Welcome to my article – “10 Must-Try Bangkok Food Spots via BTS”. Bangkok is popular for many things, especially for its food and shopping. Local food in this vibrant city provides convenient, delicious, and pocket-friendly meals while being one of the best ways to connect with the local culture. But it can be bewildering especially for new or infrequent visitors, when they chose to “go local” without a guide. That’s why I put together this guide to 10 great eating spots easily accessible via the Bangkok Train System (BTS). The blog also comes with the shop’s facade picture and map link for easier reference.
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Prachak – Roasted Duck and Meat Diner
Roast duck is commonly found throughout Bangkok, especially in the heavily Chinese-influenced areas like Yaowarat (Bangkok’s Chinatown) and Bangrak. Prachak Pet Yang is one of the most established (102 years old) and famous Cantonese-style roasted duck restaurant located along Charoen Krung Road, opposite Robinson’s department store.
Staff at Prachak preparing diners’ orders. The best time to dine here is during late morning or early afternoon when the meats are freshly prepared.
We got the meat combo, with 2 types of sausages, roasted duck and pork, which came as a decent portion sliced into bite sizes pieces on a bed of gravy. The sauce was on the sweeter side but it balanced nicely with the salty meats and that slightly crispy melt-in-your-mouth duck skin. Along with a small serving of cucumber and pickled ginger, this is my usual fave order with a plate of steamed white rice.
The restaurant facade. The interior is sufficiently ventilated by fans so you do not get too warm.
Address : 1415 Thanon Charoen Krung, Silom, Bangrak.
Opening hours: 7.00am – 10.30pm (closed during Chinese New Year and Songkran)
Budget: 60-100 bht per person (approx.)
BTS : Saphan Taksin . After alighting, exit #3, walk in the direction (7-8 min walk) of Robinson Mall. The eatery is on the opposite side of the road. Watch out for the red awning with the duck logo.
Jok Prince – Oriental Porridge
Joke Prince is more than 5o years old and well known for its porridge. But you may stroll by Jok Prince unknowingly, as the diner does not have a prominent signboard. It’s simply two rows of tables laid out in a rather nondescript covered alley between two shophouses that used to lead to an old movie theater called ‘Prince’. At the entrance, an iron cooking counter with various pots of bubbling porridge greets a constant queue of customers ordering takeaways at meal hours while the tables are healthily occupied.
The shop cook skilfully orchestrating various pots of bubbling hot porridge.
Our porridge came with tasty generous-sized minced-pork balls with cilantro and julienned gingers. The porridge is smooth, and soft and has a lovely smoky flavor, due to the use of a charcoal stove. I would recommend Pa Tong Ko (Thai flour fritters (yu tiao in Chinese), to be added to the porridge. Other optional ingredients include egg (raw or fermented), deep-fried pig intestines, etc. Just remember to sprinkle white pepper before eating for an added kick.
The shop frontage as you stroll down Charoen Krung Road. Always a hive of activities.
Address : 1391, Charoen Krung Road, Silom, Bang Rak.
Opening hours :Daily: 6.00am – 12.00pm and 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Budget : 35bht per bowl onwards (approx.)
BTS : Saphan Taksin . After alighting, exit #3, walk in the direction (7-8 min walk) of Robinson Mall. The eatery is opposite side of the road, further down from Prachak.
Charoen Saeng Silom – Braised Pork Leg and Rice
Widely available at countless street food corners, food malls or food stalls, braised pork leg and rice (khao kha moo) is like a ‘torch bearer” of standard Thai street food dishes. However, there are some khao kha moo stalls that stand out among the crowd. In Bangkok, one of the best places (if not the best) is Charoen Saeng Silom, which has been packing in the crowd for around 50 years.
Customers’ orders being prepared by possibly the owner’s daughter. Friendly and obliging despite being so busy.
You can order an individual portion of rice topped with tender braised pork leg and garnishing. But you’ll be delighted if you order the entire leg, which is like a huge drumstick with a big bone, surrounded by loads of juicy meat with a thick layer of gelatinous skin surrounding it. The dish was also served with some braised pickled mustard greens on the side and garnished with fresh cilantro. Best eat it with the vinegar-based chili and garlic sauce provided. One order of pork leg should be sufficient for 2 person. The shop also served complimentary light iced tea water that balances the oily meal.
The lane leading to the eatery. You know you’re in the right place when you see loads of people and cars.
Address : 1391, Charoen Krung Road, Silom, Bang Rak.
Opening hours : Daily 8.00am – 2.00pm (usually sold out by 2pm, best come at 9.30-11.00am, if possible). Closed on Chinese New Year and Songkran.
Budget : 250-350bht (for 2 person)
BTS : Saphan Taksin . After alighting, exit #3, walk in the direction (7-8 min walk) of Robinson Mall, to Lebua State Tower. With your back facing the Tower Club at Lebua entrance, you will see a boutique hotel Silk Suite across the road. Go straight into the lane, just about 30 steps away, the shop is on the right.
Je Niao Boi Kia – Iced Dessert
In a spacious shophouse at the corner of Charoen Krung and Si Wiang, just steps away from a streetside fried banana cart, is a stall selling iced multi-ingredient dessert. This dessert features glutinous rice flour strips and so many other things from cooked beans to water chestnuts to Chinese grass jelly to sweetened tubers to fresh jackfruit— all served in the same bowl with brown sugar syrup and crushed ice.
Stall lady preparing our iced dessert. Certainly, a refreshing way to cool off the Bangkok heat.
Looks inviting and the various ingredients excite you with its range of texture and sweetness. It’s like the Chinese version of Cheng Tng, found in Singapore dessert stalls
You can’t miss the stall frontage with many pictures of happy customers (possibly Thai celebrities) displayed all over the yellow signboard.
Address : 439 Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak
Opening hours: Open daily, 11.00 a.m.-9.00 p.m.
Budget: 30-40 bht per bowl (approx.)
BTS: Saphan Taksin. After alighting, exit #3, walk in the direction (7-8 min walk) of Robinson Mall. The eatery is the opposite side of the road, further down from Prachak. At corner of Charoen Krung Road and Si Wiang Road
Pranakorn Noodle Restaurant – Small Bowl Noodles
One of the key food attractions at Victory Monument is “small bowl noodles” lane. This is sort of “concept dining” as they are fun to eat. This dish got its name from being originally served from boats floating in the city canals. While there are boat noodle vendors serving big bowls of the dish, the diners at Victory Monument stayed faithful to tradition by serving small bite-size servings – a practice that was formerly used to prevent the noodles from spilling out of the bowl on the choppy canal.
Staff at Pranakorn Noodle Restaurant, dishing out never-ending bowls of noodles to diners to “create” records who ate the most bowls.
Each bowl can be slurped up in just one mouthful. There are several types of noodles and noodles-mix variations combo to choose from. The rice noodles are quickly blanched in piping hot soup before being tossed into a bowl along with a few pieces of water morning glory, some slices of either pork or beef, and a pork meatball. The bowls are served in a brisk manner, so you just eat and stack it higher and higher as you dine.
The fun in eating boat noodles is to see your bowls stacked ever higher, like a foodie’s ‘trophy’. There is even a TV screen in the restaurant showing diners who stacked entire tables as they eat for the record.
The eatery facade viewed from the main road. There are a few other boat noodles restaurants further down the lane.
Address : Phahonyothin Alley Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai.
Opening hours : Daily 9.00am – 9.00pm
Budget : 12 bht per bowl. Average for 2 person (12 bowls, 1 side order plus 2 drinks) about 200bht .
BTS : Victory Monument. Exit the station (towards the Victory Monument), walk all the way around the skywalk and use the canal as a general direction, where the restaurant is located.
Hoi-Tod Chaw-Lae Restaurant – Oysters Omelette
This humble diner is famous for its phad thai, stir fried mussel and oyster omelette. Judging by the numerous television show features as seen from the cut-outs on the wall, you are assured a great meal ahead. Although the phad thai and fried egg with seafood grills are priced higher than elsewhere in town in upmarket Thong Lor, it’s still wallet-friendly. The signature dish is their oyster omelette, which will please lovers of this dish.
Restaurant staff frying the delicious oyster omelette on the hot plate. Ingredients are placed over a bed of ice to maintain freshness.
Plumb oysters on a bed of ice. Handling the ingredients gives diners confidence.
The oysters omelette batter is spread thin at the edge for that crispiness.
The restaurant facade as you strolled down the lane.
Address : Thong Lor, Sukhumvit Soi 55.
Opening hours : Mon-Sat 11.00am-8.00pm
Budget : 250-300bht (for a plate of phad thai and oyster omelette)
BTS : Thong Lo. After exiting station, exit via #3, look Soi 55 Sukhumvit and walk along the left side of the lane.
MaeVaree – Mango Sticky Rice
There are countless places in Bangkok selling Mango Sticky Rice. At every turn at food courts in major shopping centres, street stalls, and restaurants, you will find this popular dessert being sold. But if you settle only for household named outlets, you can check out MaeVaree.
This shop has been in business over 20 years and the mangoes used are of top quality and have the right sweetness and juiciness. The sticky rice is of the best quality and coconut milk is sourced from different provinces of Thailand. This gave the sticky rice a pleasant and smooth chewy texture. It is available in a variety of flavours using natural colouring made from Thai flowers and herbs. The accompanying crispy mung beans and slightly salty coconut cream when drizzled on the mango, combine to give you a taste quite unlike most that you have tried before.
The shop frontage at Soi 55 Sukhumvit. The only downside is that the shop does not offer dine-in so you buy it and eat it elsewhere. Perfect as supper back in your hotel room perhaps.
Address : 1, Soi Thong Lor Road, Sukhumvit Soi 55.
Opening hours : Daily: 6.00am – 11.00pm
Budget : 130bht (1 pack of sticky rice mango with 2 types of sticky rice flavours)
BTS : Thong Lo . After exiting station, exit via #3, look for Soi 55 Sukhumvit. The bustling shop is the first unit on the lane.
Daniel Thaiger – Premium Hamburger
The amazing hamburger from this food truck is simply too good to be missed and warrants a mention here. The food truck’s owner is Californian Mark Falcioni, who first moved to Bangkok from Los Angeles in 2003. The food truck was opened in 2013 by him and his wife, Honey, and named after their oldest son, Daniel Thai. The rest like they say, is history. They have since expanded to two fixed-location diners, two food trucks, and 1 delivery hub (as of Dec 2019).
You can choose from either beef or pork patty and four burger styles – Mr. Steve, Thaiger, Sumo Oats or Cowboy, each with its dressing and taste, with customisable options like extra cheese or patty, etc. The hamburgers are cooked on order and will take slightly longer waiting time during peak hours.
Our Mr.Steve burger (180bht). Daniel Thaiger only uses fresh beef and the taste is definitely unlike any hamburger you have tasted. So juicy and tender, it just melts in your mouth. You will frown at the usual fast food joints burgers after this. I recommend the beef patty cooked medium and be accompanied by a bottle of Icy Coke (30bht).
Their fries were smothered in a mixture of toppings that included fried onions, jalapeños, bacon pieces, lots of tangy thousand island style, and their own version of creamy dressing. They were pretty good but I recommend eating them fresh on the spot. Update 22 Sep 2019 – the food truck location is subject to change, do keep updated via their Facebook page for food truck location. Their two shops location at (1) Sukhumvit Soi 11 and (2) Thonglor Soi 17
Address : Fixed location – (1)30 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana (2) S2B Village Floor 335 Thonglor Soi 17 Klongton Nua, Watthana
Opening hours : 11am – 2am (daily) Food trucks
Budget : 100 – 270 bht per burger, depending on option.
The food truck location is subject to change, please refer to Daniel Thaiger Facebook page for the latest updates.
Centralworld Food Mall – Pan Asian Food
Gone are the days when visitors think of food malls being synonymous with MBK or Platinum Mall. This bright and sleek food mall with its wide range of restaurant-grade food at food court prices will certainly bring a smile to diners who want the best of both worlds. A section of the food hall gives you a city view of Wat Pathumwanaram temple and Siam Paragon shopping mall in the distance.
Modern and comfortable mall interior, away from the street-level hustle and bustle.
This seventh-floor 200-seat food court draws its inspiration from local food, serving a broad selection of pan-Asian foods at reasonable prices. For once, there is no need to buy coupons for the food purchase. Simply get a bar-coded card, scan by each food stall that you patronised, and pay for what you ate on the way out. Easy.
Use the escalators to access the food hall, as the 2 lifts in the lobby take a long time to come.
Address : 999/9 Rama 1 Road Khwaeng Pathum Wan
Opening hours : 10.00am –10.00pm
Budget : 70-150bht (depending on type of food)
BTS : Siam. Alight at this station and follow the station directional sign. About 10min walk from the station. Food Hall is at the 7th floor.
Hokkaido Cheese Toast
The EmQuartier is one of the most gorgeous shopping malls in Bangkok. It was here that we make a chance discovery of Hokkaido Cheese Toast at the mall basement food hall. Not the cheese tarts that were the rave months ago but cheese toast. This outlet offers a variety of toasts and we tried the charcoal toast version. While not cheap at 120bht per piece, it’s certainly a novel experience to savour the crisp toast and chewy stringy ‘chiizu’.
Address : 695, 693 Tan Nuea, Watthana,
Opening hours : 10.00am–10.00pm
Budget : 120bht per piece.
BTS : Phrom Phong. Easily located at the basement of EmQuartier
I hope readers find the article interesting and helpful should they be planning a food trip to Bangkok. Please feel free to comment should you have other great food spots to recommend in my comment box. All the food are paid for by myself and not hosted by the food vendors.
P.S – All pictures used in this article are all rights reserved and copyrighted to Jensen Chua Photography.