Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae Thailand
Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae is a street-restaurant that originated in Phuket specialising in Hoi Tod – a Thai southern street food dish that is stir-fried oysters with vegetables and crispy pancakes. The establishment was also ranked on CNN’s 2012 Top 5 Street Food Of The World for its deliciousness.
Thai street food is one of the most famous things about the Kingdom, to both locals and foreigners. Different regions of Thailand serve different tastes – Southern Thai food is renowned for its intense flavours and fresh seafood.
Stir-fried oysters in Thailand
The first thing you will notice when you step foot inside the restaurant is the spicy aroma and the sound of the spatula hitting the massive pan as the chef cooks the restaurant’s signature dish in the restaurant’s open kitchen area.
The gigantic pan and a triangular-shaped spatula are Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae’s signature cooking equipment and were used for cooking every Hoi Tod served at Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae since the restaurant first opened in 1973.
Famous seafood restaurant in Thailand
The inside of Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae is filled with pictures of celebrities who have dined at the restaurant and a board of Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae’s history and their “World Best” legacy.
We ordered the Orlua, a soft-and-crispy oyster omelette, and Seafood Cheese Tod, like Hoi Tod but with extra seafood and cheese.
Not long after we ordered, the waiter brought us our steaming dishes. Unlike traditional Hoi Tod dishes where all ingredients are piled up in the centre, Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae’s dishes are beautifully arranged – with tasty-looking crispy pancakes serving as a bed for the seafood.
We’ve tried the Orlua dish first, and the first thing we’ve noticed is the oyster’s freshness. Since the first bite, the bouncy juicy texture of the oyster splashes through every taste bud in your mouth. Combining the freshness of the oysters, the crispy textures of the pancake and the restaurant’s delicious sauce, Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae’s Orlua does indeed deserve to be among the world’s best street food.
The Seafood Cheese Tod dish is also on par with the Orlua. Just picking up a bite with your chopsticks can satisfy your cheese cravings – there’s a mouth-watering cheese trail that stretches from the dish all the way to your mouth. The dish consists of a huge fresh shrimp, oysters, mussels, squids and crab sticks served in cheese, crispy pancakes and vegetables – a very well-balanced bite for your taste buds and your stomach.
For those looking for some extra spice, we’d recommend asking the restaurant for some of their seafood sauce.
Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae Bangkok
While the closest train station to Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae is the MRT Lat Phrao, you would still need to take a taxi from the station to the restaurant. However, there’s a new BTS Yellow Line currently being built (It was due to open in 2023) that can take you to the street in front of the restaurant.
While Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae does not have a dedicated parking space, you can park at Chokechai 4’s Big C Department Store that locates directly opposite the restaurant. The parking price is ฿20 (~USD0.67) per hour.
Heng Hoi Tod Chaw Lae
Costs: ฿100 -฿200 (~USD3.33 – USD6.66)
Opening Hour: 10AM – 10PM
Address: 314, Soi Chokechai 4 Rd., Lat Phrao, Wang Thonglang, Bangkok 10310
Nearest Train Station: MRT Lat Phrao
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