Samyan serves authentic Thai street food crafted by Chef ThiTid “Tonn” Tassanakajohn, renowned for his excellence at Le Du Bangkok, and rooted in the cherished recipes of Baan Thai’s home-cooked family dishes. The name takes inspiration from an intersection and its adjacent neighborhood in bustling Bangkok, Thailand.
Initially piloted at The Grid through a partnership with Charles Paw, Samyan eventually discovered its permanent home at The Public Eatery food hall within Robinson’s Magnolia.
The Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, the Royal Thai Government has launched the “Thai SELECT” program to certify and promote authentic Thai cuisine around the world.
It is a seal of approval granted to Thai restaurants (both overseas and local Thai restaurants that serve authentic Thai food) and processed Thai food products.
The objective is to give recognition to quality Thai restaurants and processed Thai food products as well as to encourage Thai restaurateurs and food producers to raise their quality while maintaining authenticity.
Samyan features home cooking recipes that highlight Thai Streetfood classics like Pad Thai, Tom Yum, and Rice Meals which includes a “Thai-it-yourself” customizable option for crafting your dishes. To satisfy your cravings for Thai desserts and drinks, Thai Milk Tea and Mango Sticky Rice are also available.
AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD
Green Papaya Salad (₱190). Somtum Thai
The somtum was perfectly balanced with the correct levels of sweetness, sourness, spiciness, and saltiness. If the somtum is exceptional, you can rest assured that the remaining dishes are authentically prepared.
Tomyum Shrimp (₱480)
Tomyum Gung Namkun
I love the intense flavors of the broth, accentuated by the blood-red color from the chili, and you can truly feel the spice. Love this!
Shrimp Paste Fried Rice (₱350)
Khao Kluk Gapi
The Bagoong rice is served with all the correct ingredients. It’s best to place the ingredients in the center, mix them inside out, and ensure that the flavors are well blended into the rice.
SAMYAN Lump Crab Fried Rice (₱950)
Khao Pad Pu
Our personal favorite because of the fresh crab flavors mixed with the fried rice.
Pork Krapow (₱380) Sunny Side Up, Jasmine Rice
You can create your own Thai tapsilog version by choosing from Krapow, Kratieum, or Jeaw cooking styles. It’s recommended to order it served with Jasmine Rice, a Sunny Side Up egg, and your choice of Beef or Pork versions.
Shrimp Pad Thai (₱490)
Pad Thai Gung
One of the finest Pad Thai versions in Manila, and you can enhance it with spice and toge if you like.
DRINKS & DESSERTS
Thai Milk Tea (₱170) 16oz with pearls, Thai Lime Tea (₱170)
ou can savor your Thai Milk tea with pearls, but it was a bit too sweet for our taste.
Mango Sticky Rice (₱280)
Khao New Mamuang
A traditional Thai dessert consisting of sticky rice drizzled with coconut cream and accompanied by slices of mango.
Overall, this is among the best stalls at The Public Eatery and holds a place as one of our preferred Thai SELECT restaurants due to its authenticity and simplicity, which perfectly caters to your Thai cravings. Among my personal favorites were the SAMYAN Lump Crab Fried Rice, Tom Yum Shrimp, and Shrimp Pad Thai.
I hope they consider offering Thai curries and their rendition of Thai fried chicken in the future.
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Disclosure: I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.