating: 4 out of 5]

An old Thai dessert from the Sukhothai period, Kanom Tom is Thai for jaggery stuffed coconut balls served during auspicious ceremonies.

Kanom Tom

Tub Tim Krob
[My rating: 4 out of 5]

One of the most famous Thai desserts, Tub Tim Krob is made of water chestnut cubes dipped in coconut jasmine syrup and coated with red food coloring.

Tub Tim Krob

Khao Niew Mamuang
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Slices of fresh mango make this famous sticky rice dessert from the north of Thailand quite irresistible. Served with coconut cream, Khao Niew Mamuang wins hands down both in terms of taste and flavor.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

I also loved the Lemon Cheese Cake, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and Fig and Honey Ice Cream.

Lemon Cheese Cake

The culinary experience at Neung Roi left me spellbound. This is going to be my favorite haunt for a long time now.

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