Four years in love with serving Thai dishes, Crying Tiger Street Kitchen actually got their name from a Northeastern Thai Local food cooked from a brisket of beef, flavored with spices, grilled rare, sliced into small pieces, and served with sticky rice, and other delectables.
That being said, the famous Thai dish that is the Crying Tiger is actually rooted into the ancient Thai culture, particularly with Thai people sourcing their food from their forest wherein many cows are being eaten by tigers.
With that, people would come across cow remains that tigers have hunted down and have eaten. From which, people have noticed that most tigers have left the brisket cut to rot, instead of eating, leading the people into imagining tigers having emotions and feelings like humans, crying as they decide to leave the brisket cut. People, then, have used this cut to cook a delicious dish, naming it the “Crying Tiger”.
Meanwhile, another story behind the intriguing name of that popular Thai dish is that ancient people have compared the appearance of the brisket cut to the skin of a tiger which led them into calling it “tiger meat”. And after the meat was grilled, the fat which accumulates in the muscle fibers is melted by the heat and drops like a tear. Having such an amazing imagination once again, they named the dish “Crying Tiger”.
Speaking of not only a single famous Thai dish, let’s check out Crying Tiger Street Kitchen and find out more of the tasty Thai dishes in their menu that would surely not disappoint and which is a collaborative effort between Dixie Mabanta, the owner, Daniel Mabanta, his son, and of course, Mexicali Group’s RND Team that even travelled to Bangkok for a series of RND trip.
To start, some light easy eats are the way to go such as their Kang Kong or Pak Boong Fai Daeng (Php 165) which is a serving of morning glory with garlic, their Thai Green Papaya Salad or Somtam (Php 165) which has that yummy blend of tang, sweet, and spice, and their Bangkok Quail Egg or Khai Nuk Kra Ta (Php 105) that comes with a dip that enhances its flavor even more.
After that, for more easy eats, this time meaty as well Crying Tiger Street Kitchen also has some enjoyable Chicken Satay (Php 175) which comes with peanut sauce and vinegar alongside onion and chili, and Thai Pork Barbeque or Moo Ping (Php 35) which are all tender and flavorful.
To experience more of the drool-worthy complexity of Thai dishes that is a combination of the four key tastes giving you that distinctive taste of Thai food, their Red Pork Curry or Panang Curry (serves 2 Php 414) that is just lovely, and their Thai Fried Chicken or Gai Tod (1 Piece Php 82 | 1 Piece with Rice Php 99 | 2 Pieces with Rice Php 180 | Basket of 8 Pieces Php 600) which is a common street food in Thailand that features a thinner crisp coating with a flavor that reaches deep into the bone are both must-tries.
Following that will undeniably have you happy and satisfied as these dishes will be your sources of carbs for that much needed energy. Their Shrimp Fried Rice or Khao Pad Goong (Php 280) which, well, is a hefty serving of fried rice with shrimp and their Pad Thai Woon Sen or Thai Stir Fried Glass Noodles (Php 240) which can be made vegetarian is a total fave!
Lastly, for a wonderful ending to this, go for their Thai Sticky Rice with Mango or Khao Nian Mamuang (Php 185) and do not even hesitate to pair it with their beverages like their Thai Iced Tea (Php 100) which is just downright lovely or when you want to relax more with the thought that the night is still young, then their Lemongrass Lime & Thai Basil Mojito (Php 130) would a be a great kickstarter for a long night.
It truly is the unique blend of spices and fresh ingredients that give Thai food that much-loved edge and healthiness, making it one of the most well-known cuisines in the world, adored by many for its strong flavors, for sure!
For the ones who are frequent travellers of Bangkok, they undeniably would find the menu of Crying Tiger Street Kitchen familiar, and so if you want to be able to taste the flavors of Bangkok without crying over your monthly dues, drop by Crying Tiger Street Kitchen, especially now that they will be launching a lot of other new dishes very soon such as Pak Boong Moo Krob, Mussel Gai Pad Kra Pao, and a whole bunch of Grilled Thai street food that would be perfect for drinks and stories with your pals.
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Address: 4986 P. Guanzon, Makati, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (02) 894 1769
Hours of Operation: Mondays to Sundays, 5PM to 12AM