Pad Thai is so synonymous with Thailand that it even contains the country’s name; however the famous wok-fried noodle dish doesn’t have a history as long as most would have thought. If you go to a Thai restaurant in Malaysia, Pad Thai will most likely be represented on the menu with a top-recommendation icon next to it. You can find Pad Thai at every corner of Bangkok but recommendations below are popular Pad Thai places among both tourists and locals.
THIP SAMAI | Maha Chai
For the best pad Thai paired with fresh orange juice from the countryside. Portions here are generous, and the signature egg pad Thai comes with a thin layer of omelet cocooning the moist and fresh noodles that are cooked over a charcoal fire. Starting at 5 pm daily, the fires are kindled, and street chefs beginning churning out wok fulls of Pad Thai like crazy.
What to order: Original pad Thai, Pad Thai wrapped in egg, Orange juice
Price: 70 baht (RM9)
When: 17:00 – 01:00 (Daily)
Where: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Baan Phadthai | Silom
Baan Phadthai is a restaurant devoted to Thailand’s most famous noodle dish. While it’s true that most travellers visiting Bangkok will enjoy a pad Thai – usually cooked in front of you in a wok as old as the person cooking it – the versions created at this converted shophouse close to Sapan Taksin BTS Station are a little more special! The menu has five options: swimmer crab (B280), river prawn (B250) grilled chicken (B190), grilled pork B190) and vegetarian (B160).
What to order: Phad Thai with Moo Yang
Price: 190 baht (RM24)
When: 11:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
Where: 21-23 Charoen Krung Soi 44, Bangkok, Thailand
Pad Thai Sala Daeng | Sala Daeng
People call this the Hidden Pad Thai because if you don’t explore around or don’t work around Sala Daeng, you will never enter this shop. The secret to this delicious Pad Thai is the tamarind sauce which they made themselves. We just use tamarind, sugar and salt, but it’s difficult because it takes two hours of simmering, and we do 14 bottles a week.
What to order: Original pad thai, pad thai kung sod or pla meuk
Price: 40 baht (RM5)
When: 07:00 – 14:30 (Daily)
Where: 47 Sala Daeng Soi 2 (behind Silom Complex)
PAD THAI EKKAMAI | Sukhumvit
For generous servings of seafood pad Thai. At 250 baht, their signature ‘Pad Thai Ekamai’ does seem a little bit pricey (compared to the 40 baht you usually pay for just the noodles) – however, the hearty dish does come with fresh squid, two large king prawns and a few juicy muscles. They know how to make Pad Thai look beautiful and being different from the rest by marketing their Pad Thai with Tiger Prawns.
What to order: Basic pad Thai, Seafood pad Thai, pork satay
Price range: 45 baht to 250 baht (RM6 to RM32)
When: 17:00 – 00:00 (Tuesday to Sunday); open till 03:00 on Fri & Sat
Where: 303/4 Sukhumvit 63 Road, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
Pad Thai Mae Am | Rama IV Road
This modest yet highly rated spot is walking distance from Klong Toey MRT Station and right across the road from the huge fresh market. Specialising in only two noodle-based dishes (the second being kuay diow gai or thick rice noodles and chicken), Pad Thai Mae Am really brings things back to basics. The noodles here are seasoned ahead of time with tamarind paste, palm sugar and fish sauce, and are fried over coals to order – the old-school way of making pat tai.
What to order: Pink Phad Thai, Pad Thai with shrimps or mixed seafood, Pad Thai wrap with egg omelate
Price range: 150 baht (RM19)
When: 11:00 – 22:00 (Monday to Friday); open at 14:00 on Sat & Sun
Where: Rama IV Road (opposite Klong Toey Market), Bangkok, Thailand
Sawasdee Pad Thai | Ratchawat
Sawasdee Pad Thai is located in Ratchawat, a not so convenient part of Bangkok and is currently not known to tourists. If you ask a local, they will probably know because Sawasdee Pad Thai have been around for 40 years! he Pad Thai here is so good, the portion is just right so that you can continue eating other things later.
What to order: Original Phad Thai, Pan-Fried Mussels (Hoy Tod)
Price range: 150 baht (RM19)
When: 09:30 – 15:30 (daily)
Where: 955/11 Ratchawat market, Nakornchaisri Road, Banglok, Thailand
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