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Your Key To A Taste of Bangkok – 2020 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee – Thailand

For the past few years, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world. For anyone that has visited my home city, it’s easy to see why.

The Thai capital has something for everyone. Culture enthusiasts will find a land of rich heritage and beautiful temples to explore. Shoppers have endless choices for retail, from world class shopping centers to fascinating night markets. And of course, we have some of the best food in the world, whether it is fine dining or – my personal favorite – street food.

Jay Fai (เจ๊ไฝ)

Guests may know Jay Fai as the street food chef with the oversized googles from Netflix’s Street Food series. Decades before her eponymous restaurant received a Michelin star (it’s is the only street food eatery in Thailand to have won this honor) she was already well-known amongst local foodies for her passion and the use of top quality ingredients, including sizeable chunks of crab meat in her now-world-famous crab omelet.

The queues are unsurprisingly long, but her food – every single dish is cooked by Jay Fai herself – is well worth it.

In addition to the crab omelet (kai jiew poo), I’d recommend guests to also try the dried tom yam (tom yum haeng) and drunken noodles (pad kee mao).

Insider tips: To book a table, you need to email them at least two months in advance. You can also try your luck for a walk-in spot, but I’d recommend getting there before 11:00 AM. If the wait time is substantial, you can also visit other Old Town attractions in the neighborhood including Golden Mount Temple (Wat Saket), the Buddhist temple complex of Loha Prasart, and Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall.

Somsak Claypot Crab (สมศักดิ์ ปูอบ)

This street stall only serves up five menu items, but every single of those few dishes are exceptional – this includes the claypot crab dish, which is the best I’ve ever had anywhere! The dish itself is pretty basic, but its taste and aroma are pure perfection. The ingredients used here are fresh, including succulent seafood and outstanding mung bean vermicelli noodles.

My favorite dishes at Somsak are the baked crabs with glass noodles (poo ob woon sen) and the baked prawns with glass noodles (kung ob woon sen) – if you can’t decide which one to choose, order both!

Insider tips: Ask for extra mung bean vermicelli noodles and if you like your crabs extra big and juicy, you can call them to order in advance.

Yaowarat Toasted Bread (ขนมปังเจ้าเด็ดเยาวราช)

It may be as easy as bread and butter, but sometimes the best things in life are just that simple! China Town is known for its numerous eateries, but for a snack or dessert, you shouldn’t miss this toasted bread stand which only opens in the evenings.

Soft bread rolls are toasted and stuffed with a choice of sweet fillings including sugar and butter, strawberry jam, egg custard, and sweet chili paste. I’d always go for the milk filling and chocolate filling, both of which go perfectly with the charcoal grilled buns that are slightly crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside.

Insider tips: Don’t worry about the queue – grab an order form from the stall, fill it out, pass it to the person in charge, and wait for your queue number to be called. To enjoy these delightful bread buns in the daytime with less queuing, they also have a new branch at Siam Paragon shopping center, located just a short walk from The St. Regis Bangkok.

Meet the Author
Sinjaporn Limaphan

Since my first day as Concierge until now, the motto I work by is to “Make the impossible, possible.” Currently, as Concierge Supervisor at The St. Regis Bangkok, I continue to strive to make every day exquisite for each and every of our guests. As concierge, we have an important responsibility to manage the first impressions of the guests when they arrive, and during the course of their stay, we attend to all their needs, with no requests to small.

My first foray into hospitality was as a Personal Club Assistant at InterContinental Bangkok where I took care of VIP guests. Soon, I realized interacting with guests and helping them make their stay memorable was something that I was passionate about. Five years ago, I joined The St. Regis Bangkok as a Concierge Officer, and I have never looked back.

No two guests are the same, which makes my work as a concierge challenging at times. But through this, I learn new things every day, and by working through the challenges, I am able to grow and develop my expertise in this role.

I joined Les Clefs d’Or Thailand as a local member five years ago and became a full member of Les Clefs d’Or Thailand in 2018. As part of the Public Relations division, I work on the “Concierge Insider” which is sent to all members every month and published on the Les Clefs d’Or Thailand official website. Recently, hosted the “One Day with Concierge” segment on Les Clefs d’Or Thailand’s YouTube channel. In 2019, I won the Thailand Les Clefs d’Or Competition to represent Les Clefs d’Or Thailand in Les Clefs d'Or Award - Tony Facciolo 2020.

The St. Regis Bangkok

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