[Bangkok] With traveling restrictions significantly loosening up, Bangkok remains one of Singapore’s favourite location to head to for food, shopping, massages and more. (I am planning a trip myself, so look out for new Bangkok cafes to head to. Yeah!)

I do have some friends who have yet to visit Bangkok before, and they have asked for the “must-eats” there.

Well, I would say the Thai locals would have their own recommendations, but there are also those restaurants and eateries that are on the to-go-for check-list for a first-time tourists.

So here are 10 Bangkok Food Must Eat Food Places (that Singaporeans love to go for), especially if this is your first time especially the Land of Smiles: (included 2 cafes because these are really favourites)

Kway Chap Uan Photchana
408 Yaowarat Road, Khwaeng Chakkrawat, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Tel: +66 86 508 9979
Opening Hours: 11am – 3am (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Google Maps – Guay Jub Ouan Pochana

Super Peppery Kway Chap At Yaowarat Chinatown
Talk about Kway Chap in Bangkok, and “Guay Jub Ouan Pochana” or “Kway Chap Auon Pochana” which was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand is one of the most well-known names.

For Singaporeans, this name may sound so familiar. Kway Chap Uan Photchana (or Guay Jub Ouan Pochana) is located at Bangkok Chinatown’s most famous road, Yaowarat.

(While it is also known as the “Yaowarat Kway Chap”, it is not related to
Singapore’s Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap at Kovan.)

For an inexpensive price, you can enjoy a serving of these chewy yet tender noodles in a fragrant, hot and peppery broth.

I can imagine why people would enjoy this, the soup is simply bursting with peppery flavours.

If you never had peppery soup before, this would probably be level 8 out of 10 on a scale, so much so that I think it can probably cure a blocked nose.

On the other, I felt that the overwhelmingness of it distracts the natural sweet flavours of the pork and innards. A pity because the pork belly pieces were really quite juicy and crispy.

Read more at: Guay Jub Ouan Pochana (Yaowarat, Bangkok)

P’Aor, Bangkok 冬陰功大龍蝦麵
68/51 Soi Phetchaburi 5, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Google Maps – P’Aor

Home of The Giant Lobster Tom Yum Soup
Pee Aor (sometimes spelled P’Aor) is a restaurant that is famous for its tom yum soup. They claim they serve the “Best Tom Yum In Bangkok”.

Once you get a glimpse of the giant rock lobster and seafood soup that is their speciality, it is easy to see why.

Other than the whole rock lobster, you get squid, mussels, fish, prawns and in an unbelievably rich, creamy, sour tom yum soup.

The soup also comes with a mound of rice noodles in it which makes it a very filling meal that can easily be shared between four to six people depending on how much you can eat.

The shop itself is a no frills, classic Thai restaurant, tucked down Soi Petchaburi 5, behind Phaya Thai BTS Station.

The easiest way to access the road is to cut through the carpak at Phaya Thai Plaza which is right next to the BTS station.

Read more at: Pee Aor Restaurant (Soi Phetchaburi 5, Bangkok)

Jeh O Chula
Banthat Thong Road, 113 Charat Muang Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 (National Stadium BTS)
113 ถ.จรัญเมือง เขตปทุมวัน, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Tel: +66 64 118 5888
Opening hours: 4:30pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Jeh O Chula

Famous Tom Yum Mama At Supper Place
Jeh O Chula also offers a variety of tasty cooked food dishes – our Singapore equivalent will be a zi-char shop.

(Thanks or no thanks to Singapore food blogs lol, this has become one of the must-visit institutions for Singaporean tourists such that there are also eateries back home wanting to recreate this.)

Customers are said to queue anything from between 20 minutes to 2 hours.

The star dish of Tom Yum Mama is available in Pork Ball version, Seafood, or All-In. The portion is good for sharing between 2 to 3 hungry people.

Somehow the Tom Yum soup base just tasted more appetising than the usual, mildly spicy, moderately thick, and zesty with lime slices. Took a sip and LOVED IT.

Read more at: Jeh O Chula (Soi Charat Muean, Bangkok)

Raan Jay Fai
327 Mahachai Road (at intersection with Samranrat Road) Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 223 9384
Opening Hours: 9am – 8:30pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Google Maps – Raan Jay Fai

1 Michelin Star Bangkok Street Hawker
Raan Jay Fai is the only street hawker awarded the Michelin Star in the inaugural Bangkok Michelin Guide, and also featured on Netflix’s Street Food.

The eatery is run by a 70-plus year old lady also called “Sister Mole”, known for her iconic over-sized goggles.

Main dishes sold included Tom Yum Goong, Poo Phad Yellow Curry, Homemade Prawn Cake, and Yum Woon-Sen – Thai spicy salad with glass noodles and mixed seafood.

Prices are more expensive than the average Thai eatery, but that isn’t stopping people from going early in the morning to get a queue number.

Its Thai Crab Omelette Kai-Jeaw Poo is the must-get, a massive roll of egg and lump crab meat that is also fried over hot coal fire.

Don’t forget about the Drunken Noodles which consists of flat rice noodles fried in hot & spicy sauce, and jumbo prawns marinated in wine. Frying it over coal fire meant that the noodles had more wok hei.

Read more at: Raan Jay Fai (Mahachai Road, Bangkok)

Thip Samai Pad Thai
313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 226 6666
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Google Maps

Pad Thai Institution With Long Lines
While you are at Raan Jay Fai, you may want to check out the famed Thip Samai known for its Pad Thai.

The eatery about 10 minute drive away from Chinatown has been around since 1966, and is popular with locals and tourists alike.

While you can find outlets in foodcourts at major shopping malls, the experience here is still quite difference.

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.

I ordered the Pad Thai Haw Kai Goong Sot which came 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 unveiling a treasure chest. Though I could say it was a good plate of Pad Thai, but not an exceptional one.

Read more at: Thip Samai Pad Thai (Bangkok)

Polo Fried Chicken (Soi Polo)
137/1-3 Soi Polo, Th Withayu, Wireless Road, Lumphini, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 655 8489
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Possibly Bangkok’s Best Fried Chicken
Being in operations for more than 50 years, most come here for one main reason – the Kai Todd Fried Chicken, flavoured with black pepper and topped with crispy golden-brown garlic.

Savour this dish with sticky rice and som tum.

The tender juicy drumstick dipped with spicy sauce was a tasty experience hard to forget. The first bite was aroy mak mak!

Juicy and succulent, well marinated, and some parts lingering with oil. I found some parts of the chicken dry though, especially the breast meat.

Read more at: Polo Chicken (Khwaeng Lumphini, Bangkok)

Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam
Poonam Market, 960-962, Phetchaburi Road, Soi 30, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 81 779 7255
Opening Hours: 6am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice

Hainanese Style Chicken Rice
Established in 1960 as a food stall specialising in Hainanese chicken rice in the Pratunam district of Bangkok, Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam quickly gained popularity among tourists.

Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice has been around for more than 60 years, and offers Khao Man Gai (ข้าวมันไก่), a Thai version of chicken rice that originated in Hainan, China.

Even though there are outlets in Singapore, the experience and food are quite different from what you get in Bangkok.

Some consider the Thai-style chicken rice less oily than the Singapore version.

The serving good for 1 person, consists of a small cup of rice topped with slices of poached chicken, served with a garnish of cucumber slices, a side soup of chicken broth, and small bowl of the black sauce.

I thought that while the chicken meat was more or less average, the rice was flavourful, fluffy, and not too oily.

Read more at: Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice (Pratunam, Bangkok)

On Lok Yun ออน ล๊อก หยุ่น
72 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wang Burapha Phirom, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 223 9621
Opening Hours: 6am – 2:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – On Lok Yun

Old-School Local Coffee & Breakfast Place With Taste Of Nostalgia
Old-style café On Lok Yun (ออน ล๊อก หยุ่น) has become a popular breakfast spot with tourists (especially Singaporeans), and it is not difficult to understand why.

With faded photos on grey walls, old-school Milo tins in pale green wooden cabinets, classic coffee-shop furniture and bread fragrance lingering in the air, the coffee shop looks caught in time.

With a history of more than 80 years, people visit for their Thai-style American breakfast with items of Bread with Butter and Sugar, French Toast, and Egg Custard Bread with Kaya.

The Egg Custard Bread with Kaya is what I would return for again, as the nicely-grilled toasts were soft and light.

Read more at: On Lok Yun (Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok)

ROAST Coffee & Eatery
335 Thonglor Soi 17, Sukhumvit 55 Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 96 340 3029
Opening Hours: 10am – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 7:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Google Maps – The Commons

Hipster Cafe At The Commons Known For Extensive Brunch And Great Coffee
Ask any millennial Singaporean who has been to Bangkok, and he/she would have visited Roast or put it in the itinerary somewhere.

The brainchild of Varatt Vichit-Vadakan, this all-day casual eatery is known for its relaxing ambience, extensive brunch dishes, and in-house roasted coffee.

Get to The Commons (won’t regret it) and you would spot industrial brick-and-glass décor, spacious with tall ceilings like a large dining hall of a house, great vibes buzzing with lively people. (There are other cafes and brunch places you can check out at The Commons as well.)

Its popular brunch dishes include the Eggs Benedict with ham or smoked salmon, Crab Cake Benedict, Roast Breakfast, American Pancakes, Roast Double Cheese Burger, and Huevos Rancheros aka Baked Eggs with tortilla.

Items were generally hearty, good for sharing,

Roast’s coffee which is supplied by sister brand Roots is every part a winner, roasted in-house, using single origin for its Filter Coffee.

After You
Central World Plaza 7th floor, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 252 5434
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

For Their Shibuya Toast, Cakes And Kakigori Desserts
With a tagline of “There’s always room for desserts”, there is always a queue for their sweet treats from shibuya honey toasts, buttermilk pancake, chocolate lava, brownies, to cakes like mille crepe.

The Shibuya Honey Toast comes in exciting-sounding flavours from Ferrero, nutella, sticky toffee, matcha, cheddar cheese, strawberry cream to chocolate toast.

The Shibuya Special Black Toast I had, indulgently topped with soft baked peanut cookie dough, melted peanut butter sauce and ice cream, was luxurious and delicious.

Look out for their seasonal flavours as well.

Their shops can be found at several major shopping malls in Bangkok, so there shouldn’t be a problem getting there.

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