Every fruit is a glorious fruit. Yet whilst strawberry and banana tends to get a lot of the attention, it’s officially time for pineapple to shine.
Thanks to its tropical cuteness, a jumble of all things pineapple — think, pineapple phone cases, pineapple mugs, pineapple vases, and more — have made it to every household this season. However, the orange-yellow fruit with a unique shape and texture undoubtedly reaches the height of its prosperity here at Casa Sapparod.
Translating to “house of pineapple,” Casa Sapparod on Charoenkrung Soi 44 is a pineapple-themed restaurant, serving up a wealth of pineapple-spiked dishes in an even more pineapple-basted setting: think, pineapple wallpaper and dark-green and warm-yellow tones. And if that isn’t enough, along with a food lineup of pineapple fried rice, pineapple curry, and pineapple-stuffed dumplings, diners even get to sip their drinks out of a pineapple glass — either made from real mini pineapple, or carved into glass design.
It should come as no surprise, as Thailand is actually home to over 20 pineapple species. So apart from the food and the setting, another bribing point for Casa Sapparod is their use of over five types of pineapples picked from Thailand’s two main pineapple groups: pattawia (smooth cayenne) and Phuket (queen group).
Recently, we got a chance to check out Casa Sapparod and tried some of the best new dishes the venue has to offer. Here’s a list of must-tries you need to order when you’re there.
Dim Sum Thod (THB 180)
Steamed and stuffed dim sum is versatile on any dining table, but deep-frying it immediately makes everyone at the table tingle with more excitement. The little dumplings are served studded on the green, spiky pineapple crowns with a vinegar-soy dip for a cut of tanginess. Delish.
Moo Ping Panang (THB 240)
Grilled marinated pork alone is delicious but to amp it up by using fatty pork jowl, smooth cayenne pineapple and panang curry? These two add a pungent and tangy oomph to the standard staple street food.
Giant Pineapple Fried Rice (THB 490)
In the fried rice repertoire, pineapple fried rice is counted as a delicacy, thanks to the use of ingredients like curry powder, plump raisins, cashew, and Sriracha pineapple. The Giant Pineapple Fried Rice here is made the traditional way, and served in a gigantic bowl carved out of a large Sriracha pineapple. Classic, scrumptious, and flavourful, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Gaeng Phed Ped Yang (THB 290)
Pineapple is an essential ingredient in Thai roasted duck red curry, or Gaeng Phed Ped Yang. So it comes as no surprise to see that the curry dish made its way to Casa Sapparod’s menu. What is unique about this dish is the use of snake fruit together with Phuket pineapple, accentuating the sweet, luscious curry with acidic tangs. The brown rice that hails from the restaurant’s own farm also steals the show with its chewy nuttiness.
Phad Kra Pao (THB 280)
Just in case you’re pineapple-d out, the pineapple-free phad kra pao (meat and holy basil stir-fry) with a side of fresh lemon-dressed basil salad is here to cater. Composed of pork rib and fried mini quail eggs, the dish packs up a meaty and yolky succulency that will hit all the comfort buttons.
Flambéed Pineapple (THB 170)
Despite its flamboyant look, this rum-flambéed pineapple is just as simple and humble as a dessert can be. Atop their beautifully caramelised skins are scoops of vanilla-flecked ice cream oozing out luscious sweetness to the tart fruit.
Casa Sapparod, 55-57 Charoen Krung 44 Alley, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +662 004 5727; Open: Mon-Sun, 11 am-10 pm.