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Two years ago, I went to Bangkok and wrote a blogpost on “10 Must Try Food Places in Bangkok“. YC, my Singaporean friend who has moved to Thailand more than 20 years ago, offered to bring me around and introduced some really good Thai food that are hot favourites among locals. Thank you for all your interest, that blog post has garnered more than 1 million views so far and it’s time to present to you the 10 Must Try Food Places in Bangkok (Part 2)!

My stay in Bangkok this time round was shorter than the previous trip, so we really had a tight schedule to visit the hawkers and I am so glad that we managed to do it. In addition, we also re-visited some hawkers which we featured previously such as Ning Mango and Crabmeat wanton noodles @ Soi 38, as well as the fish maw soup and pork buns @ Thanon Mahannop. These hawkers said that many of you have actually walked to their stalls with a printed copy of the blog post.

To make things easier for everyone, we have printed our own yellow labels that has already been pasted on most of the hawker stalls which I have featured in Part 1 & Part 2. In addition, I have spent a long time finding the exact GPS coordinates, so hope that makes it simpler for you.

I really thank you for all the love and support from the bottom of my heart. We paid for all the meals on our own and no monetary compensation was received. It is also nothing about getting the hits, really, but I am happy to be sharing delicious finds with everyone and am also happy to see that these hawkers’ efforts pay off. This 2nd series blog post definitely didn’t come easy. I spent 2 weeks consolidating it. It may not be the best to some, but they are definitely well known among the Thai people. Enjoy the second series and drop me a comment if you have tried any of the places! :)

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If you ask me which is most memorable in my part 2 series, it is definitely this Hainanese rice noodles along Thanon Mahannop. This street has a series of good food and all the stalls which looks the most unassuming, has got some very good food! I featured fish maw soup, chinese fluffy buns, kaya toast and roast duck in Part 1, this time round we visited this stall which sells excellent hainanese rice noodles and herbal mutton stew.

Owned by a Hainanese couple, they sell homemade rice flour noodles with either clear soup with sio bak or braised pork with salted vegetables (40 baht each). I personally love the clear soup one very much. Pair it with the spicy chilli sauce, it has the fragrant prawn sauce added into it. The wife wakes up at 2am everyday to make the noodles and starts business at 7am. As a Hainanese myself, I enjoyed their herbal mutton stew (150 baht) very much. There was much finesse in it. All the spices and herbs were so delicately balanced, the mutton wasn’t outrageously gamey.

How to come? Alight at Tiger temple at Sao Ching Cha. Walk about a minute along Thanon Mahannop (right in front of the entrance of the temple) and you will reach your destination.

Goh Loon Nom Jeen Hailam (Hainanese Noodle)
Address: Mahannop 2
Khwaeng Sao Chingcha, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GPB66
GPS: 13.753598, 100.499944

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At 30 Sukhumvit 77 Rd (near to BigC Onnut), we arrived at this 40-year-old stall that sells excellent pig trotter rice (35 to 55 baht) and mix organ soup (35 to 45 baht). You are greeted with a spread of pig intestines and other various parts such as pig skin, trotters and pork belly right at the entrance of the shop. Yes, it is very similar to our local kway chap, except that they serve it with rice instead of the kway.

My lunch was a plate of pig trotter with beancurd, pig’s blood and many other ingredients. The owner took effort to clean and braise the offal for a long time. Texture of the pig trotter is good, thick skin and tender meat but still retaining some bite. The mixed organ soup was flavourful and tasty with generous serving of pork liver, pig’s blood, lean meat, salted vegetable etc. Opens from 10am to 6pm daily.

Address: Thanon Sukhumvit 77
Khwaeng Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/lm0z2
GPS: 13.709304, 100.600321

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At Soi Sukhumvit 77/1 (near On Nut BTS Station), there is a fishball noodles stall that says “拉差粿条自制鱼丸可口会跳”. Very interesting caption! This stall used to be at Pratunum, but the 39-year-old owner let his relatives run it and he moved to On Nut 10 years ago. This is the 5th generation fishball noodles and the whole family has many fishball noodle stalls around Bangkok. Each stall used to do their own fishballs but it was too much work, so one of his uncles started the fishball making business and supply it to all the outlets.

The fishballs are made purely from ikan parang (Xi Dao) and it is very soft and bouncy. They serve 3 kinds of soup base here – clear soup, tom yam or yong tau foo. I recommend you to go for the yong tau foo version with the pig’s blood. The pinkish red soup has an addictive sweetness and there are about 5 different kind of noodles for you to choose from.

Address: Soi Sukhumvit 77/1
Khwaeng Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/qdttt
GPS: 13.707828, 100.600185

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You know ah, even though I have been eating the whole day and feeling quite full, there are some food that you just don’t mind eating. YC introduced us to this beef hotpot at Rama IV road, opposite Chamchuri Square. The atmosphere is typical Thai eatery: noisy, no-frills and full of life. This place has a variety of regulars, including neighborhood families, students and office workers.

The deal here is easy. They are famous for their beef hot pot. So simply order a hot pot, and the staff will bring you a plate your beef. You can take some vegetables at the corner. We simply mix the eggs with beef and cook. The soup is just a typical chicken broth but it is such a comforting meal. Don’t share I never share, the chilli sauce is VERY GOOD!

Sukiyaki Number 1
Address: Soi Mahaphruttharam
Khwaeng Si Phraya, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5j989
GPS: 13.731506, 100.531016

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Thailand not only has Tom Yam Soup, they also have other choices like SUPER Teen Gai (Chicken Feet in spicy soup). Opposite On 77 Condominium (near BigC), there is a cze char place called Kao Tom Yao Wa Raj (ข้าวต้มเยาวราช อ่อนนุช ซ.2) which opens from 4pm to 4am.

The SUPER here is super spicy! It has a mild herbal taste and even though we were sweating through dinner, we enjoyed it. Their prawn pasete fried chicken is also very addictive. Another popular dish here is, surprisingly, the stir fried bittergourd with egg. Such a simple dish yet it has enough wok hei.

Kao Tom Yao Wa Raj
Address: Thanon Sukhumvit 77
Khwaeng Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ntsh8
GPS: 13.710709, 100.602580

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Where to find 12 baht (S$0.50) noodles? This stall at 121 Dinso Road sells kuay teow reua (boat noodles ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ). It is called Boat Noodles because the noodles were originally served from vendors on boats floating in Bangkok’s canals.

Just a spoon of noodles with chilli mixture, a slice of pork liver and some minced meat. This may seen to many as a marketing gimmick, but well it tasted really. The guys enjoyed it very much. We finish one bowl in one mouthful and we ate 5 bowls. They also have fried pork skin and crispy wanton skins. Victory Monument has boat noodles too.

Thing Tiao Reur
Address: 121 Dinso
Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ntzJD
GPS: 13.755279, 100.501525

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This bowl of porridge, used to be just a bowl of comfort food cooked by the mother. But the daughter loves it so much that she asked for the recipe, learnt to cook it and now has a shop called “Jok Moo Mae Su Lin” that only sells pork porridge (25 baht only meat, 35 baht with intestines). This is also the only shop that supports the whole family financially.

Made with pork bones, small intestines and pig stomach boiled for 6 hours, the moment they remove the cover for the whole pot of soup that were used to cook the porridge, the aroma from the soup filled the shop and makes you want to have another bowl of porridge. Opens from 5am to 2am daily (yes 21 hours), you can come here for supper!

Jok Moo Mae Su Lee
Address: Khwaeng Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/anbyn
GPS: 13.721296, 100.595844

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Along chakrabongse road, in the secret alley between Tang Hua Seng Dept Store and Plus One, there is a stall called Khanom Chin Namya that sells Thai style Laksa. Out of all places, I never expect a food stall to open here. Neither did I expect a crowd, but I was wrong.

Opened for 27 years, this is a hot favourite for laksa among the locals. They offer 3 different pots of laksa base – fish, coconut curry and pig’s blood (my favourite). After getting a plain bowl of laksa with your desired soup base, you can pick the condiments you want to pair with it – bittergourd, bean sprouts, salted vegetables etc. A plate of laksa costs 30 baht (with egg 38 baht).

Khanom Chin Namya
Address: Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7fdqU
GPS: 13.761233, 100.497608

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After finishing a plate of laksa, you can cross the road to the opposite to have a bowl of duck noodles. It started from the Dad about 4 decades ago and now the son took over the stall (even though the 80-year-old father still comes to the stall daily). After graduation, the son went to a bank to work but after a few years, his dad asked him to help with the stall.

The noodles here are specially made from a traditional noodle store in Chinatown. The clear duck soup was made with more than 10 herbs. It is tasty and yet not too herbal, and it is paired with roast duck. A second helping of soup is most welcome. His braised duck wing is a wetter dish but very well braised. Open from 8am to 4pm daily.

Kway teow pead yang balampoo
Address: Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZKRNS
GPS: 13.761226, 100.497481

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Penang has 2 old sisters who sell curry mee. Bangkok has 2 old sisters who sell chicken rice and hainanese style stewed beef. At Dao Thip Pochana, opposite Khlong Tan Post Office, 2 old hainanese aunties in their 70s has been selling chicken rice for 33 years.

Their chicken rice is not as oily and fragrant as Singapore’s version, but is a favourite among Thais. I love their roast pork slices, which is a variation of our char siew rice. What is most memorable is their hainanese style beef stew has very tender meat and very flavourful, reminds me of my aunt’s hainanese beef stew. 

Address: Soi Pridi Banomyong 38
Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/i8tkA
GPS: 13.730627,100.596600

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