In this article, we solely cover Yaowarat street food, meaning that we don’t recommend actual restaurants. In our article about the best street food in Bangkok, we describe our definition of street food, which is literally food that you eat on the streets, not inside a restaurant. If you solely looking for restaurants, check out our article about the best restaurants in Chinatown Bangkok. In our article about the best food in Chinatown Bangkok, we mixed both restaurants as street food vendors together into a long read. This article is ONLY about street food in Yaowarat. With that being said, let’s jump to the results.
What are the Yaowarat Street Food opening times?
The opening times of Yaowarat Street Food are, generaly speaking, from 18:00 until midnight. That's when the street food vendors we recommend in this article start selling their delicious foods. However, in Yaowarat, you can find all sorts of eateries that are open throughout the day. With that being said, we still highly recommend you visit Yaowarat after sunset to experience Chinatown's neon lights and chaos to their fullest.
1. Chinese Doughnut with Pandan & Condensed Milk (40 THB) - Pa Tong Go Savoey
Right at the start of Yaowarat Road, in front of the 7-11 supermarket, you can find Pa Tong Go Savoey selling delicious Chinese doughnuts from his cart. Once the cart got rewarded with a Michelin Guide recommendation, the cart gained tremendous popularity resulting in waiting lines. The doughnuts are prepared to perfection, meaning that every dark part of the grilled doughnuts gets cut away. Customers can choose between a decent variety of sauces, but the best-seller is with pandan and condensed milk. A portion of these savoury, crispy Chinese doughnuts only cost you 40 THB, which is a bargain. In the early evening, it’s not as busy, in case you want to avoid the queue. More information about this Yaowarat street food vendor, such as the location, opening times and recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pa Tong Go Savoey.
Yaowarat street food vendor Pa Tong Go Savoey
2. Fish Ball Egg Noodle (40 THB) - Lim Lao Ngow Fishball Noodle
Lim Lao Ngow Fishball Noodle represents everything that Yaowarat street food is about. Tucked away in an alley, a few hundred meters from the main road, there is this street food vendor serving the most delicious fishball noodles in Bangkok for over eighty years. The locals know perfectly that this place exists, but it’s a bit of a secret for those who are not familiar with Chinatown. Right after opening, the majority of the tables are filled with hungry customers as well as locals waiting for their takeaway orders. The service is quick and within minutes, you can enjoy a delicious bowl of noodles, which only cost you 40 THB. More information about this Yaowarat street food vendor, such as the location, opening times and recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Lim Lao Ngow Fishball Noodle.
Yaowarat street food vendor Lim Lao Ngow Fish Ball Noodle
3. Panang Curry (60 THB) - Khao Gaeng Jake Puey
Khao Gaeng Jake Puey is arguably the most famous street food vendor in Yaowarat after foreigners found out about the experience of waiting in line along with all the local Thai and eating that delicious curry right in the middle of the street on a plastic chair is unforgettable. But as we described in the previous recommended street food option, that experience is also offered by others.
At three o'clock in the afternoon, a few plastic chairs and a table gets placed on the pedestrian sidewalk. On that table, you'll find several large pans full of different types of curry and from that moment on, locals are queueing up in line in order to get a plate of this delicious curry and devour it while sitting on one of the plastic red chairs. Our personal favourite curry here is the Panang Curry, which costs 60 THB per plate with additional pork ribs (seekong moo ob) and sweet Chinese sausage (gun chiang). More information about this Yaowarat street food vendor, such as the location, opening times and recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Gaeng Jake Puey.
Yaowarat street food vendor Khao Gaeng Jake Puey
4. Roll Noodle In Peppery Soup With Crispy Pork (50 THB) - Nay Lek Uan
As you might have noticed by now, there is a certain consistency of characteristics with these popular street food vendors in Yaowarat, namely that they are specialized in one or two things, selling it day in, day out, for many years (sometimes even almost a century) and that it’s crazy cheap. This incredibly popular outside eatery is no exception. What makes Nay Lek Uan so special is that they serve a peppery soup that gets quite the fame. The soup itself can be experienced as slightly spicy, however, it's "black pepper spicy", not "red chilli spicy". The crunchy crispy pork gives it an extra crunch. Nay Lek Uan is one of the busiest street food vendors in Yaowarat, however, and this applies to all street food vendors, food is served quickly. More information about this Yaowarat street food vendor, such as the location, opening times and recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Nay Lek Uan.
Yaowarat street food vendor Nay Lek Uan
5. Cheng Teung Mhee (40 THB) - Aaii Waan Yen
While most travellers think of ice cream when it comes to desserts, in Thailand and especially in Yaowarat, desserts are made with completely different ingredients. At Aaii Waan Yen, you find all sorts of traditional Thai-Chinese desserts made with natural ingredients. Cheng Teung Mhee is prepared with egg noodles, kidney beans, seeds and dried persimmon. You can choose to mix it with either sweet coconut milk or longan juice. At first, we were sceptical about the combination, however, after the first bite, we were completely sold. For an authentic Yaowarat street food experience, make sure to give this dessert a try! More information about this Yaowarat street food vendor, such as the location, opening times and recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Aaii Waan Yen.
Yaowarat street food vendor Aaii Waan Yen
6. Soft Boiled Blood Cockles (100 THB) - Hoy Kraeng Pa Jeen
Blood cockles served with spicy dipping sauce right in the middle of a small alley. Sounds too adventurous to you? If you’re a seafood enthusiast, you should definitely give it a try as you can’t find any fresher soft boiled blood cockles in Bangkok than Hoy Kraeng Pa Jeen. This vendor starts selling blood cockles and mussels right after six o’clock. In the back of his pick-up truck are the latest catch from that day and from that moment on, many Thai come and try a portion of these tasty shellfish. For street food standards, the price is a bit high, but this delicacy is of excellent quality. More information about this Yaowarat street food vendor, such as the location, opening times and recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Hoy Kraeng Pa Jeen.
Yaowarat street food vendor Hoy Kraeng Pa Jeen
7. Toasted Buns (20 THB) - Tasty Toast
This vendor right in the middle of Yaowarat Road sells something you might not expect: toasted sweet buns with sweet spreads. You select which flavours you want by pen and paper and once you hand over your choices to the staff, you have to wait a while before you get the box of toasted buns. This whole chaotic experience when you're in the middle of Yaowarat road is quite the attraction itself. One bun costs you 20 THB and it’s quite tasty, although most foreigners won’t immediately associate this with a Thai food experience. However, Thai absolutely love this sweet treat and for 20 THB, it’s hard to not give it a try. More information about this Yaowarat street food vendor, such as the location, opening times and recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Tasty Toast.
Yaowarat street food vendor Tasty Toast
There you have it, our Yaowarat street food recommendations. You can find all these street food vendors 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.