Penang boasts different cuisines from around the world, and we can all agree that one of our favourites will definitely be Thai cuisine. It’s almost impossible to say “no” to Tom Yum Goong or a plate of delicious Pad Thai. Luckily for us, there are many Thai restaurants and eateries here for us to pick from, but how do we know which one serves the most authentic Thai cuisine of all? Just look out for the Thai SELECT stamp of approval!
Thai SELECT: An Authentic Thai Taste Guarantee
Thai SELECT aims to set forth a true Thai dining experience for patrons. It is a certification awarded by Thailand’s Department of International Trade for Thai food products and restaurants all around the world. The certification will judge based on the food, hospitality and atmosphere of restaurants, ensuring the preparation of an authentic Thai experience.
To be recognized by Thai SELECT, these restaurants must adhere to strict guidelines. There are four categories of certification for Thai restaurants, which are Signature, Classic, Casual and Unique. Here are the differences:
Restaurants awarded in this category have been endorsed as places that serve authentic Thai food with a taste of premium quality, refined decoration and excellent service.
This category is granted to Thai Restaurants of excellent quality
This is for restaurants overseas that serve good quality Thai food, but have limited services
Thai SELECT Unique is mainly awarded to selected restaurants within Thailand that offer local uniqueness such as Southern Thai food, Northern Thai food, etc.
Also, there is a certification of Thai SELECT Products, which is to certify Thai food products that are made in the traditional way.
This Thai Restaurant In Penang Is Certified As Thai SELECT Classic
Wondering if there is a Thai SELECT certified restaurant here in Penang? Get excited because there is! There are only two restaurants in Penang that are Thai SELECT Classic restaurants, which are Chilli Head Thai Restaurant & Bar and Whatsaeb boat Noodles.
With the seal of approval from the Ministry of Commerce, the Royal Thai Government, Chilli Head has set itself apart from the other Thai restaurants. It is perfect for anyone who appreciates the delicacies and hospitality of Thailand.
You will find the restaurant near the marina, overlooking a line of small boats and the mesmerising sea. Patrons can choose to sit outside and enjoy the view of the marina or stay indoors for a comfortable dining experience.
Don’t Forget To Try These Out At Chilli Head!
Here’s what you should order there. For appetisers, we recommend the Pork Platter, which is ideal for sharing. The platter comes with some pork skewers, pork balls, herb sausage and grilled pork neck which can help to fill you up a little before the main dishes arrive.
Moreover, you can order a plate of Miang Kham (Thai Leaves Roll) to share with your friends and family. It consists of wild betel leaves served with chopped shallots, ginger, lime, chilli, dried shrimps, groundnuts, roasted coconut, and a special homemade sauce. Just wrap the ingredients in the leaf and put it in your mouth for a wonderful combination of sweet, sour, salty and spicy.
Now for the main highlights! Their Tom Yum soup is a must-try with its aromatic spicy lemongrass flavour. Don’t forget to pair it with its best friend, a bowl of fragrant white rice.
Furthermore, you can also opt for their Green Curry, which is creamy goodness of green chilli paste, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and pea eggplants.
If you are still looking for a little more spice, do try their Kaeng Som seabass! Enjoy the taste of fresh fish drenched in spicy tamarind soup. It is also well-recommended to pair this piquant dish with a plate of Cha-om Omelette, which is made of Thai Acacia Leaves.
For desserts or after-dinner drinks, check out the famous Thai dessert ‘Mango With Sticky Rice’, which never fails to provide a flawless ending to your meal. If you are feeling whimsy, give their Tom Yum Martini a whirl!
Tom Yum Martini
Lastly, end your dinner on a high note with their live band every night starting from 8:30 pm till late, with melodic live music to listen to while you dine. It is best that you would make a reservation prior to visits, especially on weekends to avoid any disappointments. Please contact 04-8903009 or WhatsApp 019-5435340 to book a table.
Visit Chilli Head Restaurant & Bar For A Certified Excellent Thai Dining Experience
Never tried a Thai SELECT-certified restaurant before? Then it’s time for you to make plans to visit Chilli Head Restaurant & Bar at Straits Quay for your next gathering. Don’t miss the chance to experience the true taste of Thai cuisine right here in Penang.
Chilli Head Restaurant & Bar
Venue: 3A-G-11 Straits Quay Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Seri Tanjung Pinang Tanjung Tokong, 10470 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 12.00pm – 1.00am
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