As we discovered in Part 1 of our ‘Eat Like Locals’ guide, the options to eat around Bangkok’s Talad Noi area are as delicious as they are diverse. The neighborhood, and wider Bang Rak district, is famous for being home to generations-old families of Chinese migrants who settled in the city throughout the 19th century. This means an abundance of Thai-Chinese dishes for both tourists and locals to enjoy, from street-side noodle vendors to sweet treats and savory snacks.
Explore the rest of Talad Noi’s best street food below. All are walking distance from the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers next to the Chao Phraya River, River of Kings.
‘Grass Jelly’ stall at Talad Noi
This may be more of a kids’ after-school favorite, but few things are as refreshing to eat on a hot day as a bowl of sweet grass jelly with shavings of ice (and more added sugar). This is the most famous grass jelly stall in the area and has been in business for more than 10 years. There are also some warm treats available including soft bean curd or Chinese white nuts, both of which are flooded in hot ginger syrup.
Rice Noodle Paste Bean Sprout
One of the best rice noodle paste dishes in the areas, always uses fresh ingredients - the secret to making it taste so good. This dish is usually served alongside fried tofu, sliced pork belly, bean sprouts and dried shrimps. Considering the great taste and large portions, it’s a good value for money too.
Nowadays, it can be quite hard to find a truly authentic homemade Chinese dessert in Bangkok. Heab Teang, an old shophouse located in Soi Charoen Krung 20, is one of the oldest Chinese desserts stores still left. All the sweet treats here are homemade, using family recipes that have been passed down from one generation to another for over 80 years. Go for their homemade mooncake or pastry (or both) and you won’t be disappointed.
Take a Bao
Take a Bao is a small café that serves, you guessed it, homemade ‘baos’, a type of steamed bun that originates from China. All are homemade by hand and come either with a sweet or savory filling such as BBQ pork, egg or custard. Varieties of these can be found all over Thailand - even in 7-Elevens (in the form of ‘sala bao’), but it’s difficult to find any as fresh and flavorsome than here.
No idea to where to go for dinner? Then the Royal Orchid’s Sheraton’s very own Riverside Grill makes a perfect spot to eat and drink next to the water. The outside terrace here boasts some stunning panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River (great too for watching firework displays in festive season). This is a particularly good place to end a long day of sightseeing and enjoy the cool evening breeze that sweeps over the water. On the extensive menu you’ll find fresh seafood, meat, sharing plates and a selection of sweets.