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Amirra

Posted date:  December 23, 2009
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The spread at Amirra, a Cameroonian restaurant in Bangkok

In my previous post I mentioned that I was on a hunt for obscure ethnic restaurants in Bangkok. Well, after a bit of research, I think it’s safe to say that it doesn’t get much more obscure than my most recent discovery. Amirra is a minuscule, family-run restaurant that serves the food of the African nation of Cameroon.

I was introduced to the restaurant– in reality more an open dining room — by Stanley, a Cameroonian football teammate of my buddy Newley. Arriving in the Nana area one recent afternoon, Stanley led us down a narrow alley, up four flights of stairs and past a very domestic living room to a tiny dining room with three tables. We were greeted by the friendly eponymous owner, and Stanley, speaking rapid French, proceeded to order a virtual West African feast. There was haricots:

Haricots, a bean and beef stew, at Amirra, a Cameroonian restaurant in Bangkok

a beef and kidney bean stew traditionally eaten with deep-fried or steamed plantains. He explained that this is one of the more common street dishes in Cameroun and apologized for the fact it isn’t possible to get “real” plantains in Bangkok, claiming that what we were eating were simply bananas.

There was also gumbo:

Gumbo, stewed okra, at Amirra, a Cameroonian restaurant in Bangkok

stewed okra with chicken, as well as a bowl of légumes, stewed greens with beef, a dish not unlike the US soul food staple collard greens. In fact, Newley, who is from South Carolina, noticed several similarities between these dishes and traditional food of America’s south. All the vegetable-based dishes were meant to be taken with couscous de Cameroun, a dish not like the Moroccan-style couscous most of us are familiar with, but rather a variant of fufu, the starchy West African staple. Stanley explained that in Cameroon couscous can be made from any available starch, in particular cassava, but here in Bangkok Amirra has to make do with the next best substitute: cornmeal. Everything was accompanied by a deliciously spicy chili sauce called peppée.

Amirra is not the most sophisticated dining experience in Bangkok, and is a bit of a struggle to find, but for hearty eats and mad street cred, there’s no comparison. To get to Amirra from Soi 3, enter the street side street that connects to Soi 3/1, and turn right into the sub-Soi that leads to Masjid Nana. Enter the red door on the right and proceed to the 4th floor.

Amirra
4th fl, directly above the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Soi 3 and Thanon Sukhumvit
089 824 7204
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9 Comments for Amirra


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hi,
i just tumbled on your post and am really happy to know that there are some cameroonians out there in thailand promoting our African cameroon gastronomy.i took a look at some of the pics and right now am just salivating.i miss the okra dish especially.here in the U.S, its kinda hard to find such restaurants…i was in phuket in 2007 and hope to visit thailand again sometime.its a wonderful place with a lot of goodies to eat and cheap too.hopefully i get to hook up with the people at the Amirra restaurant when i get there sometime next year….definately i will like that you connect me with the people from cameroon that you met….bye for now and keep up the good work…

best regards
NATHAN(Minneapolis,MN,USA)

Great find! I have to go eat there soon…. Thanks, been a fan of your foodblog from when it was “Real Thai” blog to its present form.

Cheers!

amazing to find some cameroon food in Bangkok as it is difficult to find some in Paris !! good finding !! I am pierre a french foodie in Paris !! cheers and happy new year !

It is good to know a place like this in BKK, thanks!

just came back from the place … quite an experience ! Thanks for the tip and congratulation on your blog !

[…] is considered the national Cameroonian fooddish.   It is a meat or fish stew cooked with bitter leaves and nuts.  Fufu is one of the staple […]

[…] is considered the national Cameroonian fooddish.   It is a meat or fish stew cooked with bitter leaves and nuts.  Fufu is one of the staple […]

really sad to report this, but i went back to this building recently and one of the downstairs tenants told me that amirra passed away a little while ago



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