Thai Suvarnabhumi


Today we made dinner plans at a Thai restaurant here in Torrevieja. Restaurante Thai Suvarnabhumi located near the visitors center. This is our first visit after living here for almost four years! What took so long? Well, I cook a variety of Asian style foods, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laos, Chinese and of course Thai. We are lucky here as we have a well stocked Asian grocery store (located near the main bus station) so I can get all my ingredients, kafir lime leaves, galangal root, lemon grass, thai chilis, banana leaves, dried goods and of course a variety of condiments so I guess that would be one reason.

I am happy to say we were very pleased with the experience. The food was legit, I was not disappointed and they made it just as spicy as I requested it (explosively hot), along with a side of firey Nuoc cham, a combination of Thai chilis, lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, lemon grass, rice vinegar and palm sugar.

We started off with something unusual for us, the combo starter plate of fried foods. We never do this but it was a lot of fun. It consisted of Satay gau (Chicken satay), tod man pla (Thai fish cakes), hoy jor (deep fried roll filled with meat), goong hom pla (prawns wrapped in pastry deep fried) and poh pia tod (fried spring rolls). These were served with two sauces, the typical sweet chili sauce and a peanut sauce with a salad in the middle. It was a lovely appetizer for two people.

Suvarnabhumi Mixto – Satay gau, tod man pla, hoy jor, goong hom pla, poh pia tod $15 euro

Next we chose a light seafood salad, the Yam Woon Sen (Thai Glass Noodle Salad With Seafood) This was my favorite dish of the night. Squid, musles, shrimp in a light sour spicy fish sauce with black fungus, very tasty and light. Full of flavor and guilt free. I could eat this every day.

Yam Woon Sen – $12.95 euro

Of course, no Thai meal in my opinion, is complete without a coconut based curry, and so that is where we ended our feast. This is a typical Thai red curry (Kaeng Ped) and I asked for tofu though it was not offered on the menu. For some reason I just do not find myself associating Thai curry with meat.

Kaeng Ped – Curry rojo con hojas de lima, kaffir, piña, tomate cherry y albahaca, cocinado a fuego lento con leche de coco $9.95 euro and Jasmine rice $2.90 euro

I have always ordered it with either tofu or tempeh, the latter of which I have yet to find here in Torrevieja. I recently researched making my own tempeh at home but the process seems problematic. I would still need to order the fermenting ingredients and so far I have not found raw in the husk soy beans here. It would be easier just to order some pre-made tempeh.

Dogs are always welcome at most all the restaurants in Torrevieja

And this concludes our Thai feast at Restaurante Thai Suvarnabhumi. Believe it or not, we ate the whole thing. I am really glad though I did not order that extra dry curry dish, next time.

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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