[Bangkok] Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice
When my friend Jun knew I was going Bangkok, he told me to try this famous chicken rice stall which is highly recommended by his Thai friend. It is possibly the most famous chicken rice in Bangkok. It is located opposite Pratunam Market (place for wholesale ladies wear). I know that if a local recommends a food place, it is definitely worth trying. Testimony to its popularity is the many copycat chicken rice stalls along the street, while this stall is the most crowded (we were there on a Fri afternoon at about 2pm, and we have to share table).
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This is a humble plate of the famous chicken rice … chicken + rice + cucumber. It reminds me of our Singapore’s Hainanese chicken rice (slightly less oily), and not surprising too, since this stall was started by a Chinese couple. According to B with his acute taste buds, he said that the chicken tastes organic (it’s probably kampong chicken) and different from the chicken back home.
The dipping sauce is very different from the chicken sauce back home. It is a mixture of chilli, sweet sauce and garlic. Although the chicken rice is good, I don’t find it outstanding (pampered by the many chicken rice back home), but with this special sauce, the plate takes on a new life. Very yum.
We noticed that almost every table ordered a bowl of chicken soup like the above, so we did the same. Each bowl of soup comes with a piece of meatless chicken bone, and seeing the bone makes me think that the soup is more authentic. The soup is really sweet and I enjoyed it. If you do not order a separate bowl of soup, you will get a much smaller individual serving instead.
The cost of our meal for that day (we ordered two plates of chicken rice, one bowl of chicken soup and a bottle of Pepsi) was only 80 baht (less than S$4)!! That is so unbelievable. I call this “real food” where you get to taste the wholesome goodness of the ingredients. I love the unpretentious food and setting. If you are in Bangkok, this is definitely something worth trying.
Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice
Address: Petchburi Soi 30 Bangkok, Thailand
Click here for Google map directions (labelled Pratunam Chicken and Rice).
Walking Directions: It is diagonally opposite from Pratunam market. Exit Centralworld (shopping mall near four-faced Buddha statue) near Isetan, take the overhead bridge and head towards the main flyover. Turn right at the junction without crossing the road and walk along the shop houses for about 1 minute. You should see the road sign “30 Phetchaburi” (pictured above). The shop is right at the intersection next to this sign.
Note: The shop has no signboard, refer to shop front photos in this article for reference
Tel: 02-252 6325
Business Hours: Opens daily from 5.30am – 3pm and 5pm – 3am
What’s nearby: Pratunam Wonton Noodles