Must-Eats in Bangkok?

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.

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Ban Khun Mae Menu

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.

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Signature signboard

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)!

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

MUST HAVE: Raw shrimps with Fish Sauce

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!

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Steamed fish with lime

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Clear tomyum soup

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Vermicelli salad – spicy, sour and shiok!

Table top view

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

Thub Tim Krop | Bangkok

Greeted by the huge bowl of gorgeous 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.

Thub Tim Krop | Bangkok

View from the seats

Thub Tim Krop | Bangkok

Big chunks of crunchy chestnut, coated with pink tapioca jelly

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.

Thub Tim Krop | Bangkok

Pretty in pink

Tub Tim Krob | Bangkok

WARNING: You will NOT stop at one bowl

Hands down.

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!

3. Roast

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Roast @ The Commons

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

The Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Nice backdrop for photos while waiting

It’s the ambience. And there are more seats it seems. A more spacious setting.

Love the design of the menu

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Brunch Menu @ Roast

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

American Pancakes with Crispy Bacon and Whipped Butter (S$9)

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Crab Cake Benedict ($15): Potato Rosti, Onion Jam, Grilled Veggies

Corn & Zucchini Fritters ($12): Avocado Salsa, Tomato, Tzatziki, Bacon

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Table Top View of Our brunch

Address: (The COMMONS) 335 Thong Lo 17 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Hours:
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

Tomyum UFO | Sansab | Bangkok

Sansab in Siam Paragon

Tomyum UFO | Sansab | Bangkok

Tomyum UFO Mookata Hotpot

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.

Tomyum UFO | Sansab | Bangkok

Close-up

Tomyum UFO | Sansab | Bangkok

Tomyum UFO Menu (We ordered the 570 baht)

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.

 

5. Sabx2
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.

Sabx2 | Bangkok

Sabx2: Seats are pretty close to each other, so be prepared to squeeze!

Sabx2 | Bangkok

Khao Ka Moo: Braised Pork Leg and Rice

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!

Sabx2 | Bangkok

Sabx2 Thai Wanton Noodle; comes with crab meat too!

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.

Cha Tra Muer | Terminal 21 | Bangkok

Cha Tra Muer @ Terminal 21

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!

Cha Tra Muer | Terminal 21 | Bangkok

Cha Tra Muer Soft Serve <3


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

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Sign | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Very Obvious Red Sign

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung

This place is known for its pricey Lobster tomyum noodles, and when we say pricey, we mean SGD$50 onwards.

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Menu | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Menu

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. 

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Jumbo Lobster Noodles | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Lobster Noodles – Jumbo size

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung | Bangkok

Pe Aor Jumbo Lobster

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung | Bangkok

Stuffed Crab Shells <3

So would you try this?

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Jumbo Lobster Noodles | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Jumbo Lobster Noodles – a closer look

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.

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung | Bangkok

Creamy soup – a cross between thai tomyum and our local meesiam soup

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 :/

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Entrance | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Entrance

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
After You Desserts | Bangkok
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…

After You Desserts | Bangkok

Shibuya Honey Toast ($7)

After You Desserts | Bangkok

All that glistening goodness.

After You Desserts | Bangkok

Look at how buttered the toast is… so good. (just forget about the sinfulness)

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

Gram Cafe & Pancakes | Bangkok

Pretty Decor

Termed the fluffiest pancakes from Osaka, Japan, Gram has opened a branch at Siam Paragon. The queue is c.r.a.z.y.

Gram Cafe & Pancakes | Bangkok

Giant Pancake Plushy for your Photowhoring needs

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.

Gram Cafe & Pancakes | Bangkok

A box of 5 premium pancakes

Gram Cafe & Pancakes | Bangkok

What your teeth would be sinking into

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!