Top 5 Thai Fast Food Dishes
Many that have dined at a Thai restaurant would say that Thai meals are typically served family style, comprised of many dishes and meticulously made. While that is true, elaborate and lengthy meals are usually reserved for dinners or special occasions. In day to day lives, Thais like to have “one dish meal”, similar to Fast Food in the West. Today, Elephant Go Go invites you to have a delicious and nutritious meal at of the one dish meal restaurants, easily accessible on our Elephant Go Go routes.
Khao Gaeng Jek Pui
Many Thai dishes are curry or “Gaeng”, which are made from freshly pounded spices and coconut milk, resulting in a creamy, thick and aromatic soup. Curries are typically served in a bowl or directly on top of the rice.
Elephant Go Go’s first recommendation is the legendary Khao Gaeng Jek Pui (Khao Gaeng literally means curry rice in Thai), which has been around for more than 70 years. The recipes have been passed on through generations. It is not hard to spot Khao Gaeng Jek Pui as there are no tables, but only bright red chairs. Locals like to come and grab a quick lunch at Jek Pui, making it one of the de facto fast food restaurants in the area. The must-try dishes on the menu are the beef and pork curries, which are still made the exact same way since the first day in operation.
Hours: Everyday 15.00 - 21.00
Accessibility: Elephant Go Go on the Blue Route, Dragon Temple Kamalawat stop
Jay Fai Restaurant
Jay Fai is undoubtedly one of the most well known street food restaurants in Thailand. Famed by its eccentric 70 year old owner/cook and the high quality ingredients, cooked on charcoal stove. The restaurant is the first street food restaurant to receive the coveted Michelin star in Thailand.
The restaurant offers both one dish meal or normal a-la-carte menu. The most ordered dish is the special crab omelette. The shape of the omelette resembles somewhat an oval with juicy crab meat on the inside. Another must-try dish is the seafood radna (noodles in gravy). The seafood is of the best quality, combined with the cook’s special recipe and cooking technique, make this Radna different from other restaurants.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 14.30 - 21.00
Accessibility: Elephant Go Go on the Red Route, Wat Saket stop
Kua Gai Noodle Nai Hong
Kua Gai Noodle is one of the less common one dish meals to find. The noodles are stir fried to achieve the crispiness on the outside but still moist and soft on the inside. Making it well is not easy and requires a high level of techniques and skills.
The place that makes it to perfection is Kua Gai Noodle Nai Hong, guaranteed by its existence of more than 40 years. The restaurant uses charcoal stove, giving the noodles irresistible aroma. You can choose from meat and seafood or try the roasted Kua Gai noodle, where an egg is added and cooked with the lid covered to achieve a more moist texture of the noodles.
Hours: Everyday 16.00 - 22.00
Accessibility: Elephant Go Go on the Red Route, Wat Benchamabophit stop. The restaurant is located on Luk Luang road 8
Joke Prince (Bangrak)
Congee, or Joke in Thai, is a light and easy-to-have dish and the best place in Bangkok to try this dish is at Joke Prince Bangrak.
The secret of Joke Prince is to use high quality rice, cooked on charcoal stove at the right temperature to achieve the perfect consistency. Minced pork balls are then added to the congee. You can choose a variety of condiments such as chinese preserved eggs or salted eggs to your bowl of congee.
Hours: Everyday 06.00 - 12.00 and 16.30 - 21.00
Accessibility: Elephant Go Go on the Blue Route, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple stop
Chak Ki Phattakhan
The final, ultimate one dish meal restaurant on our recommended list is right by the King Power Rangnam stop, which is the starting point on our Elephant Go Go routes. It is the perfect place to have a quick meal before starting your city tour with Elephant Go Go.
Chak Ki has been around for more than 70 years and is one of the oldest restaurants in Soi Rangnam. Previously, the restaurant had a wider variety on the menu but today, the menu has shortened to Bamee (egg noodles) and Radna (noodles in gravy). Their most famous dish is Beef Radna with Mee Krob (crispy noodle). You can also order an appetizer such as fried wontons to snack on while waiting for your main dish.
Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 15.00 (closed every first Monday of the month)
Accessibility: Elephant Go Go on both the Red and the Blue Routes, King Power Rangnam stop. The restaurant is located in Soi Ratchawithi 7 (Watthanayothin)