I love Bangkok, I think we have established that much. My list of little favorites is endless but next to a lot of cheap massages and the flower market, I am always in search for some great food. From the hip and the happening to the local and authentic.
Bangkok, baby! A love letter to a hot city.
This time, I was lucky enough to have yet another local guide fetching me from the airport and taking me straight to one of Bangkok’s oldest eateries.
My friend Anada from Shall Travel took me to Sa-Nguansri, a little family run restaurant amongst fancy high-rises in the diplomatic area of Bangkok. She told me that here her mum already went and hung out with friends. Hip and happening as well as local and authentic.
Okay, so it is not so hip anymore, but it is truly one of those places that you won’t find in any guide books. As a foreigner, you can order by pictures, but whatever you chose, you will eat some of the best food in your life. Alas, it didn’t come with my ultimate favorite: Pad Thai.
In my last post on the topic, I was convinced with many others that Bangkok’s best Pad Thai can be found at Thip Samai. However, this time, I was on a mission to find an even better option. Just because I like a challenge.
I did some research and struck gold. Pad Thai Loong Pha.
The irony is that it is located right next to Thip Samai on Mahachai Road. So close in fact that I almost missed it and couldn’t believe my luck when I recognized the sign on the awning.
In general, I do like an underdog and while Thip Samai and Starbucks and all those places have their merit, I like a place where the people don’t wear branded t-shirts and the lines go around the block just because it is the place to go.
Loong Pha has none of that plus it is open for lunch. Also, they make their pad thai sauce out of shrimp heads instead of ketchup. That may sound weird but does a lot for its flavor.
I ordered my plate and was allowed to watch the magic unfold. Noodles, some tofu, a couple of big succulent prawns all fried and stirred and eventually placed into a thin egg cover that looked too pretty to break open.
It is served with mung beans, spring onion, and other greens and you can add peanuts, sugar, and chili to your heart’s desire. Moist, crunchy, prawn-y – everything that a Pad Thai is meant to be and more! All for 90 THB, no lines, no t-shirts.
Was it the best Pad Thai in Bangkok? For the time being, I would answer that with a big fat yes. And there is nothing better to support an underdog if he rightfully deserves it too!
Do you know another contender for the title of best Pad Thai in Bangkok? If so please share in the comments, I am always keen to try new places!