Best Bangkok Mango Sticky Rice @ Sukhumvit Soi 38 (And Wanton Noodle)

Sukhumvit Night Food Street (Sticky Rice and Wanton Noodle)

Address: Thong Lor Station Exit 4, Sukhumvit Soi 38

Opening hours: Some stalls open at 6.00pm, and some at 8.00pm till late

Introduction

Sukhumvit Soi 38 is an ordinary road by day and transformed into a food street by night. There are about twenty stalls here that offers quite a variety of Bangkok street food here like Papaya Salad, Skewered BBQ Meat, Duck Noodle, Fresh Fruit Smoothies, Pad Thai, the famous Mango Sticky Rice and Thai-style Wanton Noodle.

Sukhumvit Soi 38 is directly across Thong Lor BTS station Exit 4. Apparently the Pad Thai there has quite some reputation but we did not have the stomach after having the famous “Best Bangkok Mango Sticky Rice” and the Thai-style Wanton Noodle. I always wanted to do a comparison between the SabX2 Wanton Noodle and something else so this is the one.

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Bangkok Best Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Neeo Mamuang)

Everyone surely will have a mango sticky rice or two in Bangkok, but what about the “Best Mango Sticky Rice”? Apparently, the one with such reputation is not from a restaurant, not from an eatery and definitely not from a cafe but this road side stall at Sukhumvit Soi 38. Turn right at the blue and white umbrella at the foreground as shown in the above pic to locate this stall. Remember it’s something something something 38. LOL. Any helpful soul to translate?

I was pretty curious what actually contributed to this roadside stall for their “Best Bangkok Mango Sticky Rice” reputation. I can’t be sure is this the Best Mango Sticky Rice, but this is one of the best i had so far. I had reviewed Mango Tango previously and talked about how fresh and sweet their mangoes are, surprisingly, this street food stall’s are as good, if not slightly better.

But i have to emphasis that it’s still a personal preference for individual’s criteria for a “good mango sticky rice”.  Some mango sticky rice’s are good for their coconut sauce while the glutinous rice don’t add much flavor to the overall taste except for it’s texture. This glutinous rice is flavorful, with sweet blend of slightly salty and sweet taste and the aromatic coconut sauce completes the whole package. Good mango, good coconut sauce, good rice and a bonus – good price.

Crab Meat Wanton Noodle

Apparently the wanton noodle is one of the popular stalls which has quite some good reputation online. The unique thing for this  Thai-style wanton noodle is they added fresh crab meat as the ingredient. I can’t remember the exact price but i remember it is not expensive at all. There is a good local crowd queuing at this stall when i visited.

The noodle dry is springy and the texture is quite delightful. There is a tinge of shallot and pork lard fragrance upon having my first bite. The fresh crab meat don’t exactly affects the taste much but is a nice addition to the ingredient. Unlike the Sabx2 Wanton Noodle ,this noodle is less flavorful and i can taste the sweetness of the noodle. I would like this version if i am looking for something lighter, but I thought that the SabX2 Wanton Noodle fairs better than this in term of the overall taste.

The soup is also lightly flavored by the Chye Poh (preserved radish) and the soup is pretty good and i actually prefers the soup version to the dry. I normally prefers a dry noodle over a soup noodle anytime but not this one.

Conclusion

This is my first visit to Sukhumvit Soi 38 but definitely will not be my last. I thought it is an awesome place to indulge in Bangkok’s Street Food Culture to try out the wide variety of street food here.

I would love to try out the Pad Thai and it’s a pity i didn’t have it for my last visit. If you are visiting here, don’t be like me, for visiting this place with an almost-full stomach.

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Mango Tango @ Siam Square Soi 5 – Bangkok

Mango Tango

Address: Siam Square Soi 5.

Opening hours: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

Introduction

Simply go to Google Map and enter “Mango Tango Bangkok” and you will get the actual location. It is only a couple of minutes walk from Siam Station.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Mango+Tango+Bangkok&hl=en&ll=13.745242,100.534623&spn=0.012277,0.009913&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.86791,40.605469&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A

This place was recommended by my friend who happened to wander into this dessert place in Bangkok. Mango Tango, as the name suggest, they specialize in mango dessert. I visited their branch at Siam Square Soi 5 for the second time as I was bringing another friend to try, and it’s already queuing before the shop opens at 11.30am.

There is this stall just beside Mango Tango that sells quite decent Thai Pandan pastries. I will mention more on this stall after the Conclusion section of Mango Tango.

The one thing that I don’t like about this place is they have a rule of each person must order an individual dessert before you are allow a seat. This branch can only house only about twenty diners at a time.

They do have branch at other places. Visit their official website for more information.

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Signature Mango Tango with Sticky Rice  – 145 baht

This platter is like the McDonald’s big breakfast of Tango Mango where you get to sample everything – fresh mango, mango ice cream, mango pudding and their sticky rice. For both times, the mangoes are really fresh and sweet. Oh by the way, the mango sticky rice is very so-so. Do consider if you want to order it. I ordered cus I thought it will make the photo looks more complete and nicer. LOL.

Mango Salsa – 85 baht

Mango Salsa is actually Mango pudding in fresh mango juice. The mango and pudding taste exactly like the Mango Tango with Sticky Rice dish. The main difference is the generous smooth fresh mango juice topped over the pudding less the ice-cream.

Mango Aloha – 65 baht

This is a cheaper version that only cost less than S$3.00. It’s diced Mango in Milk Sago with less-generous portion of fresh Mango Juice.

Conclusion

I think the selling point of Mango Tango is the eatery is really clean, and apart from their fresh juicy mango, the variety of mango desserts may also be the reason for the good crowd. I thought their food is actually rather well done although part of the reason for the long queue might be due to the small seating capacity in the restaurant. Their pricing is also very decent for their quality mango.

In my opinion, Mango Tango dishes lack a wow factor. I am only saying this because i am comparing this with a Hong Kong Dessert Xu Liu Shan (许留山). Not sure if you had heard about it but Xu Liu Shan sells dessert that is very very similar to Mango Tango, but at a slightly higher price, but there is almost no queue in Hong Kong.

As such, queuing for this at Mango Tango makes me feel like it’s not super worth it. But of course i am not at Hong Kong, so Mango Tango is good by itself in Bangkok.

Apart from the waiting time, i’m actually OK to pop by in the future. But if the queue is really long, then i probably get  myself something else, like Afteryou Dessert at Siam Paragon or Mont Nom Sod at MBK.

Kanom Krok Bai Toey (Pandan Kueh) beside Mango Tango

Opening hour: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

While i was waiting in the queue at Mango Tango, i was attracted by this simple-looking stall that is selling something like Pandan Pancake in flower shape.

All cakes are freshly made on the spot and the piping hot pastry gives off a very aromatic Pandan taste. I remember it’s about 30 baht for a box of eight. Mixture of different flavors is possible. Cheap and good!