Feb 11, 2018
Michelin Guide inspectors trawled the city for its best fine dining, but they also recognized 35 Bib Gourmands—good value, consistently quality meals. Several holes-in-the-wall made the list, teeing up a great primer on Bangkok street food. Here are five of our favorites. By Eloise Basuki. Photographs by Leigh Griffiths
Han Paloe (braised goose) at Tung Sui Heng Pochana.
This family-run shophouse is known for its fragrant braised goose, slowly stewed in a clay pot and served with a tangy pickled chili sauce. Order a side of noodles to mix into the rich, spiced broth. 528/45 Rama 4 Rd., Bang Rak; +66 2 234 0084; mains Bt50–Bt500.
Hoi Tod (fried oyster pancake) at Nai Mong Hoi Tod.
This Chinatown stall has been dishing out some of the most beloved oyster pancakes in the city for the past 30 years. Choose from crispy or soft and be sure to dip in the accompanying bowl of tangy chili sauce. 539 Phlapphla Chai Rd., Pom Prap Sattru Phai; +66 89 773 3133; mains from Bt100.
Guay Tiew Luk Chin Pla (noodles with fish balls) at Lim Lao Ngow.
A 60-year-old stall, it’s known for firm, bouncy fish balls made from freshly pureed fish. Even with six modern branches, the original stall is as popular as ever. In front of 299-301 Song Sawat Rd., Samphanthawong; +66 81 640 4750; mains from Bt40.
Gai Tod (fried chicken) at Polo Fried Chicken.
This 50-year-old restaurant on the eastern side of Lumphini Park serves a long menu of spicy Isaan delights, but it’s the freshly fried chicken topped with crispy garlic that has garnered the spot a cult following. Order half or—go on—a whole chicken with sticky rice and som tum (papaya salad). 137/1-2 Soi Polo, Pathum Wan; +66 2 655 8489; mains from Bt150.
Moo krob (crispy pork) at Guay Jub Mr. Joe.
Said to serve the crispiest pork belly in Bangkok, this is the place to try their addictively crunchy version in guay jub, the peppery rice-noodle soup with pork organs. Be sure to order an extra plate of moo krob, served with a sweet soy dipping sauce. 46 Soi Chan 44, Bang Kho Laem; +66 2 213 3007; mains from Bt50.
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