Wok Star Express
Bangkok’s American-Chinese takeout scene welcomes a new player.
Bangkok’s American-style Chinese takeout scene has welcomed a new player, serving gut-busting comfort food out of a kitchen in Silom. The enticing line-up features all the favorites, from sticky-sweet kung pao chicken, pork, shrimp and tofu (from B190-270) to battered lemon chicken (B200), roast duck chow mein (B220; also available with BBQ red pork, chicken, beef or vegetable) and colorful Yangzhou fried rice (B160) with shrimp, red pork, peas, egg and carrot. If you’re entertaining guests, you can go all-in with their mammoth party sets (from B1,199). Everything is served in classic white paper boxes and available for takeout and delivery only via their website, Facebook and Line.
Plans are in store to open another location on Soi 23 in the near future to better facilitate delivery in the Sukhumvit area and beyond.
The buzz: Bangkok’s American-style Chinese takeout scene has welcomed a new player, serving gut-busting comfort food out of a kitchen in Silom.
The food: The enticing line-up features all the favorites, from sticky-sweet and syrupy kung pao chicken (B220) with crunchy cashew nuts, dried red chilis and slices of garlic, to juicy black pepper ribs (B220) with hunks of green, red and yellow pepper, onion and mushroom. The classic sweet and sour Hong Kong-style pork (B190) hits all the right notes, with crispy fried pork, sweet pineapple, mixed peppers, carrots and onion, while the sesame prawn toast (B140/four pcs) makes the perfect sidekick. Both the the Yangzhou egg-fried rice (B160/200) and Singapore noodles (B240/300)—thin vermicelli tinged yellow by fragrant and flavorful curry powder—invoke memories of London and New York’s Chinatowns, complete with char siu (Chinese barbecue pork) and pleasantly plump prawns. Bringing yet more nostalgic flavors, the sweet yet tart lemon chicken (B200) is simply addictive.
The packaging: Everything is served in classic white paper boxes, which are taped shut to avoid any spillages. The boxes contain far more food than meets the eye—if you’re unable to finish everything, we can confirm that it reheats well for the breakfast of kings (/slobs). Extra sauce for the lemon chicken is thoughtfully packed separately to avoid any sticky disasters, while pots of spicy chili paste are included for those who prefer more of a kick. Wok Star is available for takeout and delivery only via their website, Facebook and Line.
Why we’d order again: Whether we need a Friday treat or a Sunday hangover cure, we’re confident that this comforting takeaway—sweet, sour, bitter, hot and salty—will hit the spot, not to mention that the portions leave plenty of room for leftovers. Plans are also in store to open another location on Soi 23 in the near future to better facilitate delivery in the Sukhumvit area and beyond.
|Address:||Wok Star Express, 135/8 Pan Rd., Bangkok, 10500 Thailand|
|Cuisine:||American, Chinese, Deli / Takeaway / Take Out|
|Open since:||June, 2020|
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun 12:30-9:30pm; Mon 12:30-9:30pm|
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