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A taste of old Thailand

Hop along to Rabbit In The Kitchen for traditional Thai flavours in a contemporary setting

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Before I got to Rabbit In the Kitchen, I had no idea why a cuddly pet animal would be in the cooking area of this newly opened Thai restaurant in Siam Square. The one and only clarification was revealed to me upon arrival. It was a humiliating enlightenment for a Thai person whose family kitchen has been enjoying the assistance of a “rabbit” ever since she could remember. 

At this point, especially if you’re Thai, you might have got some clue that the name of this 11-month-old eatery is inspired by kratai (rabbit), an indigenous coconut scraping apparatus shaped like the animal, once a pivotal tool in traditional Thai cooking that has lately been forgotten with the increasing popularity of mass-manufactured coconut milk.

Thus, the food served at this contemporary-looking restaurant decked out with a variety of coconut scraping rabbits is a tribute to the century-old culinary wisdom and sublime cookery of Thailand.

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