Bangkok street food, Yaowarat Road, Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand

Where to Eat in Chinatown Bangkok, Our Yaowarat Road Eating Itinerary

Where to Eat in Chinatown Bangkok overwhelmed us on our first visit to the Thai capital over fifteen years ago. There were a bewildering number of options then and there are even more now. To ensure you eat well, follow our Yaowarat Road itinerary.

If, like us, you went and were overwhelmed by the mind-boggling number of restaurants, casual eateries, food stalls, and mobile carts to feast at, then our guide to where to eat in Chinatown Bangkok should make your eating a lot easier and a lot more satisfying.

If you haven’t been to Chinatown Bangkok, then make it a high priority to eat your way along Yaowarat Road and make sure you follow our itinerary. If you’re not familiar with Thai food, then click through to this post on the best Bangkok street food dishes first, which includes some Chinatown specialties.

Where to Eat in Chinatown Bangkok, Our Yaowarat Road Eating Itinerary

Chinatown Bangkok is one of the best neighbourhoods in the Thai capital for eating, but while where to eat in Chinatown Bangkok is a no brainer for locals, deciding where to eat can be daunting for first-timers to the city.

Serious feasting needs to focus first on Yaowarat Road, the main thoroughfare of this endearingly chaotic district, which should be a must-visit for food enthusiasts planning to eat their way through the Thai capital.

Atmospheric markets hidden down laneways and incense-filled temples tucked into buildings make Chinatown Bangkok a fascinating place to explore by day. But it’s after dark, when the plastic chairs come out and the neon lights go on that this culinary hot spot really comes alive.

Around 5pm nightly – except Monday when everything is closed – food stalls set up their mobile cooking carts, stainless steel tables and plastic stools on the inner lane of Yaowarat Road and surrounding streets. They stay open until late or when the food runs out.

When it comes to where to eat in Chinatown Bangkok, these are spots where we like to go and the food we love to eat on Yaowarat Road when we’re back in town.

Where to Eat in Chinatown Bangkok

Start on Yaowarat Road at the intersection with Thanon Plaeng Nam and head toward the intersection with Lamphun Chai Road to graze at our favourite eating spots.

Khanom Jeep Wat Yuan

Begin with Bangkok’s best kanom jeeb (steamed pork and shrimp dumplings) from a small push cart on a lane in front of Wat Yuan on Thanon Plaeng Nam. This old guy’s been at it for over 50 years – trust us: he knows how to make dumplings!

Khun Thot’s Kun Chiang

Head a little further up the street to take a look at this traditional ‘kun chiang’ or sweet Chinese sausage shop. Still handmade, still delicious.

Khao Tom Curry Shops

Near the end of this street, you’ll see two popular Khao Tom curry shops on either side, buzzing all day with diners, and selling some 40 or so cooked dishes until late into the night.

Durian Lady

Back on Yaowarat Road, you’ll spot the old durian lady who sells durian from the back of her truck, and has been doing so for over 20 years. If durian isn’t your thing, near her you’ll spot several stands selling sweet Thai desserts.

Kuay Jap Nai Ek

The dish to try at this busy, fluoro-lit eatery is pork, stewed or grilled, served in a clear broth, on rice, or with flat rice noodles. Delicious.

Nai Liew Ped Yang Yaowarat

Back on the footpath, a mobile stand, dripping with glistening roast duck, with stainless steel tables set up around it, sells the most amazing duck on the street – and we’ve tried them all.

T&K Seafood

On the opposite side of the road, on the corner of the next block, you can’t help but see this footpath seafood joint packed to the rafters with locals and tourists picking out fresh seafood to be cooked to order.

Kuay Tiew Lod Pra Thep

Further down, a serious man in crisp cook’s whites methodically makes up dishes of some of Bangkok’s best noodles – until he runs out. He doesn’t speak English, so just point and smile.

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