Get smoky again at Aromkwan’s new Ekkamai digs

Photo: Porpor Leelasestaporn
Photo: Porpor Leelasestaporn

Straight outta Yen Akat comes a much-loved Asian smokehouse to a new location off Pridi Banomyong Road, where it’s introduced a batch of a la carte dishes. 

Situated in a two-story house, the new Aromkwan is more spacious compared to its former locations, with more casual seating on the first floor and a long table for a “chef’s table” experience upstairs. 

Expect Vishanu “Bank” Prempuk to go into full gaga mode during the chef’s table session (THB1,500/person), with his almost theatrical performance reminiscent of a wrestling arena with a backdrop of old-school Malaysian music. 

His new a la carte menu follows the same Asian smokehouse concept. Expect classics like Sriracha chupachups (THB280), smoked grilled chicken wings with housemade BBQ sauce, and special 9-hour brined ox tongues (THB420) served with sambal tumis, spicy, savory chili paste. 

Of the new entries, particularly good was his smokey pig’s ear (THB320) rubbed with sticky sweet sauce and ginger and smoked for 17 hours which was reminiscent of BBQ street carts of the old days. The cartilage was crunchy while the gelatinous exterior, with the thick, sweet sauce, provides a rich depth. The Aromkwan Rendang (THB790 for half rack) sees pork spare ribs smoked with longan wood and coconut husks for 8 hours and simmering with lemon glass and rich coconut flavors from Rendang paste. 

Photo: Porpor Leelasestaporn

Don’t miss the goat biryani (THB780) made from grandma’s recipe. The 9-hour smoked goat falls off the bone, and when paired up with the jackfruit chutney and yogurt sauce, the end result is simply superb. 

Aromkwan is located a ways off Soi Pridi Banomyong 26 in Bangkok’s Wattana district. The nearest rail station is BTS Phra Khanong.

5pm-11pm, Tuesday to Sunday
145 Soi Pridi Banomyong 14

This story originally appeared in BK Magazine.

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