Saturday, August 17, 2013

Halal Foods In Rayong

During the recent holiday i visited the seaside city of Rayong and its now infamous (for the recent oil spill) nearby Samet Island.

Prior to my departure i did some researches on available halal/muslim eateries in and around Rayong but the search results came out minimal and not much resources could be obtained from the current info available in the net apart from their address and contact number. No reviews of the food offered were available-as far as my search results are concerned. Hence I am more than happy to share my experiences in the few halal/muslim eateries that I visited during my trip to Rayong.

i) Muslim Restaurant at the Bangkok-Pattaya Rest Stop Area

Well this place is not actually situated in Rayong, rather on the way to Rayong whereby you may feel hungry along the 2 hours plus journey time. It's located at the main rest stop area by the highway to Pattaya and I believe it can be easily found as there's only one rest stop area that i remember along the journey. You may find many eateries here such as the usual Mcd's, KFCs and even 2 Starbucks stores!

As for this halal restaurant, it's also easy to find as it's located opposite one dedicated washrooms building on the right side of the access road and can be easily identified with its signboard depicting the halal word.

It serves mainly simple dishes such as noodles and soups and also Indian Muslim food such as murtabak and bryani. I ordered the Oxtail soup which was delicious and alarmingly spicy. Im totally happy to see they served one big chunk of oxtail in the soup rather than few small pieces of oxtails that we usually find in Malaysia.

menu and the nice and clean interior of the restaurant

ii) Halal Chicken Rice-Pad Thai-Murtabak 

Ironically i did not even visited those eateries that ive searched in the net earlier but end up in other places serving halal foods in Rayong. This was mainly due to the Eid holiday and most of the restaurants that ive located in the internet were still closed.

Regardless, it was a blessing in disguise indeed as we chanced to find there are halal stalls among the many line up of stalls opposite Rayong Laemthong shopping centre. There are 2 halal stalls here, one serving chicken rice and the other padthai and murtabak.

As always, you can expect fresh and delicious foods anywhere in Thailand and these stalls are of no exceptions. For the chicken rice, i opted to have the deep fried chicken, whereby there were also barbecued and steamed option. 

The rice was so fragrant and the chicken was crispy on the outside and moist in the inside.The chilly could have been more spicier I hoped.

As you can see for the padthai below, i could have said that this was served in a proper restaurant instead of a roadside stall and people would believe it just for its wonderful presentation and arrangement of the condiments.

It was mildly spiced, which was quite disappointing however i could easily taste the freshness of each and every ingredient used therein especially the sweetness of the shrimps.

iii) Chillie's Chalie Steakhouse

With all the wonderful authentic local Thai foods around, ive never wanted to order any western option whenever i was in Thailand (except for the usual Mcd sometimes) however this place was totally an exception and what a great found it was. Ive tasted one of the most succulent steak and the best sauce ever here.They also served chicken rice and noodles here. Free hot coffee are available at the self-service counter.

The menus

I ordered the very delicious and generous portioned black pepper steak. I would prefer crinkle cut fries though.

This restaurant is easily located opposite the entrance gate of  the U-tapao Airport. It is not located in the city centre.

Hope the above may help you dine well in Rayong and have a jolly good time there.Cheers-Kay 2013