Bangkok Good Food – My Bangkok Food Itinerary

Intoduction

I went to Bangkok a couple of times and each time, i spent quite some time researching where is a good hunt for good food in Bangkok.  I thought it would be useful to consolidate all my food itineraries into a single post instead and hope that this post will come handy to like-minded food lovers.

Feel free to click on the food header to link to my more elaborated posts in my blog which includes address, operating hours , in-depth review and more photos of the eatery.

Street Food and Cheap Eat

(1.) Sabx2 Wanton Noodle  This famous Wanton Noodle is very popular among Singaporeans. Many returned to this humble stall for their crispy-pork-lard-filled noodle and it’s location is just situated opposite Singaporean’s favorite shopping mall – The Platinum Mall. Some are also hooked by their really tender braised pork knuckle.


(2.) Chatuchak Pork Chop Bun The pork chop bun stall is situated at  Chatuchak Area 22 Soi 4. Their tender Pork Chops are freshly grilled right in front of their stall, wrapped in fluffy white steamed bun.

(3.) Chatuchak Coconut Ice Cream The famous must-eat coconut ice-cream at Chatuchak. The ice-cream comes with two toppings and the stall owner offers free coconut juice to go with the ice-cream.

(4.) Sukhumvit Soi 38 Food Street – “Bangkok Best Mango Sticky Rice” Surprisingly, this street food stall earned it’s reputation of “Bangkok Best Sticky Rice”. I thought that indeed this is one of the best that i had in Bangkok, but not sure is it Bangkok Best. The whole street of Sukhumvit Soi 38 is transformed into a Food Street at night that operates up to 2 am at night or later. With about twenty street food stalls here, it is definitely a good place to indulge in Bangkok’s street food culture!

Cafe

(1.) Roast Coffee and Eatery One of the must-go brunch place in Bangkok. Situated at Thong Lor area. Serves pretty good all-day  breakfast, main courses and award winning hand-crafted coffee. I love to chill out, relax at this cafe while watching the time roll away.

(2.) Mr Jones Orphanage Just visiting this cafe for it’s interior design is well worth the travel. This is a cafe that pops right out from a story book, with the interior decorated with giant ceiling clocks, carousel, pastries-filled kitchen and an attic dining area. Also situated at Thong Lor area, you can just pop by to this cafe after having a meal at Roast Coffee & Eatery. With a wide variety of cakes and desserts, surely one will be able to satisfy your sweet tooth.

(3.) After You Dessert Cafe This is a very popular dessert cafe in Bangkok. Long queue is formed outside this cafe during peak hours and is famous for their Shibuya Thick Toast. It comes in many variations like Nutella Shibuya Toast, Chocolate Shibuya Toast or even Melted Cheddar Cheese Shibuya Toast.

(4.) Mont Nom Sod Mont Nom Sod is situated at MBK level two that specialise in Toast and Milk. Mont Nom Sod’s bread is nothing like our square toast which the texture became a little tough after toasting, or the really crispy style like Ya Kun’s. Their toast is crispy on the surface and fluffy soft on the inside. There are many options for the toast spread, like Coconut Custard, Condensed Milk, Chocolate, Taro spread, Pumpkin spread and Corn spread. A good place to have a quick bite before heading off for the crazy shopping regime again.

Dessert Place

(1.) Mango Tango Mango Tango is a dessert place that specialises in Mango dessert at Siam Square Soi 5. They are well known for their fresh mango and mango juice at a very reasonable price.

Thai Cuisine

(1.) Soi Polo Fried Chicken This fried chicken has a reputation of Bangkok Best Fried Chicken and it’s known as the hidden gem in Bangkok. People agreed that the fried condiments that were scattered generously over the tender fried chicken are really unique and it greatly enhanced the taste of the chicken. The location is not exactly the easiest to locate but well worth to try out this unique style of fried chicken.

(2.) Thip Samai Pad Thai Has a reputation of “Bangkok Best Pad Thai”. They sell good Pad Thai and sell only Pad Thai. Each plate of Pad Thai are prepared right in front of you and served piping hot, and frequent by a lot of their locals.

(3.) Huaplachongnonsea Junior Situated at Central World, i consider Huaplachongnonsea Junior as a relatively cheap eat at a very convenient location. Their speciality are their hotpot tom yum soup as well as their curry crab meat. I enjoyed their two signature dishes and will be going back for more in the future. This is a very non-mainstream non-touristy restaurants that are frequent mostly by locals during my last visit.

Romantic Restaurant / Restaurant with a view

(1.) The Deck @ Arun Residence Great place to chill after visiting the Grand Palace, Wat Arun or Wat Pho. This restaurant is strategically situated across Wat Arun. This is one of the best place to catch a glance or take a good photo of Wat Arun during set sun or watch Wat Arun glows in a golden light in contrast to the night sky.

(2.) Quince Bangkok Eatery & Bar Quince, a newly opened restaurant in the second quarter of year 2012, offers a fine dining menu at a typical Singapore restaurant price. It’s located at Sukhumvit 45 which is a couple minutes walk away from Phrom Phong BTS station. The amazing interior provides a great ambiance for couple to indulge in a romantic evening dinner.

Conclusion

This list will be updated if there is any new post on Bangkok food by me. Hope this is useful enough for you guys and have a great trip!

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Huaplachongnonsea Junior ร้านหัวปลาช่องนนทรี (Central World – Bangkok)

Huaplachongnonsea Junior

Address: Central World, 6th Floor, Unit A 603-4

Operating hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm

Introduction

Since my first trip to Bangkok, i wanted to try out this Huaplachongnonsea (or they called themselves HPC as per their logo), but the main branch is just too far and too inconvenient. Huaplachongnonsea is a non-mainstream non-touristy restaurant that sells traditional Thai food and i have much difficulty looking for it’s information because this place is very little mentioned in Singapore blog or forum. Even their official website and facebook page is in Thai – http://www.huaplachongnonsea.com/

After much research, I realized that they actually have a branch at Central World! Apparently, the branch that i am visiting is a “Junior” version. I have no idea what is the difference but i keep my finger-crossed that their food are as good as the non-junior branch like how some people described online. Here’s the “Junior” website in English: http://www.huaplachongnonsea.com/junior/

My must-eat for Huaplachongnonsea will be their signature Hot Pot Tom Yum Soup (they even use the hot pot in their logo) , Roasted Pork Cheek and the highlight – Thai-style Curry Crab Meat!

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Hot Pot Tom Yum Soup

Surprisingly, i didn’t manage to get a really good Tom Yum Soup in Bangkok. If you do have a good Tom Yum Soup recommendation in Bangkok, feel free to share! I heard Ban Khun Mae and Nara Thai serves pretty good Tom Yum Soup. But this Hot Pot Tom Yum Soup from Huaplachongnonsea manage to satisfy my craving for a good soup!

This is the coconut milk version and note that it is slightly oily. So what is better than a pot of spicy and sour Tom Yum Soup? A pot of piping hot, spicy and sour Tom Yum Soup!!

I’ll definitely give my vote to Huaplachongnonsea for the most satisfying Tom Yum Soup in Bangkok till date. Large portion, big fresh prawn, piping hot soup, flavorful, spicy and spices infused Tom Yum Soup, and at a reasonable price of 270 baht!


Roasted Pork Cheek

This is one disappointment for me as I was expecting a char-grilled pork cheek with a little burnt on the surface but there isn’t any. This pork cheek has a tinge of sweet coconut taste which don’t exactly enhance the taste in my opinion. This also has something to do with the way the chef cuts it, which makes the pork cheek rather tough on the teeth. I thought a good way of preparing the pork cheeks is to slice them into thin slices.

Salted Fish Kai Lan

Best Kai Lan dish ever! But provided you like salted fish. The whole dish is overpowered with the aroma of salted fish which makes it rather salty and goes very well with white rice. I can finish the whole bowl of rice with just the vegetable alone. But a word of caution, this dish is really salty, but in a way that I favor.

Curry Crab Meat

This is my favorite dish of Huaplachongnonsea. We have chilli crab in Singapore and the Thais have curry crab! I did a search on instagram for this restaurant and apparently this is one of the most popular dishes in Huaplachongnonsea, which i made this a must-order for my visit. Like the Hot Pot Tom Yum, this cost about 270 baht if i remembered correctly.

Best thing I like about this dish is – there is no need to de-shell the crab as the kitchen had already removed all the shells and stir-fry chunks of fresh crab meat into their special curry gravy. How I wish I have some fried man tou (steamed bun) to go with it.

Some may find this dish a little too oily but I heck it since it’s an overseas trip and won’t get a chance to eat this when I return to Singapore. Like how we Singaporeans say it – “Just whack only!”. I will be back for more of this.

Conclusion

I looked around Huaplachongnonsea and noticed there are not much foreigners in the restaurant. Almost all the guests are locals. Actually even for me, if I don’t already know this place, I probably won’t set foot into this place as there are just too many other tourist-friendly-looking restaurants at Central World.

The total damage is about S$36.00 for Hot Pot Tom Yum Soup, Roasted Pork Cheek, Curry Crab, Salted Fish Kai Lan, Rice, which is reasonably enough for four people. The price seems pretty reasonable for a restaurant located at Central World. If you ask me, I will visit this place again for their Curry Crab Meat and Hot Pot Tom Yum Soup and and other dishes as well.

Map of Central World

Soi Polo Fried Chicken (Bangkok – Lumpini)

Soi Polo Fried Chicken

Address: 137/1-2 Soi Polo, Th Withayu | Lumphini, Bangkok

If you type this in google map, this address won’t point you to the exact location of Soi Polo Fried Chicken. I will elaborate on the exact location and directions at the end of the post.

Operating hours: 7.00am to 10.00pm

Introduction

Some of the online reviews say that Soi Polo Fried Chicken offers the “best fried chicken in bangkok”. The funny thing is I will be writing another post on this fried chicken from Siam Square and that too is “the best fried chicken in Bangkok”. So which exactly is the best fried chicken in Bangkok? I would say these two versions of fried chicken is entirely different and i will explain why in my later post.

Unlike the SabX2 Wanton Noodle, this place is not much mentioned in Singapore’s blog or site. I gave this place a miss for my last two Bangkok visits so i made it a point to try it out when i can afford the time, and i am glad that i did!

The air-conditioned dining area is behind the Pepsi banner so don’t miss it. The Kitchen area is slightly further up. You can see the shop with a red signage at the most right hand of this photo and that is the Kitchen area.

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Fried Chicken

Soi Polo Fried Chicken comes in two portion sizes, half chicken for 100 baht or whole chicken for 200 baht. Their version is not the flour breaded deep-fried style but more of a hotel banquet kind of roasted chicken. The chicken itself is rather decent. It’s tender and not too dry. The one thing that makes this chicken really unique is their fried condiment that was scattered generously over the chicken.

For sure I can taste salt, pepper, fried garlic and onion and i have never tasted such fried chicken like Soi Polo’s. Scoop a spoonful of the condiment and eat it with the chicken for maximum Soi Polo Fried Chicken effect! For those who love garlic and onion, you will be a fan of Soi Polo Chicken. I just can’t get enough of the fried condiments. Probably i will return to this place for their Fried Chicken when i visit Bangkok again!

Moo Larb

Instead of only ordering the chicken, we also tried two other dishes. Their Moo Larb tasted quite OK but i feel that there’s nothing special about this dish. If you only have stomach for one, then make it the Soi Polo Fried Chicken. Note that this Moo Larb only cost me 80 baht, which is about S$3.20.

Spicy Pork Soup

I am still seeking for the “Best Tom Yum Soup” in Bangkok, so i tried out luck to see if Soi Polo Fried Chicken’s can fit into my criteria.  But apparently, the Spicy Pork Soup does not taste exactly like Tom Yum Soup. It’s just a spicy soup (not sour) with pork. Verdict? Can give this soup a miss although it only costs me S$2.50.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a convenient eat, then I think you can skip this place. But if you are someone like me who goes overseas in search for hidden gem and good food, plot your map well and make a trip down!

May i suggest to visit Banyan Tree’s sky bar – Vertigo & Moon Bar after Soi Polo Fried Chicken. Take a 15 minutes walk from Lumpini MRT station and i was there for my last trip. The bar itself is awesome and the night view is spectacular. One of the most romantic dining places for Lovey Dovey Couple. But do note the attire to enter the bar is smart casual.

Directions to Soi Polo Fried Chicken

From the map provided, zoom in to the red circle “A”, you will see a street call “Sanam Khli”. The is a small lane just above Sanam Khli without any road name and that is where Soi Polo Fried Chicken is situated.

I took a cab down to Soi Polo Fried Chicken although it is possible to walk from Lumpini MRT but i think it will take a 15 minutes walk from there.

You will see Soi Polo Fried Chicken once you turn into the small road.

SabX2 Wanton Noodle (Bangkok – Pratunam)

SabX2 Wanton Noodle

Location : From the main road of Phetchburi Road, turn in to Phetchburi Soi 19 and walk about 2 minutes to locate this shop. It’s just situated in a lane beside Shibuya 19 Shopping Mall / Glow Pratunam Hotel.

Operating hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm

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Introduction

This SabX2 Wanton Noodle is located beside my hotel, Glow Pratunam, at Phetchburi Soi 19.  Just turn into the small lane Soi 19, walk for about two minutes this stall is on the right hand side. This Wanton Noodle is very popular among Singaporeans and the waitress even knows how to communicate in Mandarin.

SabX2 is a fairly clean air-conditioned eatery just across the road of the Platinum Mall that serves mainly three items: Wanton Noodle Dry/Soup, Braised Pork Trotter and Braised Pork Intestines.

Wanton Noodle Dry

The most popular must-order is the Wanton noodle dry. Unlike some of our singapore version, their Wanton noodle has no sauce, no gravy and no fried chilli. The ingredient to Sabx2 great tasting noodle is the  fragrance of the deep fried pork lard and a little bit of Chye Po (preserved radish).

There are lots of crispy goodies in every mouthful of noodle, including the slightly char roasted Char Siew. Do note that the noodle’s portion is rather small so do manage the expectation well. And if you are someone who shun stuff like deep fried pork lard, then this Wanton noodle may not be appealing to you. Add some dried chilli flakes for a stronger flavor!

Braised Pork Trotter

One of the reasons to order the pork trotter is – the portion of the Wanton noodle is so so so so small and i could finish it in three mouthful so I’m still hungry! Ok, to be honest, I think the pig trotter is worth a try. The braised trotter is so tender that the meat almost fell apart when I exert more strength on my chopsticks.

There are other braised item like intestine, egg, tau kwa (bean curd). My friend’s verdict of the pork intestine is “I had never tasted such a tender pig intestine. Not in Singapore for sure”. This is the photo that i took during my last Bangkok Trip:

Conclusion

When you visit Bangkok platinum mall, why not just pop by for a quick bite to see why is this little air-conditioned eatery so popular within the Pratunam area. Some of my friends told me that they made it a point to visit this place every time they visit Bangkok. Definitely there are better tasting. Wanton noodle in Singapore, but this Thailand version has it’s own uniqueness in it’s own flavor.

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