Go around the world and it is most likely that you will find a Chinatown in their capital city. For Bangkok, the Chinatown is located in Yaowarat Road and the surrounding area including Phat Sai and Charoen Krung Road. Many locals are already used to seeing Thai restaurant in Sukhumvit but Chinese delicacies is another thing to look out for.
The Yaowarat Chinatown was established over a century ago and it is where the Thai-Chinese community in Bangkok is residing. For people looking for good food, the neighborhood is a considered a food hot spot.
If you walk around the area, you will see a number of Chinese medicinal stores with products such as bird’s nest, ginseng and dried fish maw among many others. There are also Chinese wine and teas. On the same street, you can find temples and goldsmiths. While there are many shops in the area, the one thing people visit in the area is the food.
One of the most notable shops is the Eiah-Sae which is a coffee shop established around 90 years ago. It is common to see the shop filled with local elderly as they talk about their daily lives. The shop is known as Thai kopitiam and the menu is quite simple. Their most popular drink is kafae boran which is old coffee in English. Toasted bread with butter and kaya spread, or khanom pang ping to the locals, is the best pair to the old coffee.
During the cold months, the area of Chinatown is littered with vendors selling chestnuts and some even have a performance while they sell to attract customers.
Lunch time means a visit Nai-Ek which is popular for its kway chap. The shop was originally a push cart in the 1960 and 20 years later, it was able to launch its own shop. The family passes on the business from one generation to another. Some of the most popular menu is braised pork trotters and crispy pork belly with rice.
For tourists who wanted to try something local, there is a Thai restaurant in Sukhumvit worth visiting after their leisurely stroll around Bangkok’s Chinatown. Before leaving, make sure to try fresh fruits from street vendors as well as Tha-Chinese desserts such as black sesame soup and red bean soup.