(Updated 25 May 2020)
Ramindra and Bang Kapi are our haunts. The areas are close to home and we wander everywhere sometimes just to find things to eat. Here are some of our favourites. Tried and true, all homemade to the core, and I won’t trade them for any fine-dining in the world.
Open Tues-Sun: 11.00 – 15.00. T: 02-377-4248.
We were here more times than we are able to count. This is a small open-air family-run Northern Thai restaurant. Tucked away deep inside an old community, this is one of the best places we trust for the delicious regional staples – from Khao Soi to Kanom Cheen Nam Ngiew. Always on our tables are deep-fried chicken wings and sticky rice. Also great are their Nam Prik Noom and Nam Prik Ong. Once you eat at this place, you will register the tastes, and perhaps like us, you will find it is so much harder to like other places this much.
Open daily: 09.00 – 16.00. T: 096-639-7424.
This place sells boat noodles, hence the name. But we found out that they also make delicious Thai staple dishes such as Khao Kra Praw (spicy holy basil stir-fried with rice), Pad Thai, Khao Kluk Kapi and so on. Their Yen Ta Four noodles are also delish. Friendly pricing as well.
Open Tues-Sun: 09.00 – 15.00. T: 081-414-4011
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Our go-to place for chicken rice. Now even better with biodegradable package (locally made from bagasse). So neat. Je Ang Khao Man Gai Soi Watcharapol, Ramindra. Daily (closed Mondays) T. 029455514. ร้านข้าวมันไก่ที่อร่อยมากที่สุดในกทม ข้าวมันไก่เจ๊อัง ซอยวัชรพล รามอินทรา ตรงข้ามเสถียรธรรมสถาน ไม่ได้ไปซื้อนาน วันนี้พบว่ารุ่นลูกๆ เปลี่ยนจากกล่องโฟมมาใช้กล่องชานอ้อย ที่แพงกว่ามาก (กล่องละ 5 บาท = 100 กล่อง 500 บาท โฟม 100 กล่อง 60 บาท) แถมยังไม่ขึ้นราคาค่าอาหารอีก ลูกชายหล่อ ลูกสาวน่ารัก จริงๆ โทร. 02-945-5514 เปิดทุกวัน (ปิดจันทร์) #ไก่ตัวนึงข้าวสามห่อ #กินคนเดียว #ข้าวมันไก่เจ๊อัง
A small shophouse that has been our sustenance for years. Je Ang sells out fast, so if you plan to be there or buy a good portion to go for a potluck party like I usually do, order them in advance. Apart from the delicious heartiness of their chicken rice, what I like and appreciate them is how Je Ang’s children who are all helping their mother decided that it is a good thing to use biodegradable packaging – which are more expensive than the foam – for all their food. Read above for more deets.
Open daily: 09.00 – 16.00, T: 083-685-8220
This place serves a good selection of the old capital’s specialities – Sukhothai noodles, the ones with rice noodle, BBQ pork, sliced green beans, pork rinds, toasted peanut and toasted chillies. We also like their Sukhothai style Pad Thai which is a simple rice noodle stir-fried with palm sugar and fish sauce, a bit of egg, and served topped with BBQ pork, pork rinds, toasted chillies and peanut. A squeeze of lime is what you need to make the taste vibrant and delish.
Daily: 08.00 – 16.00, T: 02-736-4898
Located in a small but very clean and neat shophouse on Seri Thai road, ‘Satang Ped Toon Ya Cheen’ serves their specialities for die-hard fans who are willing to walk. There’s no parking, but you can venture into the nearby Sammakorn community, park your car and walk out onto the street for this place. I love their duck leg noodles or duck leg soup with steamed rice. You can also try like my husband would do, rice with braised duck. Special portion with extra meat, blood curds and egg.
Food Court, Sammakorn Village, Open Daily (closed Sundays): 10.30 – 15.00, T: 081-924-2146
Pa O Pork Noodle + Esan Stall at Sammakorn Community in Sapan Sung area. This is a food court inside this huge and populated community. Just drive in and park when you see the first 7/11 convenient store on your left. The food court will be just at the corner of that stretch. The recommended stalls include pork noodle, old-style, with rare choice of ‘giam ee’ or the short and fat rice noodles (see top picture) with clear or tom yam soup. The clear broth is delish, too. This noodle place is run by Pa O, the aunty who takes her time making each and every bowl meticulously. So, if you go there hungry, you can always order a plate of grilled pork neck from the nearby stall. Nice, marbled slab of pork meat grilled and served with toasted chilli sauce. Yummy.
Daily: 09.00 – 16.00, T: 02-373-9066
Another one of my forever’s favourites when it comes to old-school Thai-style bakery. This place is known for small pies – in toddy palm, young coconut, spinach, chicken cream, mushroom cream and so much more. Read further here.
8. Krua Kra Tae | ครัวกระแต
Daily (closed Mondays) 11.00 – 22.00, T: 02-070-0207
If you are looking for a place for Thai food, Thai spicy food, the one with good Thai desserts and a bit of Thai-style cakes and bakery, this is it. We go there for their fishballs made in different ways – from green curry to spicy stir-fries with herbs, and also, when we like to splurge a little, their salt-fried river prawns. Always a staple for us is their fried salted eggs. One plate of steamed rice is never enough here. Also, save room for their pomelo, Kanom Tom which I think is the best in town. Read more about this place here.
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