We decided to try Govinda’s after reading reviews in our hotel room on the internet, especially the ones on Happy Cow. The place may be called Govinda but it is not an Indian restaurant. It is actually a vegetarian Italian restaurant in the middle of Bangkok with a big pizza oven. Apparently, it is chosen as one the top 10 best vegetarian restaurants in Asia by PETA.
Complimentary bread basket.
It is centrally located –just off Sukhumvit –and surrounded by other restaurants and hotels. It is pretty easy to find. The owners are Italian however, they are not as friendly as they say in those reviews. The service is a little slow but it seems like the only vegetarian place in Bangkok where you can get European style of vegetarian food. Let’s face it, you get fed up with the local food pretty fast.
Filetto di Soia al Pepe o al Gorgonzola
Soy Chicken Breast with Pepper Sauce or Gorgonzola Sauce 290 Baht
Puré di Patate Speciale
Mashed Potato with Soy Bacon and Mushroom 260 Baht
Govinda Italian Vegetarian Restaurant
Sukhumvit Soi 22
Phone: 02 6634970
I bought some green beans to make a Thai salad when we had friends around for a Thai feast –mostly cooked by my dear husband –but on the last minute I changed my mind and didn’t make the salad as we already had a lot of food. So, I found the beans sulking in my fridge and decided to put an end to their misery. The result was quite satisfying.
Note: This’ll make 8 pasties. If you have any leftovers you can zap them in the microwave for 10 seconds the next day. They will still be fine.
1 small pack baby green beans (round variety)
1 large onion, chopped finely
A handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 sheets puff pastry
Salt and pepper
• Top and tail the green beans and cut into very small pieces –about a centimetre.
• Heat the oil in a pot and add the beans first. Fry for 10 minutes, stirring continually. Add the onions and some salt, then carry on frying and stirring. Once the beans are tender, remove from the heat and set aside. They need to be cold before you use them.
• When the bean mixture is cooled down add the parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well.
• Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 4 equal squares.
• Brush the edges with plain water –this will make the edges stick better. Divide the filling equally –again –and bring together two sides –overlapping about ½ inch –and press the other ends with a fork.
• Brush your oven tray with some oil and arrange the pasties, leaving enough room around each one as they will expand. Brush with oil and sprinkle each one with sesame seeds.
• Place the tray in the middle of the oven and bake the pasties at 180°C/350F/Gas Mark 4 until they are golden brown on top as well as the bottom. This usually take about 20 minutes although it depends on the oven.