My rendition of the Gambas al Pil Pil
The first time I had ever heard of this mouth watering dish was when my husband took the family to try out a quaint restaurant specialising in French & Mediterranean cuisine here in Bangkok called Crepes & Co. Crepes & Co had their first branch at Lang Suan soi 1. Now you can find them in Thong Lor, Hua Hin and even Shanghai. Go to their website to read more about this superb restaurant. Their crepes are to die for.
Crepes & Co. in Thong Lor
We wanted a savoury starter while we waited for our crepes to be prepared. This dish came sizzling in the pan straight from the kitchen served with fresh warm pita bread. We took the first bite and love struck.
I was so excited over this dish that when my mom-in-law came to Bangkok from Denmark we took her here. But she was quite adamant about taking some salad instead of this fat infused dish due to health reasons. I persuaded her to give it one chance, one eensy weensy bite. And oh lordie, she was a goner. We soaked up the delicious oil sauce with the pita bread till the pan was glistening.
How difficult could it be to recreate this dish at home, I thought? And so I did and it turned out fabulous but not as fabulous as when I tried the Williams-Sonoma recipe. Then it was incredibly fabulous.
Gambas al Pil Pil (picture courtesy of Williams-Sonoma)
Let me share with you my adaptation of this recipe. Get your fresh warm crusty baguette ready because trust me, you'll be needing it.