This Thai Favorite in Quezon City Gets a Modern Makeover

For more than two decades, Muang Thai has been serving up delicious Thai dishes to its loyal customers. Long-term Quezon City residents, employees from nearby city hall, and other workers from the surrounding areas love going here to get their fix of Spring Rolls, Pad Thai, and Mango Sticky Rice.

This once rustic joint located along the bustling stretch of Malakas Street in Diliman also has a special place in Regina Romero’s heart. Ever since dining here as a little girl, Regina would relish moments with her family whenever they ate at their favorite Thai restaurant. So, when the former owners of Muang Thai announced that they were selling the property, Regina took it as a chance to have a venture of her own.

Together with the help of chef consultant Jolo Morales, Regina jetted off to Bangkok to immerse herself with the culture and cuisine in order to help her envision the new Muang Thai. Thus, after dining and exploring in some of the best eats at the Thai capital, Regina thought it would be best to merge her fresh discoveries with the old favorites she has come to love.

Along with Muang Thai’s new look, which included contemporary touches as well as fresher-looking interiors and fixtures, the restaurant also had a menu overhaul thanks to Chef Jolo. One major change old customers will notice is that, while the flavors and textures of each item stayed true to its Thai roots, the dishes are all plated with a creative take inspired by the modernist haute cuisine movement that has taken over in Bangkok.

New offerings include the, Yum Som O (Pomelo Salad), Satay Gai (Chicken Satay), Massaman Curry made with Beef Short Ribs, Mu Krob (Crispy Pork Belly) and a frozen version of the Thai Milk Tea.

Of course, the restaurant still carries its signature dishes like the fried Spring Rolls with sweet & sour chili sauce, Som Tum (Papaya Salad), Muang Thai Noodle Soup, Gai Hor Bai Toey (Chicken Pandan), and the all-time favorite, Mango Sticky Rice.

When asked how it felt to run her favorite restaurant, Regina confessed how overwhelming albeit rewarding her venture turned out to be. “I’d never thought I’d own a restaurant,” Regina shared, “So when this [opportunity] came, I thought that this might be God’s plan for me. The people here [in Muang Thai] are like my family already. It’s my second home.”  And as much as it has been an amazing experience for her, she too hopes that both old and new patrons will come to love the revamped Muang Thai.

Here’s a sneak peak of the updated Muang Thai menu:

Yum Pla Dook Fu (fried catfish with green salad)
Yum Som-O (pomelo macerated in panocha coconut syrup with char-grilled shrimps and roasted nuts)
Spring Rolls with sweet & sour sauce
Spicy Basil Mixed Seafood (shrimp, squid, clams and fish fillet cooked with basil, fried garlic, and turmeric)
Satay Gai (grilled chicken thigh skewers marinated in peanut sauce)
Fried Grouper sautéed with mixed vegetables
Chicken Pandan with homemade soy sesame sauce
Mu Krob (crispy pork belly)
Beef Short Ribs served with sautéed mushrooms, roasted pineapple and Massaman Curry sauce
Pad Thai
Khao Kluk Kapi (bagoong fried rice with green mango slices, and cured pork bits)
Coco Flan (coconut custard with young coconut purée & tapioca)
Mango Sticky Rice

MUANG THAI. 138 Malakas Street, Diliman, Quezon City. For reservations, call (02) 426-4123, (0995) 811-9627

Open daily, 11:00AM-10:00PM

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Food Photographed by Miguel Abesamis of Studio 100

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