No wonder people return so enthusiastic about Thailand’s cuisine! Oh how exotic and exciting food can be… Everybody knows Pad Thai or Green Curry, but there is so much more to discover. The barbecued seafood in Chinatown, Bangkok, had us returning there every evening. The giant prawns and whole grilled fish are great value and super fresh! Go for the place opposite Tk’s, about halfway Yaowarat Rd on a corner, its a little less crowded and offers more choices for the grill. Aside of the great seafood you can taste some delicious curries, stir fries and fresh salads. If your looking for some great noodle soups Chinatown is also your best bet, there are a few places on the main road, but the best ones can be found in the small alleys connecting the adjacent road. Lore fell in love with mango sticky rice, a thai classic, this desert can be bought anywhere in Thailand and is a definite must. You can also try the durian, a smelly odd looking fruit ( so smelly their not allowed in the subway ) but a local favorite. Our advice would be to try as much street food as you can, it’s all delicious and dirt cheap. We especially liked the fresh and spicy spring rolls close to the main railway station.
If you fancy something a bit decadent, but still cheap, we would suggest the crab omelette and crab in yellow curry at Krua Apsorn, this is a well known place (according to some the best restaurant in town) close to the Democracy Monument. Still great value and not completely overrun although is mentioned in the lp. We also fell in love with Hemlock, this nice little place on Phra Athit serves a variety of Thai dishes. The best start of your dinner is tasting the Miang Kham. Make a small cup from the Chinese broccoli leaves and fill them with the ingredients on the plate: pieces of lemongrass, galangal, chili, peanuts, lemon and roasted coconut and top it of with the dipping sauce. An explosion of tastes. Another great dish is the pineapple crab rice served in half a pineapple. This is probably going to be the best rise dish you have ever had. They also offer a great selection of reasonably priced wines. Truly worth a visit, the same goes for Bangkok. We thoroughly enjoyed each stay.
We hope you enjoy this wonderful city as much as we did.
Lore & Wannes
Ps: Here are a few addresses that you might want to check out when in Bangkok:
Chinatown, Bangkok: for great street food and wonderful atmosphere.
Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong district is home to Bangkok’s Chinatown, which is centred on Sam Pheng Lane.
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok railway station: spring rolls
Great streetfood opposite the main entrance on Rama IV Road
(Keep your eyes open for the spring roll lady)
Krau Apsorn: delicious classics
Hemlock: great introduction to thai cuisine
Phra Athit, very close to the Khao San Rd area.