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Japan gets another taste of Thailand

Jun 06. 2018
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Asian restaurant operator Mango Tree Worldwide has launched a new Mango Tree Cafe in Japan, bringing authentic street food from Isaan, the northeast region of Thailand, to diners in the city of Kawasaki.

It is located on the fourth floor of Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, a major shopping and lifestyle complex in the heart of the city. Kawasaki lies between Tokyo and Yokohama in the world’s busiest metropolitan area, with a population of more than one million people in its own right. The new casual restaurant will specialise in traditional dishes from Isaan like som tam gai yang (spicy papaya salad with grilled chicken) for the ultimate combo meal.

With such an abundance of fresh produce available, Isaan has developed a rich culinary culture and is now considered a culinary heart of Thailand. As part of its efforts to showcase Isaan cuisine, Mango Tree Japan is now launching a book on Isaan cooking in Japanese, supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).


“Som tam is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand, enjoyed by everyone – young and old, rich and poor. We are delighted to bring this spicy treat to Japanese diners with the opening of our new cafe, as we continued to expand our contemporary culinary concept across the country,” says Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree’s global managing director. “We fully expect this restaurant and its authentic Isaan menu to strike a chord with local diners, and I look forward to introducing Mango Tree Cafes to even more parts of Japan in future.”

In addition to som tam, the menu will feature a range of other traditional Isaan dishes, including larb (spicy minced pork with Thai herbs), Isaan-style sausage and the Lazona Special Plate – an assortment of Isaan favourites including sweet basil, green curry, vegetable salad, a fried egg, noodle soup and a fried egg.

Diners can also enjoy a selection of light bites and classic Thai dishes, such as pad thai (stir-fried noodles) and gaeng kiew waan (green curry), while lunch-time specials include pad gapao (spicy stir-fried minced chicken or pork on rice, topped with a fried egg) and tom yum goong (spicy and sour prawn soup).

Bright, stylish and modern, with a full bar service, the eatery can seat up to 60 diners. It is expected to be frequented by a wide range of diners, including young people, families and couples, and office workers during lunch-time. 

At present there are 20 Mango Tree restaurants in Japan, 11 of which are Mango Tree Cafes.

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