Although the name does very little in explaining what they do or who they are, Am Dang Typhoon – through our simplest understanding of it – is a restaurant with a menu representing a delicious clash of Thai and Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine.
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Set in an old colonial style two-storey floor dubbed with Thai arts and wooden elements throughout, the venue has a home-like air that makes it a perfect fit for any family gathering.
“Am Dang”, which is equivalent to a ‘Mrs’ or ‘Miss’ title for Thai women in the past, represents the restaurant’s focus on Thai comfort food that has either been long lost or rarely seen in most Thai restaurants. Think, old-school dishes your grandma used to whip up on family’s holidays.
Meanwhile, the name “Typhoon” stands for their signature menu: the Typhoon Shelter Crab, a Hong Kong-style stir-fried crab which was often made by fishermen during the hit of typhoons, considering that the dish merely required simple and local ingredients they would already have on hands.
Stir-fried Spicy Crab (THB 1,500)
Though the crab is made the star, it’s the golden fried garlic bits that truly sing in this dish. Covered in an avalanche of garlic, the crab is imbued with a sweet, garlicky taste that makes its white, luscious meat more inviting and craveable. Not a pro on cracking a crab? No problem. The venue also offers the shell-less version where diners can just scoop and savour the crab meat without having to even break a sweat.
Grilled Giant River Prawn (THB 850)
Giant river prawn always takes centre stage at every dining table considering its size and its glorious, sun-shade roes. This one at Am Dang Typhoon is no exception. Slightly grilled just to the level of perfect succulence, the prawn shines bright among its other side players, especially with the seafood sauce on a side that makes the dish extra bright and spicy.
Korean-style Marinated Spicy Egg Crab (THB 850)
For this dish, roe-studded crabs get marinated in an umami-packed soy sauce and touched with a rain of thinly-sliced chillies for extra oomph. Though very similar to the Korean version, Am Dang Typhoon makes it Thai by adding the pungent Thai sauce on a side for a heated kick.
Traditional Fried Rice with Pork Crackling (THB 180)
This flavour-bomb fried rice requires no other supporting elements other than the crispy pork cracklings. Once mixed with the rice, the oil released from the crackling flavours the rice with an addictively delicious flavour.
Tom Yum Mackerels (THB 280)
Traditional Thai sweet and sour soup doesn’t always have to go with shrimp. This version with mackerels is perfumed with a pleasant smell of dark flesh fish, making the soup tastes extra ocean-y and flavourful.
Am Dang Typhoon (THB 150)
Named after the restaurant, this special dessert is as delightful as it is daunting to eat, given that this confection is crafted from soft tofu. Coated in sugary dust made out of crushed sesame, salt, and sugar, the fried tofu boasts a nutty, candy-like crust. Tofu haters beware: this dessert might convert you into bean curd devotees.
Am Dang Typhoon, Soi Sukhumvit 32, Bangkok, +6695 716 4712
Open: Mon-Sun, 11 am-10:30 pm.