Jeh Oh recently went from being the favorite go-to place for locals around National Stadium to the talk of the town.
It all started a few months ago when the restaurant shared photos of its famous instant noodles on social media. With mama being many Thais’ guilty pleasure, the internet went nuts and the photos from Jeh Oh went viral almost instantaneously.
Trend-following foodies started to venture out into the crazy traffic of downtown Bangkok to grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. Most of them, however, have to queue for an hour just to get seated (Warning: The wait could be much worse during peak hours).
The super-crazy instant noodle combo hot pot will make you see instant noodles in a completely different way. Catering to only late-night diners (who visit after 11:00pm), Jeh O has reinvented this comfort food, making it a legit item on the menu.
The dish features all the delicious ingredients found in your usual tom yam – shrimp, pork balls, squid, ground pork, eggs, lime slices, and green vegetable toppings, to make your new all-time favorite late-night dish into a filling meal and Bangkok’s latest food-Instagram sensation.
Before the late-night hours, people stop by Jeh O for boiled rice, which is served with side dishes – vegetables, meat, soup, spicy salads, anything you can think of. Unlike other boiled rice joints, Jeh O has a huge variety of side dishes and many of the dishes are things you would never imagine ordering at this sort of place.
To name a few, there is an oddly delicious plum-flavored soup with minced pork. You’d think it’s too sour to be tasty at first, but you will keep sipping it until the very last drop without even knowing. There are very – and almost scarily – yellow-colored fried tofu cubes, which are very crispy on the outside and so awfully soft and smooth on the inside. There is also Jeh O’s famous spicy sashimi salmon salad, which you can’t afford to miss because the portion is too overwhelmingly generous and the flavor is more than satisfying.
The trick for discovering new dishes at Jeh O is to look around you. Point to what you think looks good on nearby tables. Chances are your neighbors are some of Jeh O’s decades-old customers, and, these people, they know exactly what they are doing.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, explains how this timeless establishment keeps up with the age of “online everything.”
Banthat Thong Road, Charat Mueang Alley
Opening hours: 5:30pm – 2am
BTS National Stadium