Kuang Sea Foods Restaurant: Amazing Thai Seafood in Bangkok

By Mark Wiens 29 Comments
Kuang Sea Foods, Bangkok, Thailand
Kuang Sea Foods, Bangkok, Thailand

WARNING (Feb 2016): I haven’t eaten here in a few years, and many people have said the food isn’t good anymore. This place used to be good, but I think it’s gone downhill. So might be best to avoid this restaurant, or eat here at your own risk.

Kuang Sea Foods (กวางทะเลเผา หูฉลาม) has been at the top of my list for Thai seafood for a long time now. The restaurant provides an extensive, easy-to-order menu, packing in the finest seafood dishes Thailand has to offer – at very reasonable prices.

The restaurant picks up most of it’s business during evening hours and by 7 – 8 pm Kuang Sea Foods is hoppin with customers every night of the week.

A spread of food like the one pictured below cost 250 THB per person, split by 4. It was an all out feasting session.

กวางทะเลเผา หูฉลาม
Average Meal at Kuang Sea Foods กวางทะเลเผา หูฉลาม

Their boo pad pongali (crab yellow curry ปูผัดผงกะหรี่) is delectable, a thick egg sauce that will have you licking your lips for days.

Boo pad pongali (crab yellow curry) ปูผัดผงกะหรี่
Boo pad pongali (crab yellow curry) ปูผัดผงกะหรี่

Another dish that I religiously order is the pla kahpung neung see ew (steamed fish in soy sauce ปลากะพงนึ่งซีอิ๊ว). The fish is steamed and doused in a light, not overpowering soy based sauce with shredded green onions and ginger arranged on top.

Pla kahpung neung see ew (steamed fish in soy sauce ปลากะพงนึ่งซีอิ๊ว)
Pla kahpung neung see ew (steamed fish in soy sauce ปลากะพงนึ่งซีอิ๊ว)

It’s always a beautiful sight to hear and smell something coming out of the kitchen to a sizzling applause. The Or suan (sizzling oyster omelet ออส่วน) at Kuang Sea Foods is a showstopper, an intricate combo of oysters, beansprouts, half cooked eggs, and garnish of cilantro!

Or suan (sizzling oyster omelet ออส่วน)
Or suan (sizzling oyster omelet ออส่วน)

This particular time I went with the squid version known as Pla Meuk Kai Neung Manao (female squid in lime sauce หมึกไขน่ึ่งมะนาว), though I often order this same dish with fish. The female squid was still stuffed with it’s eggs and swimming in a tangy lime sauce, robustly infused with garlic and Thai chilies.

Pla Meuk Kai Neung Manao (mèuk kài nêung má-naao) หมึกไขน่ึ่งมะนาว
Pla Meuk Kai Neung Manao (mèuk kài nêung má-naao) หมึกไขน่ึ่งมะนาว

The thick tofu soup is a great way to easy the stomach and palate during a full meal spread. The soup’s mild flavor goes well with the sourness, saltiness and spiciness of the other dishes.

Thai Tofu Soup
Thai Tofu Soup

Not a meal has gone by at Kuang Sea Foods that I didn’t feel the want need to order the crab fried rice; it’s an immaculate fry, loaded with pre-peeled sweet crab!

Crab Fried Rice
Crab Fried Rice

Address of Kuang Sea Foods

Kuang Sea Foods
107/13 Soi Rangnam, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Open Everyday 10 am – 2 am
Tel. 0-2642-5591

กวางทะเลเผา หูฉลาม
107/13 ซอย รางน้ำ สามเสนใน พญาไท กรุงเทพฯ 10400
เปิด-ปิด10.00-02.00 น.
โทร. 0-2642-5591

How to Get to Kuang Sea Foods

Located just a 10 minute walk from Victory Monument BTS station in central Bangkok. Get off the BTS and head down Soi Rangnam, pass King Power shopping complex and you will see Kuang Sea Foods on the left hand side, just before reaching the main road and opposite a petrol station.


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  • Terry

    1 year ago

    After reading about yr recommendations wrt TK seafood, i decided to give kuang a try.

    Upon arrival at Kuang, i was surprised to find there were no crowds to begin with. It was rather empty on a Tuesday night (i went to TK on a Monday night and it was bustling). Quite a stark contrast. I thought i went to the wrong place.

    Nevermind that. I got seated and ordered fish maw soup, broccoli with scallops, crab w glass noodles and steamed fish in soy sauce.

    Only the fish maw and steam fish was great.

    Brocalli wasn’t green. It was yellowish meaning the broccoli wasn’t really fresh.

    The crab was terrible. Dead crab was being served. Had to tell them not to charge me for the crab. So for those 3 items plus some drinks, total was like 1320baht.

    Overall, it was a bad experience. TK seems better.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Terry, thanks for sharing, sorry about the meal. I think this place has completely gone downhill.

  • Kar

    3 years ago

    Hi
    I’ve been to this restaurant for the last 5 years. The prices just went crazy. And I’m not farang. There is no special Thai menu.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Kar, too bad about the prices.

  • julian

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    My wife and I are going to Bangkok and would love to eat at Kuang Seafood but am not sure how far it is from Centrepoint Pratunam. Are you able to give us an approximation of the distance and which way to go to get to the restaurnt? Thanks heaps!!!!

  • Zach

    3 years ago

    Hey Mark, just went to this restaurant hoping to try out your seafood recommendation. I was really disappointed, I sat down and looked at the menu and didn’t bother staying. The price is ridiculous. 1800baht for a kg of crab was definitely too steep. I think a lot have changed since last you posted this.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Zach, thank you for letting me know, and man sorry to hear that. It used to be such a good restaurant, but looks like things have taken a turn. Someone also told shortly ago that they have 2 menus… 1 for Thais and 1 for foreigners. Ok, I will make a warning at the top of this article. Thanks for sharing, sorry about the bad experience.

      • Mark Graves

        3 years ago

        I went in to Kwang recently in the hope it had got better. Acutally the food quality was still much worse to what it was pre Dec 2013 at stiff prices just like Zack reported. No sign of the original owners, a young smug girl seemed to have taken it over. I dont recognise any of the old staff and i guess this also means in the kitchen as well. The place was half empty, not buzzing full like it was in 2012 ; Thai customers seem now to have fled. Mark, I suggest you delete it totally, sorry to say.

    • Terry

      1 year ago

      I felt the price was steep but since I’m here, i just decided to give it a try.

      Nevermind the steep price, i was served a dead crab which was a terrible thing.

  • Mark Graves-Morris

    3 years ago

    HI Mark. I recon that this place has taken a major dive over the last month. About a year ago it was one of your faves in BKK so I went about 7 times over the last year but the visit last night was a dissapointment. Hiked prices, the crab fried rice was not so nice, food served on fancy square plates, not so many guests……I commenteed on tripadvisor too
    cheers

  • Ralph

    4 years ago

    Mark,
    Thanks for your recommendation. My wife and I went there and had our lunch today.
    We had a feast of 5 awesome plates, ending up spending 1160 baht!
    We both agreed that it was one of the best meals here in Thailand. We are spending our second week in Bangkok following our first week in Koh Samui.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Ralph, great to hear that you enjoyed Kuang Seafood!

  • Sunshine

    4 years ago

    Hey, I’m going to Bangkok this weekend, and I really exciting right now.
    If i go there, Should i make a reservation ???

  • Gary

    4 years ago

    Hey Mark,
    I’ve been to Kuang Seafood lots of times and it’s my favorite place for seafood in Bangkok! I know the owners personally and they’re nice people!
    I used to order a Squid and vegetable dish with chili sauce (cooked) but forgot the name and want to see if any of the local Thai restaurants here can make it. Can you tell me if you know what’s the name of this dish?
    Let me know if you can help….

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Gary, glad you love Kuang Seafood as well. Could it be something like “pla meuk pad prik pao,” – that would be squid fried with roasted chili sauce and it’s slightly sweet and really flavorful. If it’s that, yes you can order it all over the streets at stir fry restaurants. If I eat at Kuang Seafood in the future, I’ll try to see what exactly it was that you ate.

  • Alison

    5 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Is this still the best place for good value seafood (as in, has your opinion changed since you posted this up?)?

    Love your blog, and off to check more recommendations! :)

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Alison, this place is still at the top of my list, though the prices may have increased a notch since writing this – but still a good value and delicious food. Enjoy!

  • david

    5 years ago

    How much baht for each dishes?

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey David – Around 60 THB for vegetable dishes and 100 – 300 THB for seafood dishes.

      • sharka

        5 years ago

        … I have just paid 420 bath for fabulous Tom Yum, Singha (costed same like Tom Yum :o) and steamed rice …. recommended, Mark is right :o)

  • Nino Correa

    5 years ago

    Thai seafood restaurant? What’s Thai about this place? Ok, they do som tam but that’s about it. The food is fine but it’s definitely more Chinese than Thai.

    • Dwight Turner

      5 years ago

      Yes, heavy Chinese influence from the owners, but check out some of the dishes we ordered in this article next time you’re there so you don’t have to have just som tam!