What to eat at Yaowarat, Bangkok

bangkok chinatown michelin crab fried rice

Finding things to eat in Bangkok is hardly a challenge, with an insane selection of street food and gourmet eats no matter where you are in the city. But one location that travellers simply shouldn’t miss is none other than Yaowarat Road – also known as Bangkok’s Chinatown.

With everything from Michelin-featured mains to desserts for the sweet tooths, here are 12 top foods to try here.

1. Jae Ta – braised pork leg rice

Having been around for over 50 years, Jae Ta is a family business that serves a one-up version of khao kha moo (braised pork rice) that you cannot miss out when in Yaowarat. What makes Jae Ta’s braised pork stand out from other stalls is the addition of peanuts into their broth.

yaowarat braised pork rice

A favourite amongst Thai locals, Khao Kha Moo (฿40) is a dish many of us go to when we have no idea what to eat. This is a simple yet hearty meal made up of braised pork, fermented vegetables, and of course, Jae Ta’s signature peanuts.

braised pork rice yaowarat

They also offer a mixed meat option for those who would like to try everything for ฿70. This comes with braised pork, swine entrails, pork tail, and egg.

Ruam Mitr Mor Din (฿130) is a combination of all meat items that include braised pork, peanuts, swine entrails, pork tail, tofu, and egg, topped with fermented lettuce and coriander. We recommend getting this as a sharing item for 2 people, and can be ordered with steamed rice. 

Read our full review here:

Kha Moo Sai Tua Jae Ta
Address: 25 Charoen Krung Rd, Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10:30AM-7PM (closed on Mondays)
Telephone: +66 90 598 2698

2. Krua Porn Lamai – sizzling hot plate noodles

Krua Porn Lamai is super famous with the locals for their signature “lava gravy” fried noodles.

hor fun hotplate yaowarat
Rad Na Phu Khao Fai Seafood (Regular: ฿70, ~USD2.32 | Large: ฿100, ~USD3.31)

The star of the show was definitely the fried egg that had a perfect runny yolk. Once it coated the noodles and was mixed with the gravy, the egg added an extra creaminess to the dish. 

In each mouthful, we were treated to soft noodles, tender shrimp and squid, and boiled Chinese kale. All the different textures came together very well with the gravy. 

yaowarat hotplate
Be warned – the sauce is pretty spicy, so pour it over your pan with caution 

Another dish we had was Dry Sukiyaki Seafood (Regular: ฿70, ~USD2.32 | Large: ฿100, ~USD3.31), which was also served on a heated pan. If you want something to slurp on, you can also choose a soup version of this dish.

Krua Porn Lamai
Address: 64 Plaeng Nam Rd, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Opening Hours: 6PM – 2AM, Daily
Telephone: +66-99-249-5414

3. Hoo Chalarm – wok-fried Hong Kong noodles

This isn’t your ordinary street side stall. With dance music and a huge fire wok, this shop draws the attention of many passers-by, both locals and tourists. You’ll also see many people stopping to take photos of the chef having a good time cooking.

hong kong fried noodles

The signature Hong Kong Stir-fried Noodles (฿100, ฿200, ฿300) is made up of chewy HK noodles made from wheat flour, bean sprouts, and our faves – juicy crabmeat and abalone slices. 

The noodles were well-seasoned and were not too salty or oily. Plus, they were springy and had a good bite. It also offered a variety of textures, from the soft abalone to crunchy bean sprouts. 

chinatown queues
Look at that queue

Aside from HK noodles, there are other dishes served here like Fish Maw Soup (฿100, ฿200, ฿300) and Hong Kong Stir-fried Abalone With Oyster Sauce (฿300,฿500).

Read our full review here:

Hoo Chalarm Nam Deang Brandy Nong New
Address: In front of So Seng Heng Gold Shop, Yaowarat Rd., Samphanthawong District, 10100
Opening Hours: 6.30PM-12AM (Closed on Monday)
Telephone: +66 61 873 4466

4. Delicious Bread – stuffed grilled bread

yaowarat delicious bread

For Thai locals with a sweet tooth, Yaowarat Delicious Bread ranks on top of the list of all dessert stalls here – this place serves grilled bread stuffed to the max with fillings so satisfying, you’ll be craving for more. 

Luckily, we were one of the first few customers, so it didn’t take us long to try their famous Grilled Bread with Fillings (฿25 ~USD0.82)

We got 4 flavours for our fillings: milk, chocolate, chilli, and egg custard. Other available flavours include:

  • Sugar and butter
  • Strawberry
  • Marmalade
  • Pineapple

bangkok chinatown grilled bun

The bread itself was amazing – crispy on the outside, while soft and fluffy on the inside. The most exciting flavour for us was chilli. It was spicy, but was creamy and sweet enough to feel like we were having dessert.

However, our favourite had to be the Thai-style egg custard. The filling was thicker than the rest and we had a good mouthful of custard in every bite. 

Read our full review here:

Yaowarat Delicious Bread
Address: Yaowarat Road, Khwaeng Samphanthawong, Khet Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100 (In front of GSB bank)
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 7PM-12AM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: +66-87-598-0888 | +66-81-398-8111

5. Pa Tong Go Savoey – Thai-style churros

patonggo yaowarat shop

Pa Tong Go Savoey is a food cart that serves patonggo, a Thai version of the you tiao (Chinese fried dough sticks) – or like a churro of sorts! Owner Mr. Thanakorn Charoenpimolkul is currently a third generation member running his family’s business, and makes the fried dough sticks by himself everyday. 

fried patonggo

The dough sticks are available in 2 sets:

  • Small (4 pairs with dipping sauce) – ฿40
  • Big (8 pairs with dipping sauce) – ฿80 
  • Extra: ฿20 for 3 pairs

We had our patonggo with some pandan coconut dipping sauce. The dip was really creamy and wasn’t overly sweet. As for the dough, it was fried just right and didn’t result in being overly crunchy. The dough also retained a nice chewy texture on the inside.

patonggo yaowarat

Pa Tong Go Savoey is open from 6pm to 10am, so head on a little before it opens to be one of the first few in line. The queue moves quickly, so you’ll get your snacks in no time. 

Pa Tong Go Savoey
Address: Songsawat Road, Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100.
Opening Hours: 6PM – 10PM (Closed on Monday)
Telephone: +66 95 591 5651

6. Guay Jub Nai Ek – Michelin-featured rolled noodles

yaowarat kway chap

There are over 20 dishes on the menu and we wanted to try everything, but we couldn’t skip on the famous Rolled Noodle Soup (from ฿50 ~USD1.64) which the restaurant is known for.

kway chap yaowarat

This dish comes with white rolled rice noodles served in a clear broth, topped with slow-cooked pork offal like liver, along with boiled and crispy pork. The broth was packed with flavour. It had a sweetness from the pork, as well as a spicy kick from ground pepper

crispy pork yaowarat

Next, we had some Deep Fried Crispy Pork (฿100 ~USD3.27) – thick pieces of crispy pork served with kailan and a red gravy. This was even crispier as it wasn’t served with the soup, and the skin was well-seasoned with salt and pepper.

If you find yourself walking along Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road, stop by Guay Jub Nai Ek for a quick slurp of their authentic rolled noodle soup or munch on fried crispy pork for a hearty meal.

Guay Jub Nai Ek
Address: 442, Yaowarat Soi 9, Khwaeng Samphanthawong, Khet Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Opening Hours: 9AM-12AM, Daily
Telephone: +66-2-226-4651

7. Lim Lao Ngow – old-school fishball soup

fishball noodles bangkok chinatown

Lim Lao Ngow has been selling its famous “bouncy” fishball noodles in Yaowarat for over 80 years. Their Fishball Noodles with Soup (฿40, ~USD1.30) comes with several options for noodles, such as flat rice noodles and egg noodles.

One topping we enjoyed was the slices of fried hue kueh, or fried Chinese fish sausage. It was flavourful and went nicely with the noodles. In fact, their toppings were so good we decided to order them separately for ฿50 (~USD1.70).

yaowarat fishball noodles

Another dish to try is their Dry Egg Noodles with Fishballs (฿40, ~USD1.30). This is prepared with a dash of Chinese black vinegar, which adds a nice sour tang to the dish. Also, the egg noodles are chewy and springy, without having any overly floury taste.

Lim Lao Ngow
Address: Songsawat Rd., Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100.
Telephone: +66 081 640 4750
Opening Hours: 7PM-11PM

8. Khao Phad Pu Chang Phueak – crab fried rice

We sneaked out of the vibrant streets of Yaowarat Road to a quieter alley around Woeng Nakhon Kasem, where Khao Pad Phu Chang Phueak is located. This shop is over 40-years-old and has even been recommended by the Michelin Guide.

yaowarat crab meat

The must-try dish on the menu is the Crab Fried Rice (฿90). Though we waited for about 30 minutes for our meal, we noticed that the owner was busy cooking the dishes all by himself, paying close attention to all the ingredients used. 

The rice was well seasoned and was not too salty. It comes with a side of lime and sauces like fish sauce and fresh chilli sauce to customise the dish according to your taste.

crab meat fried rice
Succulent crab meat is used for the fried rice here

Each rice grain was nice and glossy from the sauces used during cooking, with additional eggs, spring onions, and onions used to add extra fragrance to the dish. It also had the important “wok hei” taste, adding a nice charred flavour from being wok-fried. 

Other affordable dishes you can get include:

    • Hong Kong Stir-fried Noodles (฿90)
    • Hong Kong Noodles With Red Gravy (฿90)
    • Stir-fried Fish Maw (฿140)
    • Fish Maw Soup (฿300)

Khao Phad Pu Chang Phueak
Address: Yaowarat Rd., Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100.
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 6.30PM – 12PM (Closed on Monday)
Telephone: +66 81 812 5067 | +66 81 558 8950 

9. Pin Ja Cockles – fresh seafood

bangkok chinatown cockles shop

Nestled within Soi Texas is Pa Jin, where you can get fresh cockles to feast on. A plate costs ฿100, and you can choose to have them either raw or boiled. Adventurous foodies can go for the former, which has a slightly stronger “fishy” taste. Don’t worry – the stall is known among regulars for its fresh and high quality cockles.

yaowarat cockles pajin
Dipping these morsels  in the shop’s special sauces is a must! 

The boiled cockles were slightly more tender and mild as compared to the raw ones, which we preferred. 

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Pa Jin Cockles
Location: Soi Texas, Yaowarat, Bangkok
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 6:30PM-0:30AM (closed on Mondays)
Telephone: +66 81 795 1839

10. Gyoza Thunthun – dumplings for less than $2

bangkok chinatown gyoza

When it comes to dumplings, nothing beats crunching down on a fresh gyoza that’s fried to perfection. Gyoza Thunthun sees long queues as soon as it opens, thanks to its tasty snacks and cheap prices.

yaowarat dumplings

Try the Pork Gyoza (฿55 for 5). The meat is well-seasoned and peppery, and dipping it into vinegar helps enhance the taste even more. The skin is crispy and not too thick, and neither is it overly oily from being deep-fried.

gyoza thun thun yaowarat

Gyoza Thunthun
Location: Start of Soi Plaeng Nam, Yaowarat, Bangkok
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 5PM-10PM (closed on Mondays)
Telephone: +66 66 026 5736

11. Yuan Yuan – vegan ice cream

soya ice cream yuan yuan man man

Yuan Yuan Man Man sells delicious milk ice-cream with a variety of Thai-inspired flavours and toppings. The best part is that lactose intolerant or vegan folk can try this, as their ice creams are made from soymilk and coconut!

There are 4 flavours for you to try, which go for ฿50:

  • Coconut Ice Cream with Durian and Sticky Rice
  • Coconut Ice Cream with Chestnut and Black Sticky Rice
  • Soya Ice Cream with Black Sesame Balls
  • Soya Ice Cream with Oriental Toppings

yaowarat ice creamToppings like millet, grass jelly, and attap seeds in syrup

Our favourite had to be the durian with sticky rice, which comes with a generous drizzle of coconut milk, roasted mung beans, sticky rice, and durian. Lovers of this classic Thai dessert should get it for sure.

Yuan Yuan Man Man
Location: Phadung Dao Rd., Yaowarat, Bangkok
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 6PM-10:30PM (closed on Mondays)
Telephone: +66 88 264 5515

12. Krapopla Cathay – fish maw soup with abalone

For around 40 years, Krapopla Cathay has been serving fish maw soup with premium toppings like crab and abalone meat as a brunch treat for locals in the area. 

fish maw soup yaowarat

The soup is seasoned well with lots of pepper and Chinese condiments like oyster sauce

The Fish Maw Soup with All Toppings (฿70, ~USD2.32) comes with a variety of ingredients like hard-boiled quail eggs, a chicken drumstick and offal (liver and gizzard), sliced abalone, blood jelly, and crabmeat. The fish maw is cooked till soft and airy, while the other ingredients add a nice bite and texture to the dish. 

You can customise the ingredients in your soup, and prices start from ฿40, (~USD1.32).

Krapopla Cathay
Address: 663 Mangkon Rd, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Opening Hours: 9AM – 2PM, Daily (We recommend coming here by 12pm and they are known to sell out by then)
Telephone: +66-2-439-1569 | +66-81-623-9107

Bangkok Chinatown food 

When in Bangkok, visiting Chinatown is a must. So arm yourselves with an empty belly that’s ready for all these top food spots in the area – happy eating!

Nearest Train Station: Wat Mangkon MRT

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