Bangkok Restaurant Review: Pad Thai Thip Samai

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

If there is one dish synonymous with Thailand it has to be Pad Thai. Who doesn’t think of rice noodles stir-fried with mung bean sprouts in a sweet and sour sauce with peanuts and tofu whenever the word “Thailand” is uttered? I know I certainly do!

And if there is one place synonymous with Pad Thai, it’s Thip Samai, which is touted by guidebook after guidebook as the place in Bangkok to enjoy Thailand’s iconic meal.  So one evening we decided to check it out.

As we walked up to Thip Samai we noticed it was crowded with people, mostly Thai, which we took as a good sign.  Pad Thai is inherently a street food, available on just about every street corner of Bangkok. Continuing the tradition, Thip Samai’s kitchen is on the street so you can watch the cooks do their thing as you wait.  We waited for a table for about 10 minutes before we were seated outdoors and handed some menus. 

Thip Samai

Thip Samai

I was a little nervous about whether I would find something vegan. Thip Samai is known for one version of pad thai in particular that is encased in fried egg; they call it the supreme pad thai. And fish sauce is pretty ubiquitous in Thai cooking. But I needn’t have feared.  They offer a vegetarian pad thai on the menu, which I asked for without egg.  Within ten minutes of placing our orders, our pad thai arrived.

Vegan Pad Thai, Undressed

Vegan Pad Thai, Undressed

As served my pad thai tasted pretty bland. But after I dressed with some crushed peanuts, yellow chilies, dried crushed red chilies, and soy sauce, it was something altogether different and really, really good.  I wouldn’t say it was the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had, but it was tasty and for just 40 Baht extremely satisfying. 

Vegan Pad Thai, Dressed

Vegan Pad Thai, Dressed

We also tried famous Thip Samai’s coconut juice: coconut water and young coconut meat blended with a sugar syrup and ice.  It was far too sweet. Next time, I’d stick to water.

To top it all off, we shared a large plate of mango and sticky rice from a vendor just down the street. Sap sap sap!  I love that dessert!

I love, love, love mango and sticky rice!

I love, love, love mango and sticky rice!

I’m not sure I’d make an effort to go back, but I did enjoy it and just visiting the restaurant was an experience in itself.  If you’re in the area, check it out!

Location: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Hours: 5:30pm – 1:30am Daily

 

 

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