[Bangkok] Ban Khun Mae
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Bah Khon Mae is one of my top favourite restaurant in Bangkok for many reasons. First, I get to try many authentic and decent Thai dishes at reasonable prices, the location is simply awesome (centrally located in the heart of Siam Square i.e. walking distance from Siam Paragon/Siam BTS station and the popular Novetel Siam Hotel) and the ambiance is warm and cozy. Even though it is located in the heart of the tourist area, the place is popular with both tourists and locals, I would say about 50-50. I have been to Bangkok several times over the last few years, and during each trip, I will visit this restaurant at least twice. So the following food photos were taken over a few visits and not eaten in one sitting by two hungry people: we are not monsters ^_^
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The interior is quite upmarket without being atas. Every night from 7-9pm, they have live traditional Thai music. The restaurant occupies two floors and they have someone playing music on both floors. But usually you can’t really hear the music well because the place will be filled with dinner chatter.
Our Favourite Dishes
Here are some of our favourite dishes.
Minute-fried water spinach (80 baht)
They call it water spinach, we call it kangkong. This is one of the cheapest, nicest and most popular (I always spied other diners’ tables discreetly) vegetable dish here. It’s stir-fried briefly in chilli, garlic and taucheo.
Our favourite dessert here is the Thai red ruby. Out of our several visits, we were unsuccessful in ordering this dessert half the time (we usually order at around 8+ after we finished our meal). So sometimes, to ensure we get to eat it, we ordered earlier and ate this in-between our dishes, instead of at the end of the meal
Other Worthy Mentions
Thai green papaya salad (70 baht). Their som tam isn’t too shabby, but just a short walk away, at Som Tam Nua, we found the best-ever papaya salad (comes with crispy fried pig skin) so we no longer order this here.
Baked pineapple rice (100 baht)
Something special about their pineapple rice: we found water chestnut bits in it, giving it a nice crunch. Someone said my pineapple rice is better
Mango Sticky Rice (90 baht)
This was decent and delicious, but we prefer the one at Mango Tango just across the street! But if you can’t make it there yet, check out my mango sticky rice recipe.
Unfortunately, most restaurants in Bangkok do not serve free plain water so we tried out some drinks here.
Hope I get to go back soon to try out more yummy dishes.
Ban Khun Mae
Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan District, Bangkok 10330
Opening Hours: Daily, 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Nearest BTS: Siam Station
Walking Directions: From Siam BTS station, exit the side opposite Siam Paragon. Look for Soi 5 and walk along the row of shop houses. You will pass by Som Tam Nua (on the left) and Mango Tango (on the right) along the way. From Mango Tango, you will be able to see Ban Khun Mae, which is a standalone house, across the road. Total walking time from the Siam BTS station is only about 5 mins. Refer to the map on the official website below.