I was happy to see Chinatown Scala on the fifth floor of Siam Square One, the one-year-old mall standing alongside Siam BTS station. This means I don’t have to go to its parent at Yaowarat Road at Bangkok’s Chinatown to ingest their shark's fin and bird’s nest.
A more-than-cursory glance at their menu brings up crabs and steamed fish as well as stir-fry and deep-fry Cantonese-style dishes. I love crabs and am glad to see poo ob woonsen (baked crab claws with glass noodles, 800 baht) and spring rolls stuffed with shrimp and crab meat (180 baht). Online reviews have raved about their fried rice dishes like the flavorful khao pad nam liab (stir-fried rice with Chinese olives and pork, 150 baht) and the bamee gung pad prik pao (stirfried egg noodles with chili sauce shrimp, 135 baht).
Their best seller of braised superior shark’s fin in brown sauce is offered at 300 baht and their bird’s nest in coconut to cool and soothe at 350 baht (special promotion). We are talking about the real stuff here and not strands of aga jelly.
There are also great value-for-money sets of four dishes priced at 999 baht, with various combinations of their popular dishes. I wished I had three imaginary friends to try at least one of them on the spot. But I have only one.
Just so you know, you can expect to hear some high decibels from Singaporean and Hong Kong tourists during weekdays and some well-behaved Thai families on weekends.