Lan Thung Khao Tom Hua Pla Restaurant in Bangkok

Whatever they touch at this restaurant, they make well. There’s a small army of workers running around this neighborhood hot-spot, taking care of the large amounts of hungry folks that wander through.

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Laan Thung Khao Tom Hua Pla ร้านตี้งข้าวต้มหัวปลา (ตลาดพลู)

The restaurant, located right in the Talat Phlu are of Bangkok, Thailand is easy to spot as the food is displayed pouring over onto the sidewalk. Laan Thung Khao Tom Hua Pla Restaurant is only open for dinner at night.

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Food Displayed onto the Sidewalk

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Selection of fresh seafood and vegetables

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Menu

Their steamed sea bass in lime and garlic (pla kahpung neung manao ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว)(250 THB) was extravagant, something I could eat everyday for the rest of my life. The fish was steamed perfectly before being dressed in a tart lime sauce. A copious amount of toasted garlic, red chilies and cilantro are what gave it it’s succulence.

My single discrepancy was that it was served on a plate, not the normal Thai metal dish with a candle burning underneath to keep it steaming hot.

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Pla kahpung neung manao (steamed fish in lime sauce) ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว

My personal favorite vegetable, water mimosa (pad pak gachet ผัดผักกะเฉด)(50 THB) was prepared unblemished. It was flash stir fried with a load of spicy Thai chilies and a thick oyster sauce.

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Water mimosa (pad pak gachet ผัดผักกะเฉด)

Another personal favorite Thai dish is stir fried fish with celery leaves (pad pla keun chai ผัดปลาคึ่นฉ่าย)(120 THB). It was quite good, with a generous portion of fish, but it was slightly too sweet.

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Stir fried fish with celery leaves (pad pla keun chai ผัดปลาคึ่นฉ่าย)

I was very excited with their mixed tofu soup (tao hoo song kreung  เต้าหู้ทรงเครื่อง)(150 THB), a blend that included mushrooms, shrimp, squid, oysters, and even a large amount of shell-less crab!

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Mixed tofu soup (tao hoo song kreung เต้าหู้ทรงเครื่อง)

We ordered spicy Thai soup with fish (tom yum pla ต้มยำปลา)(120 THB), an amazing soup. It had a different twist from other tom yum’s in Thailand, it was characterized by a wonderful flavor of roasted chilies (prik pao) and dried whole chilies. The concoction was richly full of flavor.

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Spicy Thai soup with fish (tom yum pla ต้มยำปลา)

The vegetables were fresh and this plate of stir fried bitter melon leaves (pad pak yot mala ผัดยอดมะระ) was perfect.

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Stir fried bitter melon leaves (pad pak yot mala ผัดยอดมะระ)

It goes down as one of my favorite stir fried with rice (aa hăan dtaam sàng อาหารตามสั่ง) restaurants in Bangkok.

Price

It’s a little more expensive than Thai street food, especially with the generous potions of seafood served. A normal meal should fall in the range of 150 – 250 THB per person.

Address

Laan Thung Khao Tom Hua Pla
1119 Thoet Thai, Talat Phlu, Thonburi, Bangkok 10600
Tel. 0-2466-0948
Open: 16:30 – 00:30

ร้านตี้งข้าวต้มหัวปลา (ตลาดพลู)
453 ถ.เทอดไทย บางยี่เรือ ธนบุรี กทม. 10600
โทร. 0-2466-0948
เปิด-ปิด 16.30-00.30 น.

How to Get There

The restaurant is located in Talat Phlu, Bangkok, Thailnad. The closest BTS station is Wang Wian Yai, though it’s still about 2-3 km from there. The easiest way is to take a short cab from Wang Wian Yai to arrive at the doorstep or the restaurant. It’s also possible to take a bus to The Mall Tahpra or Thonburi Plaza and then walk from there.


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Comments

  1. Keith says

    I’m heading out to this place tonight. Not sure if they have an Angrit menu or not, so I copied down the names of the dishes you reviewed here. We might end up re-creating this meal dish for dish.

    • says

      AWESOME Keith! It’s a really really good restaurant and make sure you order the pla kahpung neung manao fish, it’s wonderful. Let me know how you enjoy it!

  2. ken says

    Hi Mark, I tried searching for this restaurant on Google map and the location you pin. You said it’s possible to walk there from The Mall. But based on the map, it’s nowhere near to The Mall.

    • says

      Hey Ken, It’s not far from The Mall Tahpra, but now you can actually take the BTS to Talat Phlu station, then walk north on Ratchada, go under the highway to Talat Phlu, and then make a left on Thoet Thai and the restaurant is on your left side. Hope you can find it. It’s a bit out of the way, but a gem.

      • ken says

        Hi Mark,

        Thanks for your fast response.

        Just a few questions.
        1. Is The Mall Tahpra within walking distance from BTS Talat Phlu?
        2. If I am at The Mall Tahpra, what is the direction to the restaurant?

        The map on your blog shows that the restaurant is near to the Talat Phlu Railway Station. This is quite a distance from The Mall Tahpra.

        P.S. I believe The Mall Tah Pra is the same as The Mall Tha Phra.

        • says

          Hey Ken,
          Yes, The Mall Tah (Tha) Phra is within walking distance from BTS Talat Phlu and from the mall head North on Ratchada, keep walking straight and you’ll go under the highway, then make a right turn at Talat Phlu railway station road. Then keep walking for a few minutes and the restaurant will be on your left hand side. Hope you find it!

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