Pad Thai is the most popular dish in Thailand. If you get a chance to travel there, don’t miss this special food. We guide you some places that serve the best pad thai.
Pad Thai Thip Samai
Ask any local where to find the best pad Thai in Bangkok, and nine out of ten will tell you Thip Samai. Also known as ‘Pratu Pee’ (meaning ghost gate), this really is the grandfather of Bangkok’s most famous dish, opening up shop nearly 50 years ago in the Old City quarter. 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. Prices start at a slightly inflated 60 baht, and go all the way up to 200 baht if you want a huge shrimp too. Don’t forget to order their famous orange juice, which is delivered fresh from the countryside every day. Thip Samai is easy to find; just look for the line of people queuing underneath the bright red sign on Machachai Road, near Wat Saket (Temple on the Mountain).
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! Because the original recipe is very simple, many pad Thai restaurants and street stalls add unique ingredients or condiments – there’s nothing new about that. But Baan Phadthai takes this simple delicious dish to the next level with high quality ingredients and a few innovative variations such as Phad Thai Phoo (crab) or Phad Thai with Moo Yang, a traditional and extremely popular grilled pork, perfect for those who are allergic to seafood and don’t get the chance to eat this famous Phad Thai.
Pad Thai Ekamai
This modest shop house in Ekamai claims to serve the best pad Thai in Bangkok, specializing in generous portions of seafood to go along with those delicious wok-fried noodles. 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.
Pad Thai Mae Am
Nara is a foreigner’s favourite restaurant in Bangkok which has been serving lovingly presented Thai food for many years. They have two versions of pad Thai but we recommend the pad Thai with shrimp, sweet tamarind sauce and crispy egg for 220 baht. The taste is definitely catering more to the foreign community as it is sweeter than most other pad Thai recipes, however we rate Nara’s version because all of the ingredients used are top quality and the dining room is stylish and air-conditioned. Side ingredients include fragrant banana flower, lime, spring onion and crushed nuts. If you want to create a more localised version of the dish use the pretty garnish selection to add a few mounds of chilli flakes and vinegar. The shrimp are extremely fresh and crisp, served out of the shell for added convenience. Nara has several locations but we rate the original branch next to Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.
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