12 Bangkok Restaurants You'll Want to Fly To | Will fly for food (2023)

If you think ofcountries with the best food, Thailand is one of the first places that comes to mind. Street food in Bangkok is legendary, so much so that CNN called it the verybest city in the world for street food.

Finding good food in Bangkok is not difficult. Just head to any of the many food enclaves and markets and you're sure to find vendors preparing tantalizing dishes of Thai favorites like Pad Thai and Hoy Tod.

But if you want to find the best places to eat in Bangkok then this food guide will take you to twelve of the best restaurants, street food stalls,Noticed, AndFood Toursin the city.

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1. Raan Jay-Fai

You may have heard of Jay Fai. It rose to global fame when it was awarded a Michelin star in the first edition of the Bangkok Guide, the only street food vendor at the time to receive this distinction.

In no time at all, their once modest stand, which quietly served up some of Bangkok's best street food, was overrun with tourists, pushing wait times to four or five hours.

Pictured below, Jay Fai is behind her woks and wears her signature black aviator goggles. What an asshole!Jay-Failiterally means "sister mole" in Thai, referring to the beauty mark on her face.

This woman who once called Martha Stewart turns 75 in 2020“the best chef in Thailand”shows no signs of slowing down.

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The crab omelet is Jay Fai's signature dish. It's expensive but definitely worth it. It's about the size of a burrito and filled with huge chunks of crab meat. You will see what I mean in the next picture.

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Cut open this beast and voila! It's practically full of crabs. Sweet, juicy and succulent, it's not oily despite being deep fried.

It was served with a side of sweet chili sauce, but I was perfectly happy eating it on its own. If you could only get one dish at Raan Jay Fai, this should be it.

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For our second dish we got this equally delicious plate of drunk noodles. It consists of stir-fried rice noodles in a hot and spicy sauce with basil leaves, fresh chili and the juiciest bits of seafood. Sweet, spicy, smoky and savory, it was deeply aromatic and smelled like wok hei.

Is the 4-5 hour wait worth it? Absolutely. Jay Fai is an amazing chef who really makes some of the best food in Bangkok.

But you don't have to wait that long. You can make reservations either by phone (092-724-9633) or by email ([Email Protected]).

I reserved via email and they always responded quickly. I suggest booking as early as possible, about two months in advance, to secure a table.

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Raan Jay Fai

Address:327 Mahachai Road, Unterbezirk Samranras, Bezirk Phra Nakon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
operating hours:2:30 p.m.-12:00 p.m., Tue-Sat
What to order:Crab meat omelet, drunk noodles, fried shrimp or crab in yellow curry
Do you expect to pay:About 1,000 THB for the crabmeat omelet, 400-500 THB for the drunk noodles
How to get there:Raan Jay Fai is close to Giant Swing and Wat Saket just a few doors awayThipsama. It's not really close to train stations. So if you can't walk to the restaurant, it's probably best to take a cab or Uber.

2. Nhung Rim Klong

This was our very first meal in Bangkok and it was perhaps my favorite meal of our two weeks in Thailand. I was so excited to visit this place that we went straight here after dropping off our bags at our AirBnB.

Just a few minutes walk awayWattana Panich, Nhong Rim klong is not a restaurant but a street snack bar by a canal. It's not the most picturesque of settings, but the outstanding food more than makes up for the lack of ambience.

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Like almost every place on this list, I found out about Nhong Rim Klongeatthaifood.com, the best resource forThai foodin Bangkok.

The chefs prepare the food in a kitchen on a bridge while the guests are seated at three or four tables on the canal bank. Luckily, any smells emanating from the canal are drowned out by the delicious aromas wafting from the open kitchen.

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Despite its spartan looks, Nhong Rim Klong is popular, so expect a wait. Aside from his dine-in customers, we saw people getting bag after bag of takeout around lunchtime.

If you can, it's best to go outside of business hours to avoid the midday rush. Just don't wait too long or you'll run out of food. They close at 4:30pm.

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This is the dish that made me very excited to eat here. What you're looking at is Pad Kee Mao Crab, a stir-fry made with giant chunks of crab along with veggies like eggplant, onion, garlic, chili, ginger, and sweet basil.

See those white nuggets below mixed in with all those veggies? These are chunks of the most delicious, juicy crab meat. I love crab so this is the kind of dish I could eat every day. It's so good especially when eaten with steamed white rice.

Nhong Rim Klong is known for another crab dish called Galam Bee Pad Nam Pla Neua Boo. It consists of fried cabbage with egg, crab meat and shrimp. Several customers ate that too.

If we hadn't visited a few more restaurants after this meal, I would have loved to try that too!

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How beautiful does that look? This dish is called goong tod gratiem, or jumbo shrimp fried in garlic. The perfectly cooked shrimp is juicy, meaty, moist, and very garlicky. Like Pad Kee Mao crab, it's absolutely delicious.

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Nong Rim Klong

Address:30 Ekkamai 21 Alley, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
operating hours:8:30am-4:30pm, Mon-Sat
What to order:Pad kee mao crab, Goong tod gratiem, Galam bee pad nam pla neua buh
Do you expect to pay:About 300 THB for the Pad Kee Mao Crab, 200 THB for the Goong Tod Gratiem
How to get there:Take the BTS to Ekkamai station. It's a bit too far to walk to Nhong Rim Klong from there, so your best bet is to take a taxi or Uber to get to the restaurant.

3. Wattana Panich

when you visitNong Rim Klong, then you might also want to enjoy a bowl of Thai beef noodles at Wattana Panich. It's a short walk from Nhong Rim Klong and easily recognizable with its gigantic, bubbling cauldron of stewed beef out front.

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Wattana Panich is famous for its slow braised beef with cilantro root and over a dozen herbs and spices. Flavor aside, what's remarkable is that it's been simmering in that very cauldron for over forty years!

Each evening, the restaurant uses the previous day's soup as the basis for the next day's offering. They simmered the reduced soup in a saucepan and then used it as broth the next day. They have been doing this since the restaurant opened over forty years ago.

We took a street food tour led by a chef who has a restaurant in Hua Hin and he told me that Wattana Panich is his absolute favorite restaurant in Bangkok. And all because of that magical beef cauldron.

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As previously mentioned, Wattana Panich is famous for its beef, which you can enjoy in a bowl with noodles or on its own with a side of rice. We just ate rice at Nhong Rim Klong so we opted for the version served with kuay teow noodles and beef balls called Kuay Teow Neau Buai.

It was absolutely delicious. Steamed for eight hours daily, the broth was sweet and flavorful and the beef incredibly tender. If you visit Bangkok and enjoy beef noodle soup, you must try these.

Aside from the beef, Wattana Panich is also famous for its goat. We didn't have it, but if you're a fan of goats then you might want to try their Kuay Teow Pae too. It's described as incredibly tender, perhaps even more tender than the beef.

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Wattana Panich

Address:338 Phanit Anan Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
operating hours:06:00-19:00, daily
What to order:Kuay teow neau buai (Thai beef noodles), Kuay teow pae (Chinese-style braised goat)
Do you expect to pay:About 100THB for the beef, 200THB for the goat
How to get there:Take the BTS to Ekkamai station. Upon exiting the station, turn right onto Ekkamai Road. Wattana Panich is a bit closer from here than Nhong Rim Klong, so you can either walk or take a taxi or Uber to get to the restaurant.

4. Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong

like pad thaiTom yum goongis one of Thailand's national dishes, so you can'tVisit Bangkokwithout trying this dish.

Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong (also spelled P'Aor or Pee Aor) was featured in the Bangkok episode of Luke Nguyen's Street Food Asia. Many consider it the best Tom Yum Goong in Bangkok.

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This is where the magic begins, in this tom yum broth. According to Bangkok-based food blogger Mark Wiens, it's rare to find the creamy version of tom yum goong soup served with noodles in Bangkok. Pe Aor specializes in this.

On the Bangkok episode of Street Food Asia, chef Luke describes how they use non-fat milk in the broth instead of coconut milk, which makes them sort of a cross between aSingaporean laksaand Thai Tom Yum.

Another secret that makes Pe Aors Tom Yum so special is that they infuse the broth with fat from shrimp heads. Tom YUM indeed!

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Shown below is our beautiful Kuay Teow Tom Yum Goong Nam Khon bowl. Look at the size of this shrimp!

I haven't eaten enough tom yum in my life to best say this, but it was absolutely delicious. It was creamy, rich, tart and just incredibly flavorful. If you like tom yum goong, you must try a bowl at Pe Aor.

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We also ordered this dish on Mark's recommendation and it was fantastic too.

Called Khao Goong Rad Sauce Man Boo, it is a rice dish topped with a king prawn cut in half and a ladleful of man boo or crab fat. Yes, crab fat!

As one would expect from dishes made with crab fat, it was rich and simply delicious.

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Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong

Address:Soi Phetchaburi 5, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
operating hours:10:00-21:00, Tue-Sun
What to order:Kuay teow tom yum goong nam khon, khao goong rad sauce man buh
Do you expect to pay:About 100 THB for the Kuay Teow Tom Yum Goong Nam Khon, 60 THB for the Khao Goong Rad Sauce Man Boo
How to get there:Take the BTS to Ratchathewi Station. After exiting the train station, turn left onto Petchaburi Road and then right onto Petchaburi Soi 7. Turn left onto Petchaburi Soi 5 and the restaurant is on the right.

5. Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey (aka Jek Pui) is perhaps one of the most iconic street food stalls in Bangkok. It was also featured in the Bangkok episode of Street Food Asia and is recommended by virtually anyone who knows good Thai food. It's practically an institution in Bangkok.

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Based on what I've read, Khao Gaeng Jake Puey has a reputation for being the soup Nazi of Khao Gaeng, or Thai curry rice. They expect you to already know what you want by the time you get to the front of the line, otherwise they'll send you back. Ha!

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Khao Gaeng Jake Puey is a real street food stall in Bangkok. They open at 4pm and have no tables. Guests sit on these red stools, holding their plates of curry rice.

Pictures of diners on those red stools in front of those worn green doors is one of the most iconic street food scenes you'll find in Bangkok. It's a beautiful sight.

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I don't know what it's called, but we enjoyed this creamy bowl of Thai curry with chicken and noodles. I was expecting rice but these noodles were just as good.

Curry is one of my favorite dishes so I will definitely eat here again on our next trip to Bangkok.

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Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

Address:427 Mangkon Rd, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
operating hours:4pm-9pm, Tue-Sun
What to order:Curry des Tages
Do you expect to pay:Approximately THB 60 per plate of curry rice
How to get there:Khao Gaeng Jake Puey is located in Bangkok's Chinatown on the corner of Charoen Krung Road and Mangkon Road. Take the MRT to Hua Lamphong Station (Bangkok Railway Station). When you exit the train station and cross the river, you can go straight on Charoen Krung Road to get to Khao Gaeng Jake Puey.

6. Thipsamai Pad Thai

EDITOR'S NOTE:We've had some reports from readers that Thipsamai is now an overpriced tourist trap. The prices listed in this article may no longer be correct. So keep that in mind if you decide to visit anyway.

As you can see from the long line of customers waiting, Thipsamai is one of the most popular restaurants in Bangkok. There is a queue from the moment they open at 5pm until they close.

Thipsamai was one of the stops on oursBangkok Tuk-Tuk Night Tour with Expiqueand our guide already had someone in line for us so we didn't have to wait.

Open since the mid-1960s, Thipsamai is popular for its reputation for serving some of the bestPad Thaiin Bangkok. However, not everyone seems to feel that way, at least not anymore. Read on to find out why.

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Thipsamai offers two versions of Pad Thai - one wrapped in egg and another with fat from shrimp heads. The version pictured below is the egg wrapped version, also known as Pad Thai Haw Kai Goong Sot.

I've had pad thai many times in and out of Thailand but never had it like this. It was delicious.

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Ren had the version with shrimp head fat called Pad Thai Sen Jan Man Goong. It was delicious too but I love egg so I preferred the Pad Thai Haw Kai Goong Sot.

As popular as Thipsamai remains, some Thais feel that its best days are behind it. According to one of our tour guides, the restaurant has changed hands since it opened and has never been the same.

To meet demand, they've hired several chefs to produce quantity, a move some believe comes at the expense of quality and consistency.

As a foreigner, I personally found the food delicious. The way I see it, unless you're Thai and used to eating Pad Thai all the time, then you won't really tell the difference.

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Should you decide to eat at Thipsamai's, I highly recommend that you also have a glass of their freshly squeezed tangerine juice. Ice cold with a thick sediment of bits of pulp, it's so refreshing and delicious.

They make it fresh daily so the prices are based on market prices. When we were there, that glass of tangerine juice actually cost more than the pad thai!

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Thipsamai Pad Thai

Address:313-315 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
operating hours:5pm-2am, Mon-Sat
What to order:Pad Thai haw kai goong sot, Pad Thai sen jan man goong, fresh tangerine juice
Do you expect to pay:About 80 THB for the Pad Thai, 85 THB for the fresh tangerine juice
How to get there:Thipsamai is just a few doors down from Raan Jay Fai. It's not near any train stations, so the easiest way to get there is by taxi or Uber.

7. Soei Restaurant

I trust Mark Wiens when it comes to Thai food and when he named Soei as one of his favorite restaurants in Bangkok I was 100% sure I would enjoy it. And I did.

On the wall outside the restaurant is a banner featuring Mark, his friend Dwight, and P'Soei, the chef/owner. The words are in Thai so I have no idea what it says, but right next to it is a second banner featuring another one of my favorite food personalities - Andrew Zimmer.

He poses with P'Soei and the banner reads“The Best Thai Chef You've Never Heard Of”. I did a little digging and it looks like Mark was who it wasbrought Andrew to Soei.

Apparently, Andrew loved the food, as his words at Soei show:

“We ate six dishes, five of which were the best of their kind I have ever eaten. And the sixth is the first time I've eaten anything like this and the quality of the cooking here, the skill and the precision, a lot of great engineering... this is an amazing, amazing place.”

That pretty much sums up what you can expect from Soei Restaurant.

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What you see here is an appetizer of fried Indian mackerel cheeks called kaem pla too tod. I knew I had to order it when Mark described it as a dish he hadn't seen anywhere but Soei.

The dish consists of just the outer layer of the mackerel head, deep fried with garlic and served with a side of chili sauce.

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Here's a better look at the head. Notice that there are jaws and eye sockets there?

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Because it's just the outer layer of the head, it's extremely light and crunchy, like eating a fishhead potato chip. It's so damn good and a must try at Soei.

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We had eaten at different places throughout the day so we were mainly here for the Kaem Pla Too Tod. But we couldn't order just one dish, so we asked our waiter for recommendations, and he also suggested this plate of Chu Chee Pla, which is aptly a dish of mackerel cooked in a coconut milk curry. We had already eaten the heads, so why not the bodies too!

The fish is coated in a rich and creamy curry and deep fried so you don't have to worry about bones. You can eat the whole fish, including the tail. It's really delicious and made for a wonderful mackerel meal.

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Soei Restaurant

Address:Phibun Watthana 6 Alley, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
operating hours:10:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun-Fri
What to order:Kaem pla tod, Chu chee pla auch
Do you expect to pay:About THB 90 for the Kaem Pla tod, THB 150 also for the Chu Chee Pla
How to get there:Take the BTS to Ari station. From there you can take a taxi or Uber to the restaurant.

8. I'm Jay So there

This is another restaurant highly recommended by Mark. You specialize inA mealThis is a Lao-influenced cuisine from northeastern Thailand.

According to Mark it is one of the most authentic Isan restaurants in Bangkok and therefore very popular. We were there around noon and the place was packed with office workers going for lunch.

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As the name suggests, one of their specialties is som tam, or Thai green papaya salad, which they prepare at a station near the front of the restaurant. Here the owner and chef mixes all the ingredients together in large clay vats.

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This version of som tam is called tam pa, which translates to "jungle mashed salad." It's basically a mix of shredded green papaya, tomatoes, kulantro, crab and shredded freshwater apple snails dressed in a fermented fish sauce.

When I ordered it the owner gave me a ladle of the fish sauce to smell. It has a pungent odor so I think she just made sure I could handle it before serving us a plate.

I enjoyed it - it's intensely aromatic and flavorful - but Ren didn't. She found it too fishy, ​​so stay away if you don't appreciate overly spicy food.

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These grilled chicken wings are a little lighter on the palate. They're sweet, smoky, and juicy, and they go great with the som tam. We only ordered one each at first, but they were so good we ended up ordering more.

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I'm Jay So

Address:Soi Phiphat 2, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
operating hours:10am-6pm, Mon-Sat
What to order:Tampa, Pik Gai Yang
Do you expect to pay:About 50 THB for Tam Pa, 17 THB for Pik Gai Yang (per wing)
How to get there:Som Tam Jay So is a short walk from Chong Nonsi BTS Station. When exiting the train station, turn onto Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 3. Walk straight ahead for a few minutes and the restaurant is on the left.

9. Suan Bua Thai Restaurant

Suan Bua is the Thai restaurant ofCentara Grand am Central Plaza Ladprao. Led by Executive Chef Santiphap "Por" Petchwao, the restaurant is renowned for its menu of Thai dishes inspired by King Rama V's royal cuisine.

We have had Thai cuisine many times, but never like this. What an experience!

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Have you ever seen such beautiful Thai food? Pictured here is a dish of river prawns in lotus leaves with sweet sauce. It's just one of many unique and beautiful dishes you'll find at Suan Bua.

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Chef Por sources his ingredients from remote regions of Thailand to create interesting dishes like this one. What you see is a rice duo consisting of Sangyod brown rice and Hom Mali white rice grown on the floor of Buriram Volcano.

We tried several dishes and each was as delicious and imaginative as the last. Suan Bua is clearly one of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok. Check out our post on the topicSuan Bua Thai-Restaurantfor more pictures and information.

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Suan Bua Thai-Restaurant

Address:Central Grand Plaza, 1695 Phaholyothin Rd., Chatuchak, 10900, Thailand
operating hours:11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm, daily
What to order:River Prawn in Lotus Leaves, Tom Goong Yang Prung Sod Rama V, Sea Snail Curry from Phuket
Do you expect to pay:Approximately THB 350-450 for most dishes
How to get there:Take the MRT to Phahon Yothin Station. From there, it's about a 10-minute walk to Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or grab to the hotel.

10. Or Tor Kor Market

Located next to the popular Chatuchak Market, Or Tor Kor Market is known for only selling the highest quality produce. It's so clean and pleasant that it feels more like a department store than a true wet market!

In fact, Or Tor Kor is so highly regarded that it has been named as one of themthe 10 best fresh markets in the world by CNN.

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The prices here are higher than in other markets, but you can always count on the quality of their products. I first found out about Or Tor Kor Market when I saw thisVideo by Mark Wiens.

He recommended Or Tor Kor for its quality products, an example of which are these perfect looking durian segments. At 300 THB per 100 grams, they are certainly expensive, but super delicious.

If you've never eaten durian but are curious to try it, then this is a great place to do it.

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A local specially took us to Or Tor Kor market to try Hoy Tod and Pad Thai at booth 11/40. It is one of several kiosks in the market's food court that offer different types of prepared Thai food.

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Hoy Tod is a crunchy oyster or clam omelet dish. According to our Thai friend Natt, this is the only place where her father Hoy Tod eats when he's in Bangkok. This is exactly the kind of local knowledge we're looking for when we travel!

Because hoy tod needs a lot of oil to make it as crispy as possible, it's not the healthiest dish, but it's really tasty.

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Stall 11/40 is also known for their Pad Thai, which Natt thinks is much betterThipsamais Version. I personally liked both, but I would never argue with a local. Ha!

If you visit Or Tor Kor market, you must see this stall.

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Or Tor Kor Market

Address:139/4 1, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
operating hours:7am-6pm, daily
What to order:Hoy Tod, Pad Thai, Durian
Do you expect to pay:About THB 60 per Hoy Tod or Pad Thai, THB 300 per 100 grams of durian
How to get there:Take the MRT to Kamphaeng Phet Station. Go to exit number 3 and go through the parking lot to the market.

11. Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Khlong Lat Mayom was the first market we visited with Natt. Bangkok is known for its floating markets and Khlong Lat Mayom is a great place to visit.

Located close to central Bangkok, it's not as big as Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa floating markets, but is less chaotic and more accessible. I haven't been to Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa but I've read that they've gotten quite touristy in recent years.

Khlong Lat Mayom is mostly frequented by locals, giving you a much more authentic floating market experience.

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Khlong Lat Mayom offers both fresh produce and ready meals, so you will find many different Thai dishes here.

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Shown below are trays of tako, this is aThai pudding dessertgarnished with coconut cream. We've only had these at Thai restaurants out of the country so it was great to finally try the original.

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Many tables enjoyed pla pao, salt-crusted grilled fish. According to Natt, it's a popular dish at floating markets, so we decided to try it too.

Served in a box and prepared with different types of fish, you take pieces of the fish meat and wrap it in lettuce leaves with noodles, vegetables and sauce.

We tried the Thai tilapia and it was moist, smoky and tasted very fresh. It's also lightweight, so two people can easily polish the whole fish without feeling too full.

If you like fish then you should definitely try Pla Pao at the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market.

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Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Address:Soi Bang Ramat, Bang Phrom, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
operating hours:9 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon-Fri
What to order:Pla pao
Do you expect to pay:About THB 180 for the Pla Pao
How to get there:There is no easy way to get to Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market by public transport. It is best to take an Uber or a taxi. It should cost you about 200 THB each way from central Bangkok.

12. Go on a food or bar hopping tour

Besides finding the best restaurants and street stalls in Bangkok, we also love to do food tours when we travel. It's a great way to find hidden gems that don't always show up on Google.

We do a lot of research before every trip, but sometimes we need a local's help to find the darkest places. A good example is Stand 11/40 umOr Tor Kor Market. Do you think we would have ever found this place if it hadn't been for a local?

If you're interested in taking a local-led food tour in Bangkok, then this might interest youFood tour of Chinatown by nightor thisTour of Bangrak Market. Both take you to local spots that offer some of the best street food in Bangkok.

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If you drink, you might want to check this outSiam-Bar-Hopping-Touras well as. It offers both street food and beer, which is always a great combination anywhere in Thailand.

All three tours are offered by Magical Trip, a boutique travel agency offering small, local-led tours in Thailand and Japan. I was on hersShinjuku-Food-Tour in Tokioand yourGion-Food-Tour in Kyotoand have enjoyed them both.

As of this writing, Magical Trip has a perfect 5 star ratingTripAdvisorwith almost 1,400 reviews.

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To help you find the locations mentioned in this guide, I've pinned them all on this map. Click the link for oneinteractive versionthe map.

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There is so much great food in Bangkok that this list of twelve barely scratches the surface. But I hope it gives you some ideas and points you in the right direction.

Many of these food recommendations come from Mark Wienseatthaifood.com. Mark is the man when it comes to traditional Thai food in Bangkok so many thanks to him for those great food recommendations.

You can also download a copy of our entire 2 week Thailand itinerary in editable Word format from ourEAT directoriesbook page. It includes Bangkok,Chiangmai, AndChiang Rai.

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Is Jay Fai still cooking? ›

Jay Fai herself works six days a week as the restaurant's sole chef, wearing ski goggles while she cooks (the shop is closed on Sundays).

What is the most famous food in Bangkok? ›

Pad Thai is the most famous food in Bangkok. The Thai Style taste is given to the rice noodles, which just tastes so amazing.

What is one type of food market Bangkok is known for? ›

What Is One Type of Food Market Bangkok Is Known For? Bangkok floating markets are well known, though the current floating markets around the city are more of a tourist attraction these days. We recommend Talin Chan and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, as some of the more authentic floating markets.

How much is crab omelette at Jay Fai Bangkok? ›

However, our top-three recommended dishes include Crab Omelette, Drunken Noodle, and Seafood Tom Yum. Let's start with Jay Fai's signature dish, the Crab Omelette, which is available at ฿1,000 (~USD31). With just one glance at the dish, we know right away why this omelette is like no other.

Who is the queen of street food Bangkok? ›

Supinya 'Jay Fai' Junsuta: The Queen Of Thai Street Food.

What is the most popular breakfast in Thailand? ›

1. Jok — Rice Congee. Jok or rice congee is probably the most common Thai breakfast dish. Jok is a comforting dish of rice porridge that's boiled until it's soft and gooey.

What is the most popular snack in Thailand? ›

1. Mango sticky rice. Perhaps the most famous Thai snack from Thailand, Mango Sticky Rice can be found anywhere in the country – even along the streets! This Thai snack is so popular that it is possible to find variations of the rice offered along with the mango.

What are the 4 types of food normally served at a Thai food meal? ›

All the foods included in Thai culture is typically shared among several people. Order one of each of the four types of foods: wet, dry, yum, and spicy. The food blends better together as you eat, with one of each.

What is the most popular Thai food in America? ›

The most popular Thai dishes in America are Pad Thai, Tom Kha Khai, and Thai Fried Rice. Not only do these dishes taste divine but also provide a warm and homely feeling. Various types of Thai curry are also loved in the US, allowing you to eat a new dish every day of the week.

What is the famous red light district of Bangkok? ›

While Patpong is internationally known as a red light district at the heart of Bangkok's sex industry, it is in fact only one of several red-light districts with some catering primarily to Thai men while others, like Patpong, cater primarily to foreigners.

What is the biggest night market in Bangkok? ›

The largest and most famous of Bangkok's night markets, Chatuchak – also known as Jatujak, or simply 'JJ' – houses a staggering 15,000 stalls in its pomp will serve around 200,000 visitors each weekend.

Do you need a reservation for Jay Fai? ›

Try to book beforehand.

Jay Fai is known for two things: its delectable dishes and the incredibly long queue of hungry foodies waiting to be seated. The easiest way to avoid lingering for hours in front of the shophouse is to book beforehand.

What is the most expensive omelette? ›

If you have $2,000, you can have the world's most expensive omelet. This luxurious breakfast option will set you back $2000 at New York City's Le Parker Meridien hotel. Watch the video above to see how it's made.

What is the famous crab meat in Thailand? ›

Krua Apsorn, BANGKOK – Famous For Fluffy Crab Meat Omelette And Crab Meat with Curry Powder, Loved By Thai Royalty - DanielFoodDiary.com.

Who is the famous female chef in Bangkok? ›

Gaa's Garima Arora is transforming Bangkok's culinary scene through her creative use of Thai ingredients to highlight Indian flavours and techniques.

Which Thai chef has a Michelin star? ›

Jay Fai is one of only two street-food vendors in the world that currently holds a Michelin star.

What do Thai people drink in the morning? ›

Hot thai tea. Thai Milk Tea is the beverage of choice for millions of Thais every morning to start their days. This vibrant orange-coloured drink is made from strong Ceylon tea, evaporated milk and condensed milk and can be served hot or as an icy cold drink during summer.

What is a typical day of eating in Thailand? ›

Most Thais eat three meals a day, though it is very common to see people snacking almost all of the time. It is hard not to, as there are so many vendors and stalls selling bite-size, on-the-go snacks in the streets of Thailand. Lunch and dinner foods can easily be substituted as breakfast.

What time do Thais eat lunch? ›

Lunch is generally eaten between 12:00noon and 1:300pm. Many people eat out, grabbing a quick meal or snack such as a bowl of noodles, some soup or a stir-fried dish. A typical Thai lunch is curried chicken or stir -fried vegetables with rice, noodles or soup. Dinner is generally eaten between 7:00pm and 8:00pm.

What foods to avoid in Thailand? ›

Food and drink to avoid in Thailand

Generally speaking, pork and shellfish are regarded as higher-risk meats in Thailand due to how they're prepared; pork often isn't cooked thoroughly (even when grilled), and shellfish is often eaten raw or not cooked thoroughly.

What food can I bring back from Thailand? ›

What Food Can I Bring Back From Thailand?
  • 8 Foods You Can Bring Back From Thailand As A Tourist. ...
  • Suthera's Thai Coconut Rolls And Chips. ...
  • Mama Instant Noodles. ...
  • Chao Sua's Crispy Pork Sticks. ...
  • Bangkok Mini Cookies. ...
  • Tao Kae Noi (Seaweed) ...
  • Durian Chips. ...
  • Kunna Dried Fruit Snacks.

What kind of meat do they eat in Thailand? ›

Meats used in Thai cuisine are usually pork and chicken, and also duck, beef, and water buffalo. Goat, lamb, and mutton are rarely eaten except by Muslim Thais in Southern Thailand.

What are the 5 major flavors of Thai food? ›

These are: salty, sweet, spicy, sour, and creamy. For the dish to taste authentic, all five flavors need to be in a perfect balance. Cooking Thai food isn't easy, and if the flavors don't complement one another, something will taste off.

What are the top 5 foods in Thailand? ›

Most Loved Dishes from Thailand
  1. Tom Yum Goong (Spicy prawn Soup)
  2. Pad Thai (Thai Style Fried Rice Noodle) ...
  3. Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (Green Chicken Curry) of Thailand. ...
  4. Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup) ...
  5. Kao Pad (Thai Fried Rice) Numerous version of fried rice with unique and distinct flavors can be savored. ...

What is the most famous ingredient in Thai cooking? ›

There are many herbs used in Thai dishes, but the most common and popular and important to have on hand are cilantro and Thai basil, and you can't make respectable Thai food without them. These are Thai food ingredients that are impossible to live without.

What is the most famous Thai dish for the foreigner? ›

No wonder why Pad-Thai is one of the most favorite dishes among locals and foreigners.

Is there a red light district in USA? ›

Las Vegas - Nevada, USA

The Lowdown: Called Sin City for a reason, what makes Nevada stand out amongst other Red Light Districts is the brothel culture.

What does pad mean in Thai? ›

Pad (ผัด) – means fried. There are however, countless Thai dishes with the word Pad in it. The main ingredient in Pad Thai is rice noodles which are stir-fried. So, if you were to roughly translate Pad Thai, you'd have to say the dish is stir-fried noodles Thai style.

What is good etiquette in Thailand for eating dinner? ›

Don't order a dish to eat by yourself. Always make sure you share your dish with the other diners in your group. Don't serve yourself using your own spoon or fork; use the serving spoon provided. Don't talk with your mouth.

Is pork popular in Thai food? ›

Pork, including ground pork is a common meat ingredient in many types of Thai food. It is eaten more often than beef. Ground pork is used in stir-fries, soups, and even salads.

Which area is best for nightlife in Bangkok? ›

So, without further ado, here are our top nightlife areas in Bangkok for you to visit for an eventful evening in the city.
  • Khao San Road. ...
  • Patpong Market. ...
  • CHAR Rooftop Bar. ...
  • Jodd Fairs Night Market. ...
  • Silom Soi 2. ...
  • Asiatique The Riverfront. ...
  • Stay At A Hotel Near Bangkok's BTS Station.

What to do in Bangkok 24 hours? ›

What to see in Bangkok in 24 hours
  • Wat Pho. Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a big Buddhist temple complex dating back to the 16th century. ...
  • Wat Arun. ...
  • Chao Praya River. ...
  • Food courts galore. ...
  • Get a massage. ...
  • Sunset cocktails on a rooftop bar.

Which city has the best nightlife in Thailand? ›

Best Thailand nightlife
  1. Coco Tam's. Where is it? Koh Samui. What is it? ...
  2. Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. Where is it? Phuket. ...
  3. Café del Mar. Where is it? Phuket. ...
  4. Old Town. Where is it? Bangkok. ...
  5. Warmup Café Where is it? Chiang Mai. ...
  6. Sky Gallery. Where is it? Pattaya. ...
  7. Violett. Where is it? Bangkok. ...
  8. Cicada Night Market. Where is it? Hua Hin.
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What is the number 1 most delicious food in the world? ›

Rendang, Indonesia

Source Often called "the world's most delicious dish," Rendang is prepared by simmering beef with coconut milk with a mixture of the best of spices including turmeric, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, chillies, and galangal.

What is the most popular meat in Thailand? ›

And that is good news for beef-exporting countries, including the United States. Thais have been developing a taste for beef in recent years. While chicken and pork remain the main meats consumed most by Thais and other Asians, beef consumption has risen 25 percent during the past five years.

What is the main flavor in Thai food? ›

There are some key ingredients that give Thai food it's distinctive aroma, depth and layers of flavour. Lemongrass, galangal, lime (rind and leaves), coriander leaves, sweet Thai basil leaves and garlic are used in one way or another is all Thai dishes.

What is the most famous soup in Thai cuisine? ›

Tom Yum soup is the most popular Thai soup. In Thai, “tom” translates into “boiled” and “yum” refers to the traditional sour, salty and spicy flavor found in lots of Thai dishes.

Where is Jay Fai crab omelette? ›

About Jay Fai - Where to Try Famous Bangkok Crab Omelette

Finding the best place to taste Crab Omelette in Thailand is not too difficult, it is located at 327 Mahachai Road (at the intersection with Samranrat road), next to Thip Samai restaurant.

Where is chef Flynn now? ›

Flynn McGarry (born November 25, 1998) is an American chef based in New York City.

How old is Jay Fai? ›

Renowned eatery Jay Fai, named after chef-slash-owner Supinya “Jay Fai” Junsuta (aka the 73-year-old queen of Thai street food), has been around since the 1980s, and has received many prestigious accolades from the likes of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants and the Michelin Guide.

Who is the Thai omelet lady? ›

Jay Fai, whose crab omelette has earned her a Michelin star, takes her fame another step forward in a new Netflix documentary.

Does Thailand have Michelin stars? ›

The sixth edition of Michelin Guide Thailand announced its winners today (Nov 24). The guide includes a total of 441 restaurants, 35 of which have been awarded Michelin stars. This year saw 29 one-star restaurants and six two-star restaurants, with five new names on the list this year.

What cooking show host went to jail? ›

Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. In 2004, Stewart was convicted of felony charges related to the ImClone stock trading case; she served five months in federal prison and was released in March 2005.

Who is Jennifer Aniston's chef? ›

"Her friends are in and out all the time," says Jewels Elmore, who, with her sister, Jill, shares a job as Jen's private chef. "Jen's a homebody. It's been so much fun to create a place where everybody feels comfortable, like one big family." "Comfortable" is putting it modestly.

Who is the 13 year old chef? ›

For his 10th birthday, Omari McQueen asked his parents for a LinkedIn account. Three years later the enterprising youngster is the country's youngest award-winning chef, with his own business Dipalicious and CBBC programme, What's Cooking Omari?

Do Thai men cook? ›

Married Thai men are those who cook the most (7 meals per week) within this gender group compared to 6.5 meals in 2020, representing an 8% growth. This is much higher than married men's cooking frequency in Malaysia (6 meals cooked per week), and Singapore (3.2 meals).

Who is the famous noodle lady in Bangkok? ›

Her real name is Supinya Jansuta, but everyone calls her Jay Fai. It roughly translates to "Sister Mole," a reference to a birthmark next to her nose. She says she learned to cook from her mom, who sold noodle soup with pork and chicken.

Does Jay Fai accept credit cards? ›

1 answer. No, they don´t.

How do I book a table at Jay Fai? ›

You can make a reservation to Raan Jay Fai by emailing jayfaibangok@gmail.com at least 3 months ahead of your trip.

Do you need a reservation to Takashi? ›

WHILE MOST SEATING IS ON A WALK-IN BASIS, we do offer a few early reservations through Open Table.


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