Written by Dawn Pillay
Co-written by Patt Wattanasupt
Wondering where to go for your next food adventure in Bangkok?
How about Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown where a smorgasbord of incredibly delectable food awaits? We fell in love with some of Thailand’s most flavourful and unexpected dishes here!
From cold sweet noodles that’s actually a truly delicious dessert, to the ultimate Tomyum Pork Noodles that packs a punch we can’t get enough of…
We wandered down the streets of Yaowarat sampling the best of the best, so you know just where to go to make the most out of your foodie adventure.
Here’s another great piece of news…
Check out the Chinatown food trail with 14 stops altogether, that you can easily follow for your food adventure!
Chinatown foodie route:
Direction by Bing Maps
When you’re in Bangkok, simply take the MRT to Hua Lamphong MRT Station, then walk 6 minutes and you will arrive at your first destination.
1. Step into a pastel Kpop paradise – So-k Cafe
First stop, So-k Cafe!
This pastel Kpop paradise will have all kpoppers swooning at the themed decor. Images of your favourite kpop stars mixed with a romantic pastel palette complete with flowers, it’s easy to let your hair down and enjoy a comfortable time here.
The menu serves up drinks and eats to open up your belly before commencing on your foodie walk through Chinatown.
There’s even a chill area that allows you to lie back on the raised wooden dias with comfy cushions and low tables.
Oh. My. God. Our absolute favourite thing about Scoopp (that’s still unforgettable), was the Lime and Sour Plum homemade ice cream. It was just the right amount of zest that truly put a spring in our step as we went about our foodie adventure.
If you’re not a fan of the heat, step into Scoopp and take a gander at the selection of homemade ice cream. There’s a nice variety of options, and the ice cream will help to cool you down as you walk about Yaowarat in search of the next great dish.
3. Give Thai satay a try! – Chong Cheung Pork (Chongki) Restaurant
If you can’t get enough of satay back home, why not give Thai satay a try?
This famous Thai satay is served with a generous helping of pickled vegetables, onions, and the Thai take on peanut satay sauce.
Give it a shot!
4. Our favourite Tomyum Pork Noodles unlike any other! – Kuay Tiew Trok Rong Mhoo
This editor has been preferred rice over noodles all her life, but this particular trip made me fall in love with noodles once and for all.
Why? Simple, the spicy Tomyum Pork Noodles with a burst of flavours that has me constantly craving it – so much so I’m on the constant search for it even back in my home country.
It’s a startlingly different type of tomyum (you can choose to have dry tomyum or soup tomyum noodles), and comes served with crushed peanuts.
Honestly, you’ll have to try it for yourself to see how good it really is. I know I’m head over heels in love with this dish and there’s no going back!
5. This dessert shop will blow you away – Ah Yi Wan Yen
Sweet, sweet noodles! Ah Yi Wan Yen serves up dessert that combines unexpectedly simple ingredients, to create one delicious dish with flavours that blend together perfectly.
Case in point, our favourite was their popular cold mixed dessert that included sweet noodles, beans, pine seeds (otherwise known as attap chee), gingko nuts and more. Personally, I had never tried sweet noodles before, and the concept was foreign to me. Guess what, the sweet springy noodles blew me away! Noodles for dessert? Who knew.
Another dish that was really simple and yet oh-so-delicious was the gingko nuts in evaporated milk. Love, love, loved the simplicity of it, and how yummy it was. Of course, there are other desserts available for you to try!
6. Small but mighty, this bowl of noodles truly packs a punch – Texas Boat Noodle
This bowl of noodles might look small but it’s packed with huge flavours.
The boat-style noodles (a wooden boat at the preparation area if you’re wondering what this means) has an aromatic dark soup with really intense flavor. It comes with tender pork and meatballs.
You can pick from 5 types of noodles (thin, small, flat, egg noodle, and instant ramen). Finally, top it off with Thai basil and pork skins.
If it gets too spicy, there’s a surprise bubble tea stand inside for you to get a drink to wash it all down with.
And have we mentioned? It’s super affordable!
7. Buns, buns, and more buns! (long queues for this too) – Delicious Bread Yaowarat
While this roadside stall simply only sells bread… the queues were crazy with a capital C. You had to place your order, take a number, and wait for your number to be called. Waiting time goes from 10 to 30 minutes.
Moving on to the bread itself, Delicious Bread Yaowarat sells toasted buns that have a delicious crisp outside, and fluffy jam-filled inside. Choose your filling of choice, from chocolate to strawberry, condensed milk and more.
Hint: The best filling in our opinion, are the chilli, condensed milk, butter and custard, or butter and sugar!
8. Tender trotters, delicious stew! – 3 Pork Leg Shop
If you’re a sucker for trotters, you have to try 3 Pork Leg Shop. The gravy is to die for.
While the pig trotters are a little on the fatty side (aren’t they all), the meat has been deliciously stewed to tender perfection, resulting in fall-off-the-bone goodness, and an extremely flavourful gravy.
9. Delicious curry rice, Thai-style (long queues too!) – Chek Pui Restaurant
When you’re here, you’ll be surprised at how long the queue is for this simple unassuming roadside stall that serves up plates of curry rice.
You’ll get to choose the ingredients you want on your rice, and enjoy it by the roadside. The meat is soft and tender, with just the right amount of flavour and taste. It’s no wonder why it’s so popular.
10. Follow the insanely sweet aroma and enjoy incredible roasted duck – Nai Mao Duck Noodle (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเป็ดนายเมา)
The first thing that greets you when you visit this food stall, is the incredibly sweet aroma coming from a big pot of homemade Chinese herbal soup.
The taste won’t disappoint you either. A bowl of duck soup comes with slices of equally wonderful and tender roasted duck and blood pudding.
You can order it with noodles (we like it with egg noodles!) or try it with a bowl of rice. They also serve roasted duck over rice and no worries, you can still get a bowl of that delicious soup.