Photos, story by Cassie Hepler
There can be only one.
Well, actually there can be quite a few Thai food places in the city. However, our favorite place is BYOB Chabaa Thai in Manayunk especially with the take me away to Thailand design and new location at 4343 Main St. with neighboring connected lunch spot Binto for those on-the-go Thai food fix days.
Blending elements of several Southeast Asian traditions, Thai cooking places emphasis on freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. The spiciness of Thai cuisine is well known. As with other Asian cuisines, balance, detail and variety are of great significance to Thai chefs. Thai food is known for its balance of sour, sweet, salty, and savory for a fresh tasting memorable experience.
Chef-Artist Nongyao “Moon” Krapugthong is a visionary whose work is best expressed in her Manayunk restaurant, Chabaa Thai Bistro. In this place of culinary invention and artistic innovation, Moon creates an experience that transcends simply satisfying hunger. She has selected every detail in order to enchant each of the five senses. Chabaa Thai captures the best of Thai cuisine and culture, with stunning artwork that makes diners feel transported to the heart of Bangkok.
As Executive Chef, Moon Krapugthong strives to preserve the true spirit of authentic Thai cuisine. This requires elaborate preparation and the use of only freshest, highest-quality ingredients. With a fine touch and attention to the smallest details, each dish at Chabaa is delicately prepared to achieve the balance and harmony that makes Thai cuisine so special.
“Chabaa” is the Thai word for Hibiscus, a cheerful and delicate tropical flower that has come to symbolize the friendly, light-hearted, and gracious nature of the Thai people. And if there is any one word that describes Chef Moon, it is certainly gracious.