There are not one, but two events dedicated to Ethiopian food over the coming week.
The Thonglor gin bar
hosts a special Ethiopian pop-up this May 17
featuring a plethora of dishes for those who want to get a real taste for Ethiopian cuisine. Meat dishes will be on hand like beg wot, a lamb stew made with cardamom, turmeric and potatoes, and doro wot, a popular chicken stew made with red onions and berbere powder (Ethiopian chili). Veggie dishes include the likes of misir wot, red lentils with ginger, garlic, berbere and red onions, and gomen wot, collard greens cooked with a special spiced butter and flavored with cardamom and fenugreek seeds.
Price: B1,000 for food and 1 drink.
7pm till late. Just a Drink Maybe, 44/3 Thonglor Soi 1. Reservations: 065-991-5725
This May 24, the FCCT welcomes Ethiopian chef Sihin Solomon, who previously ran the well-regarded Lalibela restaurant in Dakar, Senegal. Now residing in Bangkok, chef Solomon will present eight different Ethiopian specialties. including the classic injera, flatbread made from the ancient grain teff. Specialty dishes on offer include shiro, a traditional stew made primarily from powdered chickpeas; key wot, a beef with berbere, cumin, fenugreek seeds, garlic and onions; and tikel gommen, a healthy combination of carrots, potatoes, chili and braised cabbage cooked with a variety of seasonings.
Price: B1,000 for FCCT members, B1,200 for non-members.
6:30pm-10pm. FCCT, 518/5 Phloen Chit Rd. Reservations: 02-652-0580 or email@example.com (limited to 60 seats)
But wait, there’s more...
Can’t make the events, but still want to savor authentic Ethiopian cuisine? Here are a couple of suggestions.
After a couple years downtime, this atmospheric den just reopened about six months ago. The wot (stew) is served on a plate of injera, a fermented bread that can be used to eat the dish. 3/5, Royal Tailer Bldg., Sukhumvit Soi 3, 089-988-6208. Open 24 hours (food till 10pm).
This entirely Ethiopian-run operation does exactly what it says on the tin—classic Ethiopian dishes, like the popular doro wat platter that comes with stew, vegetables and flatbread. Eclectic crowds converse in multiple languages before moving on to next door’s rowdy African pub. Sukhumvit Soi 3 (Nana), 084-930-3250. Open daily 11am-10pm.