Address: Thip Samai, Phra Nakhon, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand
Operating hours: Daily 6:00pm to 12:00am
A quick Google of ‘Bangkok best Pad Thai’ will return quite some results for ‘Thip Samai’. The location of Thip Samai is rather off from the main shopping district but is it worth the travel for the ‘best Pad Thai in bangkok’ ? This is my second visit to Thip Samai. From the Grand Palace area (specifically from The Deck@ Arun Residence), i took a tuk tuk that took me less than five minutes to reach.
Same as my previous visit, comparing to Sabx2 Wanton Noodle which is mostly filled with tourist, Thip Samai is mostly filled with locals.
Thip Samai basically offers many variations of Pad Thai (glass noodle version, with extra prawn, wrapped in omelet or even a version without the rice noodle). Yes, and one more thing that I like about Thip Samai is for it’s cleanliness of the shop. Eating in a dirty eatery is the last thing to worry about at Thip Samai.
I ordered the omelet version and the prawn version. I remembered the prawn version was a little sweet for Singaporean taste the previous time but this time it’s perfect.
At Thip Samai, every plate of Pad Thai is freshly prepared and served piping hot to your table, and it comes comes with a portion of bean sprouts, fresh lime and chives.
Adding the lime, chilli flakes and crushed peanut is a must to bring out the flavour of the noodle. I tend not to judge a food’s taste by Singapore standard, and as we know, Bangkok food tends to be sweeter. So for those who don’t appreciate sweet savory food, you may find this Pad Thai, or any other Thai food in Bangkok, not as appealing to you.
Their Pad Thai is more to a dryer version but the noodle is well-coated with the tamarind & fish sauce and i can taste the sweetness and the fragrance of the Pad Thai with every mouthful. This dish is especially enjoyable with added dried chilli flakes.
I requested for no bean sprout but they totally excluded everything except the noodle, egg and prawn. LOL.
If it is your first time visiting Thip Samai, you can try their freshly squeezed Orange Juice. What’s so special about this orange juice? They don’t just add pulp into the juice, but chunks of Orange fruit. That is why they specifically instruct that the juice must be finished within the same day.
Braised Pork Bee Hoon
Facing the road, on the left side of Thip Samai lies a roadside stall call “Tee Yen-Ta-4”. This little stall was crowded and filled with patrons which made me really curious about the food that they are selling. On every table, the people are either eating a bowl of Yong Tau Fu Soup or something that looks like Stew Pork Bee Hoon. So i took the plunge and ordered a portion for myself too!
This Bee Hoon tasted really homely, like the kind of Bee Hoon that i had at my Primary School Canteen. The soup is surprisingly good, but some may say probably it’s because of the MSG. The soft-stew pork and the turnip goes pretty well with the soup and bee hoon.
I think it’s not hard to guess my verdict for Thip Samai since this is my return visit to this place. Thip Samai may not easily be the best of the best Pad Thai in Bangkok, since there should be ten over thousands of stalls selling Pad Thai in Bangkok. But when a place sells Pad Thai and just Pad Thai alone, and manage to prosper with almost full house during my both visits even at such an inconvenient location, this says something about the quality.
Moreover, what is a Bangkok trip without trying out their “Bangkok Best Pad Thai”? If i’m coming back to Bangkok in future, i will try to visit this place again.
Directions and Map
I don’t see any MRT or BTS station nearby. For both times, i took a cab down and the cab driver managed to locate this eatery. From google map, apparently it appears that it is within walking distance from The Grand Palace (about 15 minutes) but i never took the walk so if anyone tried walking from The Palace to Thip Samai, feel free to share with me.
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