Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก) – Upscale Chinese Street Food in Bangkok

By Mark Wiens 16 Comments
ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก
Street food feast at Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก), Bangkok, Thailand

Upscale is not a word you typically associate with street food.

But in Bangkok, where street food reigns supreme, there are a number of sidewalk restaurants that serve upscale, high quality food on the streets.

I like to think that you’d get the same ingredients as in a nice sit down restaurant, but while the nice sit down restaurant marks up their prices for the facility and atmosphere, the upscale street food stalls use the same ingredients, but don’t have to profit off the ambiance.

Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก), just like Somsak Boo Op, is the type of street food restaurant where people roll up in Mercedes and BMWs.

They serve Thai Chinese food, mostly seafood dishes, and it’s a real treat to eat there.

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Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก) in the evening

Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก) only opens at night, and they start serving around 5:30 pm.

I like to arrive at restaurants for dinner right as they open, one because the food is nice and fresh, and two because I like to take advantage of good light before the sun goes down (yes, I am that obsessed with taking food photos and videos).

The restaurant is located right next to the entrance to the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, right on southern Charoen Krung road, and just up the street from Asiatique.

หอยจ้อ
Plate of hoy jaw (หอยจ้อ) to begin with

Just about everyone who sits down at Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก) automatically orders a plate of  hoy jaw (หอยจ้อ), which are like little deep fried bites of minced pork mixed with bits of shrimp, wrapped in bean curd, and then deep fried.

At the restaurant they have someone frying these little things full time since they are so popular.

Hoy jaw (หอยจ้อ) is a typical Thai Chinese dors d’oeuvre. They came served with a dipping sauce that tasted a lot like honey.

Thai hoy jaw
Hoy jaw – deep fried bites of pork and shrimp

They were crispy on the outside, and actually sort of mushy on the inside. I have to say that they were not my favorite, good for what they are, but it’s not my texture of choice.

Price – 160 THB

menu
Menu

The menu is packed full of interesting and unique Thai Chinese dishes.

I was hoping to try pad kra pao made with sea cucumber (which is on the menu), but unfortunately, they said it wasn’t sea cucumber season… so will have to wait for next time.

There’s just about any type of seafood variety you could desire.

กระเพาะปลาผัดแห้ง
Kra por pla pad haeng (กระเพาะปลาผัดแห้ง), fish maw stir fried dry

At normal street food restaurants in Bangkok, I stay far away from kra por pla (กระเพาะปลา), fish maw, as they often substitute pig skin for the real thing (so if you see fish maw soup for 40 THB per bowl, you can assume it’s fake).

But the real thing is a different story; Real fish maw is awesome.

At Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก) they serve the real thing.

We orderd kra por pla pad haeng (กระเพาะปลาผัดแห้ง), fish maw stir fried dry. It included some shrimp, bean sprouts, and I think an egg was mixed in.

Price – 200 THB

Fish maw
One of my favorite dishes of the meal

Fish maw, also known as a swim bladder, is a balloon like organ in certain types of fish that helps them stay floating.

I don’t have a clue how it’s harvested, or which fish this one came from, but all I know is that the real thing is delicious. It almost acts, and has the texture of a soft sponge – it soaks up all the flavor – and is nice and soft and fluffy.

The whole dish almost tasted like kuay teow kua gai, but with fish maw instead of noodles.

The kra por pla pad haeng (กระเพาะปลาผัดแห้ง) was one of my favorite dishes of the meal.

Chinese street food in Bangkok
Tao hoo nam daeng (เต้าหู้น้ำแดง), tofu in gravy

The tao hoo nam daeng (เต้าหู้น้ำแดง), a dish of tofu in a Chinese style gravy with bits of seafood mixed in, was served in a pot.

The name of the dish in Thai is called tofu with red water, but there was no red water in this dish, I think they just call the gravy soup by that name.

Price – 200 THB

Tofu
The tofu dish was excellent

The pieces of egg tofu were sliced into chunks, deep fried so they had a slight skin on them, and then submerged into the thick gravy. The gravy was full of goodies like bits of crab, shrimp, and slices of ham.

Finally, tao hoo nam daeng (เต้าหู้น้ำแดง) was finished with fresh green onions, and a generous hit of pepper, which for myself, gave it an awesome touch.

The tofu was silky soft and the black pepper came through nicely, I really liked it.

Razor clams
Pad nor mai farang (เป๋าฮื้อเส้นผัดหน่อไม้กุ้งสด), razor clams with asparagus

Another dish I was excited to try at Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก) was pao hu sen pad nor mai farang (เป๋าฮื้อเส้นผัดหน่อไม้กุ้งสด), razor clams (also sometimes known as sea asparagus) fried with asparagus and mushrooms.

This was the most expensive, or most upscale dishes we ordered during our meal, but it was so worth it.

The razor clams were thick and flavorful, like gummy worms, but clam flavored. AWESOME.

Price – 600 THB

หมี่ฮ่องกงผัดแห้ง
Mee Hong Kong pad haeng (หมี่ฮ่องกงผัดแห้ง), Hong Kong style fried noodles

Finally, and yes, our table was so full, that the owner of the restaurant came by and started putting the sauces on the seat of an extra chair, we got mee Hong Kong pad haeng (หมี่ฮ่องกงผัดแห้ง), Hong Kong style fried noodles.

The noodles were thin, and fried nice and dry, and not oily either.

It included shrimp, bits of crab, chicken, and what I loved most about it was the slight char to some of the noodles from the high heat of the wok, and the texture, where some noodles were slightly chewy and crispy and others were soft.

The mee Hong Kong pad haeng (หมี่ฮ่องกงผัดแห้ง) was delicious.

Price – 120 THB

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Our feast Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก)

Food and atmosphere wise, I was completely at home and thoroughly enjoyed our evening feast at Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก).

I goes down as one of my favorite meals of the year so far.

Ah Ou Bangrak restaurant
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Watch the full video of our meal…

(If you can’t see the video, watch it here: http://youtu.be/smmV5wAvgAA)

The Bottom Line

Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก) serves fantastic upscale Thai Chinese street food in Bangkok.

Apart from the hoy jaw (หอยจ้อ), which I just don’t care for too much personally, everything else was marvelous.

I especially loved the stir fried fish maw, the razor clams, and the Hong Kong style fried noodles (Ok, I loved everything we ordered).

I also thought the price was a pretty good deal for the quality of the food. Like I said before, when you eat upscale street food here, the prices are high because of the ingredients, not the atmosphere – and I like that.

If you enjoy Thai Chinese food, and especially love seafood, you should go check out Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก).

Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก)

Address: Soi Charoenkrung 72/4, Charoenkrung Rd., Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
Open hours: 5 pm – midnight daily
Prices: Anywhere from 200 – 500 THB per person

ที่อยู่ ซอยเจริญกรุง 72/4 แถวโรงแรมแม่น้ำ ถนนเจริญกรุง, บางคอแหลม บางโคล่ กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120
โทร. 084-006-6142 , 085-912-6409 , 02-673-1602
เปิดบริการ ทุกวัน 17:00-00:00 น.

How to get there:

Ah Ou Bangrak (ร้านอาอู๋ บางรัก) is located on Charoen Krung Road, south of Saphan Taksin, very near to Asiatique, and just outside the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside, and a short distance from the Chatrium Riverside (if you stay here, you should check out this restaurant for sure). You can either take the BTS to Saphan Taksin, and jump in a bus or taxi to get to the restaurant, or go directly to Charoen Krung Soi 72/4 by taxi.


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  • Kitti

    5 months ago

    They move to the new place not too far from where they used to be but on different side of the road (opposite Maenam Hotel and closer to Asiatique).

  • Silvestras

    11 months ago

    I went there yesterday, nice street food atmosphere. Stir fried fish maw cost only 120 thb now (Dec 2016, small bowl). I also ordered Hong Kong noodles, but they seemed too plain for my taste, also it seemed that the wok was not on a high flame. They should learn from piromaniac chef in Fikeaow Yaowarat how to use that wok :)

  • Andy

    2 years ago

    Awesome, lived here for ages and never heard of this place. If you like this sort of thing I suggest you check out ร้านเฮียตือ (sorry, no clue how to write it in English) in Chinatown. Similar sort of menu, really good taste!

    I am pretty sure it should be ไก่จ๊อ and not จ้อ though, unless there are two spellings, which is possible because it’s a Chinese word!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Andy, great to hear from you, thank you very much for the restaurant recommendation. I will try to check that out when I’m in Chinatown next. Thanks!

  • Abhishek

    2 years ago

    Had the Hong Kong noodles and the stir fried fish maw here a couple of weeks ago. Both the dishes were stunning. The ingredients tasted fresh. Loved the charred feel to the noodles. Fish maw was something that I was having for the 1st time. Loved the flavor as well as the texture. This was one of the most memorable meals of my week long Bangkok trip.

  • Frank

    2 years ago

    Not sure this place is open on Sundays. Went here on a Sunday evening some months ago and it was closed.Don’t know if that was a once off though.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Sorry about that Frank. That’s one of the tough things about street food. I don’t think they are usually off on Sunday, so might just be a random day off. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Scott

    3 years ago

    Well, my food itinerary for Bangkok in Feb is already full. Thanks for the awesome site :-)

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Great to hear that Scott, thanks for following.

  • Mark

    3 years ago

    After seeing your video about Ah Ou Bangrak I took the free shuttle boat to Asiatique and walked North 5 min to the restaurant. It was convenient to get there.

    I ordered hoy jaw as an appetizer. It was interesting/good but not my favorite. I had an asparagus, shrimp, and mushroom dish that was delicious. I ordered that with rice, and the rice quality was quite good as would be expected. I also had an oyster dish, I don’t know what the name was because my girlfriend ordered it, but it was probably the most delicious thing I have ever eaten in this city.

    Tell me if I am wrong for thinking this: I have noticed that street food restaurants in Bangkok can usually be evaluated purely on their rice. A very basic, run-of-the-mill street food restaurant with a few 35 baht dishes may or may not have “mai arroy” rice. A more upper scale restaurant that puts out 70, 80, 100 baht dishes will always use rice that is more delicious. Do you have any thoughts on this, Mark W.?

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Mark, great to hear you found this restaurant and enjoyed it. I agree with you about they hoy jaw too, I’m not huge on the texture of the meat.

      Good thought about rice at restaurants in Thailand – and I definitely agree with you. The rice quality quite often reflects the quality or prices of the food at the restaurant. Pairing a nice seafood dish with the fluffy airy rice, would for sure be a disappointment.

      There are so many different quality grades of rice, and it really makes a difference. When my mother in law sold “khao gaeng (rice and curry)” she would always make “khao hom malee” a good jasmine rice, but then she’d always make “khao sao hai” a low grade airy rice, because she said some people prefer it over better quality rice… so it could also be a preference thing, or what you grew up eating?

      I will look more into this. Thanks.

  • Kitti

    3 years ago

    Yes Yes, I can’t remember if I have ever recommend this restaurant or not but this place has many good dishes. (might be because I never remember the restaurant name, I just know it locate near Wat Rat Singkon)

    For myself, I really like their version of mee hongkong, not too dry not too oily. I also like their version of crab/shrimp fried rice too.

    Also this restaurant was known to pack a lot of customers at dinner so if you come later than that then you may have to wait for a really long time.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Kitti, oh cool to hear you’re eaten here too. Yes, that mee hong kong is really good, and like you said, it’s not too oily, and just dry enough. Next time I’ll have to try their khao pad boo.

  • Ashley @ Ashley Wanders

    3 years ago

    YUM! That all looks so delicious