One of my favorite Asian destinations is Thailand. I like how it looks and feels like the Philippines, except the public transportation is better, there are more shopping options, and the local culture is embraced and respected. One of the must-see things in Thailand is a visit to the historic Grand Palace and Ayutthaya. Another is to try the local cuisine. I love Thai cuisine’s complexity of colors, flavors, and smells. Recently, I discovered Coca Restaurant at SM Aura, a Thai import that will soon fulfill my Thai food cravings.
Coca Restaurant is a well-known hot pot place in Thailand. It was established in 1957 by Srichai Phanphensophon and his wife Patama, who created authentic recipes using fresh ingredients. The restaurant opened in Manila around 2013, and I’m a little surprised it took me this long to discover this Thai gem.
I got to Coca Restaurant’s Thai food and here’s what I thought:
We started off our meal with the Salmon Grapow Cups, or stir-fried salmon with hot basil and chili served in fried wonton wrapper cups. I almost didn’t recognize the salmon as it was cooked in a unique way, but I liked how the chefs dared to cook things differently. It was a sign of things to come. And oh, the salmon grapow cups come with a kick so make sure to pair it with some Thai iced tea (P90)!