Where Did We Go?
Songkran Thai Kitchen
2258 Texas Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77479
What’s The Skinny?
We have been fans of Chef Junnajet “Jett” Hurapan for some time now and just a few years ago we were hanging out in the kitchen, talking street food, and enjoying a few cocktails at BLU Restaurant. Fast forward to now and the same location that housed BLU, a restaurant focused on Euro-Asian cuisine, is now the second home for Songkran Thai Kitchen.
If his personality doesn’t draw you in (and it will), then his food will certainly push you through the door! As with the first location of Songkran Thai Kitchen, the food is focused on traditional offerings from his hometown of Bangkok, Thailand. The menu pulls from Chef Jett’s personal experiences growing up. “I made the menu for me”, says Chef Jett. “You are truly getting an authentic Thailand experience.”
The menu is divided into two types of Thai cuisines, Royal and Street Food. Royal cuisine is more subtle whereas the heat is traditionally served on the side and not incorporated into the dish. With Royal it’s all about tasting the flavors of the food. Street food is all about the heat so when you visit you can add a bit more heat to your dish via the three tableside porcelain jars. You’ve been warned.
Chef Jett’s wife and pastry chef, Jira Hurapan, is still enticing guests with her creative take on the sweet side. And when it comes to cocktails and wine, sake is always a welcomed treat in addition to their hand selected wine list and imported European and Asian beers.
What Did We Love?
This is another one of those times that we tried lots of great dishes on the menu and really want to advise you all to just select your protein and have at the menu, which is a great option! However we don’t think we can get away with that and to be honest we really don’t want to when the food really delivers. A few stand outs were:
Sai Krok Moog – Thai sausage and herb savory topping
We’ve never had Thai sausage before and now we can’t imagine life without it. If you like sausage you must try them at Songkran. It’s only an appetizer portion but the big flavors makes it a stand out dish.
Neua Siam – Braised Wagyu short rib with Thai herb sauce
The moment we saw this dish on the menu we started talking about it and salivating! Many are probably thinking have we had this dish before or how could we know?!?! It’s quite simple-Chef Jett puts his signature stank (this is a good thing for you Urban Swank newbies) on dishes like this and we knew he would knock it out the park.
Goong MangKorn – Baked half Maine lobster with angry dip
When delicate Lobster meets Thai spices it has no choice but to turn-up. This dish made us smile and reflect on the importance of spices and seasoning food properly. Thumbs up chef.
Lychee & Jackfruit Crème Brulee – Served with fried bananas rolls
What a wonderful twist on the classic crème brulee. We really enjoyed it and the game changer was the fried banana rolls.