Are you ready to eat some of Bangkok’s best southern Thai food?

Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม) is a restaurant in Bangkok that serves incredible southern Thai food that will blow you away with an overdose of powerfully delicious flavor.

In this blog post I’m going to share with you one of the best southern Thai restaurants in Bangkok, and some of the dishes you should try.

Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม)
Inside Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม)

Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม)

Another one of my favorite southern Thai restaurants in Bangkok is Ran Ruam Dai (ร้านรวมใต้), which is a rice and curry restaurant (khao gaeng), where you get a plate of rice, and order whatever pre-cooked dishes you like.

Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม) is the sit down version of a southern Thai food restaurant, where you order off a menu, and the food is a step up in quality and freshness (because it’s cooked fresh rather than sitting around for a while); I’m a huge fan of both places, just different styles.

It’s not often in Bangkok when I feel like I’ve had a southern Thai meal that can compare with being in a place like Krabi and eating at Ruan Thip (ร้านเรือนทิพย์), but Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม) fills that space in Bangkok.

menu ร้านจันทร์หอม
The menu is in Thai and English

The Menu

Anyone from the south of Thailand living in Bangkok (or southern Thai food lovers) will rejoice just upon seeing the menu filled with classic southern Thai dishes.

The owner family of the restaurant is from Nakhon Si Thammarat, the province my wife’s father is from. The tastes of dishes from Nakhon Si Thammarat are some of my favorite in Thailand, often characterized by being fiery spicy, salty, and non-sweet.

The menu is huge, plenty of choices, and it’s written in both English and Thai.

หมูโค
Moo ko (หมูโค) – If you love pork, this is for you

Moo ko (หมูโค)

The first dish we ordered is moo ko (หมูโค), nuggets of pork belly, which I believe is marinated in a mixture of salt and garlic (sometimes also some shrimp paste is thrown in for flavor), then boiled to make it soft and finally deep fried to a crisp.

Price – 120 THB (120 บาท)

Thai fried pork
It’s incredible!

If you’re a lover of pork, moo ko (หมูโค) is a dish you’re not going to want to miss at Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม).

It was crispy on the outside, gooey and soft on the inside, and perfectly salty – actually addictively salty.

Thai yellow curry
Gaeng leung pla kapong (แกงเหลืองปลากะพง) – yellow curry with barramundi

Gaeng leung pla kapong (แกงเหลืองปลากะพง)

Normally in southern Thailand, this bright yellow fresh turmeric filled curry is called gaeng som (แกงส้ม), but in Bangkok, so it doesn’t get mixed up with a different dish of the same name, it’s referred to as gaeng leung (แกงเหลือง yellow curry). And it’s one of my personal favorite dishes in the entire world, a recipe my mother in law makes at home often.

We ordered gaeng leung pla kapong (แกงเหลืองปลากะพง), yellow curry with barramundi fish and coconut shoots. Just from the appearance, the bright yellow color and the bits of red chili mixed in, I could tell it was going to be award winning.

It was!

The curry was thick full of spice, packed with turmeric, salty and sour, with fresh fish and crisp coconut shoots. It’s the type of curry that will make you shed tears as you eat it, and you’re not sure if it’s from the spice or from happiness. Probably both.

Price – 150 THB (150 บาท)

แกงไตปลา
The gaeng tai pla (แกงไตปลา) is one of the best dishes

Gaeng tai pla (แกงไตปลา)

Another one of the most popular southern Thai foods is gaeng tai pla (แกงไตปลา), and I’ve found that this dish, along with gaeng som, can be good indicators as to the authenticity and quality of southern Thai restaurants in Bangkok.

Price – 150 THB (150 บาท)

Best southern Thai food in Bangkok
An absolute stunner

At Janhom (ร้านจันทร์หอม) they absolutely nailed it again with their version of gaeng tai pla (แกงไตปลา), which is a curry made with fermented fish viscera, roasted fish, and in this case, bamboo shoots, pea eggplant, Thai eggplant, and long beans.

It was spicy and absolutely overwhelming with luscious flavor. The gaeng tai pla (แกงไตปลา) was my favorite dish of our meal at Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม).

หลนเนื้อปูม้า
Lon neau boo maa (หลนเนื้อปูม้า)

Lon neau boo maa (หลนเนื้อปูม้า)

The next dish my wife and I ordered was lon neau boo maa (หลนเนื้อปูม้า), which is de-shelled blue swimmer crab, in a Thai lon, which is a coconut milk sauce reduction.

Price – 380 THB (380 บาท)

Thai blue swimmer crab
Packed with crab!

This was another winner, and it went well to balance out the other spicy salty dishes, because it’s a dish more on the sweet side due to the coconut milk.

The nuggets of crab were flaky and sweet, while the lon had a wonderful fragrance. My wife especially loved the lon neau boo maa (หลนเนื้อปูม้า).

ปลากระบอกทอดขมิ้น
Pla krabok tod kamin (ปลากระบอกทอดขมิ้น) – fried mullet fish with turmeric

Pla krabok tod kamin (ปลากระบอกทอดขมิ้น)

A common way to fry fish in southern Thai food is marinated in garlic and fresh turmeric, and then deep fried (you can check out my recipe for it here). We ordered pla krabok tod kamin (ปลากระบอกทอดขมิ้น), mullet fish.

I thought the fish was a little on the dry side, maybe had been fried for too long. It was still good, but a little drier than I would have liked.

Price – 360 THB (360 บาท)

best southern Thai food
Sorry about the rice grain… this was award winning sauce!

However, the sauce served with the pla krabok tod kamin (ปลากระบอกทอดขมิ้น) was unbelievably good, and it’s a type of sauce I can’t say I’ve ever had previously.

Rather than tasting citrusy (lime juice), it tasted more vinegary, but without being the least bit sweet, just powerfully garlicky and spicy. It was a sauce worthy of eating on its own.

สะตอผัดกะปิกุ้ง
Sataw pad kapi goong (สะตอผัดกะปิกุ้ง) – stink beans with shrimp

Sataw pad kapi goong (สะตอผัดกะปิกุ้ง)

I’v had a soft spot in my heart for stink beans for many years; I just can never get enough of them.

Since we had many spicy dishes already at Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม), we balanced our meal out with ordering a non-spicy version of stink beans: sataw pad kapi goong (สะตอผัดกะปิกุ้ง), stink beans with shrimp and shrimp paste.

Overall it was very tasty, heavy on the shrimp paste, and big meaty stink beans.

Price – 130 THB (130 บาท)

melinjo leaves
Yod liang pad kai (ยอดเหลียงผัดไข่) – melinjo leaves with egg

Yod liang pad kai (ยอดเหลียงผัดไข่)

Yod liang (ยอดเหลียง), or pak liang in Thai (ผักเหลียง), are melinjo leaves, which are commonly eaten in southern Thailand and relatively rare to find in Bangkok apart from at southern Thai food restaurants.

Price – 100 THB (100 บาท)

Thai vegetable dishes
An amazing vegetable dish

It happens to be a favorite vegetable of mine, with a wonderful chewy texture and nutty fragrance. The melinjo leaves are often fried with egg so that it gives some heartiness to the dish.

The version of yod liang pad kai (ยอดเหลียงผัดไข่) at Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม) had a pretty high ratio of egg to melinjo leaves, and it was awesomely good.

Thai desserts
Buad khao pod (บวชข้าวโพด) – corn coconut milk dessert

Buad khao pod (บวชข้าวโพด)

I’m not a big desserts eater, but my wife had a bowl of buad khao pod (บวชข้าวโพด), a southern Thai dessert of coconut milk with corn and taro. It was sweet and very richly creamy, with plenty of sweet corn.

If you enjoy desserts, this is one of the main desserts to eat here.

Price – 45 THB (45 บาท)

prices
Our total bill

Prices

It was four of us eating this meal, and our total bill came to 2,182 THB, including all the dishes mentioned above, a couple pots of rice, water, desserts, and my wife also bought a couple of things for takeaway.

This is a sit-down restaurant, and I think the for the quality and flavor, the prices were typical. Expect to pay about 200 – 400 THB per person, but once you taste the food, you might go all out and keep ordering more and more because the food is so good.

Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม)
Outside view of Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม)

Conclusion

Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม) is a southern Thai food restaurant located in the Bang Kapi district of Bangkok.

The meal I ate there was mind-blowingly delicious, especially the yellow fish curry (แกงเหลืองปลากะพง gaeng leung pla kapong) and the fermented fish viscera curry (แกงไตปลา gaeng tai pla). Just about everything I tried was applause worthy, and the service was equally friendly.

If you’re ready to eat some for the best southern Thai food in Bangkok, Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม) is a restaurant you’ll want to immediately visit.

Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม)

Address: 273/4 Soi Nawasi, Thanon Ramkhamhaeng 21, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi, Bangkok 10240
Phone number: 02-319-1128 , 02-319-1129
Open hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Monday) from 11 am – 10 pm

ที่อยู่ : 273/4 ซอยนวศรี ถ.รามคำแหง 21 หัวหมาก บางกะปิ กรุงเทพฯ 10240
โทร. 02-319-1128 , 02-319-1129
เปิดบริการ อังคาร – อาทิตย์ 11.00-22.00 น.

How to get there: The restaurant is located in Bang Kapi, on Ramkhamhaeng Soi 21. The easiest way to get here is by taxi directly to the restaurant. By public transportation, probably the best option would be the Airport Rail Link to Ramkhamhaeng station, and then either motorbike or taxi from there.



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  • Geikbeetong

    2 months ago

    Hei Mark,
    Congratulations on being a new Dad

  • Boon

    3 months ago

    Sawasdee krab Mark, I’d love to hear and taste more recommended Northern food restaurants from your site. Big thanks in advance.

  • FAR

    3 months ago

    Hi Mark

    If possible, please let us have the recipes for the sauce accompanying the krabok tod kamin as well as the melinjo leaves fried with eggs.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi FAR, I’m not sure of the recipe, I would love to have it myself as well. If I go back next time, I will try to ask what they include in it. Thanks!

  • gtm

    3 months ago

    Hi Mark,

    Wonderful post, especially the shot of the menu, some of which can easily be deciphered. Pleas continue this feature, with a more complete and clear photo of the menus, where such are available.
    Please and thank you.

    Does Thailand have any tipping? If so, what would be the appropriate amount, as % of the total bill, or any other measure?

    Is the situation different in the rice/curry shops and in the small, old-fashioned Chinese mom/pop restaurants that you have enjoyed so much?

    Thanks for all that you do!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi GTM, thank you very much, and I will try to take shots of the menu for all upcoming posts. For tipping, if it’s a family run street food stall, normally you don’t tip. But for larger street food stall with waiters, you might tip 10 – 20 THB. For a restaurant like this, normally it wouldn’t be a %, but usually about 20 – 50 THB or so. Hope this helps, thanks again for reading.

  • Lena Hult

    3 months ago

    I love your information about all different restaurants in Bangkok as I go there every year for some Days, next time in januari/february -17. Will try to get to the restaurang. I also like to have some more nice recipes as Thaifood is on the meny every week at home.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Thank you very much Lena. I will be publishing more Thai recipes soon!

  • Tan Yang Ching

    3 months ago

    You mean you pay Thai Baht 2,200 for those food !!
    I think it is way too expensive.
    In Bangkok , you can get good food at very reasonable

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hey Tan, we also got a few extras dishes for takeaway that were on our bill. Actually the price is quite typical these days of Bangkok. You can of course eat khao gaeng street food, where you get 1 scoop of a couple dishes over rice for 40 THB per plate, but the food in taste and quality is not even close to the same. I love both styles and I want to cover all ranges of Thai food.

  • Volker Lohaus

    3 months ago

    Hi Mark,
    thanks for all the reviews. I use to be in Bangkok 2 – 3 times per year and always try to experiment at least one of your suggestions – never regret any of them. Always a full hit!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hey Volker, awesome to hear that, thank you!

  • Melody

    3 months ago

    Our “local” Thai restaurant is 60+ miles away! Worth the drive! (Upstate New York.)

    The southern Thai food that you showcased looks wonderful. What a feast you all had! Did you actually eat it all? I order just one dish at our local restaurant and get at least two meals from it!

    I love your posts, and hope to visit Thailand someday!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi Melody, oh yah glad you’re willing to travel for Thai food! Yes, we finished off the food, but there were 4 of us eating this meal. Hope you can visit Thailand in the future!

  • Tong Geik Bee

    3 months ago

    Hey Mark how’s it going
    Thanks for the post everything looks absolutely delicious sorry to hear about the Thai King
    Geikbee
    Thanks take care

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi Tong, great to hear from you thank you very much. Really appreciate your condolences.

  • Saichon Goodwin

    3 months ago

    Thank you thank you. For sharing your experiences with us. I don’t remember much since I left there at a young age. But I do miss it.👍

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi Saichon, you’re welcome, thank you for reading!

  • nui acain

    3 months ago

    Hi Mark, you make me go crazy. I love all those foods and I grew up with. My mouth is so watery now. I will go there when I visit Thailand in the near future. It seems near my house in Bangkok. Thank you.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi Nui, awesome to hear that. Glad it’s in your area of Bangkok!

  • Gail

    3 months ago

    Brilliant review. So clear. So enthusiastic.
    You are lucky to live in Bangkok.
    Its food is amazing.

    We have added Janhom to our list for November.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi Gail, thank you very much for reading. Glad you’ve added it to your eat list!

  • Suphot laohathiensin

    3 months ago

    Thank you Mark, I ‘ll definitely visit that restaurant when I ‘m in Bangkok this coming January.

  • Mark Evans

    3 months ago

    Have got 2 days in Bangkok before heading to Vietnam so will definitely give this place a go! The food looks amazing!

  • Els

    3 months ago

    Hey Mark ,

    That looks like a nice place to sit down for a while
    Looking forward to our next visit next year ..
    Just sended you an email

    Cheers

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Thanks Els, will get back to you by e-mail.

  • Michael

    3 months ago

    Dear Mark,
    thanks so much for the nice review! My partner Elli and I are currently here in bangkok and can’t wait to check this restaurant out. We are food bloggers as well in our starting days :) All the best wishes and thank you for being such an inspiration. Michael and Ellinor

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hey Michael, great to hear from you, thank you for reading. Hope you have a great time in Bangkok, and awesome blog!

  • Mike

    3 months ago

    Great tip….be there in Jan ’17 …will go definitely…

  • Claire Pharaoh

    3 months ago

    Another super blog, thank you! Always packed full of info…makes me wish I was back in Bangkok! Thanks again!

  • Tony

    3 months ago

    FYI.

    On a trip through Don Muang Airport on our way out of the country last year, my boss’s son picked us up to take us to Suvarnabhumi. There was a restaurant they liked to go to that had southern style food. It was just south of DMK and I marked the location on my GPS. In checking the location, it is
    Pi Tum Hat Yai
    40/47 Soi Vibhavadi Rang Sit 74,
    Don Mueang, 10210
    The coordinates are N 13.89697 E 100.59000 if you want to mark it in a GPS.

    Fairly small and not nearly so many choices, but I thought it was pretty good food. It would be interesting to get other opinions.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi Tony, great, thanks for letting me know about this restaurant. I’ll try to check it out when I’m in that area, and will be sure to let you know. Thanks!

  • Zan Lustig

    3 months ago

    Thanks,looks delicious ,I will see if it’s near where we are staying next time we go to Bangkok.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Sounds good Zan, they serve fantastic food.

  • Anne

    3 months ago

    How about some more recipes – we love your basil chicken and cook it regularly, as well as several other ones

    • Mark Wiens

      3 months ago

      Hi Anne, thank you very much. Will be working on some more recipes soon. Thanks!