Jeh O Chula – This Tom Yum Mama Has Become Bangkok’s Most Instagrammable Supper Dish
[Bangkok] Seriously? A Tom Yum Mama dish has become Bangkok’s social media hit, an instagrammable viral wonder.
If you are wondering, ”What is this?”, this pot from Jeh O Chula (some spell the eatery as “Jae Oh”) is essentially instant noodles in Tom Yum soup.
Isn’t it JUST instant noodles? Right.
I got to know of this dish when I asked a Thai counterpart, ”What is Bangkok’s most insta-worthy food NOW?”
“Mama Tom Yum Seafood. Aroy mak!”.
She didn’t understand WHY. The Thais have been eating instant noodles all the time as some kind of comfort food, but instagram has fueled its popularity.
Although Jeh O is opened from 5:30pm onwards, this star dish is only available from 11pm and closes at 2:00am or so.
I made my way to 113 Charat Muang Road, somewhere near National Stadium. Taxi driver 1 was completely clueless, Taxi driver 2 knew exactly where this popular supper dish exist.
Customers are said to queue anything from between 20 minutes to 2 hours! (Why does this experience remind me so much of Singapore’s Soon Li Yong Tau Foo?)
The ‘good’ thing was, waiting diners would be given queue numbers, and the server would call your number with a loud hailer. And there were SOME seats. Fortunately, I understood some very basic Thai. If not, look out for the groups before you.
The customer base at this time of the day seemed to make up of youths, students and friends hanging out for a zhi char meal with beer. I was like the only non-local around.
Got in after a 45 minute wait or so.
The star dish was available in pork ball version (120 baht), seafood (180 baht) or all-in (250 baht). That is between SGD$4.70 to $9.80 only! And portion is good for sharing between 2 to 3 hungry souls.
Ingredients included instant noodle, shrimp, squid, ground pork, two eggs and other unidentified stuff you would add to Tom Yum.
Took a sip and LOVED IT!
Somehow the Tom Yum soup base just tasted more appetising than the usual, mildly spicy, moderately thick, and zesty with lime slices.
The other popular items sold included Thai style sashimi, Thai fish cake, crispy pork and duck meat.
So to summarise:
– The restaurant is called “Jeh O” or “Jae Oh”
– Opens at 5:30pm but Tom Yum Mama is only sold from 11pm onwards.
– Can close about 2am.
– LONG queue.
– Take a queue number first.
– Order pork, seafood or ALL IN versions.
– Be prepared to visit toilet frequently the next day with some spicy output. 55555
Banthat Thong Road, 113 Charat Muang Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 (BTS National Stadium)
113 ถ.จรัญเมือง เขตปทุมวัน, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Tel: +66 64 118 5888
Opening hours: 5:30pm – 2am
March 22, 2017