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Chinatown And Pahurat

Eat and meet

Chinatown

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

    This soothing, air-con tea room/restaurant/bookstore that also sells booze is set in a spacious, bright and airy space that almost feels like a Japanese calligraphy studio. Soft, simple lamps stand beside clean, white walls and hardwood tables of varying sizes. A lovely bookstore with English, Thai ... 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?

    Phadung Dao Rd (Soi Texas), Yaowarat Rd, Bangkok

    On one side of scraggly Soi Texas off Yaowarat Road are the 'red shirts' of R & L, and directly on the other side are their rivals, the green shirts of T & K. We're not talking Thai political demonstrators, but rather mouth-watering street seafood joints. Both R & L and T & K get it done with ... read more

  • Coolie Noodles (in Thai: ba mee jap gang)
    4 stars

    Everything a coolie needs

    Half way down the alley from Charoen Krung Rd, Right-side, close to Wat Mangon

    From the corner of Charoen Krung Rd and Plaeng Nam Road, turn left into the first alley on the north side of the road and look on the right for a man slinging big bowls of noodles around under a sign with a picture of yellow noodles on it. Coolie noodles descend from a time when Chinese immigrants ... 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. Don't come for the atmosphere, but do come for the roasted duck and dumpling noodle soup, the excellent roasted pork steamed buns, and the tung hoon claypot prawns. Diners have to decide for themselves if eating shark's fin soup is ... read more

  • Streetfood: Yaowarat Rd
    4 stars

    An Asian food lover's dream

    Yaowarat Rd

    Yaowarat: dumplings piled high, sides of roasted pork, roasted ducks, boiled chickens, frying trays of filled pastries, roasting chestnuts, Chinese-style seafood restaurants, dim sum and more line this street. The street side seafood restaurants set up in the late afternoon, and by the time the ... 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

    Set right on the Chao Phraya River in the otherwise sleepy River City shopping complex, this playful and popular spot is a splurge for the senses (and your wallet). Viva & Aviv pulls off a mix of relaxed and romantic riverside dining, Sunday afternoon DJ beats, fruity and rum-heavy cocktails, ... 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. It's not handcrafted splendour in each and every bite, but most of their dim sum is solid and a great value. Plus, it's a fun place to drink beers and kick it with the rest of middle class Thailand. ... 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. That would be: good food, reasonably-priced, very cold beer, and an understanding that people do, in fact, have a train to catch. @Siam serves up Thai classics, including a range of curries, ... 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. The food is solid Isaan favourites — laap (different types of chopped meat dressed with fresh herbs, shallots, garlic and chiles), ... 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. A popular spot with students and young Thais, Hong Kong Noodle has a good selection of decently prepared dim sum, roasted duck and chicken dishes, and noodles. This is an especially useful noodle shop, as it is directly ... read more



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