Thip Samai Pad Thai – Best Pad Thai In Bangkok?
[Bangkok] Thip Samai has been touted to offer the best Pad Thai in Bangkok. Jing Lor? The eatery about 10 minute drive away from Chinatown, has been around since 1966, popular with locals and tourists alike.
Goodness. A long snaking queue of about 40 people in the line at any one time, seemingly about 60-70% foreigners, while the rest were Thais. Fortunately, movement was fast, and we got seats after a 20 minute or so wait (facing the hot woks of course.)
“This Pad Thai restaurant is so famous that even my parents will come here.” My Thai friend Khun-B quipped. “BUT, it is way over-rated… ”
Nevertheless, he still brought me all the way here. #friendship
The ‘kitchen’ is at the front of the eatery, with a few sections: Two were doing the initial frying (big fire big fire) over charcoal, a group of men carried out the assembling, while the guy nearest the road was fry-wrapping the noodles with egg – a bucket at the side, with operations like systematic clockwork.
Let’s start with the Orange Juice.
The bottles differ in price from time to time, and this fateful day, it was 140 baht (SGD$5.50) per bottle.
“This is daylight robbery. I just had another orange juice at JJ market for 50 baht, and I thought THAT was expensive.” When I asked Khun B which was better, the reply was, “Well, Thip Samai’s has more pulp.”
We ordered the Pad Thai Haw Kai Goong Sot (90 baht, SGD$3.50) which is wrapped with egg. The moderately thin layer of egg enveloped around the stir-fried noodles like a pillow, and when dug in was almost like unravelling a treasure chest
Hmm… slight wok-hei, though I expected more. Slightly to the sweeter side, I could say it is a good plate of Pad Thai, but not an exceptional one. I must have had something better at some random street stall.
Thip Samai Pad Thai
313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2221 6280
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 1:30am Daily