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30 Must-Try Authentic Local Food In Bangkok -2020

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Bangkok, the heaven for food lovers around the world. Today we’re counting down our 30 picks of must-try authentic local food in Bangkok (I’m sure there are more out there). There’s simply too many to try, and not enough time to try them all! Let’s see what we got~

1. Jeh O Chula

This one is definitely the one that you should visit! The favorite places for late night supper nearby Chulalongkorn University and National Stadium BTS Station. Joe O Chula is famed for its giant bowl of MAMA instant noodles in creamy tom yum soup, with toppings for days, and this even earned them the Michelin Bib Gourmand award.

Popular dishes: Thai style sashimi, Thai fish cake, crispy pork and duck meat.

Address: 113 ซอย จรัสเมือง Rong Muang, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (Google maps: click here)
Opening hour: Daily 5:30 p.m- 1 a.m
Nearest Train Station:  BTS Siam and National Stadium station

2. Thanee Restaurant

The crispiest Moo Krob (crispy pork belly) in the town! Their crispy pork is so crispy that every time you take a bite, you can hear that shattering crisp sound in your ears. They also serve Moo Daeng, the BBQ pork. The crispy Moo Krob is a perfect contrast to the tender Moo Daeng, drenched in their homemade savory gravy!

Popular dishes: Moo Krob , Moo Daeng

Address: 1161-3 Soi Phahonyothin 5 Alley  Phahonyothin Rd  Samsennai  Payathai Bangkok 10400. (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Daily from 8 a.m to 5 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Ari Station

3. Padthai Saladang

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Located at Silom, Sala Daeng Soi 2, behind Silom Complex, Pad Thai Sala Daeng interior might not look that nice but they serve extremely delicious Pad Thai! Their Pad Thai is very flavorful and the noodles are cooked to perfection, every strand is soft and delectable.

Address: 47 ซอย สาทร 2 Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Weekdays 8:45 a.m to 2 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Sala Daeng station

4. Soi Polo (Polo Fried Chicken)

Soi Polo Fried Chicken is a legendary name for fried chicken in Bangkok and they even awarded with Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2019. Just look at all that golden crisped skin and that garlic piled on top, it’s totally irresistible. Don’t forget to dip yours in the spicy sauce that comes with it.

Address: 137/1-3,9 10 Sanam Khli Alley, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Daily 7 a.m to 9 p.m
Nearest Train Station: MRT Lumphini station

5. Baan Jay Fai

The shop is run by a 70-plus year old lady known for her iconic over-sized goggles. And do you know, Jay Fai was the only hawker awarded with a Michelin Star in the Bangkok Michelin Guide?

Their iconic cuisine is their famous crab omelette which selling at THB 800! However, there are still a incredible long queue here everyday that waiting for a plate of this crab omelette. Though their crab omelette is superb pricey, if you take a look carefully, you will see the amount of lump crab meat, which is probably few crabs in one omelette. Then you’ll understand what you’re paying for.

Famous dishes: Crab omelette, Drunken Noodles

Address: 327 Mahachai Road (at intersection with Samranrat Road) Bangkok, Thailand (Google maps: click here)
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 3pm to 2am | Closed on Sundays

Nearest Train Station: BTS National Stadium  

6. P’Aor

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For Tom Yum lover, you should try P’Aor! Their Tom Yum soup noodles is not the ordinary one, it served with crab stuffed with minced meat and roe, a medium-sized lobster, mussels, salmon, sotong stuffed with minced meat, tang hoon, and an onsen egg. Besides, their Tom Yum noodle size is so big and can be share up to 6 people, selling at a price tag of THB 1200.

Address: 68/51 Soi Petchaburi 5, Between Soi 5 – 7, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok (Google maps: click here)
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun, 10 a.m to 10 p.m (closed on Monday)
Nearest Train Station: BTS Ratchathewi

7. Somsak Boo Op 

Somsak Boo Op is just a street side stall which established and run by just 1 chef, consists of a mixture of simply ingredients like glass noodles, your choice of seafood and topped with green onions. Their glass noodle is so good and you even need to queue here, but the smoky flavor of the seafood topped with the perfectly seasoned vermicelli is definitely worth the time.

Address: 6 Thanon Chroen Rat, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand (Google maps: click here)
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m to 10 p.m | Sunday, 4 p.m to 10 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Wongwian Yai Station

8. Sutyot Kuetiau Lua Payak

Looking for a nice Thai Boat Noodle? Then this Sutyot Kuetiau Lua Payak is definitely the one that you are looking for. Moreover, it’s only costing BHT12 for a bowl, which is a great way to get a variety of tastes at very cheap price. For those that never try this before, you can mix and match different soups with different noodle to get your favorite.

Address: Phahonyothin Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand (Google maps: click me)
Opening hours: Daily 9 a.m to 9 p.m
Nearest train station: BTS Victory Monument

9. Khao Tom Pla Kimpo

Recommended by Michelin Guide, this boiled rice and fish spot is something you should try when you’re in Bangkok. They located nearby to the Bangkok’s biggest fish market, known for hanging their fresh fish hanging in front of their food stall. You can choose from rice soup, spicy salad, or clear soup (no rice) to match with the seafood you like. Their broth is to die for, made mainly from pork and fish bones for a sweet soup that comes with fresh seafood, rice and garlic chips.

Address: 1897 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand (Google maps: click me)
Opening hours: Daily 6 p.m to 12 a.m
Nearest train station: BTS Surasak (25 min walk, recommend to take a cab)

10. Wattana Panich Restaurant

Even the Korean famous chef, Tony Hong also recommended this! This beef noodle soup has been simmering here for more than 45 years, probably the oldest beef soup in Bangkok. They’re using some of the previous day’s leftover broth to start the base of the following day’s soup. In addition, the soup is made from beef bones and meat stewed for hours each day to extract the sweetness. 

Address: 336 338 Ekkamai Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m
Nearest train station: BTS Ekkamai (From the BTS, you can either take a taxi, a bus, or a motorbike to the destination)

11. Daeng Racha Hoi Tod

Close to Hua Lamphong MRT Station, this Hai Tod stalls serves delicious Hoy Tod (mussel pancake) and Or Suan (oyster pancake). Due to its popularity, the mussel pancake usually runs out of stock before lunch time, so get there early to enjoy one of these amazing omelettes. Both the Hoy Tod and the Or Suan are only THB50 . You can order with just mussels or a combination of both mussels and oysters.

Address: 336 Sukon 1 Alley, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100 (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30 a.m to 2.30 p.m
Nearest train station: MRT Hua Lamphong

12. Ko Boo Rod Zing Noodle

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Photo via: Renee Er (Facebook)

How can you resist this? Two perfectly soft-boiled eggs in Tom Yum noodles, along with Thai chili. You can also choose the level of spiciness you prefer. However, it becomes really hot as the spiciness goes up! This superbly delicious noodle is selling at BHT 60 a bowl.

Address: Soi Nawamin 8, Thanon Seri Thai, Khlong Chan, Bang Kapi, Bangkok (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: From Mon-Sat, 24hours
Nearest Train Station: Recommend to take a cab as nearest train station is too far

13. SeeMorakot

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Located on the edge of Chinatown, near Hua Lamphong, they already served the dish for well over 50 years now. In addition, they still make all the components by themselves including the bbq pork, the pork belly, the Chinese sausage, and the sauce. The best part is they even use charcoal to grill and roast all their meats – including the crispy pork belly instead of fry.

Famous dish: The special plate of Khao Moo Daeng

Address: 80-82 Sukon 1 Alley, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours:  Daily from 11am to 7pm
Nearest Train Station: MRT Hua Lamphong

14. Thai Heng Restaurant

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Photo via: eatingthaifood

Have you try Thai Sukiyaki before? Then you gonna try this! Their Suki Haeng is incredible, taking bites of the suki and dipping them into the sauce, hmmmm
Not to mention their signature dish, Hainan Chicken Rice! The meat is so juicy and the rice has a bit more color than others from being cooked with chicken broth, but it’s still fluffy and not too oily.

Famous dishes: Hainan Chicken Rice , Suki Haeng

Address: Yaowarat Soi 8, Talad Noi, Sampangtawong, Bangkok 10100 – right down Yaowarat Soi 8 (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Daily 10 a.m – 5:30 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Wat Mangkon

15. Kuay Jap Nai Lek Uan

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This Kuay Jab is served with rolled tubes of rice noodles with no white rice. Their Kuay Jab Nam Sai is in a clear pork soup with strong peppery soup. In addition, crispy pork belly also added into the dish, and it stays crispy even in the soup. They serve other dishes as well, like Khao Khaa Moo (stewed pork leg with rice) and Khao Moo Daeng (red pork with rice and sauce), but the highlight is the delicious crispy pork and the peppery kick from the broth (40 Bath).

Address:  Yaowarat Soi 11, Yaowarat Road,  Samphanthawong  Bangkok 10100 (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 6 p.m to 1 a.m (Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Train Station: MRT Wat Mangkon

16. Hoi Tod Chaw Lae

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This is the crispiest oyster omelette in Bangkok! This humble eatery is famed for their shrimp Pad Thai, stir fried mussel and also oyster omelette. Unlike the normal omelette that using raw bean sprout, they use slightly heated bean sprouts and with chopped spring onion. They use less than normal flour or starch to the amount of egg in the batter, which gives a very good texture.

Address: Charoen Nakhon Rd. Banglumpoolang, Khet Khlongsan, Bangkok (Google maps: click here)
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.30 a.m to 10.30 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Krung Thonburi

17. Jok Prince

As for why they call it Prince, it’s because they used to be located in the alley leading to Prince Rama Cinema. Though the cinema is long gone, this delicious porridge stall still here to serve. What they sell is really simple. Porridge with Minced Pork Balls with options of internal organs, raw egg and century egg. What is special here is that the smoky aroma from the burnt rice on the bottom of the pot, which you either love or hate.

Address:  1391 Charoen Krung Rd, Bang Rak, Bangkok
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Daily from 6 a.m to 12 p.m, 4.30 p.m to 12 a.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saphan Taksin

18. HAI Som Tam Convent Silom

Som Tam is a signature Thai food that you should have try in Bangkok and HAI Som Tam is the best to try on. Their Som Tam menu itself has 20 options to choose from, for example traditional and seafood, to using carrots instead of green papaya, and more. HAI Som Tam second location is on the 6th floor of Central World Mall, which is even more comfortable.

Address: 2/4-5 Soi Convent, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m to 9 p.m; Saturdays 10 a.m to 5 p.m Sat (Closed on Sundays)
Nearest Train Station: BTS Sala Daeng

19. Charoen Saeng Silom

There are so many Khao Kha Moo (Braised Pork Trotter over Rice) stall in Bangkok, what makes this shop so famous of? It is the size of their pig trotter and it’s very unique taste unlike others! Their pig trotter can go up to 2kg! The tenderness of the meat is guaranteed every time you enjoy the freshly-cooked dishes in this store.

Address: 492/6 Soi Charoen Krung 49, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Daily 8 a.m to 2 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Surasak

20. Duck Noodle @Rama 4 Road

What will the local eat in Bangkok? This is the one! Sei Duck Noodle @Rama Road 4 which serves braised Chinese herb duck noodles is always the favorite for locals. The noodles are served in a comforting broth prepared with duck and a combination of Chinese herbs and spices. The duck noodles can be ordered dry (haeng) or with broth at Sei Duck Noodles.

Address: 2856 Rama IV Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Daily 7:30 p.m to 12 a.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Phrom Phong (then take a taxi from there)

21. Nhong Rim Klong

Calling all the crab lovers, this restaurant is the one you would die for! Most of the must-try dishes here are all crab-based. Their Drunken Crab is incredibly good, though it might look plain with that huge white chunks of crab meat. Besides, their Crab Omelette (Kai Kon Pu) also one of the best here. Huge chunks of crab meat cooked in a creamy omelette and piled on top of anything from plain rice, fried rice, and pan-fried noodle. Lastly, be prepared to wait when visiting 🙂

Famous dishes: Pad Kee Mao Crab, Kalam Plee Pad Nam Pla Kai Kon Pu (Crab Omelette over Cabbages fried with fish sauce), and Drunken Crab

Address: Ekkamai Soi 21, Khlong Tan Nuea, Kate Wathana, Bangkok, Thailand (Google maps: click here)
Open hours: 8:30 am – 4 pm on Monday – Saturday
Nearest Train Station: BTS Ekkamai (The easiest way to get here is by private taxi, as it’s a few kilometers from Ekkamai BTS station. )

22. Janhom, Southern Thai Cuisine and Seafood Restaurant

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Got bored with the ordinary Thai food? How about the signature yellow curry dish serve with young bamboo shoots and fish? They offer classic Southern Thai cuisine and staying true to the hot, spicy, sour, and salty flavors! The classic Yellow Curry is bright yellow in colour, with a pungent smell of turmeric and thick curry. Want to explore more? Try the Stink Bean and Shrimp Stir Fry.

Famous dishes: Yellow Curry Sea Bass and Stink Bean with Prawn Stir Fry

Address: 273/4 Soi Nawasi ( Soi Ramkhamhang 21 alley), Thanon Ramkhamhaeng 21 Road, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi, Bangkok 10240.
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 11 a.m to 10 p.m
Getting there: From Ram Intra- Ekkamai Speedway Parallel Road, look out for a gas station at the beginning of Soi Ramkhamhang 21 alley. Janhom is located 400 meters on the right side.

23. Jao Long

Wanna eat the same food like the famous star Chow Yun-fat? Jao Long is the one. They are a shop selling favor fish ball noodles across Charoen Krung Road street. Their home made fresh fish ball is the best and it comes in several types. If you would like to try all of these, then you should go for the combo one. The price is cheap and good but portions are relatively smaller.

Address: 1456 Charoen Krung Rd, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: 6:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saphan Taksin

24. Prachak Roasted Duck

Prachak Roasted Duck is one of the most famous Cantonese style duck restaurant in Bangkok. Located right along Charoen Krung road, opposite Robinson’s department store. Recommend their their egg noodles, it is fresh and tossed, and the addition of shell-less crab on top makes a wonderful touch. Don’t forget to add in soy vinegar and a scoop full of chili flakes, bring the noodles to the next level.

Address: 1415 Charoen Krung Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: 8 a.m to 8:30 a.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saphan Taksin

25. Sukhumvit Soi 38 – Street Food Court

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If you have a sweet tooth, the famous Mango Sticky Rice from Sukhumvit Soi 38 Food Court is always a good place for this. Across the street at Sukhumvi Soi 55, there is the more shop that selling the same stuff too however at here you can sit down in comfort to enjoy the dessert. And it’s also much cheaper here too!

Address: 800 Sukhumvit Rd, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: 5 p.m to 1 a.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Thong Lor

26. Bamii Zap 2/ SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles

SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles in Petchaburi Soi 19 serves decent wanton noodles and braised pork (Khao Kha Moo). There is lack of an English menu here however it should not create a problem as it’s basically about two alternatives; wonton mee with red pork (and crab), and rice with braised pork meat. The trotter will melts in your mouth, which is really delicious.

Address: 4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: Daily 9 a.m to 4 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Ratchathewi

27. Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai

Located near the Chinatown in Bangkok and it’s probably the only place you can get this unique dish! This delicious dish served with cuttlefish, chicken and the soul of it, a running egg! Seasoned with soy sauce, eggs and pork fat and infused with plenty of wok hei, the noodles are crispy on the outside and smooth and soft on the inside. Not to mention, it’s only cost THB50-60 a bowl!

Address: 419 Luang Road, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok
Opening Hours: Daily 4 p.m to 1 a.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Siam (Take BTS to Siam then take a taxi from there)

28. Somboon Seafood

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Somboon Seafood is a restaurant famous for its fried curry crab and has been featured in various travel guides and blogs alike. Yet, it’s no secret that Bangkok taxi drivers would scam unsuspecting travelers and/or diners to it’s infamous twin – Somboon Dee – to receive a kickback. They’ve total 5 outlets in Bangkok.

Bantadthong Branch
Address: 895/6-21 ถนน บรรทัดทอง Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand( Google maps: click here)
Opening hours:Daily 4:00 p.m to 11:30 p.m

Sam Yan Branch
Address: 315 Phayathai Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand(click here)
Opening hours: 11 a.m – 9 p.m

Udomsuk Branch
Address: 26 UdomSuk 60, Sukhumvit 103 Rd.,NongBon, Pravet, Bangkok 10250 (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours:Daily 4:00 p.m to 11:30 p.m

Surawong Branch
Address:169,169/7-12 Surawong Rd., Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours:Daily 4:00 p.m to 11:30 p.m

Ratchada Branch
Address:167/9-12 Huay-Kwang Intersection,Ratchadapisek Rd., DinDeang, Bangkok 10320 (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours:Daily 4:00 p.m to 11:30 p.m

29. Ong Tong Khao Soi

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Ong Tong Khao Soi, in Ari, is a restaurant that’s dedicated to all things Khao Soi which is a Thai spicy soup made with a mix of boiled egg noodles in the broth and crispy deep-fried egg noodles on top. The soup is add in with pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime, chilies, and coconut milk with meat or vegetable of your choice.

Address: 17 Phahonyothin Soi 7, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
(Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m to 8:30 p.m
Nearest Train Station: BTS Ari

30. Jae Noy’s Banana Fritters

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Located next to Je Niao Boi Kia Thai Babao Ice Shop, it has been recommended by many media and travel magazines, even CNN has selected it as one of the top ten food to eat in Bangkok! Their batter will be is even added in with sesame seeds and peanuts, which make the fried bananas taste so crispy.

Address: Charoenkrung Rd. & Si Wiang Rd. Corner (Google maps: click here)
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m till sold out
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saphan Taksin

NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know by email and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!

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