Getting a trusty Thai fix to satisfy your craving is a lot easier now, just step into Benjarong and you will see how much emphasis they place on aesthetics. Probably the largest Thai eatery housed in whole Chennai, Benjarong has gained quite a following over the years. Benjarong prides itself on quality produce, and their perfect Thai dishes bear testament to their claim.
Drink Served on Table :
Summer Cooler – Summer Cooler is tender coconut water combined with fresh mint leaves, lemon juice and a dash of honey. This refreshing Summer Cooler is the perfect beverage too cool off with on a hot day.
Food Served on Table :
Tom Yum Goong – Tom Yum Goong is sour and spicy soup of prawn & mushroom flavored with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed red chili peppers. Tom Yum soup is infused with distinct hot and sour Thai flavours of fragrant spices and herbs, which balance perfectly with sweet prawns and mushrooms. An authentic and delicious Thai soup with prawns and mushroom, Tom Yum is spicy, sour, savory, and addictive.
Gai Hor Bai Toey – Gai Hor Bai Toey is marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves and deep fried. The aromatic pandan leaves help to keep the chicken moist and juicy also gives the dish a unique flavour. Gai Hor Bai Toey or Thai Pandan wrapped Chicken is one of the signature dish of Benjarong since opening.
Poh Pia Tod – Poh Pia Tod or Thai Deep Fried Spring Rolls are made with minced prawn, glass noodles, needle cut carrots, sliced cabbage and thinly sliced onion all wrapped with wheat flour and then fried until its get Light golden and crispy. Crispy, crunchy and flavourful Thai Spring Rolls are served with dips and considered culinary treasures, delighting everyone who have tried them.
Goong Tod Prik Thai – Goong Tod Prik Thai is marinated prawns wok fried with garlic, pepper and spices then served with tender green peppercorns as topping. Crispy Prawns with Garlic and Pepper – spicy and garlicky prawns with excellent crisp outside and tender inside texture gives a savory glaze.
Pla Nueng Manow – The whole fish first marinated in garlic, green chili sauce, cilantro and lime leaves then steam the whole fish in a tangy lime juice. Pla Nueng Manow has soft, juicy, sour yet sweet, spicy and aromatic taste which will linger on the tip on your tongue.
Som Tam – Som Tam made with shredded green papaya, chillies, fish sauce, lime, palm sugar and roasted nuts then traditionally pounded with a mortar and pestle. Som Tam is a fresh, sweet & sour, spicy, colorful salad that embodies the flavors of streets of Thailand.
Thai Green Curry with Jasmine Rice – Thai Green Curry prepared with boneless chicken pieces, coconut milk, fresh herbs, kaffir lime and spices. Deliciously rich, creamy and aromatic Thai Green Curry is a stunning dish to admire, smell and taste. Flavorful Jasmine rice is perfect match Thai Green Curry.
Describing Taste and Flavor :
Get your appetite going with the Som Tum, a green papaya salad tossed in a zesty, spicy, savoury dressing and topped with peanuts to provide crunch in mouth. You might find yourself munching it all up before you even realise.
You can’t and won’t go wrong ordering the classic Tom Yum Goong soup – rich, spicy & flavourful prawn & mushroom broth, tender juicy prawn, sliced mushroom, fresh kaffir lime leaves and crushed red chili peppers. Tom Yum Goong is super flavorful spicy soup that has just the right amount of spice and tang. The Tom Yum Goong soup here is tangy yet subtly sweet, and will kick your butt with its spiciness. If you need a drink to quell the spiciness, their Thai Summer Cooler will do the trick.
Gai Hor Bai Toey is a crowd pleaser as well, essentially a Thai-style Pandan wrapped Chicken – juicy and packed with meat. Put it your mouth, and wait for the party to begin; the flavours and textures are pretty damn amazing.
Get the Goong Tod Prik Thai, which are deep fried, crusty, bite-sized, juicy prawn meat, paired with sweet chilli dipping sauce. The prawns are marinated properly in special aromatic spices, deep fried, massive, topped with tender green peppercorns, and not for the faint hearted.
Do yourself a favour and get the steamed whole fish in chilli Lime. The Pla Nueng Manow is fresh and steamed to perfection, and the gravy taste sour, spicy and salty, this is one feisty fish. It doesn’t look like much, but the slow cooking packs in the moisture so you get soft, fresh fish that’s perfectly cooked.
Finally order the Thai Green Curry with Jasmine Rice; the combination goes surprisingly well. The Green Curry Chicken is aromatic and pleasantly lighter, so you can pair it with Jasmine rice without feeling sick. The Thai Green Curry is creamy & flavourful and goes exceedingly well with the accompanying Thai Jasmine Rice.
With its more relaxed vibe and quiet location in Alwarpet, Benjarong makes for a nice hideout to chill and have good Thai food. Benjarong prides itself on not using MSG in any of their dishes and aims to serve authentic Thai food, so you may find some dishes that you haven’t seen in other Thai restaurants. When the Thai cravings come knocking, head down to Benjarong for excellent tom yum soup, great Thai green curry and spot-on service.
Benjarong, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai
Timing : 12noon – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm Average Cost : 2,000/- for two people
Reservation : +91 7604915094 / 044 24322640
Chennai Diary – Benjarong : The Lingering Taste of Thailand
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