What to eat on Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s very own Chinatown

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From savoury treats to delicious desserts, Yaowarat Road on Bangkok’s China Town has it all. Here is a guide to enjoying the highlights of what this iconic street has to offer.

The busy Yaowarat Road is not for the faint of heart. Every five steps unveil a new food spot, and every single one of them offers amazing food and hearty spins on the local cuisine. The best part? You can walk in with whatever’s left in your wallet, and still leave with a full stomach and some change.

It’s also just a very short stroll away from the MRT Wat Mangkon Station, so if you’re hungry, put on your walking shoes and follow along. As you embark on our little walking tour, be sure to set apart some time for queueing though, as Yaowarat Road is known to be packed with food enthusiasts especially in the late evening.

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The best food spots on Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road in China Town

Image credit: Patonggo Savoey Yaowarat/Facebook
Image credit: Patonggo Savoey Yaowarat/Facebook

Patonggo Savoey

Begin your journey with the crispy, golden goodness that is Patonggo Savoey. If you’re there between 6-10am, the patonggo are fried to perfection. Feel the warmth of each piece as you bite through the crunchy exterior, then take a sip of their cold soy milk — an underrated combo for sure. From 11am onwards, they shift to selling grilled patonggo instead. Still the same great taste, now with less guilt attached, as you eat them with a dip of your choice. If you don’t care about calories, you can choose to have them grilled and served with ice cream, too.

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Image credit: Pantakan Suebsai/Facebook
Image credit: Pantakan Suebsai/Facebook

Jae Ben Pad Ngi Ngaow

Imagine this: soft, wide rice noodles, stir-fried together with minced pork, marinated chicken, and fresh prawns. A secret blend of sauces and spices are added into the mix, giving each ingredient a balanced combination of flavours that are delectable to the palate, with a scent that is just as good to the nose. That’s Jae Ben’s signature dish, and she has 40 years of experience cooking this very dish with her quaint, yet fully-equipped food stall.

Image credit: Lao Teng/Facebook
Image credit: Lao Teng/Facebook

Laoteng

China Town wouldn’t be China Town without some good dim sum. Laoteng’s philosophy is “The key of eating real dim sum is don’t ask what’s inside,” but if you’re curious, their signature (pictured) is the steamed shrimp dumpling with truffle oil, and it’s what almost every table orders on the daily. The unique sweet taste of the prawn, and the distinct aroma of truffles are meticulously contained within a soft, yet chewy layer of flour. That’s the care you get in every dish, and there’s a lot on their menu, from the classic Chinese dishes to refreshing spins on the cuisine.

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Image credit: T&K Seafood/Facebook
Image credit: T&K Seafood/Facebook

T&K Seafood

Up your street food game by visiting this local favourite. T&K features a variety of seafood made from fresh ingredients and with prices that are more than reasonable. The steamed crab with glass noodles in the photo? It starts at THB450 (approx. S$17.50), and you get the whole crab. There are also fresh oysters, boiled cockles, steamed snappers, stir-fried squid, and more. Coupled with the busy street stall vibes, it’s a perfect food spot to hang out with your colleagues after work.

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Image credit: The Seafood Cafe & Restaurant/Facebook
Image credit: The Seafood Cafe & Restaurant/Facebook

The Seafood Cafe & Restaurant

If your goal is to eat nothing but fresh seafood for the evening, this is your one-stop destination. The Seafood Cafe & Restaurant features a premium buffet with more than 80 different dishes to choose from, and range the spectrum from fish and squid, to even lobster. The greatest part: prices begin at THB 990 (approx. S$38.40) nett.

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Image credit: Yoo Chinatown Fishball/Facebook
Image credit: Yoo Chinatown Fishball/Facebook

Yoo Chinatown Fishball

Yoo boasts an array of meticulously crafted home made fish balls that are made with ingredients straight from the ocean, and are 100% flour-free. They are then cooked according to the family recipe, before being dunked into a bowl of delicious hot soup and soft, succulent noodles of your choice. Take a bite of a fish ball and sip a bit of their soup, and watch as all your cravings are met — that’s what they have been doing for over 80 years.

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Image credit: Guay Jub Ouan Pochana/Facebook
Image credit: Guay Jub Ouan Pochana/Facebook

Guay Jub Ouan Pochana

Honestly, one of the best Guay Jub you’ll ever eat. Their stall has been serving the rolled rice noodle soup for more than 50 years, and they’ve always been a hit among locals and visitors. The pork belly is crispy on top and chewy in the middle, and the rice noodles are tender and compliment the other ingredients perfectly. The star of the dish, however, is the soup. The soup is full of aroma, with a soothing sensation of pepper that hits your nose first, before the warmth of the fish stock takes over. Expect a long queue, and expect that it will be worth the wait.

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Image credit: Ba Hao Tian Mi/Facebook
Image credit: Ba Hao Tian Mi/Facebook

Ba Hao Tian Mi

Once you’re done with the savoury part, it’s time for desserts. Ba Hao Tian Mi is the sweet sister of Chinese bar Ba Hao, and their Chinese pudding recipes are some of the best in town. From traditional favourites such as soy milk and pandan, to refreshing spins such as white malt and banoffee, their puddings are great to enjoy with friends, or a destination to include in your date night plans. Their signature toast dishes and cold drinks combos are not to be overlooked, either.

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Image credit: Sweettime/Facebook
Image credit: Sweettime/Facebook

Sweettime

Anyone who’s ever walked down Yaowarat Road will surely remember this iconic bright pink sign. Sweettime serves only the best of Chinese desserts in cups that you can enjoy as you walk. They have favourites that range from sago and cantaloupe in milk and black jelly, to gingko with milk and many more. They’re all great, and very reasonably priced. Craving lod chong with coconut milk? Expect to fork out only THB40 (approx. S$1.55). Fancy bean curd in ginger soup? Get a full cup at only THB20 (approx. S$0.80).

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Image credit: @chinatownyaowarat/Facebook
Image credit: @chinatownyaowarat/Facebook

Yaowarat Toasted Buns

Some will argue that you’ve never really been to Yaowarat without trying these famous toasted buns. The bakery here offers a large selection of flavours from your usual sugar butter, to Thai tea and durian milk. The various fillings are stuffed into the buns, before they are toasted and served in a box. As you bite into it, the gooey, milky cream overflows from the bun like lava. Trust us, there’s nothing quite like it.

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Image credit: Widdershins/Facebook

Widdershins

What better way to end your day on Yaowarat Road than with a good drink? Widdershins describes itself as a “secret hideout to escape the reality’s madness.” Take a sip of their signature cocktails, such as The Undyed, a slightly sour drink with aroma from Siamese custard apple flowers, or the classic Bee’s Knees. Each glass comes with a story that the attentive bartender will happily tell you as you take in the easygoing vibes that can surprisingly exist amidst the chaos of China Town.

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