Yaowarat or Chinatown as most tourists would call it is a must-visit in Bangkok. It’s a good vibe here, especially at night between 6 p.m. and midnight when both locals and tourists can be seen everywhere along the Yaowarat Road munching one of the best street foods in the world (except Mondays as there are no stalls due to sidewalk cleaning).
We visited Chinatown after 10.00 p.m., and some neon signs were already turned off. You should, therefore, come here earlier because the long strip of neon signs are really cool and provides some great night photos.
Here are some dishes you need to try when in Chinatown.
T&K Seafood is famous as one of the best places to eat seafood, and I can see why; the food was fantastic! It was full when we got here, but we didn’t have to wait long for a table or our food.
Great atmosphere at T&K Seafood.
Steamed white snapper with lime. Incredible tasty!
Huge prawns perfectly cooked on a hot grill.
Stir-fried Chinese morning glory with oyster sauce – a nice side dish.
A happy tuk-tuk driver at Yaowarat Road.
Yaowarat Toasted Bread
The Yaowarat Toasted Breads are grilled over charcoal, making them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are served with different fillings like condensed milk, chocolate, and Sankaya. You can expect to have to queue here, but as most Thais know, when there is a queue for the food, it usually means it’s delicious.
People queuing for some toasted bread.
The buns are flying at a fast pace.
My favorite was the one with Sankaya filling. The chocolate was also yummy while the condensed milk was a bit too sweet.
Bird’s Nest Soup
Bird’s Nest Soup is considered a delicacy in China. The nests are made out of bird saliva, which has dried and hardened. Although it’s known as one of the most expensive foods in the world, the soup here starts from 200 baht per bowl.
Burapa Bird’s Nest was opened over 20 years ago and sells exclusively birds nest – both in soup and dried.
We ordered the 200 baht soup, which is looser in texture than the 500 baht soup.
The soup was jelly-like and sweet; not what I had expected. A glass of chrysanthemum tea, made from chrysanthemum flowers is served to the soup. According to the Chinese, this tea has many health benefits.
1 kg dried bird’s nest for 60,000 baht ($1,700). Ridiculously expensive!
An old cinema in Chinatown.
Moo Pad Krapow
Moo Pad Krapow is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand and a personal favorite. This spicy stir-fried dish is made with chopped pork, holy basil, garlic, and chilies. Pad Krapow is traditionally served with a fried egg.
Black Sesame Dumplings in Ginger Tea
Black Sesame Dumplings (Tang Yuan) is a Chinese dessert. The dumplings are filled with a sweet black sesame paste served in a rich ginger tea. I would probably be enjoying this dessert more if I hadn’t been so full.
At this point we were so full, we couldn’t try the squid. But it’s supposed to be very good.
Pick a skewer and put it on the grill.
Visiting Chinatown was truly an amazing experience, and I want to come back for more!