Pad Thai is a staple food to Thai people. So when in Bangkok, Pad Thai is a die-die must try food. Here is where you can find the best Pad Thai in Bangkok.
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Pad Thai, akin to the national-international noodle staple of Thailand. Stir-fried rice noodles with egg, tofu, prawns, bean sprouts, peanuts, and shallots … can’t really go wrong, right? Not really. Even though this food is ubiquitous on the streets of Bangkok, few places master the art of a sweet, tangy and spicy pad thai. We pick out some places that give the dish the reputation it deserves.
Thip Samai Pad Thai
This place has been touted as the Best Pad Thai in Bangkok for many years and its accolades come from both foreigners and locals. They have been in service since 1966 and offer many variations of the dish. The most popular is the ‘superb Pad Thai’ that comes with prawns and is wrapped in omelette. Amongst the locals this place is known as ‘Pratu Phi Pad Thai’, just in case they give you a blank face if you mention Thip Samai. Don’t forget to try their orange juice, it has been said to leave unforgettable moments.
Address: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Opening Hours: 5:30pm to 1:30am daily
Pad Thai Sala Daeng
This eatery contends with Thip Samai with the title of being the best in Bangkok. Since Pad Thai Sala Daeng is only open in the daytime and Thip Samai at night, you can ensure your day is filled with good pad thai by going to both. Sala Daeng is a no-frills eatery that does not bother with décor. Their unassuming front speaks nothing of their homemade tamarind sauce which is the secret to their dish. You might miss this place easily so keep a keen lookout for a shop behind a street food stall.
Address: 47 Sala Daeng Soi 2, Silom, Bangkok
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 9:30am to 2:00pm; closed on Sat & Sun
Sawasdee Pad Thai
Also another daytime venture, this one takes a little bit of travelling as it isn’t situated in a convenient part of the city. If you knew they have been honing their craft for 40 years, you might be convinced to make the trip. Found in Ratchawat, the portions are smaller and that allows you to enjoy other dishes they are famous for, such as the pan-fried mussels (hoy tod). Sounds mouth-watering already?
Address: 955/11 Ratchawat market, Nakornchaisri Road, Banglok
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm daily
Pad Thai Ekkamai
This pad thai store ramps up in their presentation and gets creative with the classic dish. They market their pad thai with tiger prawns, setting themselves apart from miserly small shrimps you see at many outlets. It comes with homemade chilli, lime and garlic sauce. One of their variations comes with a banana flower, dressing the dish up for your Instagram shot!
Address: Between Ekkamai Soi 17 & 19
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun, 5:00pm to 12:00am; Closes at 3am on Fri & Sat; Closed on Mon
Baan Pad Thai
Translated as the house of pad thai, they too came up with variations of the classic dish. The owner, who also runs renowned restaurants Issaya and Pizza Massilia, created a ‘secret’ 18-ingredient sauce and combined it with noodles sourced from the Eastern Thai city of Chanthaburi, house-dried shrimps, duck egg and crab fat for his signature version of pad thai.
Source: Baan Phadthai Restaurant Bangkok
Address: Baan Phadthai, 21-23 Charoen Krung Soi 44, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours: 11.00am to 10.00pm daily
A convenient place for a meal after your visits to the wats (temples), but fear not, it is not a tourist trap. In fact, if price is a huge factor for you, this is the place to check out. Affordably priced, their pad thai is served in the usual styles, with prawn or chicken, and nothing creative or fancy, but it has made diners leave with happy bellies. This cosy restaurant has been raved about for many dishes including their green curry and spring rolls, but their pad thai still stands out for a mention.
Address: 270 - 272 Maha Rat Road | Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 5:15pm daily
Pad Thai Mae Am
Another eatery dedicated to pad thai and here they just offer the traditional version but at its best. They also do a handful of other dishes but people flock over for pad thai, duh. The atmosphere is authentic and local and it’s patronized heavily by locals. You know the mantra for food - go where the locals go.
Address: Rama 4 Road Khlong Toei
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 11:00am to 10:00pm; Sat & Sun 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Your usual bistro with contemporary options, but they do serve a mean pad thai. The price is relatively affordable at 75 baht for a serving, but some may say it is pricey as you can definitely have a plate for less at a less modern-looking restaurant. This place, however, has vegan pad thai because they believe that vegans have the right to savour the classics too. It is also located just next to the railway station and is a great place to fill up your tummies before a long train journey.
Address: 511, Rong Mueang Rd, Khwaeng Rong Muang, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Opening Hours: 6:00am to 9:00pm daily