Pad Thai at it’s finest
Pad Thai might be one of the most well known Thai dishes around the world and even though I might have eaten it countless times both in Thailand as at home in Amsterdam, I never ever experienced a plate Pad Thai so well as I did at Thip Samai. A place well worth the visit when you are in town.
For those who aren’t familair with Pad Thai a little Wikipedia knowledge on this dish:
“Pad Thai is astir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand. It is made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs and chopped firm tofu, and flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce (nampla น้ำปลา), dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar, and served with lime wedges and often chopped roast peanuts. It may also contain other vegetables like bean sprouts, garlic chives, coriander leaves, pickled radishes or turnips (hua chaipo หัวไชโป๊), and raw banana flowers. It may also contain fresh shrimp, crab, squid, chicken or other proteins. Vegetarian versions may substitute soy sauce for the fish sauce and omit the shrimp.”
So now that you know, imagine this dish freshly prepared and wrapped up in a wafer-thin omelette. I know, it sounds like a dream but at Thip Samai (also known as ‘Pratu Pee’) they have been doing this for nearly 50 years.
Queuing in front of the restaurant is more than worth the wait. Besides, they are quick and waiting never takes more than 10 minutes.
The fresh noodles are cooked over a charcoal fire and within seconds the authentic dish is fixed and ready to be served.
For prices ranging between 60 and 200 bth you can get one of the best plates of Pad Thai you have ever tasted, I promise you!
Sidenote: Don’t forget to order their famous and delicious orange juice. It’s delivered fresh from the countryside every day.
Where to go?
Thip Samai is very easy to find. Just look for the red sign on Machachai Road, near Wat Saket (Temple on the Mountain).
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: 313 Mahachai Road, Old City