Hi everyone! So my last holiday this summer would be to Bangkok, with my handball mates and val, again a pretty weird combination but everything went really well! So before I list my Top 5 eats of BKK, which was honestly really hard to find because the food in BKK is generally very good but hard to one that stands out, here’s some travel photos and tips for BKK which you really have to know 🙂
Roadside bars along the streets of Sukumvit, one of the red light districts!
Here’s a tip: Go to the streets of Thong Lor for cafe hopping
There’s like so so many cafes there, and they serve really nice cakes and brunch items! Just to throw some big names: After You, Roast, Mr Jones Orphanage. All these cafes are walking distance, perfect for a day to just chill and chit chat.
Rainbow Shots @ Myst, a pub in Thong Lor
Here’s another tip: At night, Thong Lor is bursting with nightlife
Other than going RCA’s Route 66, we also went to another club at Thong Lor called Safehouse, recommended by this friend of mine who goes Thailand really often. I enjoyed Route 66 a lot, because they played R&B, my kind of clubbing music! But Route 66 is really really crowded! And the crowd there is international, so if you want a more local feel, go to Safehouse!
The clubbers at Safehouse are mostly locals, and the club is more spacious! I didn’t really enjoy the music because they played House music but Val swears that the music is damn damn good, one of the best House music!
Here’s the last tip (also my favorite one): Spend a night chilling at Rod Fai Train Market
I love this place. It’s basically a whole stretch of hipster/vintage/quaint stalls selling anything from motorcycles to pets (those pics of the doggies were just too cute). There’s also an open area where clothes and other accessories are sold here, including food! All these can be seen from the pictures above! We didn’t have time to sit down and chill over a beer in their open concept pubs! But I would really loved that, to soak up the atmosphere of this place. Definitely a must go for me!
(Do note that this place is super far from the main city area!)
The Train market is open on the weekends and Wednesdays & Fridays also. It opens in the evenings at around 6pm until late.
That’s all for tips and photos, now for the main agenda! ❤
So as I mentioned earlier, it was really hard for me to list out my Top 5 eats because everything in BKK was satisfying! Even for someone like me who is so anal about food. The food was satisfying, but nothing really outstanding. But no fret! I managed to list out my Top 5 eats, eats that stood out from that intense competition 🙂
# 5 Sab x2 Wanton Mee
This is probably the most famous on the list, with so many people instagraming about the numerous bowls of wonton mee that eat in BKK, how can you not know about this! Plus, this place is right opposite Platinum Mall so it makes a lot of sense to come over for lunch before that intensive shopping.
I was expecting a lot, and I have to say I was slightly disappointed! I didn’t fancy the ingredients (including the crab meat) that was added. It was just like any other wonton mee in Singapore. I enjoyed the noodles though! Tossed in pork lard oil and chye poh, it was really yummy! But that’s because I really love pork lard haha.
But what I loved loved loved was their pig trotter! OMG it was heavenly! The plate of messy pork meat and fats totes hit the spot. The braised meat was so tender and soft, the fats was literally melting in my mouth, the skin was soft and chewy and all the ingredients soaked up the sauce which was of the right balance! This, ladies and gentleman, should be why this stall is famous. Not because of the wonton mee. I really thank god I ordered this on top of the noodles! Must try!
4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel +66 2 653 9618
Opening Hours: 9am – 4pm Daily
# 4 (Street Food) Beef Noodle Soup
I have to admit, #4 is pretty lame to put on the list because I can’t rmb to exact address. But anyways, you have got to try street food in BKK! To be honest I feel it tastes so much better than those in restaurants etc.
And my favorite street food of all would be this: Boat Noodles (Kuey Teow Rhua) This type of noodle soup is usually made with either beef or pork and chopped morning glory. I always order the beef, because the beef balls are crazy amazing. Chewy yet firm, strong beef flavor but yet not overpowering, super good. And the soup is so so tasty and refreshing. It’s light of the palette so it makes a good supper meal haha. And I love the thick vermicelli that goes so well with the soup! That silky but chewy texture of the vermicelli, that flavorful soup, that beefy balls, I just had to introduce this on this blog! (even though there’s no specific stall in mind, forgive me haha)
# 3 Pork Chop Bun @ Chatuchak
You definitely will go to Chatuchak market when you’re in BKK, so other than shopping, you can also go and try this amazing pork chop! I didn’t buy the pork with the bun. Instead, I bought the meat by itself because I was too full. But yes, the pork chop was super good! The meat hit the spot with it’s tenderness, but yet still firm enough to give the perfect texture. The marinate was light but flavorful, unlike a lot of thai food which is often too salty. It’s roasted and hence theres a nice caramelized taste to it! Yums!
Area 22 Soi 4 (Chatuchak Market)
Don’t worry, it’s not that hard to find. Just take a map from the information counter near the entrance and you’ll be ok with the navigation!
# 2 T&K Seafood
When I was young and we take family trips to Thailand, my family would always go to Chinatown for meals. Cheap seafood (including sharksfin and bird’s nest) what’s there not to love? And if my daddy says the food is good, you better believe it, he’s the true food guru! So of course I had to go Chinatown for dinner, and of course this place made it to Top 5! We had 7 people so we queued for almost an hour, but if you’re going in smaller groups should not be that long! Anyways, we ordered so much food that were all so yummy! But here’s what I would intro specifically:
Steamed Crab with Glass Noodle in Claypot
About SGD14, the tang hoon was springy and mildly flavored so you could eat this all day and not get sick of it. The flavors are unlike the thai express one which is heavily peppered . This one has no pepper, so that you could taste the mild taste of the crab, love it.
Shark’s Fin Soup
Can’t remember how much this was, but it’s quite cheap la. The soup is exactly like that you would get in wedding dinners, so the quality is assured. As for the shark’s fin, it really depends which grade you guys order. I ordered the cheapest one, so there isn’t much sharks fin for me!
49-51 Soi Phadung Dao, Yaowarat Road
Chinatown, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 223 4519
Opening Hours: Daily 6pm to 2am
#1 Mont Nom Sob
Not much photos but this place is definitely worth it! Located conveniently at MBK, this is like the “ya kun” or the “ah mei” of thailand, serving toast. Initially I was skeptical, how can anything come close to Ya Kun’s Kaya Toast in Singapore? And then I tried this. It’s very different from Ya Kun’s toast, but I would give it a similar rating!
Firstly, the thick white toast is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside! Super super good! It’s one of the best thick toast I’ve ever tasted! I had mine with condensed milk and coconut custard! I loved their coconut custard: it’s like kaya but a more smooth and milky version. AND I LOVED IT. The condensed milk flavor reminded me of HK, so it was good as well. But really the stand out point from this place is the thick toast! (unlike SG/MSIA/HK’s version of thin crispy toast) Def must try!
Address: MBK Center 2nd floor
Operating hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Okay that’s all for my Top 5 eats! So anyways, I tried a few “popular places” which of course didn’t make it to the list. But I would like to point out some of them anyways! 🙂
Som Tam Nua @ Siam Square
The food here is generally very good, but it’s a little pricey for BKK! Nevertheless, it makes a good mention because it is a really good place to dine if you’re near the area and you want to dine in comfort (there’s aircon haha). I particularly loved their Fried Chicken and their Fried Thai Rice Flour Noodles, yums!!
Food Court at Platinum Mall
Many people have raved about how good Platinum’s food court is! And indeed, it is very good. Perfect place to rest after shopping for a whole day! I would recommend you to try the Oyster Omelet and the Beef Soup! It’s from different stalls but really easy to find because each stall sells a totally different item. Yummy!!
Mango Tango @ Siam Square
Mango Tango was delicious but nothing spectacular. I liked the hipster vibe to the place though, having desserts in a container box, and the desserts are not bad! Really sweet mangos, nice mango ice cream! Worth a try if you want something sweet!
BKK’s chocolate banana prata: if you see it on the streets, please buy! It’s so good!
Anyways, here are some of the places on my food list which I didn’t get to try! I’ll def go during my next trip to BKK! But just share with you guys!
- Order Pad Thai (THB 50)
- Claim to be the best in BKK
- Look out for the man selling coconut ice (THB 25) outside Leung Pha
- Address: 315/1 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon
- It’s neighbour Thip Samai (can try here also because its also famous, can order the coconut and orange drink)
Tee Yen-Ta-4, along the streets of Samran Rat
- Yong tau foo and pork stew (40 baht)
- Address: Bamrungmuamg rd. (Samran Rat), Wang Burapha Phirom
Ratchaprasong Thai Food
- 5 different food stalls, choose the first one closest to Central World
- Salt Grilled Fish
- Hours: 5 pm – 2 am daily
- Prices: 100 – 200 THB per person for a full meal
- Take the BTS to Chit Lom station, walk towards Ratchaprasong road and cross the street over to Central World. Walk all the way past Central World on your way to Pratunam.
Soi Polo Fried Chicken
- Address: 137/1-2 Soi Polo, Th Withayu | Lumphini, Bangkok
- Operating hours: 7.00am to 10.00pm
- Can visit Banyan Tree’s sky bar – Vertigo & Moon Bar after Soi Polo Fried Chicken
Pa Yak Boat Noodles (Kuey Teow Rua)
- Choose from: Pork, Beef, Tom Yam and Yong Tao Fu.
- Salt & Pepper Crispy Pork Rinds as side orders
- They wear orange shirts (to identify which stall it is)
- At victory monument
- Sutyot Kuetiau Lua Payak Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400 Tel: +66 2 271 3178
Opening Hours Daily: 1100 – 2100
Alrighty! This is really all from me! Hope this post on Thailand is truly informative! Anyways, really hope to write another post on Top 5 eats in JB (near the checkpoint) before I fly off to Europe! So do stay tuned to that! It will be really useful because all the places will be within walking distance, so no need for any cabs/ bus! Till then ❤