Pad Thai is probably the most famous dish in Thai cuisine, and I don’t normally associate it with street food but, there is a place in Bangkok’s old district of Phra Nakorn, not far from the Giant Red Swing in Chinatown, about a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road that challenges that association. The Thip Samai in Bangkok is justifiably famous for its specialty; Pad Thai cooked on the streets in woks heated with charcoal. The place opens at 5 PM and even though they must have eight woks going at a time, the lines begin growing throughout the evening.
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Thip Samani may make only one dish, but it does it very well. I opted for the version that comes served in a delicate egg parcel. The noodles were perfectly cooked and mixed with decadently fat shrimp, green onions, fish sauce and other flavors. I added red chili flakes, lime juice and of course, peanuts into mine. It was mouthwatering. It was so good in fact that at about $2.40 a serving, I had two!
Map to Thip Samani Bangkok