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Here Are Bangkok’s Best Khao Chae

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“Khao chae” is a staple dish with a long history rooted among the Mon people. Literally translated as “soaked rice”, this fragrant rice dish can be enjoyed throughout the Thai summer. And we kid you not, its level of complexity is beyond an amateur to master at home. So it’s no surprise that khao chae achieves star status on restaurant menus until the end of summer. And here are the best places to try them in Bangkok.
Updated on 20 January 2023
Khao (Ekkamai)
15 Soi Ekkamai 10, Khlong Tan Nuea, Vadhana, 10110 Bangkok
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Advanced booking is required to get a taste of Khao’s seasonal khao chae. The team selects high-quality jasmine rice that is perfectly cooked and smoked with fragrant candles. Indulge in the delightful flavour of aromatic rice in jasmine-infused water complemented with an array of eight traditional condiments as well as fresh produce, such as cucumber, galangal, and green mango to enhance each side dish.

Saneh Jaan
Sindhorn Tower, 130-132 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, 10330 Bangkok
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Not only serving traditional Thai khao chae with side dishes beautifully seasoned with sweet and salty flavours, Saneh Jaan’s refreshing assorted vegetables and jasmine rice are also chilled in scented water to balance the intensity. Even the ice cubes are delicately made from floral-scented water so that the aroma lasts even longer.

Suan Thip
17/9 Mu 7, Sukhaprachasan 2 Road, Bang Phut, Pak Kret, 11120 Nonthaburi
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Available only for a week in April every year, Suan Thip’s traditional khao chae is only for those who book in advance. The khao chae is carefully prepared in the traditional Thai way. Their jasmine-scented water is served chilled with a flowery fragrance. Both cooked and fresh condiments are packed with flavour.

Royal Osha
99 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, 10330 Bangkok
฿฿฿ · Thai contemporary

The summer menu at Royal Ocha celebrates khao chae by serving the jasmine-scented and chilled rice accompanied by wonderfully presented lighter dishes. The chef uses premium ingredients from all over Thailand, including jasmine-scented water that is made of pH 8.88 mineral water.

102/13 Soi Kamphaeng Phet 5, Set Siri Road, Sam Sen Nai, Phaya Thai, 10400 Bangkok
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This summer dish is so popular at Baan Nai that advanced booking is required with a limited number of orders per day. The jasmine in the scented water is plucked in its pre-blooming stage in the evening from jasmine trees planted in the garden. The jasmine then will begin to bloom in a container filled with pure water before serving.

GF, Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, 80 Soi Tonson, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, 10330 Bangkok
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As a sister restaurant of Saneh Jaan, their recipes are quite identical. The rice is carefully prepared and cooked at the perfect temperature, then soaked in the candle-smoked water with jasmine blossoms and rose petals. The dish is served with tasty condiments and assorted vegetables.

317 Tiwanon Road, Talat Khwan, Mueang Nonthaburi, 11000 Nonthaburi
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The khao chae menu is homey and is a signature dish by acclaimed Thai culinary teacher Ajarn Rachadapa Amatayakul. The dish is also available throughout the year.

This article was written by MICHELIN Guide Thailand.