While Bangkok hipsters flock to Ari for cool cafes, fashionistas hunt for bargain clothes and accessories at Chatuchak Weekend Market and the health-conscious spend their leisure moments running around Chatuchak and Suan Rod Fai parks, nearby neighborhood Saphankwai often goes under the radar. However, in-the-know foodies will tell you it’s one of Bangkok’s best places to go for old-school street food offerings.
Chawadee Nualkhair, the celebrated author of Bangkok's Best Street Food and the recently published Thailand's Best Street Food, is a fan.
"Saphan Kwai? It's awesome! It's busy, it's just such a high concentration of great places, and it's good for those nights when you want street food without having to deal with the crowds in Chinatown."
Chitphon Fungsathit has lived in Saphankwai for 25 years. An avid foodie and explorer, he fell in love with the neighborhood for its laid-back charm. In fact, he loved it so much that four years ago he founded the website Saphankwai.com.
“Saphankwai residents have had access to an amazing array of local specialties for nearly three decades. But before social media's attention, outsiders might not have been aware of this,” says Chitphon. "The positive side is that the area is more active.”
Bangkok foodies have much to enjoy in Saphankwai, and the best way to explore the area is by foot.
“There are so many different food vendors in the area you simply must try, from Saphankwai intersection all the way down to Intamara, Pradipat, Ari and Chatuchak. These vendors start operating from around 4pm daily. This is one area where you'll never go hungry!" says Chitphon.
Sri Lueng Pochana (in Soi Rong Nung Kao)
One of the most talked about Saphankwai restaurants on social media, Sri Lueng Pochana’s claim to fame is its succulent khao mun kai (chicken rice).
Sanan (BTS Saphankwai, Phahonyothin Rd.,
near a bridge crossing to Chatuchak Market) This long-running place is best known for its khao tom pla (rice and fish in hot, clear soup) and fresh seafood offerings.
Abu Ibrohim (Soi Praditpat 14)
Perhaps the only restaurant in the area that offers serious halal food, Abu Ibrohim is tucked behind a discreet wooden facade where loyal customers flock for the famed goat curry.
Yiew Kee (near Soi Pradipat 10)
For more than 30 years, Yiew Kee has been serving up Cantonese-style casual food, with highlights including dim sum, barbecued pork and deep-fried, crispy-skin pork.
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