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Cabbages & Condoms

A Thai restaurant in Bangkok

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It's All in a Name!

  • Dec 18, 2010
Rating:
+4
When it comes to property, it's a case of location, location & location!
When it comes to restaurant, it's all in a name! That is, if your restaurant is known as Cabbages & Condoms!

This is quite a famous and popular restaurant in Bangkok on Sukhumvit Sol 12. I first learned about this restaurant from another traveler on VirtualTourist.com. Apparently, this is a must visit for many tourists in Bangkok. As some of you may know, other than a religious country, Thailand, especially with regard to Bagnkok, it is also a popular sex destination! There are moral issues when it comes to this topic but this is not a review about those issues.

As rampant as sex is available in this city, what is one to do in order to control the situation? Well, someone came up with a "brilliant" idea. He's Mechai Viravaidya who's an activist who popularized the idea of condoms in Thailand. As the chairman of PDA (Population & Community Development Association), the largest NGO in Thailand & also one that's been awarded the 2007 Gates Award (as in Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) of $1 million for its work in family planning & HIV/AIDS prevention, Viravaidya believes that to be successful in rural family planning, condoms have to be as easily accessible and accepted as cabbages! Hence, the name Cabbages & Condoms! Truly, I'm not kidding!

Well, you've to see it to believe it! The restaurant is decorated with condoms. I know, that sounds gross!
But the food is great! At first I did have reservations about going to such a restaurant! I mean, what to expect? I've no idea! I'm curious though and anything that sparks my curiosity can't be bad, I figure ;-)



First, you've got to find the place though. The direction was easy enough. Just 5 mins walk into Sukhumvit Sol 12 which is directly across from the hotel I was staying in. Well, I walked and walked. Saw the sign but where is the restaurant? I walked right past it and knew I had overshot when I saw Ramada. There was a foreign couple behind me and they mentioned about going into Ramada to ask. I guessed they were heading to the same place. So, I walked back to where I found the sign and true enough, there was a path leading into the restaurant. It was a late afternoon, after 2 pm and there wasn't any crowd. Just some in the air conditioned part of the restaurant. There is also the open-air beer garden area but since it was a hot afternoon, no one was sitting there.

So, what's so special about this restaurant? Well, you gonna get lots of condoms, esp. in its decor!
Take a look!







What is a restaurant without the right food? Well, this one has all that Thai cuisine has and more. 
Some of the specialty dishes include the following: 
  • Samlee Det Deao (mouthwatering deep fried cotton fish with mango & chili sauce)
  • Chicken in Herb Leaf Bikini (deep fried chicken wrapped in pandan leaves)
  • Tom Kah Kai (chicken breast in coconut milk and galanga soup)
  • Gung Obb Mapraow On (steamed prawn in whole coconut)
  • Spicy Condom Salad (A naughty combination of Shanghai noodles garnishes with chili sauce and herbs)
So, there you've it! Well, since I was just recovering from my sore-throat, I opted something different with less chili (as specifically ordered by my physician, no chilli! Of course, I cheated a little...).

Here they are:
  • Pla Ka Pong Nueng Ma Nao (Seabass in lemon sauce) - a popular way of cooking fish which you can eat elsewhere in Thailand as well. I love fish and thought this to be quite good price. A whole seabass at 350 thai baht (before taxes and service charges of 17%) is quite reasonable. In Thai terms, it might be a tad more expensive than the normal restaurants. However, if you've been to Bangkok before, you'd know it all depends on where you eat rather than what you eat! There is a wide range of pricing of the same dish. 
  • Poo lone (Steamed crab in coconut fish sauce) - this is something which I've not tried before. It is a little similar to Lalap in Indonesia where raw vegetables (salad) is eaten with some cooked meat, in this case, crab meat. Quite tasty although a tad sweeter than what I'd enjoyed. At 200 baht, it is reasonable. 
  • Coconut juice - Love this especially in the warm weather of Bangkok.
  • Water chestnut dessert - I forgot the name in Thai but this is the red rubies in coconut juice which can be seen almost in all Thai restaurant. I was reasonably full by the time I finished the fish so I simply ordered something light.

All in all, I enjoyed my 2 lunch visits to Cabbages & Condoms. I'm pretty sure I'd be back again in future to try out its green & red curries. If you're in Bangkok or the vicinity, you might like to visit this restaurant run by the PDA. There is also a handicraft shop at the entrance to the restaurant whereby sale proceeds are used to fund development and social welfare activities of the PDA.

Other branches of C&C Restaurant can be found at:
  1. Nakhon Ratchsima: 86/1 Suebsiri Road, Nai Muang Sub District, Muang District Nakhonratchasima Province. Tel: (044) 258100-2
  2. Vieng Pa Pao: 153 Moo 6 Pa Ngiew Sub District, Viengpapao District, Chiangrai Province. Tel: (053) 952131
  3. Chiangrai: 620/25 Tanalai Road. Muang District. Chiangrai Province. Tel: (053) 719167
  4. Nangrong: 81 Moo 6 Chokchai-Dej Udom Road. NongBoth Sub District. Nangrong District. Buriram Province. Tel: (044) 657145-7



So, how about this? A santa dressed in condoms? ;-) or if you have a queer sense of humor as the Thai did, Tiger in condoms! What a joke!

It's All in a Name! It's All in a Name! It's All in a Name! It's All in a Name! It's All in a Name!

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January 14, 2011
Sounds like a truly novel place to eat with good food. Very interesting! Great review, Sharrie!
 
January 12, 2011
I think I'm speechless! This must've been a fun place to chow down and I"m glad to hear that the food was good as well. Thanks for sharing, Sharrie :)
January 12, 2011
Well, Thailand has always been an exotic and fun country to be in :-)
January 12, 2011
That's what I've heard, hopefully, I'll get a chance to visit sometime!
 
December 18, 2010
Um, wow! I really don't even know what to say. This manages to be both quite funny and a little creepy at the same time.
December 18, 2010
Funny, yes! Creepy, nope. As I said, I've had my reservations. I guess one wouldn't go with a date on his first night out, hehe... oh, when you've paid the bill, you get a condom instead of sweets, lol... That was ultra funny as far as I'm concerned!
December 18, 2010
wonder if they have the blue glow in the dark kind...? LOL!
December 18, 2010
Yeah, I think I'd prefer an actual dessert. No thin mints? No chocolates? : (
December 18, 2010
@Woopak_the_thrill, Next time I'll ask them on your behalf, lol! I'm sure they will be able to find something that suits your taste, LOL!
@Count_Orlok_22, I'm sure you won't have problem getting dessert, whatever form they come in, in Bangkok! I've never heard of men complaining about no dessert in Bangkok ;-)
December 18, 2010
There are so many jokes I can think of right now, but I'm not going to say them. LOL!
December 18, 2010
me neither. the jokes in my hand may get me flagged LOL!
December 18, 2010
LOL! I know. I'll e-mail you with some funny one-liners that I thought of.
December 18, 2010
Well, glad that you're both equally entertained ;-)
December 19, 2010
What kind of dressing would you like on that salad...want it extra creamy or tangy? LMAO
December 20, 2010
I thought you were going to restrain yourself from making bad jokes?
December 23, 2010
I believe he can't help himself, LOL!
December 27, 2010
can't restrain myself...."do you also want the sauce to go?" "Do you want a bag for that?" LOL!
December 27, 2010
5 years that u've been separated? LOL... now I can somewhat "appreciate" these comments!
 
December 18, 2010
Ok...this sounds worth flying out there to see! I am still cracking up! LOL
December 18, 2010
Aha, I thought you'd find this place highly entertaining... So, what is it that you're doing out there in the world which you can't write a review about? ;-)
December 18, 2010
um....you know. I do a lot of mischievous and naughty things...hee-hee!
 
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Quick Tip by . December 18, 2010
As it's been said, it's all in a name! What has cabbages got to do with condoms? Find out for yourself in Bangkok! It's just part of life for the Thais!
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