THAILAND has always had an irrefutable status of being home to some of the world’s gastronomical offerings. The typical dishes that have graced food lists around the world have always been the Pad Thai, Tom Yum Kung and the Green Papaya Salad.
However, Bangkok certainly has more to offer besides the usual, and this includes both street food and restaurants that have made themselves a significant household name over the years among locals and tourists.
Here is a list of places that are definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Bangkok:
Ruen Mallika Royal Thai Cuisine
This restaurant located on Sukhumvit 22 is not only known for being part of the Bangkok Michelin Guide but it certainly deserves to be on your list for dining celebrations. Offering an extensive menu that ranges from their fish and crab meat soufflé in tiny ceramic cups to a plate of grilled pork shoulder with a side of tamarind sauce for dipping, Ruen Mallika’s dishes offer not just a burst of gastronomy but it certainly is a visual delight as well.
Recommended: Hot and sour giant river prawn soup, ruen mallika deluxe platter, grilled pork shoulder with Tamarind Sauce and the Pad Thai Shrimp wrapped in Omelette.
This local dessert brand is no news for dessert lovers who have made more than one trip to Bangkok. You might have to wait in line before being seated; the desserts at ‘After You’ are certainly worth the wait.
With more than 10 branches around the city, the menu born out of passion for good aroma, the café offers at least nine variations of toasts, with the Shibuya Honey Toast being at the top of the list. Kakigori lovers can also indulge in a mango sticky rice ‘kakigori’ along with other oddities but certainly an interesting mix of flavours which include the Thai Tea Kakigori, Horlicks Kakigori and the Milo Volcano Kakigori.
Recommended: Shibuya Honey Toast and the Mango Sticky Rice Kakigori.
Jeh O Chulla
It would be a sin if your food itinerary does not include Bangkok’s infamous supper place, ‘Jeh O Chula’. The star dish of the restaurant is only available from 11pm onwards and don’t be surprised if you come across a long line of hungry diners waiting to be seated.
The waiting period in queues in the comment section would testify as to how much the instant noodle dish has captured the taste buds of hundreds.
Ingredients include Mama instant noodle, two eggs, pork balls, ground pork, shrimp, squid, Tom Yum ingredients and slices of lime to add a zesty touch to the late night dish.
Recommended: Mama Tom Yum.
Kuang Heng Pratunam Chicken Rice
The restaurant that has been in Bangkok for close to nine decades offers some of the best chicken rice that might even change the minds of those not in favour of a chicken rice dish. Offering not just steamed chicken with rice but also deep fried chicken with rice dishes, the simple dish is bound to thrill your taste buds. Might even have you ordering a second plate and finishing it till the last grain of rice.
Recommended: Kuang Heng deep fried chicken with rice.
Located close to the Surasak BTS station, Laab Udon is a restaurant offering Isaan street style dishes. One of the most common descriptions of the restaurant would be the grill with salt crusted fish at the entrance of the restaurant. Visitors entering the restaurant come from all walks of life, locals, expats and tourists are united in a menu with more food than one could ever imagine being on a menu.
Recommended: Salted grilled fish, Tom Yum Kung, Nam Tok Moo, stir fry Chinese kale.