Bangkok is a foodie’s heaven indeed, from all the delicious Western food you can find down to region-specific Thai dishes. Some of the most popular dishes from Thailand are known to hail from the North East of Thailand, specifically Isaan and Laotian border, where you will find the roots of dishes, such as Som tum or Larb. Some other popular dishes are more region specific such as Khao Soi from the North or Khua Kling Moo Saab from the South, but beside all of this, what if we tell you that there are more delicious gems to uncover in a smaller part of the country, hidden right in front of our eyes!
Located at the lower cusp of Isaan, the Eastern Thai region is blessed with the abundant sea, fertile soil to grow delicious tropical fruits we all know and love such as Durian and Rambutan, and home to region-specific herbs that make the cuisine so unique. Being mostly ports back in the days, many signature dishes also took influences from other cultures such as Chinese, Portugese and even Cambodia, the neighbor next door as well.
While the highlight ingredients of the region are fresh seafoods, local herbs and fruits such as Kumquats, Coconut Shoots, Chamueng Leaves and Krawan create distinctive flavours combination that makes Eastern Thai Cuisine a must try. While the region is only a couple of hours away from Bangkok via car, those of us who don’t want to venture out can discover the authentic taste of the East right here in Bangkok. Visit these restaurants to sample underdog of Thai Cuisine yourself.
Burapa Eastern Thai Cuisine
Step into Burapa’s ‘train station’ and discover many faces of Eastern Thai cuisine. This semi-fine dining concept dreamed up by the owner of Sri Trat Restaurant invites you on a train which journeys to different places in Thailand, the tasting menu corresponds to cities along the route, while all the dishes took Eastern Thai cuisine influences using authentic ingredients from the Eastern province. Expect familiar flavours that are interpreted in contemporary ways. Their tasting menu changes every few months, so keep an eye out for their next journey and you may be in for a surprise about how this regional cuisine can be played out in many different ways.
Tel: +662 012 1423
Price range: ฿฿฿
26 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Chao Chon, meaning ‘people of Chonburi’ is a home-style restaurant focusing on Chonburi’s specialties. Founded by 3 friends who were born and raised in Chonburi, who wanted to share their childhood memories of enjoying their family’s recipes with fellow foodies. Expect fresh seafood at a very affordable price and don’t miss the dish such as Steamed Chinese Silver Pomfret, a special type of deep sea fish popular around the region due to its soft texture and naturally sweet meat, Stir fried Rice Noodle with Shrimp and Water Mimosa, and Crab Meat Rolls. Want to sample their best dishes? They also got a sharing set menu consist of their must try dishes diners can choose from at only ฿590.
Price range: ฿฿
Tel: +66 95371 6888
4 Lasalle 46 Khwaeng Bang Na, Bang Na, Bangkok 10260
Chan Chao Market
This new eatery founded by 3 childhood friends located right in the heart of Ekkamai offers a laid-back way for foodies to sample some of the most popular Eastern Thai dishes from Chanthaburi. All of their ingredients are sent straight from Chanthaburi province to the restaurant, from fresh Krawan, a herb similar to Lemongrass used in many Eastern Thai dishes to seasonal fruits. There are many classic dishes to sample here such as ‘Moo Cha Mueang’ and Stir-fried Chanthaburi Flat Noodle with Crab to a more hard to find menu such as Sour Salacca Soup with Shrimp. There are also a small selection of specialty grocery items, from home-made tropical fruit ice-creams to chilli pastes and crackers so you can take a small piece of Chanthaburi home with you.
Price range: ฿฿
Tel: +669 2264 4945
Supanniga Eating Room
Although Supanniga Eating Room doesn’t fully focus on Eastern Thai Cuisine exclusively, they do offer diners a selection of Eastern Thai’s favourites in a comfortable, homely setting. Their menu was inspired by the owner, Thanaruek Laoraowirodge or Khun Yai’s grandmother recipes and you can find authentic Eastern Thai dishes such as Moo Cha Muang, Shrimp and Crab Omelette and Shrimp Chili Paste dip here on the menu. With many outlets in Bangkok, foodies can easily satisfy their cravings for Eastern Thai dishes and more at the restaurant.
Price range: ฿฿
Tel: +662 714 7508
160, 11 Thonglor Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Just as the name highlights, Sri Trat brings infamous Eastern Thai recipes from Trat province to Bangkok. Once stepping into the restaurant, foodies will be greeted by a mural of the woman who started it all, the owner’s mother who contributed to Sri Trat’s unique menu line-up. You’ll find classic Eastern Thai Cuisine dishes from Crab Meat with Coconut Milk dip, Moo Cha Muang and Cardamom Boiled Chicken Soup to some unique offerings using fruits to create savory dishes such as Durian Massaman Curry and Pineapple with Ribs Soup. They also have a seasonal menu in rotation as well depending on ingredients availability, so we suggest getting out of the comfort zone to sample authentic Eastern Thai dishes!
Tel: +662 088 0968
Price range: ฿฿
90 Sukhumvit 33 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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