[Bangkok] In the shopping district of Siam in central Bangkok, it is rather difficult to find cheap authentic Thai food.
Small independent shophouse restaurants have been slowly closing down and relocating due to increasing rent costs and the emergence of shopping mall food courts and chain restaurants.
One place, however, that has stood the test of time and is still serving the same classic Thai dishes they have for decades is Rod Dee Det.
Ok, so they too have shut their original shop but have opened a new branch just around the corner on Siam Square Soi 2 selling all of their classic dishes. I thought it was about time to check out the new restaurant.
The original Rot Dee Det was a no-frills Thai shophouse without air conditioning.
The new Jeib Rot Dee Det is set in a more modern, industrial space, with everything painted in black.
Although there is still no air con downstairs but there are lots of big fans inside to keep the Bangkok heat at bay.
The “Kuay Teow Neua” Beef Noodle Soup (50 baht, SGD2.10) is what Rot Dee Det is famous for.
I ordered two bowls, one with wide rice noodles and one with rice vermicelli. For me, I thought that the wide rice noodles were better, as they had that soft, chewy texture, which was much more pleasant than the stringy hard vermicelli noodles.
At 50 baht a bowl, though, you could order two and see which one you prefer!
Condiments wise, the soup came with the usual chilli vinegar, chilli flakes, sugar and fish sauce. I added the chilli vinegar and the chilli flakes. The fish sauce was definitely not needed, as it was rather salty soup to start with?
With that said, the soup had an intense, beefy flavour and once you add the sharp vinegar, there should be that good balance between salty and sour.
Also included were tender stewed beef, blanched fresh slices of beef and a processed beef meatball.
The best thing about the soup was the stewed, Chinese spiced beef – Nuea Pueay, it literally melts your mouth. I could eat a whole bowl of the beef on its own.
The other famous dishes at Rod Dee Det are the “Khao Na Gai” Chinese Style Chicken Stew On Rice (50 baht) and the “Khao Stew Neua” (50 baht) Chinese style beef stew on rice.
The chicken stew was made up of tender pieces of chicken in a thick soy sauce based sauce and served with freshly sliced green spur chillis.
Without being amazing, this was still a very comforting dish. A solid stew that won’t leave you disappointed for the price you pay.
The beef stew was darker in colour than the chicken version but had almost the same salty soy-based sauce.
The difference was that it was spiced with Chinese five spices which was the perfect partner to the extremely tender beef.
Other dished on the menu include Moo Waan – sweet pork, claypot chicken and various curries all costing, you guessed it, 50 baht a plate.
The bottom line is that if you are in the Siam area, want something authentic and local and don’t want to pay over inflated prices, then you could do far worse than checking out Jeib Rod Dee Det.
Jeib Rod Dee Det
236/3-4 Siam Square Soi 2, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 92 654 4654
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm Daily
Google Maps – Jeib Rod Dee Det
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* Written by DFD’s Bangkok Correspondent @the_roaming_cook. Gary Butler is a self-taught cook from London currently based in Bangkok. When he is not cooking, he is roaming the streets in search of the Bangkok’s best local food.