Filipino Food in Bangkok – New Mabuhay Restaurant in Pratunam

By Mark Wiens 26 Comments
Filipino Food in Bangkok
Chopsuey at New Mabuhay Restaurant in Bangkok

There are many Filipinos living and working in Bangkok.

However, there is a disproportionate low amount of Filipino restaurants within the city, perhaps just one or two.

One Sunday afternoon I was able to meet up with my good friend Ramon, a Canadian Filipino and now Bangkok resident, to check out his favorite Filipino food restaurants in Bangkok known as New Mabuhay Restaurant.

I’ll start things off with the “green dish” and then we can proceed to bigger and shall we say, porkier things.

Chopsuey as it’s known, is a combination of mixed vegetables and in this case pieces of tender pork. It was good and nice to have some vegetables along with the other dishes included in our feast.

Price: 110 THB

Chicken Adobo
Chicken Adobo

A comforting Filipino meal would not be complete without some form of meat stewed adobo style. It’s kind of like the Thai basil chicken of any restaurant – widely available and always good.

Known as Adobong Manok, the chicken was fall apart tender, slightly sour (as should be), and the sauce was oniony and spiced with black pepper.

Piled onto my plate of rice, the flavor and tenderness of the chicken adobo was marvelous.

Price: 150 THB

Filipino Food in Bangkok
Dang Bangus

Back in 2009, I spent two month in the Philippines, mostly in Manila, doing some volunteering while eating lots of good food. It was an incredible experience where I met many great people and saw some gorgeous natural beauty of the country.

I also spent quite a lot of time eating things like seafood dampa and bangus (milk fish) prepared in a variety of ways.

We ordered the Dang Bangus, milk fish deep fried to a crispy and served with a sweet tamarind garlic sauce. The combination was awesome – this probably was my favorite dish on the table.

Thinking I might be able to pick up some bangus (Filipino milk fish) at Klong Toey Market, Ramon asked the owner of the restaurant where they bought the fish. To my surprise they actually had to import it from the Philippines as it’s not available in Thailand… hence the price.

Price: 380 THB

Sizzling Sisig - Pig's Face!
Sizzling Sisig – Pig’s Face!

The sweet sizzle could be heard from the kitchen before it emerged – a harmony of diced pig’s face and fat all melting together on a flaming hot skillet.

And if that’s not enough, a raw egg is plopped right in the middle to makes things even more tempting.

Sisig is almost like a family member in a Filipino household. It’s so precious and revered, and once you taste it you’ll understand why.

As many Filipinos say, “sisig is dangerously delicious.” And while it’s not for the health conscious, it’s an extreme porky treat from time to time.

One more luscious photo of the sisig
One more luscious photo of the sisig

Here’s one more photo of the sizzling sisig, just so you can let it settle in and drool over it a little more…

Filipino Restaurant in Bangkok - New Mabuhay Restaurant
Filipino Restaurant in Bangkok – New Mabuhay Restaurant

The mix of dishes, the dry fried fish lathered in sweet sauce, the cauliflower and vegetables, the rich adobo with caramelized onions, and the insanely good crispy yet soft pig’s face blanketed in rich yolk, all over rice was quite a memorable Filipino feast in Bangkok!

New Mabuhay Restaurant
New Mabuhay Restaurant

The Bottom Line

It had been years since my last real Filipino meal, and New Mabuhay Restaurant provided food that made me think I was back in the Philippines.

The food was authentic and I think just about everyone eating there and hanging out in the premesis was Filipino.

I particularly love the bangus fried fish and the sisig was excellent too. Ok, it was all good, excellent Filipino food. The menu also included Thai dishes, though we didn’t try any.

New Mabuhay Restaurant – Pratunam, Bangkok

Address: 1/31 Petchaburi Soi 19, Thanon Petchaburi, Bangkok 10400
Phone: 02-255-2689
Hours: 8:30 am – 10 pm
Prices: The bangus was pretty expensive as it was imported from the Philippines, but other dishes were more around the 100 – 200 THB range. Expect to pay about 200 – 300 THB per person. It’s more of a sit down restaurant.

How to get there

Located in Pratunam, it’s a toss up if Chit Lom or Ratchathewi BTS station is closer. I like to walk from Chit Lom BTS station, past Central World, make a left at Platinum, cross the street towards Amari Watergate hotel and continue walking until you reach Petchaburi Soi 19 (across the street from Pantip Plaza).

Make a right on Soi 19, and then turn left on the first small street and you’ll see New Mabuhay Restaurant on the left hand side.


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  • jocelyn pinijarom

    3 months ago

    Your article is very interesting. Actualy, you do not need to import Bangus from Philippines. I buy them from Foodland, and they claim to get them from the fissh market , and they are caught off the China Sea. The guys there know that filipinos always ask for it. Unfortunately the fish is available only in certain months . Call any foodland branch and they can tell you when they are available there. I always get mine from Foodland on Ramkhamhaeng Road. They are not expensive, but you have to navigate through zillions of bones….lolz..,,

  • Nido

    9 months ago

    Hi Mark!
    My bf and I are big fans of you! Now and then- we still follow you around Asia and in BKK (lived in BKK for app. 1 year now). With zero expectations- we always end up being very surprised by your recommendations :) However, I know it’s been a while, since you created this blog, but today we may have gotten our first disappointment at this restaurant. Just feel like sharing with our co-travelers. It seems like
    they no longer offer “sisig”. Quoting from the owner “not available, the place to get sisig ingredients is too far”. So I’m not sure if this dish is no longer available permanently. Unfortunately, she never gave us a clear answer. We ended up ordering the 3 dishes (national Baboy, one pork with peanut butter sauce and vegetables), and two drinks (coke and water) and paid 675 bath. Might seem slightly expensive for what you get. Anyhow, the worst experience was neither the food or price, but the careless attitude of the owner(s). Well, we were the only two customers in the small restaurant, and honestly, we don’t expect much – but we were quiet amazed how they turned the volume at the TV screen to the maximum, while having guests sitting there. We moved table, because of the loud noise. It was even more amusing, when the owner served the food, and still she was looking at the TV screen- and the same when we left the restaurant. Wow- could they really care less about their customers? Anyways, I wouldn’t recommend this place for anyone- and sorry Mike, their standard might have fallen tremendously since you were there last time :(

    Best Regards
    Nhi, the Foodie ;)

    • Mark Wiens

      9 months ago

      Hi Nhi, thank you for the message and for your kind words. So sorry to hear your report on this place. The only time I ate here was in 2012, and I haven’t been back since… but sad to hear this. Also, thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.

      Hope you’re doing well,
      Mark

  • julia

    1 year ago

    i personally love Filipino food since i have lived there for 3 years, and i was wondering tho where i can get tilapia fish…

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Julia, are you looking for tilapia in Bangkok for Thai food? You can eat it at many Isaan restaurants.

  • nat

    3 years ago

    hey,just read this blog today. there’s plenty of bangus fish here at Nonthaburi, Thanam Non talaat. It’s 100 baht per kilo. I dunno if its true that they get their bangus from Phils. but you can get plenty of it year round here in our market. Thanks for the great feedback on Mabuhay resto. It’s our favorite jaunt if we feel homesick for filipino food.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing Nat. Ok, next time will go to Nonthaburi to looks for bangus. Do you know which market?

  • Tim

    4 years ago

    Mark…thanks for the recommendation, just moved here from Shanghai and had a Filipina maid for the last 5 years and besides missing her, I really miss her adobo.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Tim, good to hear from you, definitely try this place out!

  • liromangubat

    4 years ago

    Sisig! You know your stuff Mark! hehehe Thanks for posting! Now I know where to go to get my sisig fix when I’m in Bangkok. I could leave all Filipino food behind except sisig hehehe cheers!

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey, yes, the sisig is great. I know you’ll enjoy it!

  • anonymous

    4 years ago

    That’s too expensive for Filipino food! Rip off! If you want adobo, just cook chicken in vinegar, black peppercorns, whole crushed garlic on low heat for 1 hour at least till all the liquid has evaporated slowly, and the flavors have permeated the meat. Soy sauce-water addition is optional. Can’t be worth 150 baht. Chopsuey is just chopped mixed veg sauteed in a soy sauce-stock mix. Daing na bangus is milkfish rubbed with salt or soy sauce, air-dried and fried in oil. Should not be worth 380baht! You can also make anything into sisig–just mix with vinegar, soy sauce/Maggi, onions, chili and fry til crispy. But yes, the original calls for pork cheeks, ears, face first boiled in water, grilled, chopped then fried. Very good with drinking beer, but extremely bad for the health–heart-attack & kidney failure bad.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey, right about the sisig, it’s surely one of the least healthy possible dishes on earth, but it sure is tasty! I agree, this restaurant is not cheap, but they said they must import the bangus from the Philippines which is why it’s so expensive.

  • Nam

    4 years ago

    Thanks for your post. I been PH on 2011, and love their food.

    Will go New Mabuhay soon.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Ah, great to hear that Nam, enjoy, and let me know what you think about it!

  • Gay

    4 years ago

    Oh my, thanks for the heads up! I haven’t had daing na bangus for over a year, one of the things I missed cooking here. Let me know if ever you come to Phitsanulok, there’s a tiny Filipino kitchen here that would love to serve Filipino food to you :)

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Gay, thank you very much! I’ll let you know. Bangus is such a great fish, too bad it’s not easily available in Thailand!

  • N

    4 years ago

    I have been to the Philippines on holidays for 16 days, the people are great, but no so the food, to put is bluntly it sucks big time.
    Why would you bring in Philippine food to a Thai food site considering that Thai food is the food of the gods?

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey N, Great to hear you’ve visited the Philippines, and while I understand your comment, this is a Bangkok food blog that is mostly about Thai food, but also includes occasional international restaurants – that is if we happen to go anywhere international to eat. I know in general Filipino food isn’t as flavorful as Thai food, but they do some great pork dishes!

      • N

        4 years ago

        Hello Mark nice to see your response, you are correct I should not sweep all Filipino Food with a single brush, that sounds closed minded of me.
        I don’t eat red meat Beef, Lamb or Pork, but love Chicken and seafood, and must say the Chicken BBQ all over the Philippines was deadly yummy!
        Talking about Thai food, one thing I have noticed recently is that Coconut Milk is being substituted with Carnation Condensed Milk, what is up with this trend in the lower end establishments?

        • Mark Wiens

          4 years ago

          Hey N, thanks for getting back, and glad you enjoyed the grilled chicken in the Philippines. Yah, Carnation milk, I don’t like it much either. Normally if you order a tom yum goong nam khon (creamy version), it will included condensed milk, not coconut milk – and that’s almost always the case. If you get tom yum goong nam sai (clear version), it won’t have any milkiness in it – this is the version I prefer. Were there any other dishes that this happened to you?