Find the best Pad Thai in Bangkok
I have to confess. When I was planning my first trip to Thailand, over 10 years ago I couldn’t quite understand why my friend was getting so excited about a plate of noodles.
He had been to Thailand a few months earlier, and the minute I told him of my plans to visit, the first thing he exclaimed wasn’t about the beaches, or the culture or that sense of magic in the air.
No, instead he grabbed both my arms, looked me straight in the eye and with a look of pure envy uttered ‘oh my god you’re going to love the Pad Thai, they have the best Pad Thai in Bangkok, you have to get a pad Thai from the stalls in Bangkok’. This was all said in earnest, quickly and with a slight hint of crazy.
Why all the fuss?
My confusion quickly turned to awe the moment I tasted my first Pad Thai on a street stall in Bangkok. That perfect balance of sweet, sour, and salty noodles, the crunchy spring onion, the crushed nuts, the zing of the lime, the fresh prawns, the scrambled egg – I mean every single part of this dish makes my taste buds do a little dance of happiness. It literally is bliss served up on a plate.
Since that first mouthful of unicorns and magic I have made it my mission to seek and locate the best Pad Thai in Bangkok (and every other Thai town and city for that matter).
And so I wanted to let you in on my secret. Because a secret this good needs to be shared.
So without further ado, whenever you are in Bangkok here’s where to find the best, most divine, utterly satisfying plate of Pad Thai.
There’s a street food market on Sukhumvit Soi 38. The easiest way to get here is if you take the BTS and stop at Thong Lor. Soi (which means street) 38 is one of the roads off the main Sukhumvit Road and is less that 5 minutes’ walk away.
A lot of the food at this market is great but trust me, on your first visit don’t get side tracked by the gorgeous delicacies at the start of the road. Keep focused and keep walking.
At the end of the road you will see one man behind a stall called ‘Pad Thai Fire Look’. This is your man. He will be completely absorbed cooking single portions of Pad Thai in his smoking wok. He’s done this for years, every day, for over 12 hours a day. Since it takes 10000 hours of practice to master anything, you can safely assume that this man has truly mastered the art of making Pad Thai.
Ignore the queue, ignore the wobbly plastic chairs, just order one portion, grab a beer or a juice from the surrounding stores and get ready to eat what is considered by many to be the best Pad Thai in Bangkok.
And if you do, please write to tell us about it. We will read with envy!
How about you – have you found other amazing Pad Thai places in Thailand?