The food at Wonka Old Bangkok speaks the same passionate language that it’s home speaks. The romance translates from the walls to the eclectic menu that has a strong Americana aesthetic, with some Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai influence (some on purpose, some more intuitively.) Cooked by mama of the house, the food here feels nostalgic and unpretentious. Dishes like their Uncle Willy Dog, a dog in a super soft bun with some caramelised onion, bacon and a house ‘beer cheese’, completes the Wonka scene. On the other hand, some other dishes on the menu feel very contemporary Thai, like the pork patties over rice with a kimchi remoulade and bowl of soup. It’s a japanese-style dish that has the super flavoursome taste profile of food made by a Thai cook, and plated muji-style with it’s simple, neat aesthetic. Sounds confusing, but to me these are the elements that perfectly reflect contemporary Thai eating. The food here also makes me think of a classic middle-class home kitchen of 1950s Thailand. How Post-Modern.
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