Ruen Mai, Krabi

by foodhoe on May 13, 2007

315/5 Maharaj Rd. Muang, Krabi 81000 Thailand

The restaurant ended up being a 30-40 minute taxi ride from our hotel, but was well worth the effort. We even considered doing it again the following evening, but decided against it as there was torrential downpour.

It was a sprawling structure with open areas and many pieces of art on display along with religious artifacts. In fact, the building has a little bit of a monastic/temple feel about it and it was pouring rain outside, which just added to the ambiance.

When we were seated, an Irish fellow across the way leaned over and informed us that we were about to enjoy the best food in Thailand. He said he had eaten there 3 years ago and enjoyed it so much he came back and that the food was even better. Impressed, we studied the menu, which included many regional specialties that we had never heard of. He recommended the Penang Curry, which we ordered.

We started with Deep-fried Spare Ribs

which were smoking fresh from the fryer with a crisp chewy exterior and were bursting with juicy flavor. After we ate the first few pieces, we uncovered a small bounty of fried garlic cloves that were heavenly to eat as well as to spread on the ribs…

Next came the Penang Curry with Shrimp

The shrimp were small but sweet and succulent, perfectly cooked and swimming in a lusciously rich curry with coconut milk that was so good spooned over steaming rice. The heat from the chilies sparkled on our tongues, and the julienned green things added an absolutely gorgeous fragrance.

We totally enjoyed the Fried Butterfish with Tamarind and Ginger Sauce

the fish was lush and flaky with the skin fried to an addictive crispy shell, and the sauce was rich and smoky, sweet and savory – this was seriously amazing.

And the good thing was that when we finished one side, there was a whole ‘nother side to continue feasting on…

They thoughtfully placed a mosquito coil behind us.

Mr. K made friends with this very pregnant kitty who was lounging about nearby ready to snarf up any tidbits that we may have inadvertently missed

We regretfully finished everything our plates and were glad that our taxi was still out there waiting to take us home. It being low season, he had very enthusiastically agreed to wait for us. And yes, the roundtrip taxi fare cost more than the dinner…

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael B April 3, 2009 at 4:31 pm

This past year my wife and I traveled to Krabi for the snorkeling and managed to eat at Ruen Mai 5 times. I jokingly said we should come and stay in Krabi for a month and eat everything on the menu — never had a bad dish there and have been eating there since 1992.

I’ve got an article up on my wife’s website that includes 28 food pictures to get your mouth watering some more:

Ruen Mai Article


foodhoe April 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Greetings Michael B,

Wow, you guys really have just about had everything on the menu! Thanks for the link to the article, the food looked marvelous. A good reference if we ever return back to Krabi!

p.s., I am a recent student of Kasmas and took the beginning Thai cooking series last October, which I posted about here. That was a great, great class. Thanks for visiting.


david harbison May 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Hi … were are faithful Kasma followers having taken some 7 months of classes over the last several years from her. We are currently in Krabi and have eaten at Ruen Mai ….. any suggestions for outstanding food in the Ao Nang area or near our hotel Nakamanda or Klong Muang ???
THanks & happy eating…..David & James


foodhoe May 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

Hi David, I’m so envious… We ate mostly at our hotel which was pretty far from town, and were only there a few days so this is the extent of my experience. Have you checked out Austin Bush Photography Foodblog? He’s been all over Thailand, you may find something delicious there!


krabi December 7, 2010 at 6:39 am

The food pic make me hungry. Very nice collection of pic. Thailand is really a good place specially the lake, mountains and delicious food make the tourists crazy and unforgettable.



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