This Is Where to Go for Real Pad Thai in Bangkok


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This winning dish of flat rice noodles, wok-fried prawns and crunchy peanuts has made its way around the globe. Seemingly simple, it’s all about the deft balance of sweet, salty, spicy and sour.

Baan Padthai

A smartly converted shophouse tucked down an alleyway, Baan is devoted to the celebration of Thailand’s national dish. Its calling cards are a secret sauce (made with 18 ingredients) and many different versions of pad Thai, including crab, seafood and an envelope-pushing grilled pork.

21-23 Soi Charoen Krung 44, North Sathorn

Thip Samai

Head to the Old City and look for the queue outside Thip Samai, known locally as Pratu Phi. Its iconic dish features Chanthaburi rice noodles, which are dried in the sun. Signature add-ons include egg (the noodles are wrapped in a thin omelette) and supersize shrimp.

313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon

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Sala Rim Naam

It doesn’t get more upscale than this hotel restaurant housed in a decorative pavilion with a terrace overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Here, pad Thai gets the five-star treatment with incredible produce and elegant presentation.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak

Pad Thai Ekkamai

It’s not fancy but Ekkamai’s pad Thai makes up for the lack of frills – especially the deluxe version bumped up with king prawns, squid and mussels. A simpler version with dried shrimp is on offer for the traditionalists.

Sukhumvit 63, Soi Ekkamai 19, North Khlong Tan; +66 82 022 5000

Hoy Tord Chao Lay

A no-frills street kitchen in the hip Thonglor area, Hoy Tord is best known for its namesake mussel and oyster omelettes. But the pad Thai runs a close second, thanks to a super-thin, crisp-edged omelette wrapping and a perky side of bean shoots and fresh lime.

Sukhumvit 25, Soi 55, Thonglor; +66 85 128 3996 

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