Instead of topping poached eggs with ham and hollandaise, Bangkok brunch-goers are now enjoying theirs poached in a mildly spicy tomato sauce. The Middle Eastern staple of shakshuka typically also adds vegetables like chili peppers or onions and herbs like cumin to the mix, resulting in a breakfast dish that’s heady and hearty. Here are the best places to try it.  

Brooklyn Baker

Served in a bowl instead of skillet, the poached eggs come in a well of spiced tomato sauce with onion, capsicum and sausage, and a thick slice of buttery bread cut in four. The sauce itself is so well-flavored with herbs and spices. B240.

51/7 Soi Polo, Wireless Rd., 081-855-7090. Open daily 8am-5pm

Quince

With its food inspired mostly by Mediterranean cuisine, Quince has no problem incorporating this eggy dish into its weekend brunch. Unlike other places, you’ll find more tomato fruit and less tomato sauce in the hot pan served here. B280 or add lamb merguez for another B60.

Sukhumvit Soi 45, 02-662-4478. Open daily 10.30am-3pm 

The Coffee Club

What makes the shakshuka here different from other places is how they top spiced tomato sauce with perfectly-poached eggs—the same as what you’ll find in eggs Benedict—cheese and some spinach. On the side, you’ll also get toasted bread and balsamic sauce. B240.

Nine branches around Bangkok. Try G/F, Major Ekkamai, 1239 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-381-2736. Open daily 6.30am-10pm 

Luka

Aiming to serve healthy meals with style, the Sathorn cafe strikes a fine balance between photogenic and flavorful. The rich shakshuka here comes in a hot skillet with slices of toasted sourdough, all atop a rustic wooden board. B320.

Casa Pagoda, 64/1 Pan Rd., 02-637-8558. Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun 9-7pm

Mama Dolores

In-the-know diners know they're guaranteed solid Mediterranean fare at this Yen Akart neighborhood fave. On top of pizza, their so-called Balkan shakshuka (B260) also comprises grilled eggplant and feta cheese, served with pita bread on the side. Normal shakshuka is B190.

20 Yen Akat Rd., 080-606-0400. Open daily 11am-10.30pm

Siwilai Cafe

While the crowds may have moved onto the new beach-themed hangout on the same floor of Central Embassy, you're still assured a peaceful all-day breakfast at this cafe. Among their multi-cuisine breakfast offerings, the shakshuka comes served in a funky yet familiar kai krata pan. B300.

5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5836. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS Phloen Chit 


See also: Bangkok's 40 best places to get breakfast