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Eat and meet


It's nearly impossible to walk around Chinatown without noticing all the delicious food. It's everywhere: roasting chestnuts, barbecued pork skin, fresh fruit and whole fish. What you don't see on every other street corner you certainly will smell. This is a fascinating place to just wander -- and graze whatever takes your fancy.

  • Double Dogs Tea Room
    4.5 stars

    A Chinatown oasis

    406 Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
    T: (086) 329 3075; (080) 439 2227

    Chinatown is a must for the culturally inclined Asian-food-loving traveller, but it’s also crowded, sticky, cramped, and most of all, exhausting. Double Dogs Tea Room is an oasis amid the chaos of Yaowarat Road that's well worth seeking out, especially if you're a tea lover. ... read more

  • Kuay-tiao Lod Phra Thep
    4 stars

    Phenomenal sauce

    Yawoarat Rd (between Soi Phadung Dao and and Soi Song Sawat), Bangkok

    Take a bustling footpath lit by glowing red and yellow signs after dark. Add a street cart with steamer, brass pot and one very dedicated chef who treats his ingredients like a musician would a century-old violin. Throw in a few dented tables and stools; add chilli-vinegar to taste. What you get is ... read more

  • Sweet Time
    4 stars

    Sweet-tooth heaven

    Yaowarat Rd, Bangkok

    Every night in Chinatown, colourful sweetmeats and simmering pots of sugar syrup attract sweet-tooths in their thousands. Chinese-style desserts are hugely popular in this street-food haven, but many foreigners don’t know the first thing about them. At Sweet Time, sampling these distinctive ... read more

  • Toney Restaurant
    4 stars

    Great find

    64/1 Soi Rimklongongarg (off Chakphet Road), Bangkok

    Not surprisingly, some of Bangkok’s best-value Indian food can be scored in Pahurat, or Little India, though it takes some courage to hunt for it amid the tangle of alleyways and fabric shops. Down one nondescript lane, Toney Restaurant dishes out cheap but delicious food in a pavement-side ... read more

  • Jay Ben Noodle
    4 stars

    Pick up truck magic

    North end of Yaowarat Soi 1 (aka Soi Charoen Phanit), 50 metres from Odean Gate, Bangkok

    For many of us, pick-up trucks conjure thoughts of country roads, farmers and landscaping. Those accustomed to Thailand, on the other hand, might associate them with piles of tropical fruit, uniformed kids on their way to school, or even a street kitchen on a bustling urban corner. In Bangkok’s ... read more

  • Khao Muu Daeng Si Morakod
    4 stars

    Bangkok's best khao muu daeng?

    80-82 Soi Sukorn 1, Chinatown, Bangkok
    T: (081) 567  9006; (081) 816 9774

    Khao muu daeng, or red pork with rice, is a staple Chinese-Thai street dish available all over Bangkok and beyond. The rich, porky flavours will be especially welcomed by those who shy from intense spice, pungent smells or “odd” animal parts, but only when they’re done well. In Chinatown, ... read more

  • Odean Crab Noodle
    4 stars

    Delicious affordable seafood

    724-726 Charoen Krung Rd (just south of Lamphun Chai Rd and north of the Odeon Gate and Wat Traimit), Chinatown, Bangkok
    T: (086) 888 2341; (084) 703 4042

    Seafood is loved by nearly all Thai people, and saltwater crab holds a special place in the hearts and tongues of most. For an affordable taste in Bangkok’s Chinatown, make your way to the no-frills Odean crab noodle shop. ... read more

  • Khao Thom 24
    4 stars

    Cheap, filling and always open

    Soi Phlaeng Nam, Bangkok

    When it comes to food in Bangkok’s bustling Chinatown, competition is stiff. Chefs who don’t deliver something truly special won’t make it for long. Even by these standards, nondescript Khao Thom 24 serves up phenomenal curries, stir-fries and fish around the clock. ... read more

  • R&L Seafood and T&K Seafood
    4 stars

    Red shirts or green shirts?

    Corner of Soi Phadung Dao (Soi Texas) and Yaowarat Rd, Bangkok

    On one side of Soi Texas (aka Soi Phadung Dao) sits the Red Shirts, and on the other, the Green Shirts. The Red Shirts are probably not the ones you are thinking of; the long-standing fracas between the Red and Green Shirts has little to do with Thai politics but rather it all comes down to crabs. ... read more

  • Ba Mii Jap Kang (Coolie Noodles)
    4 stars

    Everything a coolie needs

    On right, half-way down Charoen Krung Soi 23 off Charoen Krung Rd, Bangkok

    Update, 1 June 2015: The Ba Mii Jap Kang noodle stall was sadly destroyed in a fire that also gutted several heritage houses. We will report back here if and when it reopens. Ba mii jap kang is not a meal for the dainty. And while it’s available at other places in Chinatown, Thais flock to the ... read more

  • Hua Seng Hong Restaurant
    4 stars

    Excellent roasted pork

    371-373 Yaowarat Rd
    T: (02) 222 0653

    Hua Seng Hong serves up classic Hong Kong-style Chinese food. ... read more

  • Eating at night in Chinatown
    4 stars

    An Asian food lover's dream

    Yaowarat Rd and surrounds

    In a city known for its night time indulgences, great late night street eats are a must. There are always a few noodle soup carts, grillers of pork skewers, or the flames of a fried noodle wok clustered around popular clubs and bars — but it’s more hangover cure/dancing fuel than culinary ... read more

  • Thai sweets at The Old Siam Plaza
    3.5 stars

    Give Thai sweets a try

    Burapha Rd (just south of Charoen Krung Rd), Bangkok

    Thai food gets a lot of props overseas — it’s almost ubiquitous now in North America, Europe and Australasia, but what doesn’t get much play are Thai desserts, or khong wan (literally: sweet things) in Thai. A great place to do some sampling is the The Old Siam near Chinatown. ... read more

  • Royal India Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Good food and air-con

    392/1 Chakphet Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 221 6656

    Tucked down a dark alley near Sri Guru Singh Sabah Sikh temple in Little India Pahurat, tiny Royal India Restaurant is a fine option for authentic Indian fare in an air-conditioned room. ... read more

  • Yoo Fish Ball
    3.5 stars

    The best balls in town?

    433 Yaowarat Road (about midway between Soi Texas and Soi Phlaeng Nam), Bangkok
    T: (089) 782 7777

    Chinatown is no stranger to look chin pla, squishy, fishy balls that are usually served with rice noodles in a mild broth. Some of the best-known fish ball shops are found in dingy alleys, but Yoo Fish Ball serves up their signature variety at an easy-to-find, modern-style eatery right on Yaowarat ... read more

  • Viva & Aviv The River
    3.5 stars

    Flash drinks riverside

    River City, 23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng (Charoen Krung Soi 30), Bangkok
    T: 02) 639 6305

    Sometimes we long for the discomfort of travel – overnight train rides squashed next to a family of 10 in Kuala Lumpur, holes in the ground as toilets in Ban Lung, food so fresh off the street a piece of the vendor’s hair is tangled into the noodles (well, maybe not that last bit). But other ... read more

  • The Canton House
    3.5 stars

    Solid dim sums

    530 Yaowarat Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 221 3335

    The Canton House is a chain of dim sum restaurants in Bangkok, and arguably one of the best. ... read more

  • @Siam
    3.5 stars

    Try the pad krapao neua

    Directly opposite Hualamphong Station Main Entrance
    T: (02) 259 7209

    This little shop house restaurant does a smashing job of providing exactly what a train traveller needs. ... read more

  • Laap Paak
    3.5 stars

    Solid Isaan favourites

    518 Hualumphong Subway Station Gate 3, Rama 4 Rd
    T: (02) 613 9661

    Laap Paak is a pleasant respite from the energy of Hualampong Station, with a cool air-con dining room and a leafy green wooden patio tucked away to the side. ... read more

  • Hong Kong Noodle
    3 stars

    Convenient to the train station

    Directly opposite Hualamphong Station Main Entrance
    T: (02) 613 8977

    Hong Kong Noodle is a Bangkok chain with a few locations around the city. ... read more

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