Falang Asiateria

Opened earlier this year, Falang Asiateria is a fairly new restaurant in the heart of the vibrant Vesterbro, Copenhagen. And it has quickly become one of our favourites for authentic Thai bites in the city.

Upon the first look, the decor of Falang is overwhelmingly pan-Asian. The pink exterior and the bright orange interior walls, excessively touched up with dragons, lanterns, buddha statues, Thai garland, maneki-neko and whatnots, seems like an orientalist interpretation of the East – Thai confused with Chinese, with some hints of Japanese and Korean, trapped in the plastic/nostalgic 60s.

Their menu reflects the same – primarily Thai with a dash of other influences. You get the classic pad thai, papaya salad, stir-fried morning glory, miced meat wraps while an occasional odd one such as the kimchi fried rice slips in.

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So far, I couldn’t really expect an authentic Thai dining experience. However, the food surprised us totally. The falang salad was fresh and refreshing. The crispy pork wrap was deliciously blended with delightful greens, sweet onions, lime zest and a world of flavours. The whole deep-fried seabass should not be missed – so moist and tender inside whilst crunchy outside. The tastes, like its decor, is a blend of stimulation, and yet – genuinely enjoyable.

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We visited Falang 2 times in 1 week. Once in a quiet afternoon and another on a buzzing weekend evening. On both occasion, staff here were friendly and attentive, and could address to our rather complicated dietary requests (as we were in a large group with different preferences) without hiccups (as we often see in other restaurants with similar pricing level).

Seeing a good portion of Danes and Asians in the group, owner Troels Würtz popped by our table and asked how the food were. Our all-emptied plates gave the best approval.

Falang

Address: Istedgade 48, 1650, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

Telephone: 33 21 33 22

1 dish is around 150DKK, and for a starter and main plus drinks, we paid around 400DKK per person.

Wok On

Wok On serves budget wok-fried noodles from 45kr only. You can choose your choice of noodle, toppings and sauce.

While the ingredients and styles seem Asian, with the likes of teriyaki, curry, sweet & sour flavours, we would say the concept is more Asian-inspired than authentic. Quite often, your noodles are heavily seasoned with thick sauces, and you would find a piece of lime unmatchingly put on your Japanese udon in coconut curry sauce.

That said, the experience is in fact rather Nordic. Wok On, together with other chains such as Nordic Noodles, collectively create a Danish (re)interpretation of Asia boxes which is in itself an American cultural export. It is still interesting to see how the Danes have appropriated other (Asian/American) culinary ideas. And 45kr wok box is a good alternative to 7-11 hotdogs while you are hungry & on a budget.

Address: Gothersgade 15, 1123 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Kiin Kiin Piin To in Tivoli

Located in the Chinese Tower in Tivoli, Kiin Kiin Piin To is an “Asian Cafeteria” (as its official website suggests) serving a host of pan-Asian cuisines, ranging from Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indian.

The place is owned by the Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin restaurant.

Address:  Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 Copenhagen V, Denmark

Website: https://www.kiinkiintivoli.dk/

Telephone: 21 16 31 15