9 Must-Try Local Food in Pratunam, Bangkok – In Pratunam, in addition to the shopping, of course, you have to seize the opportunity to find authentic food!
We know the corners of Bangkok hold some of the best dishes, aromas, tastes and spices. No time to find out where? Don’t worry, we have carefully chosen 16 of the best places to eat in Pratunam for you!
Satisfy your belly with a spicy and sour soup, filled with gigantic chunks of lobster meat or try the locals’ favourite of pork trotter rice.
Eat before reading, this is going to make you hungry!
1. Hidden boat noodles that’s been around for almost 40 years – Lung Pratunam Boat Noodles
This ship has been sailing for almost 40 years! The captain, Mr Lung, passed down orders and it’s now his daughter that runs the shop – or hidden stall should we say.
It’s tucked away down a dark alley so the hesitations might get real, but it’s well worth the wander with a bowl this good.
Pig’s blood / cow’s blood soup with noodles and minced meat, served in a rich, dark soy broth. We’d recommend adding the crispy wontons or pork skin to your dish!
If you’re afraid of the “bloody” ingredients, you can try their Yong Tau Foo Noodle and enjoy the pink sweet, spicy and sour taste.
Lung Prathunam Boat Noodles
Price: From 25 Baht / approx. USD $0.70
Address: 958/3 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
Contact: +66 85 919 1994
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
2. Find the great value-for-money tomyam lobster noodles – Pe Aor Tom Yam Kung
Traveling to Thailand? You’ve gotta try an excellent Tom Yum Goong! Hot, sour, spicy, that’s what you want to taste.
This little, local restaurant brings the flavour and the (portion) size all in one huge bowl, wow!
Savour their famous tomyam lobster noodles with crabs, mussels, a large piece of salmon, fresh squid, an egg and silky rice noodles.
Lastly, if you’re not a spicy fan, there are also other less spicy Thai dishes for you to try!
Pe Aor Tom Yam Kung
Price: 1000 Baht / approx. USD $30.50 (for Big Tomyam Lobster Noodles)
Address: 68, 51ถนน Soi Phetchaburi 5, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 612 9013
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 10am to 9pm (closed on Mondays)
3. Pull in for juicy, fresh pork leg rice – Khao Kha Moo Truk Sung
If you’re a pork trotter fan, then you don’t want to miss this secret pork trotter dish that few travellers know about!
Their Khao Kha Moo (a traditional Thai dish of stewed pork leg over rice, cooked in a clay pot) is mouth-watering; an instant taste of trotters, with bitter gourd soup – perfection!
The set-up is all clean, including their meat, so no hesitations needed in that department.
Refresh with a coconut, fill your stomach and don’t forget to get rid of the heat, then continue with your shopping spree!
Khao Kha Moo Truk Sung
Price: From 90 Baht / approx. USD $2.75 (for pork trotter rice + bittergourd soup)
Address: 23 ซอย ราชดำริ1 Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 8am to 5pm (Closed on Sundays)
4. Get your super bowl of tom yam noodles (big enough for 3!) – The Place 168
If you want to take a break and enjoy your meal in an air-conditioned restaurant, you might want to consider The Place 168!
Because it is a restaurant, the price is slightly higher – however, it’s a super bowl that’s said to be enough for three people to share!
In this mega tomyam bowl, there are meatballs, seafood, eggs, etc., it’s really so full of flavour!
In addition to tomyam, there are also a lot of other dishes here and if you’re looking to eat a balanced diet, there are plenty of veggie options too!
The Place 168
Price: From 195 Baht / approx. USD $5.95 (for Tomyam Noodles)
Address: 1/49 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 657 0880
Opening hours: Daily from 10.30am to 9.30pm
5. 80 years old chicken rice stall – Kuang Heng Chicken Rice
Please, don’t think that the Hainanese chicken rice in Thailand is the same as its origins!
Although this chicken does not have that intense fragrance – as the chicken is only boiled in water and not a broth) – their speciality is in their sauce and peppers! This combination fully brings out the sweetness of the chicken!
The Hainanese chicken rice at Kuang Heng has been around for more than 80 years, and is very famous.
Long queues are inevitable, but the queues are shorter than Go-Ang Pratunam chicken rice – the other famous chicken rice joint down the road. It’s also very tasty, especially the sauces!
Also famous here is their satay and fried chicken! And the best part? It’s open 24/7.
Kuang Heng Chicken Rice
Price: From 50 Baht / approx. USD $1.50
Address: 930 New Petchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 251 8768
Business hours: Daily 24/7
6. Let your nose lead the way – Midnight Kaiton
If you want to eat chicken rice, but don’t want to queue long, you may want to go to the end of the street! There is a chicken rice stall with servers in blue uniforms.
The scents and fragrance that come with the dish are unmistakable. The meat is cooked well and tender, with its own special sauce, it’s really delicious!
In addition to chicken rice, they also sell fried chicken and stew. Eat to your heart’s satisfaction.
Price: From 50 Baht / Approx. USD $1.50
Address: 986 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 7pm to 4am; Sundays 7pm to 12am
7. Love a good Thai green papaya salad? – Somtam Nua
It’s all in the name! If you’re not so clued up on your Thai, that’s green papaya for you – probably the most popular type of salad in Thailand.
It’s cheap and there are four different types of papaya salad to choose from.
You can also choose to add different ingredients such as salted egg yolk (!!!), crab meat, and more. It’s best eaten with rice to enjoy the different complementing flavours.
Thai cuisine is also known for their fried chicken and fried rice noodles, and this shop has a variety of choices for you to try!
Price: 65 Baht / approx. USD $2 (for Green Papaya Salad); 98 Baht / approx. USD $3 (for Fried Chicken)
Address: 392/14 Siam Square Soi 5
Contact: +66 (0) 22 51 4880
Opening hours: Daily from 10.45am to 9.30pm
8. Go nuts at this all-you-can-eat seafood buffet! — The SQUARE, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam
I mean, if you love seafood, you’re going to go nuts at the thought of an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, right?
Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam offers a different selection of seafood buffets on different days/times of the week. Crab ‘N Prawn Dinner Buffet on Friday and Saturday nights, Seafood Brunch Buffet on Sunday.
They’ve also got special promotions on, so it’s really worth the dining.
The big Alaskan crab is waiting for you, or over-indulge in a mountain of fresh prawns.
The SQUARE, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam
Price: From 849++ Baht / Approx. USD $26 (for Sunday Seafood Buffet Brunch)
Address: 220 Petchaburi Rd, Ratchathewi, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: (+66) 02 209 1700
Opening hours: Daily from 12pm to 3pm
9. It’s featured on CNN’s Best Boat Noodles in Bangkok! – Provence
Although the restaurant in Gayson Village is called “Provence” adding a very French flavour to it, it sells authentic Thai food!
If you want to find a quiet place to enjoy your food with a cosy set-up, you might want to consider this!
The most famous here is the beef and fish egg boat noodle soup! The price is a bit higher because they actually import their beef from Australia – amazing quality meat that makes all the difference.
The thick soup base is fragrant, with a salty taste and their noodles are just right!
In addition to their famous boat noodles, there are other Thai dishes, such as spring rolls, leek dumplings, and of course, mango sticky rice!
Did we mention they’re featured on CNN’s Best Boat Noodles in Bangkok?
Price: From 270 Baht / Approx. USD $8.20
Address: ลุมพินีPennsula Plaza ชั้น G ถนนราชดําริ ปทุมวัน กรุงเทพฯ Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Contact: 08 652 1399
Business hours: Daily from 11am to 8pm
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