A friend recently introduced me to Hasan Biriyani (official Facebook page). We met up for lunch so that he could show me “some of the best Bangladeshi food in Bangkok“. This was my first experience with Bangladeshi cuisine, but knowing my friend, I knew I was in for a real treat.
If you have been craving homestyle Bangladeshi dishes, or just want to expand your palate with a brand new cuisine, Hasan Biriyani offers some dishes that will fast become favorites for you!
Let me introduce you to a few of them and what makes them special…
A Tale of Two Tehari’s…
Even though “biriyani” is in the restaurant’s name and Hasan Biryani offers a few biriyani’s on their menu, their tehari rice dishes are stand-out menu items that MUST be experienced.
During our visit, we tried both the Chicken Tehari (199 baht) and the Beef Tehari (215 baht). Each single portion is enough to feed two… but there was no complaints about bringing home leftovers.
I’d assumed that the tehari would be like a biriyani. It’s not. What makes this tehari different is the Bangladeshi chinigura rice instead of basmati rice. Translated as “sugar grains”, the smaller grains of chinigura rice have a distinct sweetness that’s similar to pandan.
The grains are fluffy and the dish is not oily. Both the chicken and beef are super tender and spiced subtly. But they are distinctly different in that the beef tehari has more cinnamon and the chicken tehari has more cardamon flavor.
For more intensely flavored dishes we move on to the meats…
Fish Kofta Curry
Anyone that’s lived in Thailand for a while has probably seen the Thai fish cakes “tod mun pla” which are usually served with a sweet/spicy dipping sauce. When It comes to flavor, I’d say that this Fish Kofta Curry (2 pcs/100 baht or 4 pcs/200 baht) are the next evolutionary step for this dish.
These tender koftas are made of deboned clown spotted fish and intense spices such as fenugreek and cumin in a rich curry gravy of coconut cream, coriander, and chili.
This was one of my favorite dishes and I highly recommend it!
A different “Roast”…
There are very few sweet Bangladeshi dishes. But this Chicken Roast (220 baht) is an exception. What gives it its sweetness isn’t sugar. Rather its sweetness is derived from caramelized onions. The rich sauce is also made with almonds, pistachio, peanut, yogurt, and raisins.
Hasan Biriyani doesn’t use commercial spice blends for their dishes so each dish is unique and the flavors are delicately layered with each spice. It’s something you’ll notice with pleasure as you explore their menu.
Note: This is a special order item not on the menu but available as a special day menu item or by advance request.
Duck Curry or “Vana”
If you prefer thicker curries, the Duck Curry (199 baht) is incredible! The meat is tender and the spiced gravy is delicately seasoned with cinnamon bark, cardamon, chili, onion, and garlic.
This Mixed Salad (70 baht) is a simple but perfect accompaniment to a meal of curries and rice dishes. The acidity is nice to cut through the fats of the other dishes. Their salad choices are tomato, cucumber, or mixed and they are all priced the same.
A chat with the owner…
During our visit, I had a chance to talk with the owner, Sam. Originally from Dhaka, Sam came to Bangkok to accompany his mother who was visiting for medical appointments. The nearby Bangkok Hospital is a popular destination for medical tourism for patients from Bangladesh. During the trip, he met his future wife, and after marrying they all settled in Bangkok.
When friends would visit (usually for medical tourism) his mother would cook for them as there were no Bangladeshi restaurants in the area. Her home-cooked meals were very popular. By word of mouth, travelers knew that if they wanted a taste of home while in Bangkok she could provide it. Sam realized there was an opportunity here.
In early 2020, Hasan Biryani (named after his son, Hasan) opened its doors to dish out delicious homestyle Bangladeshi cuisine!
I’m hungry. Where is it?
Hasan Biriyani is located on Phetchaburi Soi 47 in the shopping front of the Soonvijai Residence. Table space is very limited for dine-in (only 3 tables). Much of their sales are via delivery by Food Panda but it’s a good idea to follow their Facebook page to see what special dishes they have available and contact them directly by phone or by LINE (+66947868866).
I want to hear from you!
Should you decide to experience Hasan Biriyani, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below, directly to me, or via message on either the Chow Traveller Facebook page or Chow Traveller Instagram (and feel free to like/follow these pages if you want to learn about more foodie gems). However you choose to reach out, I’d love to hear from you!