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Cuisine: Asian, Seafood, Thai
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While the food here is quite tasty, the main reason to come is to enjoy one of Bangkok's most original outdoor food venues with an outstanding show. Other than attending a Chinese opera performance,... Read More
While the food here is quite tasty, the main reason to come is to enjoy one of Bangkok's most original outdoor food venues with an outstanding show. Other than attending a Chinese opera performance, the most theatrical show you can see in Chinatown is having a meal here. While the fresh seafood is tasty, the main draw here is ordering a plate of morning glory and standing back with your camera ready. Making stir-fried pak bung (morning glory) really is an art that depends on cooking the vegetable quickly in extremely hot oil, causing the oil to burn and flame, which gives the pak bung its flavor. At Fai Keaow Yaowarat, the maniacal chef gives this a whole new meaning. Every five minutes or so, perhaps eyeing the crowd that has gathered round to watch, he preps his oil, gets the greens ready, and then sends a fireball into the sky big enough to light up a city. Seriously, if this was an indoor restaurant, it would have burned down ages ago. Those sitting too close to the chef should probably not have facial hair and should be well prepared to order extra drinks and ice to cool the searing temperatures.
- Street Food, Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Restaurants: "To get here, find the corner of Yaowarat and Isara Nuphap, the continuation of Isara Nuphap becomes Yaowarat Soi 11, and the restaurant is halfway down this lane on the left side. You might want to consider standing to watch the first plate of pak bung get torched before deciding which table you want to sit at!"