BK asks the city’s top cooks for their favorite street food stalls in their neighborhood

Somkiat Pairojmahakij, Chef at Seven Spoons

Area: Nang Loeng

“Pig tongue stew—the original nose-to-tail dish. The Chinese community has a long history in the Nang Loeng area and it’s little known that the wooden theater at the market was one of the first in Bangkok. People should go there for the novelty of the stew and for the authentic atmosphere of the market.”

Khao Gaeng Kari Stew, 93/8-9 Supanimit Rd., 02-282-3918. Open daily 7am-2pm

“Jay Wa Jay Yong’s Hainanese noodles are well known among the Hainanese community in the area. They are delicious, authentic and have a particularly strong following among the local r-ma (Chinese grandmothers) nostalgic for tastes of home. I’m a second-generation Hainanese and places like this represent renewed pride in my cultural origins.”
Kanom Jeen Hailum Jay Wa Jay Yong, Look-Luang Soi 8, 02-281-0444, 086-820-7890. Open daily 5-11pm

Christian Norbert, Chef at Johann Bistro

Area: Bang na

“Sataan Bu Lim has many dishes that are good, such as khao kha moo and pork balls on skewers. But the most impressive is the guay jub that comes with a flavorful soup and ingredients in big portions, especially the kra-poh (stomach) that is properly cleaned and very tender. Have it with their homemade drinks like roselle, lemon tea or, my favorite, guava juice—absolutely delicious. The owner is also very friendly.”
Guay Jub Sataan Bu Lim, 970-970/1 Sukhumvit Soi 103 (Soi Udomsuk, between sois 48 and 50), 02-746-5029. Open daily 10am-11pm

Kavin Lim, Chef at Kincucino

Area: Silom

“I like the guay jub (Chinese noodles) stall in Soi Convent. All the spices that guay jub needs are there, plus they put in dried kha (galangal) which results in a pleasant aroma. The important thing is that all the intestines are well cleaned. The moo krob (crispy pork) is perfectly cooked— very tender inside, crispy outside and not too salty.
Guay Jub Silom, Soi Convent (in front of Starbucks), Silom Rd., 087-995-6955, 085-508-0007. Open Mon-Sat 4-11pm

Can Markawat, Chef at The Local

Area: Bangkapi

“My family and I have been eating at Mae Yaa Jai for a very long time. When it comes to khao gaeng, it must be from the South. And Mae Yaa Jai offers you that, while the area is also special. The shop has all kinds of curries like namprik tai pla (fish intestines chili paste) and tai pla kati (fish intestines in curry) and they’re very generous with the sides of vegetables. I think it’s more than authentic enough for Bangkokians.”
Mae Yaa Jai, Flat No. 21, Khlong Jan Housing, Nawamin Soi 6, 02-377-9100. Open daily 7am-7pm

Pasakorn Sae-Eia, Chef at MisterPas

Area: Kanchanapisek

“I always like to eat beef and Khao Suay Po Nai Pol offers a delicious bowl of guay tiew nuea (beef noodles). The style would remind you of the popular noodle shop Soay (Phra Arthit Rd.). All the intestines are really succulent and the Chinese spices definitely make the soup fragrant. The place is pretty old with lots of history, as you can see from the certificates and newspaper clipping singing their praises.”
Khao Suay Po Nai Pol, Moo Baan Krissana, Kanchanapisek Rd., 02-459-2059,081-611-0413. Open daily 10am till they run out.

David Thompson, Chef at Nahm

Area: Yaowarat

“The oyster omelet at Nai Mong is one of the best renditions I have had. A crisp and rich base of eggs topped with an unctuous sauce of oysters and spring onions. Sprinkle it with some white pepper and splash over the Sriracha sauce and you’ll understand why the place has been going for 40 years. They sell other dishes too, but I have never been able to forgo this pearl.”
Nai Mong Hoi Nang Tord, 539 Phlapplaachai Rd. (off Charoen Krung Road), 02-623-1890. Open Wed-Mon 11am-8:30pm 


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