Crazy pizza that you can find only in Thailand! - roasted red pork, durian and cheese, and more!
I love Thai food! Living in Bangkok, I often feel like it’s impossible to go hungry, since even the pickiest eater can find something on the Thai menu that he or she will love.
While Thai cuisine definitely has a reputation as some of the most delicious food in the world, sometimes a guy just wants a pizza. After six years in Thailand, I’m no stranger to bravely trying new foods, but some days after a long day at work, I’m just too lazy to get out again and walk down the street for something to eat. Pizza Company to the rescue!
But even though Pizza Company offers the standard pepparoni, cheese, etc, the pizzas they make often tend to have a more “Thai” twist than you might expect. Here are a few of the strangest Thai-style pizza flavors that I’ve ordered from the Pizza Compay in Bangkok over the past year. Hungry for something different? Read on!
Tom Yum Kung
The Tom Yum Kung pizza is one of the staples of Thai pizza. Tom Yum Kung is a type of spicy and sour seafood soup, usually served with shrimp. This dish is regarded as one of the most popular national dishes in Thailand. The pizza takes the flavors and ingredients from Tom Yum soup (shrimp, squid, mushrooms) and puts them on top of a fairly mild Tom Yum sauce and topped with lots and lots of cheese.
Of the four pizzas that I’m reviewing today, this one is my favorite! The Tom Yum Kung pizza has a nice combination of flavors that works really well together. None of the flavors are too overpowering, and the harbal aroma makes it feel fresh and filling. This is one of the pizzas that I regularly order in Thailand.;
Go ahead and order this one. I highly recommend trying it.
Durian and Cheese
The Durian is regarded as the “King of Fruit” in Thailand. It’s a controversial fruit to say the least. People either love it or hate it, and there’s no in between. Durian is known for its distinct aroma, which is compared to rotten meat, stinky socks, and gasoline. The taste, however, is something like a sweet, fruity custard. Needless to say, it’s an acquired taste, although the smelly fruit is banned from public places in Thailand, such as the metro and hotels.
The Durian and Cheese pizza is an interesting choice. The cheese adds a bit of salt to the very sweet fruit, but the durian and cheese combo is almost overpoweringly creamy. This works better as more of a dessert pizza, to be honest. I liked my first slice, but it became too rich when I tried to have more.
Here’s a hint: pop this pizza in the fridge! I think that it tastes best cold!
Kung Pao Chicken
This Kung Pao Chicken pizza from the Pizza Company was a part of the restaurant’s new Chinese New Year promotion. The pizza is made with fried chicken and toasted cashew nuts with lots of peppers and onions, and served over a sweet and sour oyster sauce base.
Although it’s called Kung Pao Chicken, the flavors really remind me mostly of Thai cashew chicken.
This is a weird one. On my first bite, I loved it. However, after one piece, I began to feel that it was way too salty. I like the idea, however, and really enjoy the cashew nut and chicken combo on a piece of pizza.
A good idea, but too salty. Maybe order it with a different sauce?
Hong Kong Roasted Pork
Hong Kong Roasted Pork is another special that the Pizza Company introduced for Chinese New Year. It reminds me a lot of Thai moo daeng (red pork).
Chinese-style roasted pork is served over a sweet and sticky sauce and topped with cheese.
Honestly, I was the most excited about this pizza, as I really love red pork. However, I found the Hong Kong Roasted Pork pizza to be a little bit too sweet. It might be better with less sauce, or maybe with more cheese to add a little more saltiness and creaminess to the pizza.
Worth ordering. It’s a good idea, but a little too rich.