The 15 Best Thai Dishes to Enjoy in Bangkok

Bangkok Travel Guides / August 17, 2016
The 15 Best Thai Dishes to Enjoy in Bangkok Image credit: jaboo2foto

If your travel goals include food exploration of the ultimate kind, Bangkok is easily one of the best cities to visit.

This Southeast Asian gem is revered as a culinary mecca. It bustles with food stalls, markets, and restaurants round the clock so that the best Thai dishes are always within reach.

In fact, renowned traveling chef and writer Anthony Bourdain was able to squeeze two scrumptious dinners, a bag of crispy fried bugs, dessert and coffee (from four different places!) in an eight-hour layover in one of his shows.

The Thais belong to the cleverest class of cooks in the world. They make use of what resources Mother Nature has blessed their land, as evidenced by the breadth of flavors showcased in their cuisine. Thai cuisine celebrates the marriage of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy – dish after remarkable dish.

Travelers can experience the diversity of Thai cuisine through Bangkok’s wealthy offering of dining options, from street food stalls to legendary eateries to hole in the wall cafes to luxurious fine dining restaurants.

Enjoy this guide to the best local food in Bangkok and where to get them at reasonable prices.

1. Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup)

Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup) Image credit: sevendeman

Tom yum goong is one of Thailand’s popular soup dishes, well-loved for its sour-spicy broth and curative properties.

The intense flavor comes from a mixture of chilis, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal root, and tamarind paste. Plump, juicy prawns are the real star of this dish, swimming seductively in all these wonderful flavors.

A bowl of tom yum goong is easy to get in Bangkok, with most food stalls offering a warm bowl any time of the day. Prepare to get your taste buds tickled as the spice factor of tom yum goong is not for the faint of heart.

Here are the best places to have tom yum goong in Bangkok:

  • P’AOR | Petchaburi
    For a big, steaming bowl of seafood tom yum goong
    What to order: Lobster tom yum, Crab sauce rice, Shrimp popia
    Price range: 50 to 699 baht ($1.44 to $20.17)
    When: 10:00 – 22:00 (Daily except Monday)
    Where: 68/51 Soi Petchaburi 5, Petchaburi Road, Bangkok
  • T&K SEAFOOD | Yaowarat
    For succulent, freshly caught seafood
    What to order: Tom yum goong, Sizzling oyster omelette, Prawns marinated in fish sauce
    Price range: 150 to 600 baht ($4.33 to $17.31)
    When: 16:30 – 02:00
    Where: 49-51 Soi Phadung Dao, Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
  • MIT KO YUAN | Phra Nakhon
    For rich and creamy tom yum goong
    What to order: Tom yum goong, Hoy lawd pad cha, Yawd mara
    Price range: 50 baht to 100 baht ($1.44 to $2.88)
    When: 11:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
    Where: 186 Thanon Dinso, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

2. Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad) Image credit: phurinee

Through the years, som tam has become one of Thai cuisine’s ambassador dishes to the rest of the world, along with other favorites such as pad Thai and tom yum. Som tam, or Thai green papaya salad, has plenty of variations, showcasing the Thais’ culinary creativity.

The classic som tam is expectedly the simplest – strips of raw papaya, tomatoes, and long beans. On the other hand, the “dressed” variants include fermented seafood such as fish, crabs, and oysters. Som tam is always a great starter to any authentic Thai meal.

Here are the best places to have som tam in Bangkok:

  • SOM TAM NUA | Pathum Wan
    For exquisite Northern Thai specialties
    What to order: Tam muah, Larb moo, Som tam Thai
    Price range: 40 to 90 baht ($1.15 to $2.60)
    When: 10:45 – 21:30 (Daily)
    Where: 392 Siam Square 11 Alley, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
  • SOMTUM DER | Bang Rak
    For Isaan favorites in a comfortable, modern setting
    What to order: Deep fried spicy minced pork, Tum hoi dong, Som tam
    Price range: 50 to 120 baht ($1.44 to $3.46)
    When: 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch); 16:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
    Where: 5/5 Sala Daeng Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok
  • BAAN SOMTUM | Bang Rak
    For the tastiest som tam in Bangkok
    What to order: Lab tod, Som tam, Kang aom pla chon
    Price range: 70 to 120 baht ($2.02 to $3.46)
    When: 12:00 – 21:00 (Daily)
    Where: 9/1 Si Wiang Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok

3. Pad Thai

Pad Thai

If Thai fare is something new to you, pad Thai is the perfect starter dish to introduce your taste buds to this unique cuisine. It features four flavors – sweet, sour, salty and spicy – that, although distinct, harmoniously blend with one another.

The sight of pad Thai can be overwhelming – you have noodles, eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, shrimp, peanuts, a wedge of lime on the side and, sometimes, with a banana flower to add a bitter touch. How do you begin? Drizzle lime juice on the dish and then take it all in.

Here are the best places to have pad Thai in Bangkok:

  • THIP SAMAI | Maha Chai
    For the best pad Thai paired with fresh orange juice from the countryside
    What to order: Original pad Thai, Pad Thai wrapped in egg, Orange juice
    Price: 70 baht ($2.02)
    When: 17:00 – 01:00 (Daily)
    Where: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
  • PAD THAI EKKAMAI | Sukhumvit
    For generous servings of seafood pad Thai
    What to order: Basic pad Thai, Seafood pad Thai, pork satay
    Price range: 45 baht to 250 baht ($1.30 to $7.21)
    When: 17:00 – 00:00 (Tuesday to Sunday); open till 03:00 on Fri & Sat
    Where: 303/4 Sukhumvit 63 Road, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
  • INTER RESTAURANT | Siam Square
    For no-frills authentic Thai food at reasonable prices
    What to order: Pad Thai, Tom yum kung soup, Grilled duck salad
    Price range: 65 to 120 baht ($1.88 to $3.46)
    When: 10:00 – 20:00 (Daily)
    Where: 432/1-2 Siam Square 9, Bangkok

4. Gang Keow Wan (Green Curry)

Gang Keow Wan (Green Curry) Image credit: musicphone1

A trip to Bangkok without a slurping of warm gang keow wan is almost like saying the trip never happened – a huge waste of time, money and opportunity! Gang keow wan is one of the dishes that placed Bangkok on the culinary map.

Thailand’s green curry has an unbelievable depth of flavors, crediting to the green curry paste that is a mixture of green chilies, Kaffir lime, galangal, shrimp paste, lemongrass, cilantro, and other spices. The ideal accompaniment to gang keow wan is a steaming heap of jasmine rice.

Here are the best places to have gang keow wan in Bangkok:

  • POI-SIEN RESTAURANT | Phaya Thai
    For family-style cooking at affordable prices
    What to order: Gang keow wan, Tao hoo song kreung, Panang gai
    Price range: 30 to 50 baht ($0.87 to $1.44)
    When: 10:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
    Where: Soi Ratchawithi 6, Boonme Building, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
  • RAN NAI OO | Samyan
    For an assortment of rice and curry dishes
    What to order: Khanom jeen nam prik, Gang keow wan, Pla kahpong pad keun chai
    Price range: 40 to 50 baht ($1.15 to $1.44)
    When: 06:00 – 18:30 (Monday – Friday); 06:00 – 14:00 (Saturday)
    Where: 198 Chula Soi 11, Samyan, Pathumwan, Bangkok
  • SANGUAN SRI | Pathum Wan
    For signature Thai dishes that haven’t changed in 50 years
    What to order: Gang keow wan, Khao chae, Prik king pla chon tod krob
    Price range: 40 to 100 baht ($1.15 to $2.89)
    When: 10:00 – 15:00 (Monday – Saturday)
    Where: 59/1 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok

5. Kuay Teow Reua (Thai Boat Noodles)

Kuay Teow Reua (Thai Boat Noodles) Image credit: Michael Saechang/Flickr

Most Bangkok noodle houses, especially the old ones, serve kuay teow reua in small bowls – a stark contrast to the generous servings of other Thai dishes. That is because originally, kuay teow reua were sold from boats floating along the city canals. The small bowls were necessary so that the soup and noodles didn’t spill over whenever the boat would move.

Some eateries have adapted to the times and moved on to bigger, regular-sized bowls but the more traditional ones stuck to the customary small bowls.

Here are the best places to have kuay teow reua in Bangkok:

  • BOAT NOODLE ALLEY at VICTORY MONUMENT | Phaya Thai
    For traditional Thai boat noodles
    What to order: Kuay teow reua, Brewed bean curd, Yen ta fo
    Price range: 12 to 20 baht ($0.35 to $0.58)
    When: 11:00 – 21:00
    Where: Victory Monument, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
  • KUAY TEOW NAI BUEM | Dusit
    For boat noodles with addictive soup
    What to order: Kuay teow neua sen ba mee, Kuay teow nai buem, Kuay teow reua moo sen mee
    Price range: 20 baht ($0.58)
    When: 06:00 – 17:00 (Daily)
    Where: 573/10 Thanon Samsen, Dusit, Bangkok
  • DOY KUAY TEOW REUA | Thanon Ratchawithi
    For dark, rich kuay teow reua
    What to order: Kuay teow reua, Pork satay, Coconut custard
    Price range: 5 to 15 baht ($0.14 to $0.43)
    When: 08:00 – 18:00
    Where: Ratchawithi Soi 18 (Wat Makok), Thanon Ratchawithi, Bangkok

6. Khao Op Sapparot (Pineapple Fried Rice)

Khao Op Sapparot (Pineapple Fried Rice) Image credit: musicphone1

There is nothing to not like about khao op sapparot, or pineapple fried rice. You get fried, aromatic rice in the most cheerful color, tender pieces of chicken, crunchy cashew nuts, a sprinkling of fresh, crisp greens, and juicy chunks of pineapple, of course. If you’re lucky, it gets served to you in a quirky pineapple bowl.

Khao op sapparot is already a meal of its own, but since you’re in Bangkok, it would be impossible not to want to pair it with other delicious Thai dishes such as spring rolls and hoy tod.

Here are the best places to have khao op sapparot in Bangkok:

  • KINNAREE  GOURMET THAI RESTAURANT & BAR | Sukhumvit
    For modern Thai cuisine in a romantic setting
    What to order: Khao op sapparot, Duck in tamarind sauce, Sea bass steamed in lime sauce
    Price range: 100 to 300 baht ($2.89 to $8.66)
    When: 11:30 – 00:00 (Daily)
    Where: 43 Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok
  • TEALICIOUS BANGKOK | Bangrak
    For Thai cuisine approved by both locals and foreigners
    What to order: Khao op sapparot, Tom kha talay, Thai green prawn curry
    Price range: 100 to 300 baht ($2.89 to $8.66)
    When: 12:00 – 23:00 (Daily)
    Where: 492 Trok To, Soi Charoen Krung 49, Bangrak, Bangkok
  • CHILLI CULTURE THAI KITCHEN | Sukhumvit
    For an extensive menu of regional Thai recipes
    What to order: Khao op sapparot, Tom yum goong, Crispy spring rolls
    Price range: 150 to 300 baht ($4.33 to $8.66)
    When: 11:00 – 00:00 (Daily)
    Where: Soi 11, Sukhumvit, Bangkok

7. Yam Mamuang (Green Mango Salad)

Yam Mamuang (Green Mango Salad) Image credit: may1985

The mere thought of yam mamuang is enough to make any Thai food lover salivate – tart strips of green mango, sweet-spicy-salty vinaigrette, and toasted crunchy cashew nuts. Yam mamuang, or green mango salad, is often served as an appetizer to warm up the palate for all the explosive flavors that a good Thai meal offers.

You know you are served a good yam mamuang when the mango is fresh and crisp, the slices neither too thick nor too thin, but just right to soak up the chili-lime vinaigrette. One variant of yam mamuang that is popular in Bangkok has a generous topping of fried catfish fluff – a definite must try!

Here are the best places to have yam mamuang in Bangkok:

  • MANGO TREE SURAWONG | Bang Rak
    For Thai favorites in a relaxing garden setting
    What to order: Yam mamuang, Pad thai, Mango cooler
    Price range: 80 to 200 baht ($2.31 to $5.77)
    When: 11:30 – 00:00 (Daily)
    Where: 37 Soi Tantawan, Surawong Road, Suriyawongsee, Bang Rak, Bangkok
  • SPICE MARKET | Ratchadamri
    For luxuriously prepared traditional Thai dishes
    What to order: Yam mamuang, Green curry of braised Australian beef cheek, Soft shell crab with peppercorn sauce
    Price range: 200 to 600 baht ($5.77 to $17.31)
    When: 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch); 18:00 – 22:30 (Dinner)
    Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok
  • THON KRUENG RESTAURANT | Sukhumvit
    For one of the most extensive Thai menus in Bangkok
    What to order: Panang curry, Yam mamuang, Yum tawai
    Price range: 120 to 400 baht ($3.46 to $11.54)
    When: 11:00 – 22:30 (Daily)
    Where: 211/3 Sukhumvit Soi 49/13, Bangkok

8. Khao Mok Gai (Thai-style Chicken Biryani)

Khao Mok Gai (Thai-style Chicken Biryani) Image credit: thiranun

Who doesn’t love a good chicken biryani? Fragrant, fluffy rice and well-spiced, fall-off-the-bone chicken pieces.

If you do, there’s something you must understand. Thai-style chicken biryani, or khao mok gai, is usually served only around lunch and dinner time. It is worth watching the clock for because the Thais know their way around this traditional Muslim dish.

Khao mok gai is a perfect dish to order when you’re craving something comforting, filling, and aromatic – most apt after a whole day of haggling with vendors over trinkets at the weekend market. Remember not to skip the accompanying yogurt sauce as it will make all the flavors even more alive.

Here are the best places to have khao mok gai in Bangkok:

  • HOME CUISINE ISLAMIC RESTAURANT | Bangrak
    For a wide assortment of Thai-style biryanis
    What to order: Khao mok gai, Mutton biryani, Eggplant pickle
    Price range: 50 to 80 baht ($1.44 to $2.31)
    When: 11:00 – 22:00 (Monday – Saturday); 18:00 – 22:00 (Sunday)
    Where: 186 Charoen Krung 36, Charoen Krung Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
  • AISA ROTDEE | Tanee
    For 100% Halal dishes
    What to order: Khao mok gai, Kuay teow gaeng, Kuay teow neua
    Price range: 40 to 70 baht ($1.15 to $2.02)
    When: 09:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
    Where: 178 Tanee Road, Bangkok
  • KHAO MOK GAI SIAM | Sanambinnam
    For Muslim dishes with full, intense flavors
    What to order: Khao mok gai, Curry noodles, Kuay teow gaeng
    Price range: 30 to 60 baht ($0.87 to $1.73)
    When: 08:00 – 16:00 (Daily)
    Where: 181/115 Sanambinnam Road, Bangkok

9. Panang Curry (Red Curry)

Panang Curry (Red Curry) Image credit: nantarpats

Curry is India’s greatest gift to Thai cuisine. The Thais improved on the idea by adding local flavors such as lemongrass, galangal, and shrimp paste. The end product is curry with a thick, almost gravy-like consistency with bold flavors that are perfectly complemented with chunks of meat.

Panang curry has a fiery red color – to lure you in and warn you at the same time. Every spicy spoonful of red curry ends on a sweet note, thanks to the rich coconut milk incorporated into the sauce. Eat panang curry the only way Thais do – with a hefty serving of jasmine rice.

Here are the best places to have panang curry in Bangkok:

  • THON KRUENG RESTAURANT | Sukhumvit
    For one of the most extensive Thai menus in Bangkok
    What to order: Panang curry, Banana blossom salad, Yum tawai
    Price range: 120 to 400 baht ($3.46 to $11.54)
    When: 11:00 – 22:30 (Daily)
    Where: 211/3 Sukhumvit Soi 49/13, Bangkok
  • THE LOCAL | Wattana
    For rare classical Thai recipes
    What to order: Gaeng tai pla, Panang curry, Prawns in tamarind sauce
    Price range: 180 to 400 baht ($5.19 to $11.54)
    When: 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch); 17:30 – 23:00 (Dinner)
    Where: 32-32/1 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Wattana, Bangkok
  • NAMSAAH BOTTLING TRUST | Bang Rak
    For curries and cocktails in a 100-year old villa
    What to order: Beef panang curry, Salmon tartare tacos, Mango chili mojito
    Price range: 200 to 380 baht ($5.77 to $10.96)
    When: 17:30 – 02:00 (Daily)
    Where: Soi 7, 401 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok

10. Mah Hor (Galloping Horses)

Mah Hor (Galloping Horses)

Mah hor is one of the lesser-known Thai dishes, rarely talked about on food and travel blogs, but it is a dish definitely worth knowing. Legend has it that mah hor was conceived in the kitchens of the Royal Palace, and once served that dish, you’ll understand why.

Mah hor is a testament of Thais’ creativity, combining the sweet and the savory in one delicate snack. Slices of juicy pineapple, mandarin oranges, or pomelo are topped with minced chicken, pork, and peanuts – truly refreshing.

Here are the best places to have mah hor in Bangkok:

  • NAHM RESTAURANT | South Sathorn
    For award-winning Thai dishes
    What to order: Mah hor, Spicy stir-fried frog’s legs, Nam keng shai
    Price range: 350 to 700 baht ($10.10 to $20.20)
    When: 12:00 – 14:00 (Lunch); 19:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
    Where: Ground Floor, The Metropolitan Hotel, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok
  • SPICE MARKET | Ratchadamri
    For luxuriously prepared traditional Thai dishes
    What to order: Mah hor, Green curry of braised Australian beef cheek, Soft shell crab with peppercorn sauce
    Price range: 200 to 600 baht ($5.77 to $17.31)
    When: 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch); 18:00 – 22:30 (Dinner)
    Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 155 Ratchadamri Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok
  • SUPPANIGA EATING ROOM | Thonglor
    For well-loved Thai dishes with a contemporary twist
    What to order: Mah hor, Nam prik kahi pu, Moo cha muang
    Price range: 100 to 350 baht ($2.89 to $10.10)
    When: 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch); 17:30 – 23:30 (Dinner)
    Where: 160/11 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor, Bangkok

11. Pad Woon Sen (Stir Fried Glass Noodles)

Pad Woon Sen (Stir Fried Glass Noodles) Image credit: thanakorn

Pad woon sen is often dismissed as the less popular cousin of pad Thai, but is still worth the try nonetheless. The main difference between these two noodle dishes lies in the noodles, with the former using mung bean noodles and the latter using rice noodles.

Pad woon sen has slowly been gaining attention from more health-conscious foodies as it has fewer calories than pad Thai although just as flavorful. The secret to a good pad woon sen is firm, perfectly cooked noodles. This is important to ensure that all the flavors of the fish sauce, garlic, and chicken are adequately absorbed.

Here are the best places to have pad woon sen in Bangkok:

  • ISAN ROD DED RESTAURANT | Thanon Rangnam
    For sensational Isan recipes
    What to order: Pad woon sen, Tom saap sekong moo, Som tam Thai
    Price range: 50 to 100 baht ($1.44 to $2..89)
    When: 11:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
    Where: 3/5-6 Thanon Rangnam, Bangkok
  • SOM TAM BOO MAA RESTAURANT | Bang Khun Non
    For Thai dishes with perfect sauce pairings
    What to order: Roasted snakehead fish, Som tam goong sot, Pad woon sen
    Price range: 100 to 200 baht ($2.89 to $5.77)
    When: 11:00 – 23:00 (Daily)
    Where: 25/48 Thanon Charan Sanitwong, Bang Khun Non, Bangkok
  • TAMNAK ISAN | Ekamai
    For authentic spicy Isan cuisine
    What to order: Pad woon sen, Papaya salad with pickled fish, Grilled catfish
    Price range: 40 to 120 baht ($1.15 to $3.46)
    When: 11:00 – 21:00 (Monday – Saturday)
    Where: 70/4 Sukhumvit 63, Ekamai, Bangkok

12. Kuay teow kua gai (Rice noodles with chicken and eggs)

Kuay teow kua gai (Rice noodles with chicken and eggs) Image credit: canjoena

Thailand is known to have exceptional noodle dishes that can rival those of China’s, the recognized birthplace of this versatile ingredient. Kuay teow kua gai is one clear proof. This dish calls for sticky wide rice noodles that are toasted in a wok to better hold its thick, savory sauce of sesame oil, oyster sauce and spices.

Traditional kuay teow kua gai is actually rather simple, with only chicken and eggs to accompany the charred noodles. Nowadays, it is common to see kuay teow kua gai with vegetables and other garnishings.

Here are the best places to have kuay teow kua gai in Bangkok:

  • KUAY TEOW KUA GAI NAI HONG | Bamprap Sathupai
    For Bangkok-famous gooay teeo kooa gai with a strong street ambience
    What to order: Gooay teeo kooa gai, Gao lao kua gai, Pad thai
    Price range: 40 to 50 baht ($1.15 to $1.44)
    When: 16:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
    Where: 266/1 Soi Thewi Woyarat, Thanon Luang, Banbat, Bamprap Sathupai, Bangkok
  • ELVIS SUKI BANGKOK | Phlab Phla Chai
    For foodie-approved Thai specialties
    What to order: Pad woon sen, Gooay teeo kooa gai, Scallops with butter and ground pork
    Price range: 40 to 200 baht ($1.15 to $5.77)
    When: 16:00 – 00:00 (Daily)
    Where: 200/37 Soi Yotse, Phlab Phla Chai Road, Bangkok
  • KRUA PORN LAMAI | Samphanthawong
    For eating Thai specialties like a local
    What to order: Lard na noodles, Taro kua, Gooay teeo kooa gai
    Price range: 40 to 60 baht ($1.15 to $1.73)
    When: 18:00 – 02:00 (Daily)
    Where: 37 Plang Nam Road, Samphanthawong, Bangkok

13. Satay

Satay Image credit: bugtiger

Satay is a favorite grilled item in Southeast Asia as it is easy to eat, affordable, and really delicious. Such is also the case in Bangkok but, of course, the Thais reinvented the satay to create a recipe that is distinctly local.

In Thailand, pieces of meat are marinated in a concoction of turmeric and coconut milk for long hours. This process results in tender meat that is oozing with flavor. Although already delicious on its own, it is always served with a side of peanut sauce. This sauce helps bring out all the juicy flavors trapped inside the meat. Locals recommend pairing satay with beer – no arguments there.

Here are the best places to have satay in Bangkok:

  • DEE MOO SATAY | Khlong San
    For legendary satay with incredible peanut sauce
    What to order: Pork satay, Toasted bread, Chinese iced tea
    Price range: 5 to 15 baht ($0.14 to $0.43)
    When: 15:00 – 21:00 (Daily)
    Where: Tha Din Daeng, Khlong San, Bangkok
  • KUANG HENG | Pratunam
    For lean chicken satay that bursts with flavor
    What to order: Chicken satay, Khao man gai, Ba mee
    Price range: 30 to 60 baht ($0.87 to $1.73)
    When: 17:00 – 02:00 (Daily)
    Where: 930 Petchaburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
  • AMAD ROTDEE | Bang Kapi
    For reasonably priced Halal dishes
    What to order: Beef satay, Khao mok gai, Goat biryani
    Price range: 30 to 70 baht ($0.87 to $2.02)
    When: 08:00 – 16:00 (Daily)
    Where: 27 Rama IX Road, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi, Bangkok

14. Ba Mee (Thai Wonton Noodles)

Ba Mee (Thai Wonton Noodles) Image credit: ideation90

Wonton noodles are common all over Asia. In fact, possibly every Asian country has its own version of this comforting dish. Thailand has a unique rendition. Locally known as “ba mee”, it is rather on the saucy than on the soupy side. You wouldn’t mind the apparent lack of soup though because the sauce is incredibly flavorful due to the incorporation of pork lard and oil.

A traditional bowl of ba mee uses egg noodles, has a couple pieces of wonton, and several slices of pork. Plenty of variations have sprouted, but one that is a favorite in Bangkok is topped with a soft-boiled egg to add a creamy richness to the noodles.

Here are the best places to have ba mee in Bangkok:

  • BAMEE SLOW | Thong Lor
    For legendary ba mee that is worth the wait
    What to order: Moo dang, Ba mee, Ba mee soup
    Price range: 50 to 60 baht ($1.44 to $1.73)
    When: 20:00 – 03:00 (Daily)
    Where: Ekkamai Soi 19, Thong Lor, Bangkok
  • THIP SAMAI | Maha Chai
    For the best Thai noodle dishes with fresh orange juice from the countryside
    What to order: Ba mee, Pad Thai wrapped in egg, Orange juice
    Price range: 50 to 70 baht ($1.44 to $2.02)
    When: 17:00 – 01:00 (Daily)
    Where: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
  • BA MEE SAWANG | Hua Lam Phong
    For the most refreshing chrysanthemum tea to complement your ba mee
    What to order: Ba mee, Ba mee with shrimp wonton, barbecued pork and crab claws, Chrysanthemum tea
    Price range: 60 to 200 baht ($1.73 to $5.77)
    When: 11:00 – 14:00 (Lunch); 17:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
    Where: 336/3-4 Thanon Rama IV, Hua Lam Phong, Bangkok

15. Joke (Rice Porridge)

Joke (Rice Porridge) Image credit: napat

Joke, or rice porridge, is the most popular breakfast food in Bangkok. It is the best remedy for a hangover after a night of debauchery in Bangkok’s party district.

The traditional way of cooking joke is over charcoal, which imparts a toasted, smoky flavor to sticky rice. Joke can be as simple as plain rice porridge with onion leeks and garlic or as lavish as being adorned with pork meatballs, slices of liver, and a freshly cracked egg.

Here are the best places to have joke in Bangkok:

  • JOKE SAMYAN | Bang Na
    For heartwarming joke early in the morning or late in the evening
    What to order: Pad kra pao shiitake mushroom, Hot pot seafood, Joke with century egg
    Price range: 40 to 120 baht ($1.15 to $3.46)
    When: 05:00 – 9:00; 16:00 – 21:00 (Monday – Friday); 05:00 – 09:00 (Saturday – Sunday)
    Where: Sukhumvit 103, Udom Suk Soi 9, Bang Na, Bangkok
  • JOKE PRINCE | Bang Rak
    For joke that has Anthony Bourdain’s stamp of approval
    What to order: Joke with poached egg, Joke with century egg, Joke with pork entrails
    Price range: 30 to 45 baht ($0.87 to $1.30)
    When: 06:00 – 12:00; 16:00 – 23:00 (Daily)
    Where: 1391 Charoen Krung Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok
  • JOKE PERD MHO PARADISE | Srinagarindra
    For luxurious joke cooked in a clay pot
    What to order: Tom yam porridge, Joke with prawns, Super chicken joke
    Price range: 69 to 139 baht ($1.99 to $4.01)
    When: 16:00 – 12:00 (Daily)
    Where: Between Soi Srinagarindra 40 and Soi Srinigarindra 42, Srinigarindra Road, Bangkok