Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodle is a famous restaurant located just 200 meters from Phaya Thai BTS Station in a small soi (alley) with plenty of other good food options. But it's no secret that Pe Aor attracts many of the people walking through this street. What makes this eatery so special is that they serve one of the tastiest Tom Yum soups in the city. Tom Yum is a Thai hot and sour soup that is usually served with prawns and it represents the Thai gastronomy to the fullest: sour, spicy, salty and slightly sweet. In this article, we dive deeper into one of Bangkok's most popular local restaurants. 


Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodles' menu & recommended dishes

Pe Aor's menu features 27 different versions of Tom Yum soup cooked with various types of noodles and seafood. From jumbo prawns to pork ribs or an entire lobster, the variety is enormous and there’s a soup to suit everyone’s budget and taste. The broth itself is incredibly aromatic, creamy and boasts a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavours. The seafood and meats are of outstanding quality, so you might find it hard to choose with all these delicious options.

The highlight is their most expensive Tom Yum, named Lobster and the Gang, which costs around 1,200 baht depending on the size of the lobster. The Lobster and the Gang includes a lobster, two large mussels, squid and slices of salmon. When you visit Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodle as a group, this is one of the better options you can get.  If you’re looking for a cheaper option,  the Lobster in Love is smaller but just as tasty. For 450 baht, you get a 200-gram lobster and two large mussels. The portion can serve two people, so you can still enjoy this premium seafood dish for a reasonable price. Other Tom Yum soups start at just 50 baht, including the signature Tom Yum with Freshwater Prawn for 60 baht.

Tom Yum soup with Lobster 

Lobster in Love (450 THB)

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodle  

Tom Yum with Freshwater Prawn for 60 baht

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodle  

Tom Yum with Prawn, Mussel and Boiled Egg (80 THB)


Other popular seafood dishes at Pe Aor


Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodle also serves more than just Tom Yum soup. One of their most popular dishes is the Crab Spring Rolls. For only 50 baht, you get crispy spring rolls filled with rich crab meat. Another great alternative is the Fried Noodles with Tom Yum Seafood (150 baht), which features stir-fried Tom Yum flavoured glass noodles with fresh seafood such as river prawns, squid, and mussels.

Tom Yum Noodles with Seafood

Fried Noodles with Tom Yum Seafood (150 THB)

  Crab Sticks
Crab Spring Rolls (50 THB) 


For those of you who are seeking a delicious Tom Yum, Pe Aor is the place to go, but there’s just one catch. After Mark Wiens claimed that Pe Aor served the best Tom Yum Kung in Bangkok, the restaurant soared in popularity with tourists. In fact, the owner told me he’s had to adjust the original recipes slightly because tourists can’t handle the spiciness of the food. In other words, the soup adjusted to the Western taste palate. Does that mean the soup is not spicy? No, the soup is still spicy. If you're looking for an authentic (and more spicy) version of Tom Yum, check out our article about the best Tom Yum soups in Bangkok. With that being said, we still believe that Pe Aor serves among the best Tom Yum soups in the city and the fact that this place is always jam-packed with loyal customers, both tourists and Thai, proves that they do something special.


Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodle's restaurant information

Price per dish: 60 - 450+ THB
Food: specialized in Tom Yum soups
Opening times: 10:00 - 21:00 Tue-Sun (Closed on Monday)

For more information, such as the location, recommended dishes and other TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the oTopTravelFoods review page of Pe Aor.

Pe Aor Front

The front of Pe Aor restaurant

Pe Aor atmosphere

The interior of Pe Aor restaurant

Pe Aor Kitchen

The kitchen of Pe Aor restaurant 

There you have it, our review of the famous Tom Yum restaurant Pe Aor. You can find this restaurant and many other famous restaurants in Bangkok, in our app called TopTravelFoods. This app helps you find the best food during your travel. Instead of recommending the restaurants themselves, TopTravelFoods users recommend the best food at good restaurants. Especially when you don't have the knowledge of the local cuisine, the app comes in really handy. The app is completely free and available for both iOS and Android. 


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