Arawy Thai Vegetarian Restaurant Review – Bangkok, Thailand

By Mark Wiens 3 Comments
Arawy Vegetarian Restaurant Bangkok
Arawy Vegetarian Restaurant Bangkok

Enthusiastic to eat a giant Sunday vegetarian feast, I went to dine at Arawy vegetarian restaurant in Bangkok.

We didn’t fully know the extent of our excitement until the little table was so full of dishes there wasn’t even room for drinks.

Arawy Vegetarian Food Bangkok
Arawy Vegetarian Food Bangkok

Walking in, the restaurant was reminiscent of a southern Thai food restaurant – a buffet of pre-made curries stashed and overflowing from a glass cabinet.

Non-Meat Platter and Arawy Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand
Non-Meat Platter and Arawy Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand

At the front was a tray of deep fried imitation meat. I decided to avoid that platter.

Bown Rice at Arawy
Bown Rice at Arawy

I started off the meal with a plate of red brown rice. I sometimes buy it in the market to take home and eat, but it’s seldom available at regular Thai food restaurants. The rice is fragrant and even a little more filling than a plate of plain white rice.

Gaeng taypo (แกงเทโพ)
Vegetarian Gaeng taypo (แกงเทโพ)

Gaeng taypo (แกงเทโพ) normally includes pork, but the vegetarian variation consisted only of the morning glory vegetable. The sauce was a thick coconut milk soured by kaffir lime leaves and flavored with a bit of curry paste. Not overly strong, but really good nonetheless.

Makua Yao (eggplant dish)
Makua Yao (eggplant dish)

I’ve been fond of eggplant almost my entire life, I just hate it when it’s soaked in oil (like ususal). This makua yao (eggplant dish) on the other hand was light on oil and cooked to that perfect texture just before turning mush.

pad nor mai (stir fried bamboo shoots)
Pad nor mai (stir fried bamboo shoots)

Another personal favorite vegetable due to the versatile ways it can be prepared is bamboo shoots. Often pad nor mai (stir fried bamboo shoots) is cooked with minced pork and bathed in a thick layer of grease. At Awary vegetarian restaurant, the pad nor mai was made with minimal oil and retained that fabulous bamboo shoot crunch.

Pak Gatdong Sai Kai ผัดผักกาดดองใส่ใข่
Pickled Mustard Greens with Egg (Pak Gatdong Sai Kai ผัดผักกาดดองใส่ใข่)

The pickled mustard greens stir fried with just a hint of scrambled egg (Pak Gatdong Sai Kai ผัดผักกาดดองใส่ใข่) was fantastic. A very simple dish with just a tinge of sourness to it.

Note: Included a bit of egg

Gaeng Nor Mai (bamboo shoot curry)
Gaeng Nor Mai (bamboo shoot curry)

Gaeng Nor Mai (bamboo shoot curry) is a coconut based curry where the main ingredient is round slices of bamboo shoots. It was mild, like much of the food, but tasted wholesome and good.

gaeng som chai tao
gaeng som chai tao

Maybe it’s due to my tongue being accustomed to a normal flaming bowl of gaeng som that made me not think the gaeng som chai tao was too great. It was decent but could have used some oomph (but it’s mostly Jay food at Arawy)!

Nam prik jay (vegetarian spicy sauce)
Nam prik jay (vegetarian spicy sauce)

The nam prik jay (vegetarian spicy sauce) was surprisingly delicious.

Jay” not only means vegetarian, but also devoid of pungent flavors. Garlic which is fundamental in the preparation of most nam prik variations was absent, as chilies were well reduced. Even so, it was quite tasty, making use of fermented soy beans to add flavor.

The nam prk jay was accompanied by a bowl of deep fried vegetable that included string beans, eggplant, and mushroom parts.

Arawy Vegetarian Thai Food, Bangkok, Thailand
Arawy Vegetarian Thai Food, Bangkok, Thailand

After many dish and many plates of rice (this picture is only about half of what we ate) I was extremely satisfied with Arawy vegetarian restaurant in Bangkok. There was a great variety of vegetarian dishes, and if I hadn’t gotten full, I could have sat there and continued to sample away!

If you are hunting for vegetarian Thai food in a central Bangkok location, head on over to Arawy vegetarian restaurant!

Price:

Each dish was 25 THB (less than $1), so after 3 of us threw down a massive feast, we each spent less than 100 THB!

Arawy Vegetarian Thai Food, Bangkok, Thailand
Arawy Vegetarian Thai Food, Bangkok, Thailand

How to Get to Arawy Vegetarian Restaurant:

It’s located right in between Democracy Monument and the Giant Swing. Just a 10 minute walk from Khao San Road, Bangkok, if you are staying in that area. The restaurant is right across the street from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration City Hall.

Arawy Vegetarian Food Restaurant
152 Thanon Din So, Bangkok, Thailand 10200
Open: 7 – 20:30
Tel: 0-2224-4517


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  • YuanYuan

    1 year ago

    Hello, i am curious and concern if there are dishes without Onion or Garlic? Coz my friends and i are Laco-ovo type of Vegetarian (Able to consume dairy products and unable to consume onion, garlic, leek, shallot and chives).

    We are going down in the month of june 2016. ^-^

  • Brandon

    2 years ago

    Just got back to our hotel from eating here. Really enjoyed the food. A bit difficult communicating with the person, but we got a small variety of dishes. Food was great and for two of us food/water came to 140bht. The taxi folks definitely had a difficult time trying to figure out where we were going, thankfully our hotel helped us with the taxi. Probably best to say your going to the museum, which is across the street, then walk to find it.

    Thanks

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Brandon, glad you were able to try this restaurant out. Thanks for the tips!