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[Bangkok] Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice

Kaiton Chicken Rice at Pratunam, Bangkok
Thai-style 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).

Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice
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.

Dipping Sauce
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.

Chicken Soup at Pratunam, Bangkok
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.

Flavourful chicken rice
The rice is cooked in chicken stock and fragrant.

Dipping Sauce at Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice, Bangkok
Every table has a central container of the dipping sauce. There are supposedly more chilli and garlic bits in there, but I think our pot is running low so we are left with mostly liquid.

Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice Stall
This is the exterior of the stall. The photo is not wide enough to show the inside which is like that of a coffee shop space with many tables.

Signboard (Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice)
Closer look at the sign. There are Chinese words on it as the owners are Chinese.

Cooking Station at Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice, Bangkok
This is the cooking and food preparation table. There are many helpers working non-stop here, and we waited only about 5 minutes for our food despite the crowd.

Road sign for distinguishing Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice, Bangkok
If you are walking, look out for the 30 Phetchaburi road sign. The stall is located just here.

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.

Name card: Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice, Bangkok

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


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9 Responses to “[Bangkok] Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice”

  1. Mj Wong via Facebook — May 3, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Nom Nom Nom


  2. Vin- Ty via Facebook — May 3, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    I tried before! Not to my liking. Singapore’s chicken rice is more fragrant and meat is more tender.


    • Chris replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

      Singapore chicken rice is like ‘turkey’ rice, famous at Balestier Rd., Maxwell Hawker Food Centre, S$2.00 ‘turkey’ rice, etc…… ,


  3. NoobCook via Facebook — May 3, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    It’s very different from our chicken rice. Their dipping sauce makes it special.


  4. Pakky Thanabordee via Facebook — May 3, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    I’m Thai girl, our Thai chicken rice is delicious. Rice is tender and fragrant. There’re three kinds of chickens are boiled, deep fried and roasted. It’s served with green squash soup.
    The last one is dipping sauce which every shop has different taste. It has to be spicy, little salty, and sweet.


  5. James Lim via Facebook — May 3, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    This stall is better than the other one along the same street. The Pink T-shirts of the stall-helpers are the most easy to recognize. I have been there a few times and usually in the wee hours of the morning, 2am etc. Aroy mark mark!!!


  6. Hasan Ali — May 13, 2012 @ 5:41 am

    This is really nice post , i really like chinese rice


  7. JT — March 19, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    man i miss this…I actually discovered this place by accident,super cheap but super best…I’ve had Singapore chicken rice I love that too but this is a different grade its just as good…die die i make sure i have this whenever I’m in Bangkok…btw the only decent chicken rice in Brunei is Tian-Tian its ok but it’s nothing to Sg & this Bkk chicken rice.


  8. Nattarat P. — August 26, 2013 @ 2:31 am

    I have tried it before, that very nice of chicken rice in town, open till late night. Only one reccomendation they should to service by delivery do not mind to pay the service but it will be very convenience for the customer.