Important: we don’t just recommend random Thai food the Thai cuisine is known for. No, instead, we recommend actual famous dishes that are perfected by local chefs and are famous among Bangkokians. The type of famous restaurants where locals wait in line in order to get a seat.
The most famous food in Bangkok are:
1. Deep-Fried Omelette at Jay Fai
Jay Fai is the most famous restaurant in Bangkok when it comes to local Thai restaurants. It gained huge publicity once she received a Michelin Star and Netflix covered her in a show called Street Food. Jay Fai is run by “auntie Fay”, an older Thai lady who prepares every dish that’s being served by herself above hot coals, not with gas or electricity. She has to wear ski goggles to protect her eyes from hot oil. When you visit Jay Fai and wait for a table, you can see this somewhat funny yet impressive spectacle how she prepares these dishes with so much love while wearing those big goggles.
Jay Fai serves a small variety of Thai classic dishes but upgraded with the best possible ingredients and a recipe that she perfected over the years. The signature Kai-Jeaw Poo, which is a deep-fried crab omelette, is among the most famous food in Bangkok you can find. But the local food she serves does not come cheap, as you pay around 1,000 THB per plate. This due to the popularity as well the use of excellent ingredients. For example, the crispy omelette is stuffed with big chunks of crab meat. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Jay Fai.
2. Pad Thai at Thip Samai
For most foreigners, Thailand is immediately associated with Pad Thai. And although it’s available in every Thai restaurant, it’s not as popular among Thai as you might think. Thai have other, spicier favourites such as Som Tam (papaya salad) and Pad Kra Pao (stir-fry holy basil). The association between Pad Thai and Thailand comes from a PR-stunt during a rice shortage in the 1930s and to boost nationalism. Because of all this, Pad Thai became internationally famous. The prime minister behind the Pad Thai-campaign named Plaek Phibunsongkhram claimed that Pad Thai Pratoopee - which was the previous name of Thip Samai - was the truly authentic taste of Pad Thai and brought his foreign guests to this restaurant. Because of this, Pad Thai Pratoopee and later Thip Samai earned a legendary reputation.
Nowadays, Thip Samai has several branches in Bangkok, although the original restaurant at Maha Chai Road Branch is by far the most popular. Visitors often have to wait in line for a while in order to get a table and try their signature Pad Thai. We recommend you to order their Superb Pad Thai with Large Prawns (200 TH), although there is a cheaper version with smaller prawns available too. More in-depth information can be found in our article about Pad Thai Thip Samai. More general information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pad Thai Thip Samai.
3. Mamma Tom Yum Seafood at Jae Oh Chula
Like said in the introduction, many of these restaurants in this article often have a hungry Thai waiting for the doors to open and with Jae Oh Chula, it’s probably the most people waiting in line. Jae Oh Chula serves a wide variety of clever and creative Chinese-Thai fusion dishes that includes Shrimp with Tofu (200 THB) and Spicy Salmon (250 THB). The restaurant itself has your typical Thai decor with a white tile floor, white walls, aluminium tables and stools and TV’s broadcasting random news. The interior is nothing to write home about but you don’t go to Jeh O Chula for the ambience, you go for the food.
The absolute highlight and one of the most famous Thai food in Bangkok is the Tom Yum Mama Noodles (250 THB), which is served with instant Mama Noodles and a variety of ingredients, rather than just traditional shrimp. This is a noodle dish with a twist you won't find anywhere else in the country. Strangely enough, this famous dish is only served after eleven o’clock in the evening and that’s when the restaurant gets really busy again. More in-depth information can be found in our article about Jae Oh Chula. More general information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Jae Oh Chula.
4. Tom Yum Lobster at Pe Aor
Pe Aor is one of the two famous local restaurants in Bangkok in this article that is specialized in Tom Yum soups. Tom Yum is one of the most popular Thai dishes for both foreigners as Thai and is a spicy and sour soup, packed with local herbs such as galangal, lemongrass and cilantro. Pe Aor is a small restaurant located near Phaya Thai in a popular street food area Petchaburi Soi 5. The Tom Yum soup they serve is a so-called Tom Yum Nam Sai, meaning that the soup is creamy instead of a clear broth.
Visitors can choose between a wide variety of Tom Yom soups varying from simple one-man-dishes with a little bit of seafood to large bowls of Tom Yum with lobster, crab and prawns for larger groups. As the Tom Yum soup at Pe Aor became one of the most famous food in Bangkok, the chef had to adjust the recipe a little to make it less spicy for foreigners. You can argue if this affects its authenticity, especially when you compare it with another famous local Thai restaurant named Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu. But even though the recipe has changed over the years, Pe Aor is always jam-packed with both foreigners as local Thai as the soup is still phenomenal. For obvious reasons, both restaurants mentioned are listed in our article about the best tom yum in Bangkok. More in-depth information can be found in our article about Pe Aor. More general information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pe Aor.
5. Crab Curry at Aey Seafood
Aey Seafood is a tremendous popular seafood restaurant where hungry Thai wait in line to get a seat before the doors open at five o’clock in the afternoon. With a recent renovation, not only the interior got an upgrade, the menu of the restaurant changed as well. Before, the menu was enormous with every Thai seafood option imaginable. Nowadays, the menu is much smaller and Aey Seafood only focusses on two pages of specialities.
There are two dishes that we list among the most famous food in Bangkok, namely their Stir-Fried Crab in Curry Powder (480 THB) and their Deep-Fried Sea Bass in Fish Sauce (390 THB). The crab curry has a deeper roasted flavour compared to other crab curries (for example, compared with T&K Seafood in Chinatown), which tastes so delicious. The deep-fried sea bass is filleted first and then crisply fried to perfection. The whole local vibe, the location, the quality of the food and the fair-priced menu makes Aey Seafood one of the best local seafood experiences in Bangkok. More in-depth information can be found in our article about Aey Seafood. More general information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Aey Seafood.
6. Green Curry at Sanguansri Restaurant
Sanguansri Restaurant is a hugely popular local eatery, established in the 70s, that offers a variety of classic Thai dishes, but their green curry is among the most famous food in Bangkok. The restaurant is located close to Ploen Chit BTS, which is right in the city centre. Many Thai come here on a regular base to enjoy this rich, green curry made with hints of kaffir lime, basil and cumin. But the most special day of the week is Thursday as Sanguansri Restaurant serves one of the most famous food in Bangkok, namely their Thai Green Curry with Beef. If you do want to taste the best green curry with beef, make sure to arrive on time as the curry is often sold out in the afternoon. More general information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Sanguansri Restaurant or check the article about the best curries in Bangkok.
7. Thai Shrimp Ceviche at Soei Restaurant
Soei Restaurant is one of our all-time favourite local eateries in Bangkok as the food they serve is so unique, of excellent quality and well-priced. Each and every dish that’s about to be served gets inspected by the chef, similar to what you expect at a fancy restaurant. Soei Restaurant received many prices and mentions from (inter)national media and a visit to this place is a must if you’re looking for unique, tasty Thai dishes. Although their signature dish is the Fried Mackerel Cheeks (100 THB), we suggest you to try their Thai Shrimp Ceviche (200 THB), which has a unique, flavour-filled punch thanks to spiciness and the prawns are covered in this delicious spread of herbs, which is an amazing taste explosion in your mouth. More in-depth information can be found in our article about Soei Restaurant. More general information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Soei Restaurant.
8. Beef Noodles at Wattana Panich
Wattana Panich is yet another amazing local restaurant that serves some of the most famous food in Bangkok. What makes Wattana Panich so unique is that it serves perhaps the best beef soup in Bangkok from a huge pan and the aromatics of this heavenly broth can be smelled from miles away. It’s these kinds of unique restaurants that food lovers like you travel to other countries and taste exactly the kind of food that locals fell in love with. This family-run restaurant, which is in business for over 60 years, may not have the looks of a foodie-restaurant, but the flavours of the food are spot on.
The most famous food here is their Kuay Teow Neua, which are Thai beef noodles. A bowl of beef noodles cost you 100 THB, which is well worth the money. The savoury broth of which all soups are made of is kept boiling 24-hours a day. Another recommended dish is the Goat Stew (300 THB), although the flavours of this bowl can be a bit adventurous for some. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Wattana Panich.
9. Oyster Omelette at Nai Mong Hoi Thod
Nai Mong Hoi Thod is one of the many famous restaurants in Bangkok that are located in Chinatown, simply because, in that area, you can still find many family-run businesses. In the city centre, many of these businesses have been replaced by high-rise condominiums. Nai Mong Hoi Thod is specialized in Hoi Tod, which is an oyster omelette that has flavour-wise something in common with Pad Thai. International media and many food bloggers covered Nai Mong Hoi Thod and articles and pictures are placed on the wall inside the restaurant. The signature Crispy Oyster Omelette comes in three sizes ranging from 100 to 200 THB. It's without a doubt that Nai Mong Hoi Thod serves the best hoy tod in Bangkok. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Nai Mong Hoi Thod.
10. Crispy Pork At Kuayjup Mr. Jo
Crispy pork is a fantastic ingredient in many dishes as it gives such a unique flavour and texture, for example in Pad Kra Pao (Moo Krob) and Khao Moo Grob, but you can also eat it as a standalone dish. And when it comes to Crispy Pork as a standalone dish, there is only one master in Bangkok and that is Kuayjub Mr. Jo. It’s by far the best crispy pork in Bangkok and therefore among the most famous food in Bangkok!
Kuayjup Mr. Jo is a located a bit far away from the city centre but can be easily combined for those who are planning to take the ferry on the river as it’s located a few hundred meters south of Sapan Taksin. The absolute highlight of the menu is the Crispy Pork, which cost you 55 THB per portion and is easily recognizable with its golden-coloured crispy skin. The crispy pork is served with a sweet soy dipping sauce. If you’re looking for other delicious crispy pork restaurants, check out our article about the best crispy pork in Bangkok. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the oTopTravelFoods review page of Kuayjup Mr. Jo.
11. Tom Yum Goong at Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu
Tom Yum Goong is a local eatery, actually more like an outdoor streetfood-like restaurant, that is specialized in a few seafood dishes. But the main attraction, as the name of the restaurant already suggests, is Tom Yum Goong. Tom Yum Goong is one of the most popular dishes in the Thai cuisine and is a spicy and sour soup with, usually, prawns and is packed with mushrooms and herbs such as lemongrass and galangal. Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu is listed as famous food in Bangkok as the soup is perfected by the older chef over the years and tastes more authentic than any other Tom Yum you can find in Bangkok. Keep in mind that this soup is spicy. A bowl of this heavenly soup costs you 150 THB, which is a reasonable price when you consider that the soup is served with large prawns. For more in-depth information, check out our article about Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu.
12. Roasted Duck at Prachak Pet Yang
Thai Roasted Duck is one of those famous dishes that is heavily influenced by the Chinese, as many Chinese merchants moved to Bangkok in the early days. When visiting Bangkok, many tourists go to Yaowarat (Chinatown Bangkok) which is one of the older parts of Bangkok where there is an abundance of Chinese and Chinese-Thai food. In this area, but also a bit outside Yaowarat, you can find many impressive local restaurants that serve perfected family-recipe foods for many years. One of them is Prachak Pet Yang, which is located close to Saphan Taksin BTS, four kilometres south of Chinatown.
The main attraction at Prachak Pet Yang is their roasted duck and this comes as a stand-alone dish, as well as the main ingredient for many other dishes such as with noodles and dumplings. What makes it so spectacular is that Mr Prachak brought the centuries-old Cantonese duck recipe over from China in 1878 and today, it’s served by the fourth generation of the family. A plate of Roasted Duck cost you 100 THB and this refined family-recipe made it to some of the most famous food in Bangkok. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Prachak Pet Yang.
13. Boat Noodles at Toy Kuay Teow Reua
Boat Noodles is a type of noodle soup that used to be served from a canoe to other boatmen working in the harbours or the waters of Thailand, especially around Bangkok and Ayutthaya. The broth has a distinctive sweet and savoury taste and nowadays not served from canoes but at certain specialized restaurants. One of the best places to enjoy boat noodles is at the boat noodle alley near Victory Monument and there, you can find the best boat noodle restaurant, namely Toy Kuay Teow Reua. There are two versions of boat noodles available, the pork and beef, each comes in a dark, seasoned broth filled with herbs and spices. A bowl of boat noodles only cost you 15 THB, but boat noodles often come in small portions. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Toy Kuay Teow Reua.
14. Rice Soup with Oysters at Siang Ki Khao Tom Pla
Siang Ki Khao Tom Pla is a hugely popular restaurant located in Chinatown serving Bangkok’s best Khao Tom Pla, which is a bowl of Thai rice soup. Although this soup might not look appetizing for foreigners at first glance, we still highly recommend you to give it a try. Thanks to an old family secret, the soup tastes amazing with an amazing broth, plenty of seafood and topped with fried garlic. The rice soup with fish, Khao Tom Pla is their signature dish, but we actually loved the rice soup with oysters, Khao Tom Hoy Nangrom even more. Both soups cost you 300 THB per bowl, which is pricey, but you will get plenty of oysters or fish in it. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Siang Ki Khao Tom Pla.
15. Khao Moo Grob at Si Morakot
Si Morakot is yet another institution that we recommend as this local eatery serves some of Bangkok’s best pork with rice meals over sixty years! It began as a street stall and is now a full-scale eatery set near Hua Lamphong MRT. Si Morakot is specialized in Khao Moo Grob, which is crispy pork with steamed rice covered in a barbecue-style gravy called Chinese siu haau sauce. There are several variations you can order at Si Morakot, where they add for example Chinese sausage and roasted pork with it. We highly recommend you to order the Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob Goon Chiang Kai Ma Toom, which has both the Chinese Sausage and the roasted pork added to the crispy pork. You will have different textures and flavours and all of this is covered in their o-so delicious gravy. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Si Morakot.
16. Pad Kra Pao at Ung Jia Huad
One of the most popular Thai dishes among Thai is, next to Som Tam (papaya salad), Pad Kra Pao, which is a stir-fry with holy basil. Pad Kra Pao is often made with minced pork or sliced chicken but many other variations can be found. Pad Kra Pao is the perfect example of the Thai cuisine, it’s spicy, savoury, slightly sweet and garlicky and is the Thai equivalent of the hamburger. Why? Because it’s like fast food for Thai, ready within minutes and packed with flavours that you’ve been thinking about all day. And when it comes to famous food in Bangkok, the best Pad Kra Pao in Bangkok can be found at Ung Jia Huad.
Ung Jia Huad is located in Asok, in the middle of Bangkok and is run by an older man for over 47 years. That’s right, this man makes Pad Kra Pao for almost 50 years! A plate of Pad Kra Pao with minced pork and a Thai fried egg cost you 50 THB and is packed with plenty of chillies, so be warned.
17. Roasted Prawns with Glass Noodle at Somsak Pu Ob
Somsak Pu Ob specialises in Goong Ob Woon Sen and Puu Ob Woon Sen, or baked prawn with glass noodles and baked crab with glass noodles. Not only did Somsak Pu Ob make it into our Top 22 Local Restaurants in Bangkok list, but it’s also been recognized by plenty of national and international media outlets for preparing excellent Goong Ob Woon Sen. This dish is served at many restaurants and street food stalls throughout Thailand but Somsak Pu Ob’s version is renowned as one of the best in the country. A hot pan of Roasted Prawns with Glass Noodle cost you 290 THB and is served with four large prawns. Before you dig in, you stir the noodles with the garlicky paste that is on the bottom of the hot pan, so that everything is covered in that delicious paste. The Roasted Roe Crab with Glass Noodle is a bit more expensive and cost you 480 THB. More in-depth information can be found in our article about Somsak Pu Ob. More general information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Somsak Pu Ob.
18. Shrimp Dumplings at Jok Toe Deaw
Jok Toe Daew is located in the middle of the Chinatown fresh market and is famously known for its impressive shrimp dumpling. The restaurant does serve a variety of Thai dishes as well, however, you can only order sets and reservation is required for this. Jok Toe Daew is specifically designed for large groups of Thai-Chinese families, however, you can just stop by to order the dumplings. The ten dumplings are richly filled, large, topped fried garlic and covered in a sweet soy sauce. These dumplings can be seen as the best shrimp dumpling you can find in Bangkok. The whole idea of a restaurant tucked away in the middle of a fresh market that mostly locals know of is a cool feature, but the main attraction is the dumplings. It’s a perfect combination of savoury and slight sweetness. For only 100 THB you can enjoy these by Michelin recommended treats. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Jok Toe Deaw.
19. Fishball Egg Noodles at Lim Lao Ngow
Chinatown in Bangkok is true foodie heaven and strolling around this area in the evening should be on every tourist's list. You can easily spend hours in this area, discover new places and be overwhelmed with all the food that’s available. One of the local gems here is located in one of the alleys near Yaowarat Road, which is the main road of Chinatown. That local gem is called Lim Lao Now. It’s a legendary street food vendor that’s in business for over eighty years and perfected their recipe over all these years for their famous fishball egg noodles.
From the moment this outdoor street food-like restaurant opens its “doors”, countless of hungry locals wait in line to get a bowl of Fish Ball Egg Noodles (40 THB) for takeaway, and many others will wait to get a table. Luckily, the food is served quick and you can enjoy probably the best fishball noodles in Bangkok within minutes. Although there are many good places to eat in Chinatown Bangkok, I enjoyed Lim Lao Ngow not only because of the perfected fishball noodles but also the whole atmosphere as you literally dine on the streets. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Lim Lao Ngow.
20. Panang Curry at Khao Gaeng Jake Puey
The last restaurants we recommend as famous food in Bangkok is Khao Gaeng Jake Puey, another street food “restaurant” in Chinatown. Similar to the previous recommended Lim Lao Ngow, Khao Gaeng Jake Puey serves food on the streets and hungry locals wait in line daily to get amazing and affordable Thai food. Khao Gaeng Jake Puey is specialized in Thai curries, that you can enjoy while sitting on a plastic red chair in a small alley in the middle of Chinatown Bangkok. The most popular curry you can find is their Panang Curry which costs you 60 THB with additional pork ribs (seekong moo ob) and sweet Chinese sausage (gun chiang). The curry itself is rich in flavour and accessible for the Western taste palette. Make sure to arrive on time as the hungry locals always make sure that the pans of curry are empty before the street food vendor officially closes. More information about this famous restaurant in Bangkok can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Gaeng Jake Puey. For more food in Chinatown, check out our article about the best food you can find in Chinatown Bangkok.
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