Each time we feel the need to travel yet don’t want to tax our wallets too much, we end up in Bangkok (right?). Usually we spend a couple of days there, and I am sure you would love to know which are the raved-about food places that are REALLY worth trying. Here’s our take on 9 food places in Bkk!
1. Ban Khun Mae
If you have never been to Ban Khun Mae, where have you been? This traditional Thai restaurant has been around since 1998, and they have live instrument performance daily from 7 pm to 9 pm.What we really love about this place is the dark-coloured wood decorum, the whole laid-back feel you get from this restaurant just helps your feet calm down faster after a long day of shopping and exploring.
Another thing we love about this place is how easily accessible it is by train! It’s located in Siam Square area and you can spot the signature batik signboard easily from a distance away.
You can order the steamed snapper with lime, the shrimp spicy tomyum goong, the chicken green curry, the marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, the spicy glass noodles salad (yum woon sen) and the most important dish of all – raw prawns in fish sauce (gung chae nam pla)!
If you’re skeptical about eating anything raw in Bangkok, I’m telling you, this is the place for this lovely dish! There’s just something about the chilli sauce… I believe you can even opt to buy a bottle of it home!
Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan District
Hours: 11 am to 10 pm
Verdict: Must try!
2. Red Ruby
Since we were on the topic of red ruby, the best bowl you can ever taste would be the one at Chatuchak – the weekend market.
Red ruby dessert, also known as Thub Tim Grob, is one of the most common Thai desserts you can find. It is made of water chestnut cubes, coated in ruby-coloured tapioca jelly, and served in coconut milk. These crunchy cubes of chestnut makes it so addictive, and especially refreshing in the sweltering heat of Bangkok.But, even though you can find it in almost every restaurant in Bangkok, the best… is really this.
First of all, instead of the usual ruby-coloured ones, it’s pink. Come on, so pretty in pink! Plus, they also throw in big chunks of chestnut in too, for that extra crunch that we all need. And! They use crushed ice which makes the dessert extra icy and cold and even better with the heat.
Verdict: Must try!
We love the outlet at The Commons, simply because you can take a queue number and then take a million photos at the green patch of grass and some seats on the same level. #cheapthrill
It’s the ambience. And there are more seats it seems. A more spacious setting.
Address: (The COMMONS) 335 Thong Lo 17 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Monday to Thurs – 10 am to 11 pm
Friday to Saturday – 9 am to 11 pm
Sunday – 9 am to 10 pm
Verdict: Try the brunch menu! There are a few branches so you can pick the one closest to you if distance is an issue for you. Maybeeee don’t get the crab cake benedict as it’s quite small portioned and it’s the most expensive out of the few items we ordered.
4. Tomyum UFO Mookata Hotpot @Sansab
A fancy name is all there is to this. Instagram-worthy, tasted just like how your tomyum instant noodles would taste like, just with a fancier pot and some raw quail eggs to decorate.
Address: 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 (Fourth floor)
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm daily
Verdict: Nah. If you have absolutely nothing else to eat and would like a pretty pic for ig, this is your go-to.
The one Thai wanton noodles place that is frequented by mostly Singaporeans. Step into this restaurant and it would feel like home, truly. Except that there are signs everywhere exclaiming that they do not have an outlet in Sg.It’s quite a cramped place and be prepared to wait a loooong time for your food.
Be prepared to wait a long time for the wanton noodle to arrive at your table due to the overwhelming response. While waiting, you can share a plate of khao ka moo since it comes fast!
Food tasted good, albeit small portion. But perhaps for the amount of time you have to wait, you should order more when you are there.
Address: 4/32-33 Prechburi 19, Prechburi Road Phayathai Ratchathavee Bangkok 10500
Hours: 9 am to 3 pm daily
Verdict: Try it once if you have never been there. If you have been… you can skip it. There’s really no big deal…
6. Cha Tra Mue Kiosk (Pronounce: Cha Tra Merr)
All that rave about this particular brand of Thai tea everywhere you go. Personally, I feel that you don’t have to go for the thai milk tea at the CTM outlets specifically.
Even the road side stalls use the same tea, and it’s for a fraction of the price.We tried the soft serve and definitely prefer it!
Address: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110 (Terminal 21 Mall)
Hours: 10 am to 8 pm daily
Verdict: Must try CTM but can be anywhere. Soft serve is yummy!
7. Pe’ Aor Tomyum Goong
This place is known for its pricey Lobster tomyum noodles, and when we say pricey, we mean SGD$50 onwards.
To be fair, t’s indeed a humongous bowl full of good stuff. Good stuff like the whole lobster, salmon, squid, mussels, fish, crab with minced meat, two eggs(with yummy soft yolk) etc. All types of seafood is included in a generous amount.
So would you try this?
Their tomyum soup is creamier than usual tomyum soups, with the addition of carnation milk. To us, it tasted like a hybrid of Thai tomyum and our island’s mee siam.
Only drawback we had was that our soup was not hot enough… and that they told us they were sold out of the regular and large sized bowls. We felt kind of compelled to order the jumbo, if not we would have travelled there in vain :/
Address: 68 51 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Hours: 10 am to 9 pm daily except Mondays
Verdict: Try it at least once but be prepared to burn a hole in your kitty fund as it’s not exactly near a BTS station. Grab a ride with three other friends! You could also just go for the tomyum soup with river prawns going for 700 baht (about SGD$30).
8. After You Desserts
A dessert chain unique to Bangkok and a must-visit for all. They do have quite a variety of desserts for you to choose from (toasts, cakes, shaved ice, lava cake etc)Our favourite is the standard Shibuya Honey Toast. Nothing goes wrong with this…
Stare at this picture long enough and you will taste it.
Address: Ground floor, Siam Paragon Shopping Center, 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
*There are many outlets in Bkk so please choose the one closest to you.
Hours: 10 am to 10.30 pm daily
Verdict: Of course must try!
9. Gram Pancakes
Termed the fluffiest pancakes from Osaka, Japan, Gram has opened a branch at Siam Paragon. The queue is c.r.a.z.y.
We chose to join the takeout queue and it moved a lot faster, so please do that! However, you can only purchase the premium pancakes that comes with nama cream at 75 baht (S$3) for 1 piece or 350 baht (S$14-15) for a box of 5.
Address: Ground floor, 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
Hours: 9.30 am to 10 pm daily
Verdict: It was really jiggly and fluffy, definitely worth trying! However, if you’re not into cloud-like souffle pancakes and would prefer those with more texture, you might not fancy this as much. But hey, try it at least once!