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Posted date:  May 1, 2008

Chicken kuruma and roti at Yusup

I’ve mentioned Yusup, a Muslim restaurant on the northern outskirts of Bangkok, many, many times. The restaurant’s rich curries, amazing biryani, and wonderfully sour soups have made it just about my favourite all-around restaurant in Bangkok. I’d love to see more people eat there, but the restaurant is located quite far outside central Bangkok and is something of an ordeal to find. Well, gone now are the days of excuses: armed with Google Maps, you should have no problem in locating Yusup.

I stopped by Yusup for lunch today with a companion and ordered several things, including the dish pictured above, kuruma with roti. I prefer their goat kuruma, but they were out of it so we had to settle for chicken:

Chicken kuruma at Yusup

Regardless of the protein, the curry is almost impossibly rich and thick, chock fulla dried spices and fresh herbs, and packing a sour bite akin to a vindaloo.
My companion ordered kaeng karii kai, Muslim-style chicken curry, over rice:

Chicken curry over rice, Yusup

The curry is lightly spiced, probably not much more than tinned curry powder, and includes thick chunks of potato, tomato and onion. It’s served with ajaat, a side of sliced cucumbers, chilies and shallots in a sweet/sour vinegar dressing.

Together we picked at mataba nuea:

Beef mataba, Yusup

A roti stuffed with beef, a few basic veggies and egg, also served with ajaat.

And for dessert? You guessed it–more roti:

Sweet roti at Yusup

this time drizzled with sweetened condensed milk and liberally sprinkled with sugar.

Yusup Phochana (Google Maps link)
Kaset-Navamin Highway
05 136 2864, 09 923 8099
Open every day, 11am-2pm

How to get there:
The restaurant is located in northern Bangkok along the Kaset-Navamin highway (also known as sen tat mai). If you’re coming from Mor Chit BTS along Th Phaholyothin, turn right at the Kaset Intersection onto the Kaset-Navamin highway. Go past the first stop light and the restaurant is on the left side just after a very large sign with the Swiss flag (as well as several Thai-language signs advertising the restaurant). If you get lost, go ahead and try one of the mobile numbers above, but I’m pretty sure these people don’t speak English.

9 Comments for Yusup

is thai muslim kuruma made with coconut milk, or is it yogurt-based?
i’m moving back to bangkok in july, and i’m no longer a vegetarian. can you imagine how excited i am?

magnifique site!!!

Just come across your site via ‘rambling spoon’, congratulations on a great blog and wonderful photography, you make previous visits to Thailand seem like only yesterday.
I look forward to reading your work.

one can never have too much ROTI… mmmm … your pictures are making me very hungry!

I tried Yusup today.

It wasn’t difficult to find, but I did not see any Swiss flag signs anywhere around. Maybe they’re gone.

It’s a larger place than I was expecting, and they were doing a good trade on a Sunday around 1:00 pm.

My friend and I tried the kuruma, masaman, fish biryani, salad khaek (gado-gado), chicken mataba and chicken soup. And sweet roti for dessert, of course. All were pretty good.

The fish biryani, however, was a bit “fishy” for my taste — not surprising since it’s made with a fishy fish (mackeral). For me, the standard bearer for this dish is still Jiew, across from the old GPO in a soi off of Charoenkrung Road.

The mataba was a bit bland and soggy. The salad khaek was way too sweet for my taste. The chicken soup, masaman, and kuruma, though, were full-flavored and excellent. The dessert roti could have been a bit crisper — perhaps it was made in advance?

Cool that you made it there! It is indeed very popular. Sounds like mixed review, though. I’ve never ordered the salat khaek there (I find the dressing too sweet in general). Maybe you’d like the khao mok phae (goat biryani)?

Isn’t the place off Charoenkrung called Naaz? If it’s the same one I’m thinking of it’s very, very good, although it’s so Indian/Middle Eastern, it’s almost a different dish altogether.


No, Naaz is a different place nearby…and not nearly as good as Jiew!

The problem is that there is a very narrow window of opportunity for eating there. Basically, you have to get there between 11:00 and 11:30 am, or you can forget it. Very memorable khao mok kai, as well as oxtail soup, though. I think Charoenkrung Soi 43 is the right soi, just in on the right. An open air shop with a huge pot of saffron rice and another one full of chicken. If you’re lucky, that is. If you’re unlucky, there will just be two big empty pots.

Well, there’s another one on the opposite side of the street, near the mosque in the Muslim community. I don’t think it had a name, but the lady making the khao mok was called Fatima, and it’s just as you described it. I’ve blogged about it here (http://www.austinbushphotography.com/2007/09/fatima.html), although to be honest I wasn’t blown away.

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