Giant River Prawns in Ayutthaya

A while ago I made a post about Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayutthaya is not only famous for the ancient ruins – the giant prawns from Chao Phraya river must not be missed! Several restaurants are serving these ridiculously large prawns. As for which one is best, I don’t know, but we ended up at a restaurant called Ruean Kanya, after our tuk-tuk driver told us about this place. Boy oh boy! These prawns were so fresh and delicious. Before we ordered they let us see the live prawns in a water tank.

I have tried giant prawns before, but it was not from freshwater, and the texture was very mealy. But these prawns were different from anything else I’ve tried before. They had a sweet taste and perfect texture. The prawns were sliced in half and cooked on a hot grill, shell down and served with a chili dipping sauce.

The prawns are quite expensive – around 1,000 baht per kg. We ordered just two prawns, cut into four halves, and it was a perfect dish along with a couple of other dishes.

Giant River Prawns
Giant River Prawns. Cooked on a hot grill. Delicious!

Dinner at Ko Dang Talay Along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Asiatique’s The Riverfront, renovated in 2012, is an open-air night shopping and entertainment area on the Chao Phraya River, open daily 17:00 to 00:00. It features 1,500 shops and stalls, and 40 restaurants inside old warehouses.

This place used to be a trading company, managed by the Danish man Hans Nille Andersen in the early 1900s. The tallest Ferris Wheel in Bangkok at 60 meters is also located here. We ended up trying Ko Dang Talay Seafood Restaurant, situated in warehouse #7 on the riverside.

The atmosphere was nice at evening time as the restaurant’s outdoor seating was decorated with light bulbs. We ordered three dishes, and the most fun dish was the mackerel in lemon soup, served in a boiling hot pot with fire underneath. Brilliant! The other dishes were fried rice with crab and spicy chili clams. All dishes taste very good.

Ko Dang Talay
Ko Dang Talay, excellent seafood on the river, situated in warehouse #7.