Took Lae Dee, Sukhumvit Soi 5 ( inside the Foodland Supermarket; on the left in
Nana BTS Station ).
This is a Bangkok institution. Imagine a long bar counter, only with chefs and food
of bartenders and drinks, and a colourful cast of characters thanks to Nana Plaza
the street. The name literally means Cheap and Good and indeed basic fried rice
at 40 Baht, but the cheap Western dishes, many less than 100 Baht, are what makes
place popular. The American breakfast ( two eggs, ham, bacon or sausage, juice,
coffee ) in particular is a steal at 47 Baht between 6 AM - 9 AM, or 58 Baht at any
Soi 7 Seafood, Soi 7 ( Nana BTS ). 30 metres down the Soi on the right hand side
is a group of some Thai seafood restaurants. The sitting area looks shared, but actually
only the tables in front of the food stalls belong to that restaurant. So if you
liked the food remember the name of your restaurant. A seafood dish is around 150
Baht, a beer 65 Baht. edit
Soi 38, ( Under Thong Lo BTS Station, opposite Sukhumvit Soi 55 ). Evenings only.
Not a restaurant in itself, but you will get the best street food in Bangkok. Just
sit at a table and order whatever you like from the numerous food stalls (they'll
figure out the bill for you). You can find the most delicious mango & sticky rice
( Khao niow ma muang ) in town. edit
Between Soi 1 and Soi 3 is a set of street food stalls with the best one furthest
from the street ( called Oowan Im literally Fatty is full ) but sign-posted in English
with just the word Seafood on an otherwise Thai sign ). Good things to order include
Crispy fish in Chili Sauce, Tom Yum Soup and any of their Thai salads ( such as
mixed seafood salad ) - seafood is their specialty. Also any Chinese-style fried
vegetables is also delicious.
If you want cheap food and air conditioning, head into the upper floor food court
of any department store. Most food courts use some variation of a coupon system;
unused coupons are always refunded. Some of the better ones include:
Emporium, 5F. Comparatively small and hidden behind the other restaurants, but cheap
and often packed at peak hours it's difficult to get a seat if you are alone. Pay
by coupon, but the prices have been increasing over the past year.
Soi 5, Soi 7, Soi 38, Soi 1, Soi 3, Soi 55, Took Lae Dee