Pad Thai is Thailand’s most famous dish. When you’re in Bangkok, why not sample this iconic meal at the world’s most renowned Pad Thai restaurant? Pad Thai Thip Samai is Thailand’s longest-running Pad Thai eatery, located on Maha Chai Road near Khao San, which is home to other famous restaurants like Jay Fay and Tee's Yen-Ta-Fo.
A bit of history
The founder of Pad Thai Thip Samai, Ms. Samai, was the first person to start selling Pad Thai in Thailand after learning the recipe from her mother. She opened her first street food stall in 1947 on Pratoopee Intersection (hence, the former name Pad Thai Pratoopee) not too far from their current location. The restaurant served a regular Pad Thai for 1.50 THB and a special Pad Thai for 2.00 THB. The food stall quickly gained popularity and soon flourished into a proper restaurant.
Due to rice shortage and a government campaign to promote Thai nationalism, Pad Thai was declared as Thailand’s “National Dish”. The prime minister behind this campaign, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, claimed: “Pad Thai Pratoopee is the truly authentic taste of Pad Thai” and brought his foreign guests to this restaurant, earning it a legendary reputation. In 1966, they changed the name to Thip Samai Pad Thai Pratoopee and today, guests queue up every night to sample the Pad Thai at this famous restaurant.
One of the hard working chefs, cooking another amazing Pad Thai
The daily queue in front of Thip Samai
Our review of Pad Thai Thip Samai
Cooks show off their Pad Thai cooking skills in front of the restaurant above charcoal-fired woks. Entering the establishment, you immediately notice pictures on the wall of all the awards Pad Thai Thip Samai won and reviews they’ve received from international media outlets.
Pad Thai Thip Samai serves five different types of Pad Thai. Choose from the cheaper Pad Thai without Prawns (60 THB) to a premium Pad Thai Song-Kreung which is prepared with crab meat, dried squid, sour mango and sea prawns (300 THB). The specialty is Pad Thai Wrapped in Omelette (Superb Pad Thai). They serve these charcoal-flavoured, omelette-wrapped noodles with either regular or jumbo prawns.
Superb Pad Thai with Large Prawns (200 THB)
Superb Prawns with Small Prawns (90 THB)
Delicious big prawns!
We always go for the Superb Pad Thai with jumbo prawns. It’s a bit more expensive, but ask yourself, how many times do you eat at the world’s most famous Pad Thai restaurant? Also, the jumbo prawns are really worth paying a bit extra for, as they make the Pad Thai at Thip Samai even more delicious.
You can adjust the sweet noodles to your taste with one of the ingredients on the table: peanuts, chilli, sugar, fish sauce and vinegar. See this as the Asian version of salt and pepper in Western countries.
Are you a foodie and a huge fan of Pad Thai? Then don’t miss Pad Thai Thip Samai. Every night at 17:00 the cooks start wrapping the fried noodles above their blazing woks and don’t stop till about 2:00 in the morning. Queues reach their peak between 18:00 and 21:30 when waiting times can reach up to 60 minutes. On weekends, you’ll definitely have to line up to sample world’s most famous Pad Thai.
If you still have room for some tasty dessert, then we recommend you visit Mont Nom Sod, one of Bangkok’s most famous local dessert shop serving tasty toast with toppings. Mont Nomsod is just a five-minute walk from Pad Thai Thip Samai and comes highly recommended! Mont Nomsod closes at 23:00.
A wall full of awards and recognitions
The front of Thip Samai, where it is always busy.
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Pad Thai Thip Samai
Price: 90 - 300 THB
Food: Pad Thai
Opening Times: 17:00 - 01:00 Daily
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