|The unassuming shopfront of RC怡香园, which looks like a normal roast duck stall, but is more than meets the eye.|
|Their one and only double-boiled soup - cordyceps militaris with pork ribs|
If you are a fan of double-boiled soups (老火汤) in Hong Kong, you will absolutely adore this cordyceps militaris soup. I can confidently say that it is the only place in Bangkok that I have tasted soup as good as this. They just don't do soup like this in Thailand.
Their porridge is another star. Unlike the usual gooey congee or boiled rice you find in Thailand, their porridge is somewhere in the middle, with a smooth consistency given by the Japanese rice that they use, and a flavorful punch contributed by their excellent soup base.
|Flawless steamed pomfret.|
One thing that strikes me about this place is their insistence to serve only the freshest fish. Whether it's their giant grouper fillets or pomfret, they either serve the best, or tell you they have none that day. Every dish is steamed to perfection, we've never had any fish that's overcooked. If you love fresh steamed fish, chinese-style, this place is perfect.
|Claypot aubergines, warm and satisfying with steamed rice.|
To balance off your meal, they have an assortment of other simple dishes, like vegetable stir-fries and hearty claypot dishes. You can also order some decent roast duck/pork from their counter, even though I don't think it's their strongest suit. For lamb lovers, don't miss their herbal lamb stew.
Easily one of the restaurants I patronize the most nowadays, but there are still many dishes here I haven't tried. Today I realise they have one of the very most heartwarming herbal braised lamb in town. What an absolute gem of a place. #格香 #gexiang #pattanakan #braisedlamb #红烧羊肉 #Chinesefood #chinesecuisine #authentic #strangerinbangkok #comfortfood
|They have ample seating, both open-air and air-conditioned.|
I think their only 'problem' would be their location, deep inside Pattanakan, beyond Pattanakan Soi 78, right opposite the bright red ATIKER building, towards the new flyover that leads to Onnut and Chaloem Phrakiat.
|Their map in Thai.|
They open everyday, only closing during the last Wednesday of every month. If you have been looking for such flavours in Thailand for a while, please make the journey, trust me that it will be a fruitful one.
There's only one thing left to do now.
Wah Lau Eh!
PS. RC 怡香园 was formerly known as 格香，and is currently going through its name change. Many of the large signages still bear its old name so hopefully they will be changed soon.