[Bangkok] This family-run eatery near Victory Monument is well known for two dishes which both happen to be my favourite – Thai style wanton mee and “Rad Na Nua” which is stir-fried wide rice noodles with slices of meat.
Making a trip there was a must for me, though was not the most convenient.
Unfortunately, I also left disappointed the first time round as they stopped selling by 2pm, even though the closing hours indicated 3pm. ”No more, no more”.
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Jakkee Restaurant ภัตตาคารจ๊ากกี่, also written as “Chakki” is located at Ratchawithi Soi 7, a 15 minutes’ walk from Victory Monument BTS station.
The shop used to be from Chinatown, and has been at this location for more than 30 years.
Therefore, it is not surprising to find the slightly older generation dining here, reading their newspapers or elderly couples reminiscing their good-old days.
It is also awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
It looked like the typical Chinese-Cantonese eatery in Bangkok, though you would notice it is unusually crowded even before lunch time.
Also, prices are considered higher than the average eatery serving the similar food, even up to double for a couple of dishes.
There would be an auntie cooking up Wanton Noodles skilfully at the front corner of the shop, keeping the noodles springy and drained of water.
3 types are available, with Roasted Pork (112 baht, SGD4.60, USD3.40), Crab (152 baht, SDS6.30, USD4.60) or Mixed (152 baht).
The Thai style of wanton noodles is generally one with minimal seasonal, added with some pork lard oil, fish sauce and perhaps chilli flakes.
Somehow, they just come together fragrantly with an ‘al dente’ bite. However, I know there are people who finds this too plain and simple.
While this bowl is considered pricey in Bangkok terms, there was generous serving of roasted pork and crab meat, and this a fairly average bowl (definitely better than the touristy ones Singaporeans keep visiting).
Add on an appetiser of Fried Pork Wontons (60 baht, SGD2.50, USD1.80) with thick crunchy skin dipped into sweet-honeyed sauce, and you would not regret.
The star of Chakki is the “Rad-Nha” of stir-fried noodles with meat in thick, brown gravy.
You can choose from big flat noodles similar to the hor fun, crispy rice vermicelli or egg noodles (20 baht extra), fried with meats such as pork, chicken, beef, prawn & crab or fried seabass.
A plate is priced from 120 baht to 160 baht (starts from SGD5, USD3.61).
This is certainly one of the best fried Hor Fun I had in Bangkok, came steaming hot with wok-hei with wide-flat and smooth rice noodles with very slight char, coated on top with sweetish-brown sauce.
Some people may not like that sweet-tinge and can be marginally to the salty side, but a lot of wok-fried dishes in Bangkok are like that.
Thankfully, I thought Chakki got the balance quite right, and was not as heavy or rich as I would have expected.
The noodles were also delightful, staying slightly crisp even towards the end.
While the beef slices were tender, I remember I had softer ones elsewhere, say at Lukkaithong.
For tourists, do not worry as there is an English menu, and one English-speaking member of the family (though she is always running around).
I know the food is considered pricier than the average and service is brisk, but the quality of the ingredients used, and oh that sauce, and the history of Chakki makes it quite a worthy to visit place for “Rad-Nha” lovers.
1/35 Ratchawithi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand (Victory Monument BTS, walk to Ratchawithi Soi 7)
Tel: +66 2 245 0849
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm (Mon – Sun) (May close earlier when sold out, closed every first Mon of the month)
Google Maps – Chakki
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