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Raan Gan Een (Thai food)(1/2)

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Raan Gan Een
Owner-chef Gan and his wife Yuka run this restaurant together with their 62-years-old veteran chef. The cosy interior is decorated with objects collected by the couple over the years. At 28, Gan may still only be young, but he has a confidence in his ability that comes from having trained as a chef for 13 years. “I don’t change the taste of my dishes just because the customers are Japanese, if I did that it wouldn’t be Thai food anymore,” he says, before adding with a smile “I do tone the spiceness down a little bit though!” He began learning to cook through helping his mother when he was around 10 years old.
Raan Gan Een
Raan Gan Een
The Nam Tok Mu (Spicy Grilled Pork with Herb Salad, ¥880) is a specialty of Gan’s birthplace, Isan, and includes roasted rice for added texture and fragrance. The Kung Chae Nam Pla (Fresh Shrimp with Spicy Sauce, ¥900) has a rich, complex flavor combining full-bodied fish sauce with tangy lemon juice. Although relatively new on the ethnic restaurant scene in Fukuoka, Raan Gan Een has already become a favorite amongst both Japanese and foreigners who enjoy simple yet authentic flavors and the atmosphere of South East Asia.
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