Street Food Legend: Here’s why Jay Fai is in a class of its own

Photo credit: Praew Aikwanich
Photo credit: Praew Aikwanich

Presented by SINGHA


Bangkok city is a heaven on earth for foodies. If you’re one of them, you must have tried, or at least heard about, the humble restaurant redefining street food. The thick, crispy, yet fluffy Crab Omelets and lightly charred Drunken Noodles with fresh seafood at Jay Fai in Old Bangkok are a class of their own.

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Jay Fai is one of our top recommended Bangkok eats around town, so we’re thrilled that it recently became the first and only street food restaurant in Thailand to receive a world-class award. If the wait to eat at this little restaurant was long before, it’s going to be utter madness now. Hurry and score your Crab Omelet and Instagram pic while you can!

Serving exquisite Thai dishes, Aunty Fai (jay means aunty in Thai-Chinese) has earned her nickname as the “Queen of Street Food”. She’s made a name for herself in Bangkok’s dining scene with family recipes that date back over 70 years.

Her personality shines through with vivid red lips, a cool beanie, and signature ski goggles that she always wears as she preps and cooks. Each and every mouth-watering dish is made by her, using only premium ingredients. Huge chunks of meaty crab, giant prawns, and the freshest squid are all served very generously.

That sensation of your taste buds dancing with pure joy? It’s all down to Aunty Fai’s remarkable culinary skills. Jay Fai is famous for never using MSG and cooking each dish one by one over a charcoal brazier, giving each portion that crispy, smoky quality can only be achieved over flaming high heat.

We suggest trying all the classics: Crab Omelet (THB800), Seafood or Prawn in Thick Gravy Noodles (THB380+), and Seafood or Prawn Drunken Noodles (THB380+). We also recommend the mouthwatering Prawn or Seafood Dry Congee (THB380+), especially as a late night snack.

Don’t even think about comparing these prices to other street food restaurants, though. If you’ve experienced Jay Fai, you’ll understand what the hype is all about.

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Tummy starting to growl? Make your way to Jay Fai to enjoy her renowned cooking and watch her in action as you sip a glass of cold Singha beer. We can’t think of a better street food experience. Just make sure you hurry, we have a feeling Aunty Fai is going to be very busy now!

What: Raan Jay Fai

When: Monday-Saturday, 1:30PM – 2AM

Where: Pratu Phi area in the Old Town

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