Marvelous Street-Side Thai Chinese Food in Yaowarat at Khao Tom 3/1

By Mark Wiens 8 Comments
Khao Tom 3/1 in Yaowarat, Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao Tom 3/1 in Yaowarat, Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand

I was recently wandering around Yaowarat with Paul from Walk Fly Pinoy and I wanted to hit up my old go-to-spot for delicious food at all times – the legendary Jaow Restaurant.

Unfortunately, due to construction, the restaurant that normally includes dishes that are sprawled out onto the sidewalk in an amazing display, was gone (I think they’ve relocated, but not sure exactly where).

Across the streets there’s a similar place that serves a mind boggling array of prepared Thai Chinese dishes, and so we crossed the street for a taste of Khao Tom 3/1 (ข้าวต้ม 3/1).

pla kahpung neung manao (steamed barramundi in lime and garlic sauce ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว)
pla kahpung neung manao (steamed barramundi in lime and garlic sauce ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว)

The pla kahpung neung manao (steamed barramundi in lime and garlic sauce ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว) was begging to be chosen, despite the other tempting dishes.

ข้าวต้ม 3/1
Khao Tom 3/1 (ข้าวต้ม 3/1)

The fish was excellent, a little cold from having sat out for a while, but the flavor was absolutely marvelous. Not too sweet, but excitingly sour and awesomely flavored with raw garlic and chillies.

It was the perfect style of pla kahpung neung manao for me, similar to Lan Thung Khao Tom Hua Pla.

Our little fishy friend went down real well!

Deliciousness!
Deliciousness!

The fish mingled with raw garlic, fresh sliced chillies, and a little cilantro over rice was absolutely delightful.

pad pak bung fai daeng (stir fried morning glory ผัดผักบุ้งไฟแดง)
pad pak bung fai daeng (stir fried morning glory ผัดผักบุ้งไฟแดง)

Khao Tom 3/1 will also stir fry a number of dishes they have on hand if you’re interested in something fresh. I reverted back to one of the classic – pad pak bung fai daeng (stir fried morning glory ผัดผักบุ้งไฟแดง).

Again, it was the garlic, and lots of it, that made this plate of morning glory so wonderful.

boo pad pongali (crab in yellow egg curry ปูผัดผงกะหรี่)
boo pad pongali (crab in yellow egg curry ปูผัดผงกะหรี่)

The boo pad pongali (crab in yellow egg curry ปูผัดผงกะหรี่), was equally as beautiful as the fish, but due to a schedule packed with a few more restaurants and an awesome dessert stall, we opted out of stuffing ourselves until immobility at the first restaurant.

They will be relocating soon, just down the road a few steps
They will be relocating soon, just down the road a few steps

The Bottom Line

Khao Tom 3/1 serves an outstanding repertoire of dishes that are pre-prepared and also a few dishes that can be cooked as ordered. Located on the side of street in busy Yaowarat with construction going on and speedy Vespas cruising past, it’s not the best atmosphere, but the food is top notch.

If you eat here, keep in mind you’ll need to sit on the side of the street or sidewalk.

Khao Tom 3/1 (ข้าวต้ม 3/1)

Hours: 24 hours daily!
Prices: The meal we ordered came to 160 THB, a very reasonable price for a whole fish (small sized), plus 1 vegetable, 2 rice, 1 pepsi and 1 water
Phone: 086-688-9023, 088-670-2112

ข้าวต้ม 3/1
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โทร. 086-688-9023, 088-670-2112

How to Get There

The restaurant is located in Yaowarat on the corner of Charoen Krung and Soi Plaeng Nam.

Note: Khao Tom 3/1 will be moving to a new location, just down street from where they are now – but not sure exactly when they’ll make the move.


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  • Antonella

    2 years ago

    Hello Mark,

    Any news about the new location?
    Thanks for sharing your food obsession with us !

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Antonella, thank you very much, love doing it. Haven’t tried looking for it in a while, but will update if I find anything.

  • Eugene

    5 years ago

    Your awesome photos and description of this meal have me salivating and I’ve just finished dinner! It’s the dodgiest little places in Bangkok with the tastiest food that make Bangkok such a cool place to explore. Forget the shopping, show me the food. Can’t wait to get back there to try this place out.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Eugen, you’re right about that – making Bangkok an endless land of food exploration. Shopping, only with with stomach in mind!

  • Maria

    5 years ago

    Amazing colors on the pla kahpung neung manao. Dazzling silver and those pops of cherry red! No, I’ve never eaten it but, damn! It looks like it’d taste amazing.

  • Ernesto

    5 years ago

    Can you suggest a good restaurant within Pratunam coz’ that’s where i am staying.Thank you Mark.