All true food enthusiasts know that it’s not always about set menus and wine pairings. Occasionally, we just want to head out without a fuss, throw on a pair of jeans for old town’s beef broths, overorder on bowls of guay jub noodles, or take visiting friends for Jay Fai’s decadent crab omelette.
It’s often the hearty, casual meals that bring out the true taste of Thai. For this ‘anytime, anywhere’ occasion, we’ve gathered our favourite places for Bangkok’s top street food stalls. We’ll see you at the nearest noodle stand!
Jay Fai is not all about crab omelettes. Other signature must-haves include homemade prawn cake, crab stir-fried with aromatic yellow curry, and of course, drunken noodles (stir-fried noodles with seafood)-which you really should be sober for in order to appreciate.
Address: 327 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok 10200
Tel: 092 724 9633
There are two food stalls with the exact same name, serving the exact same menu. But we’ll leave you to ponder the backstory of that one yourself. Either way, you can’t go wrong here. The increasing number of tourists lining up for lunch would be inclined to agree.
Address: 10 3 Sukhumvit 26 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei district, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 02 258 6746
Started by the current owners’ grandfather about 80 years prior, the updated décor takes nothing away from the traditional tastes of a simple dish done well.
Address: 112 Thanon Mahannop, Khet Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok 10200
Tel: 061 994 7171
The crispy pork can also be enjoyed as a side dish if you’re particularly famished. We say you should order a combo – a bowl of noodles and a side of pork to match. If you intend to go full-out that day, you can always indulge in some dim sum as well.
Address: 313/7 Soi Chan 42-44, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
The restaurant is tucked away in an alley with rows of tables lined up outside where the crowds will brave the heat just for the signature pork dishes. Choose between the braised pork over rice, or just give in and order the entire leg.
Address: 492/6 Charoen Krung 49 Si Lom, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak district, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 02 234 8036
All is usually forgiven once you slurp and savour chunks of stewed beef soaking in the aromatic soup with your choice of noodles. The seats are clunky, the smell is classic eau de shophouse, and it reminds you why old Bangkok stalls are so full of character.
Address: 336, 338 Ekamai Rd, Sukhumvit 63 Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 02 391 7264
Address: Suk San Village 6, Soi Kanchanaphisek 5/1, Kanchanaphisek Road, Bangkok 10160
Tel: 092 652 4056
Diners get an option of ordering the crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside noodles with fried or runny eggs. We say get both as they’re equally divine. Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai keeps it classic with chicken pieces cooked with the noodles to ensure the flavours are well-balanced throughout. Some garlic and a good dose of spring onions are then added for good measure. This place closes at midnight and it’s definitely worth coming with a group of friends as the last pit stop before heading home.
Address: 419 Luang Rd, Khwaeng Wat Thepsirin, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100
Tel: 02 621 5199
Come here for their renowned fried noodles and slices of beef or pork cooked in thick, brown gravy, topped with generous pieces of vegetables. The sauce is an appealing contrast of salty and sweet. Enjoy the dish with a side of crispy, fried wontons as a side dish to share. Insider tip: Come early, the shop closes as soon as they sell out. Official hours are from 11am to 3pm.
Address: 1/35 Ratchawithi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
Tel: 02 245 0849
Elvis Suki (Soi Yotse) (Bib Gourmand)
What foodie can resist having a name like that on their bucket list? Arguably almost as legendary as its namesake, Elvis Suki serves up, well, impressive, steaming plates of Suki noodles that will get you “all shook up”. Options run wide so pick and choose between chicken, pork, vegetarian or seafood, dry or with soup. Suki isn’t the only dish worth ordering here. Leave room for their grilled scallops on the side. Part of enjoying a meal at Elvis Suki is the lively, no-frills experience, so just go off the beaten path to find the chefs working their magic in front of the restaurant and settle down for a great, simple meal made with “a big hunk o’ love”.
Address: 200/37 Soi Yotse, Phlapphla Chai Road, Bangkok 10100
Tel: 02 223 4979