Chicken Smileys

In Thailand I had several dinners in fancy restaurants, including Nahm in Bangkok; excellent creative food made of top-notch ingredients. But somehow I prefer to eat on the busiest markets and in the smallest restaurants. Loud music, lots of chit-chat, the scent of garlic and coriander, the sound of fish cookies sizzling in the wok. Like! Kay, the manager of the new small Thai restaurant Boi Boi in Amsterdam, was born in Thailand and sure knows how to handle this pan. He has showed that behind the wok of restaurant Bird and now he does that in his own funky hang-out. The food – based on ingredients of the Dappermarkt – is ultra fresh and as Thai as it gets, such as the papaya salad, tom yam and pad thai. Besides the usual suspects Kay offers unique bites, the monkey balls for example. Tasty fried rice balls with minced chicken and Thai spices that come with a sweet-sour sauce (beetroot!). Perfectly balanced flavours guaranteed to turn your face into a smiley immediately. Another plus of this welcoming restaurant and takeaway: the desserts of Majesteit Taart, baked by the talented Gaby.

Boi Boi
Monkey Balls, one portion, €6.50
Dapperstraat 12, East
+31 (0) 20 233 94 99
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday noon-10pm