Papa Farang’s Bakery in Udon Thani is a thriving business whose name does a great disservice to itself because it is so much more than a bakery selling bread and pastries. Papa Farang’s has a whole load more goodies and delicacies inside its shop, and outside, there’s a flower-decked seated area with a menu that’s popular with both westerners and Thais.
Western Food in Udon Thani – Papa Farang’s Bakery
Papa Farang’s owner Dean (formerly of The Monkey Bar in Nutty Park), has fast-tracked himself a reputation in Udon Thani as a master baker of bread loaves, both fruit and meat pastries, as well as huge sub rolls, English muffins, naan breads, bagels and other ‘dough-light-ful’ delights. But since opening his bakery early last year Dean has continually added new, popular and novel foodstuff and dishes to his shop and outside café menu, and rightfully gathered sugar-coated kudos for his efforts from Udon Thani’s large expat fraternity.
The picture above was taken very early Sunday morning before the breakfast club hit Papa Farang’s. Sunday is a busy time for the café because its lunchtime Sunday Roast buffet is hugely popular with Udon Thani’s expats and some Thais as well. The Sunday lunch comes with a choice of meats, and a self-service mountain of mashed and roast potatoes, a mix of fresh vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, mint sauce and gravy. There’s also a choice dessert, all for the mind-blowing price of 200 baht (£3.75/US$6).
Here is a sample of some of the things available at Papa Farang’s Bakery.
- New York Rye bread, English Malted Brown bread and pita bread.
- Hams, bacon, burgers and sausages.
- Meat pies, meat pasties, sausage rolls and fruit pies.
- Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Madras and other curries as well as naan breads, poppadoms, samosas and pakoras.
Home-made pickles and pickled onions are a big favourite among Dean’s ever-growing band of customers and his potato salad has legendary status in Udon Thani among Papa Farang’s ever-growing army of ‘swallowers’.
Papa Farang’s Big Breakfast Deal
Above is a photograph of Papa Farang’s amazing big breakfast which is a steal at only 140 baht (£2.60/US$4.25). The price includes a large cup of tea or coffee. It not only looks good, it tastes real good too.
Papa Farang’s is a superbly run business and a fine example and great advertisement for the kind of quality western food that can be found in Udon Thani.
How to get there
Once you turn off (left) from the ring road on to the highlighted yellow road (Nongsamrong Road) on the map, the left-hand turnoff to Papa Farang’s is about three kilometres up the road and is the one with an English street sign that says ‘BB Villa’. Turn left there and Papa Farang’s is about 200 metres down the road on the right-hand side.
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Update January 2015 – Papa Farang’s has now moved to a new location. See the map below. Click to enlarge.
Website: Papa Farang’s
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