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Like som tam and tom yum koong, phad kaprao is also considered a national dish many Thais grow up on and, unlike owning a Furby, eating it is an unspoken rite-of-passage for locals. However, the dish is so commonplace that its name conjures up just one image - steamed rice topped with fried egg and a side of minced pork stir-fried with basil and chilli - that you won't be wowed by anymore, just like your lover whom you meet too frequently.
The owner of Kapraoburi wants you to look at phad kaprao as a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many ways; 30, to be exact. The new restaurant also incorporates a custom-made element in ordering the dish as you have final say in choosing the ingredients for your very own phad kaprao. While the concept of the food here is appealing, the setting is less so.
Kapraoburi isn't your place if you're the kind of person who wants a side of ambience while you eat. There are two rather narrow dining areas on the ground and first floor furnished with Ikea tables, chairs and lamps. The first floor is probably for people who want to get in and out quickly during lunchtime as it is where patrons sit around a very long table. The second floor offers individual tables in case you and your friends want to linger there a bit longer. While it seems not much thought was put into creating the atmosphere, it seems more consideration was put into the ordering system.
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