Hello! I’m excited to share about our eats in the city of angels over the past four days! Of course, being a foodie, I researched and planned all our meals so the risk of eating sucky food was minimal *victory sign*
#1: Supanniga Eating Room
Lunch at Supanniga Eating Room was our first meal in Bangkok and I loved it! While everything we ordered was fantastic, from the cha plu sardine salad and spicy crab roe dip to the jumbo prawn gaeng som, the piece de resistance was definitely the “son in law” eggs! Deep fried medium boiled eggs served with “three-flavour sauce” and fried shallots, I’ve never had anything quite like it before. Beautiful.
160/11 Soi Sukhumvit 55 Thonglor
Maewaree is further down the street from Supanniga Eating Room (see #1 above) and it’s the perfect stop for khao niew moon (THB 100), the quintessential Thai dessert. I’ve never liked rice so K was in charge of finishing the sticky rice while the plump mango was mine, haha. This was the only mango sticky rice we had; for the rest of the trip, I just bought mango slices off the street and those were not any less sweet!
1 Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor
No. 3 restaurant on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is Nahm, where we had our best meal in Bangkok in terms of ambience, food and service. It was hard to decide which was the star dish — blue swimmer crab curry? Fresh water crayfish salad? Prawn and coconut wafers? In the end, we agree that it’s the humble bowl of toasted coconut that’s the defining dish at Nahm for us. It may not look like much, but it’s absolutely mind-blowing! So incredibly fragrant that I could eat it forever. THB 1,800++ for four canapés, one soup, four mains and a dessert, this is the most value-for-money set menu ever.
Ground floor, Metropolitan Hotel, 27 South Sathorn Road
#4: Raan Jay Fai
Dining at Raan Jay Fai was a great experience. We sat along the pavement and paid restaurant-ish prices for the legendary crabmeat omelette (THB 800) and seafood pad kee mao “drunken noodles” (THB 380). The latter had a superb wok hei aroma but the highlight was the omelette! Humongous chunks of crabmeat, barely cooked eggy centre, this was too good to be shared. Next time I’m getting one all for myself! And yes, there will be a next time.
327 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon
#5: Leung Pha
A few shops away from Raan Jay Fai (see #4 above) are two famous pad thai eateries: Thip Samai and Leung Pha. Thip Samai looks kind of commercialised so we opted for Leung Pha, the shabbier neighbour. Leung Pha uses shrimp fats in the pad thai (THB 50), resulting in a rich and intense plate of thin noodles, egg, sprouts and vegetables. Oh ya, look out for the man selling coconut ice (THB 25) outside Leung Pha and be sure to get a cup! It’s such a refreshing beverage that we went back for seconds.
315/1 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon
#6: Som Tam Nua
After winning CNNGo Best Eats in 2010, every tourist now knows Som Tam Nua. Papaya salad is their claim to fame and I’ll always remember it. Not because it’s famous, but because the Thai mixed papaya salad was so spicy that my tongue hurt. Eating this was too painful… So K dashed out to buy a glass of milk for me from the store selling Hokkaido milk we passed by earlier. And the milk (bought with love haha) worked wonders in battling the heat, so much so that I could enjoy the mango salad and fried fish thereafter : ) Remember to try the fried chicken too! K can vouch for it.
392/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road
#7: Chatuchak Market
Coconut ice cream is a must at Chatuchak Market! Many stalls sell it, but make a note to go to Maprao Hawm, the most popular one with hanging coconuts between Sections 1 and 2 near the entrance of Kamphaenpetch MRT station. One scoop of homemade coconut ice cream in a coconut husk, two toppings of corn and roasted peanuts (there’s also nata de coco and sticky rice, I think), free flow coconut water… This was heaven in hot Chatuchak. Other nice eats here include Thai red ruby and orange juice freshly squeezed at Louk Som.
Maprao Hawm, Soi 36, Section 1
Louk Som, Room 079-080, Soi 38/2, Section 2
K had a massive craving for root beer float so A&W made it onto our itinerary. Can’t go wrong with vanilla ice cream and root beer, but you can go very wrong with the curly fries and waffles. The former was ridiculously salty, and the latter was just a piece of ready-made chewy dough, bleah. No wonder it closed down in Singapore, oops. That said, no regrets coming here since A&W brought back many fond childhood memories!
Union Mall, Level 2, Room No. 10 – 05, 54
#9: Fuji Japanese Restaurant
It’s got to happen. Shopping on this trip was my top priority so food had to take the backseat some days. Such as “Platinum Day”, when we spent the whole day at the huge mall after a morning spin at Pratunam market opposite. It was either the food court or Fuji Japanese Restaurant, Bangkok’s version of Sushi Tei. Quite a no-brainer, wasn’t it! My selection of aburi nigiri was as awesome as it looked, soft shell crab maki and tamago were delicious, and K’s beef set ain’t half bad as well. Japanese food FTW!
Platinum Mall, Level 6, 222 Petchaburi Road, Ratchathevee
#10: Vanilla Brasserie
Another Hound by Greyhound was my first choice but it was closed for renovations. Settled on Vanilla Brasserie for our last lunch in Bangkok and it was fab! K had the special lasagne crepe, mine was the curry crab crepe, and we loved our food! Extremely thin and crispy, generous fillings, I can’t remember having a crepe this good in a long long time.
Ground Floor, Siam Paragon
#11: Street Food
Though street food is synonymous with Bangkok, we didn’t eat much off the streets. To be honest, the savoury food displayed in a haphazard manner didn’t appeal to me. The fruits, drinks and kueh kueh did, however. Fresh mango, coconut wafers, cha yen (Thai iced tea), chocolate banana pancakes… Bangkok, I like you!