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Review: Kwan-Imm Jae is a low-key family-style eatery tucked a few doors down Sukhumvit Soi 24/1 (a block east of Soi 24 proper, just east of Phrom Phong BTS station). Having eaten here well over a dozen times, we can recommend a lot of the extensive menu, though we still haven't been able to try everything. The dishes range from simple and mild to rich and delicious, and with such a long and varied menu it can take some experimentation to find your own favorites. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of both fauxtein options and straight veggies from which to choose. To help you get your feet wet, there's a small white paper attached to the top of the menu that highlights a few specials and recommended items for newcomers. Not all of the servers speak English, but there's always at least one person there who does, and they're all warm and happy to help. A key to understanding the menu: the first page is devoted to listing single ingredients for Chinese-style hotpot soups, most suitable for more than one person (and the more the merrier). A group orders several ingredients and you make the soup yourself at the table. The rest of the menu is divided into groups based on the flavors (e.g. sweet and sour, sweet and spicy, etc.) Recommended starters include the 'chicken drumsticks' and 'fried king prawns.' The tom yum soup was rich and tasty, though a bit oily for our tastes. Our favorite main dishes include the asparagus with 'fish sticks' (pretty mild), fried basil leaf with vegetables, braised 'duck' salad (spicy), dragon seaweed special (spicy), and fried kale with salted 'fish,' and the Pad Thai, which is not overly sweet and has some interesting fauxtein bits. But we never visit Kwan-Imm Jae without ordering at least one of their 'Chinese Buns' (dim sum). The 'red pork' bun is our favorite of the savory choices, and for a dessert treat we like both the 'cream bun' (which is vegan - no dairy cream) or the (new and as-yet unadvertised) 'green nut' bun. At B16, these buns are a quick and cheap way to fill up any extra space in your tummy at the end of the meal. Finally, a note about water: they offer bottled water in both plastic and glass bottles; be sure to ask for the glass ones. Enjoy!

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