SOI FOOD — Next to Bangkok’s landmark Giant Swing, there is a small road that leads travelers to the Tiger Shrine. Mahannop Road is lined with great food stops with long histories and it is the perfect place to enjoy the true taste of Thai and fusion Thai-Chinese dishes from early morning until noon. These roadside vendors have been faithfully feeding the government workers from nearby City Hall for years as they flock to the place for cheap, yet delicious, eats on their lunch breaks.
A big bowl of braised fish maw (or, as Thais call it, Kra Por Pla) is perfect with quail eggs, boiled chicken and congealed pork blood. And the soup? It’s dense and full of flavor. Mit Pochana has been serving this signature dish for 40 years, but the current vendors’ ancestors started selling hot bowls of braised fish maw (THB50) about 70 years ago as hawkers in Chinatown.
Hours: 7am – 2pm, everyday
Golun Hainanese rice noodles
For two decades, Golun has been offering two of the rarest dishes to find in Bangkok, Hainanese rice noodles (THB40) and goat meat in red gravy (THB150). The star of the restaurant, though, is definitely the bowl of Hainanese rice noodles. Each bowl is stuffed with chewy noodles, braised pork, pickled vegetables, condensed soup and sesame. And, it’s all flavored with the store’s secret, special, spicy sauce.
If you’re not into spicy dishes, you can request that the owner slow down on the sauce. Don’t worry, the noodles still taste perfect without it. To complete the meal, top-quality dim sum is also served here.
Hours: 7am – 3pm, everyday
Jeh Toi Chive Dumplings
While some Thais avoid eating garlic chives because they give you bad breath, it would be a shame to skip the chive dumplings if you’re on this street. (FYI: There’s new innovation called chewing gum to help you with this situation.)
However, Jeh Toi Chive Dumplings offers not only chive dumplings (THB6 per dumpling), but also dumplings with other stuffings such as taro, yam bean, fresh bamboo with dried shrimp, cabbage with shiitake mushrooms, and even coconut. The soft steamed flour parcels are packed with yummy fillings and served with spicy sauce. Ten years of legacy is a guarantee that they’re not amateurs at gui chai.
Hours: 7am – 3pm, everyday
Yui Fried Taro
Yui Fried Taro, as its name suggests, offers a variety of battered, fried veggies. No need to wait until Vegetarian Festival to enjoy crispy and yummy fried vegetables like fried taro and fried radish (THB30 for 20 pieces). Other vegetarian options such as fried tofu and fried spring rolls (THB30 for 6 pieces) are also available. If you’re not into fried food, you can wait for your friends to finish the greasy goodness while you enjoy mung bean rice-crepe snacks (tua pab) for the same price.
Hours: 9am – 5pm, everyday except Monday
Lanfah Betong Chicken Rice
The difference between this Betong chicken rice and any other khao mun gai place is that this stall got their special recipe from the Betong district of Yala province. Lun Fah Betong Chicken Rice has been serving their simple chicken over rice for more than 20 years. The owner was born and raised in Betong before moving to Bangkok with his family’s recipe.
The menu includes the usual — boiled chicken and fried chicken (THB40 – THB50). However, roasted pork (moo daeng) is also available if you get bored.
Hours: 6am – 2pm, everyday except Monday
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