Bangkok, Thailand





Yaowarat is home to Bangkok's best selection of Chinese restaurants, many of which specialise in expensive delicacies like shark fin, bird's nest, abalone and fresh seafood (often still swimming in tanks near the entrance). The best part is that many of these delicacies can be enjoyed in Yaowarat at very affordable prices compared to other high-end restaurants in other parts of Bangkok. Yaowarat Road and Soi Phadung Dao (often known as Soi Texas) are the best places for typical Chinese delicacies. Travellers on a budget might want to take a bite at some of the numerous hawker stalls instead and many can be found in the area lining around Yaowarat Road.

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Restaurants in Yaowarat by Naoto Nojima 
Trok Issaranuphap has its fair share of restaurants serving Chinese dishes but mostly known for its Chinese food markets. 
  • Talat Kao - This market has been around since the late 18th century and situated at the intersection of Trok Issaranuphap and Sampeng Lane. Talay Kao opens daily from 4:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and mainly a food market selling fresh meat, fish, vegetables and fruits. Prepared Chinese foods include delicacies like shark fins, dried abalone, fried puffed up fish stomachs and steamed bird's nests. The area is great place to experience the more authentic side of Chinatown. 
  • Talat Mai - This market is situated north of Yaowarat Road and south of Charoen Krung Road. It opens daily from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and located close to Talat Kao with similar food items for sale. Talat Mai means "New Market", though it still is about one hundred years old.

Bangkok's Chinatown by loosoonkoon

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