[Bangkok] When in Yaowarat in Bangkok for a street food adventure, include Nai Mong Hoi Thod in your itinerary.
This is the one of the best places (and the best in Chinatown) to find a really good hoi thod (Teochews call this dish ”Orh Luak”), which literally means “fried oyster”.
Owned by a certain Mr. Mong, this Chinatown eatery has been in operation for more than 30 years.
His recipe has never changed throughout the decades, though he has passed the cooking to an apprentice who maintains his standards.
Even until Michelin Guide took notice and awarded it the Bib Gourmand distinction.
This specialty of the house is made with fresh oysters fried ‘til crisp with egg and a sticky sauce. But in case you don’t want oysters, opt for the mussels instead.
Nai Mong Hoi Thod is a humble-looking eatery located within walking distance Wat Mangkon MRT.
It is so inconspicuous-looking that you may walk past without noticing, except that it does have quite a crowd of customers within.
A visit here won’t dent your wallet that much. A small plate of the Fried Omelette goes for 100 baht (SGD4.50), up to 200 baht and 300 baht for a medium and large size respectively. (Used to be 70 baht though not too long ago.)
You get options of Crispy Oysters Omelette, Plain Oysters Omelette, Crispy Musssel Omelette, and Fried Oysters with Oysters Sauce.
Get a seat where you can watch some of the frying over a charcoal stove, and you would realise it is quite a meticulous (and oily) process to get the eggs that crispy, and oyster cooked yet plump and fresh tasting.
Though I had Crispy Oysters Omelette in Thailand before, this was even crispier or should I say cruncher than many other versions.
What was appealing was the contrast with the juicy oysters coated with sticky sweet sauce. Enhance the flavours with a dip on the mild-spicy wet chilli sauce.
The main drawback is some customers may find this too greasy if you finish up a plate on your own.
I only had intention to order one dish here, but went on to order the Plain Oysters Omelette. Live life without (food) regrets.
It was closer than what I was familiar with, and this was possibly the best version of Orh Luak I had.
The balance of starch and eggs was perfect, neither overly gooey nor floury.
Complete your meal by pairing it with their Crab Fried Rice, which is also a popular item here. At 100 baht with those pieces of crab meat, this is indeed value for its money.
If I got to choose just one dish again, this would be Plain Oysters Omelette. Oh… the flavours, the soft consistency and the wok heat. So aroy.
Nai Mong Hoi Thod 蚵仔煎
539 Phlap Phla Chai Rd, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand (Wat Mangkon MRT, Blue Line)
Tel: +66 89 773 3133
Opening Hours: 11am – 8:30pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Google Maps – Nai Mong Hoi Thod
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