New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง), for Authentic Teochew Food in Bangkok

By Mark Wiens 16 Comments
A little hair on your chicken is ALWAYS a good thing!
A little hair on your chicken is ALWAYS a good thing!

A while back I wrote about one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Silom, and Tara, a reader, commented on the article suggesting I try a famous Teochew restaurant in town.

She mentioned that her father was Teochew from Singapore (now) and that everytime her family would come to Bangkok, New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง), was one of their families must eat at spots.

As you can imagine, I was pretty excited for a long time to try out New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง), but due to my traveling schedule, I didn’t make it until a few weeks ago.

And I’m glad I did!

Authentic Teochew food in Bangkok
Our meat at New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง)

Step into New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง) restaurant, and it feels like you’ve gone to China – they have giant round tables covered in white tableclothes, lazy susan’s, and most importantly, big plates of awesome looking food.

Now I don’t know a lot about traditional Teochew food (most of my Chinese eating is Cantonese), but after eating at this restaurant I did do a little research.

Teochew food is known for being quite healthy, less oily, and less salty, than many other types of regional Chinese cuisine. It’s also famous for using fresh ingredients – both vegetables and meats – and for just being good comfort style food.

New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง)

The menu was in Thai and Chinese, I’m not actually sure if they had an English menu or not. But the staff all seemed to be quite friendly, so you shouldn’t have a problem ordering.

Gai Chae Lao (ไก่แช่เหล้า) – Boiled chicken, seasoned with liquor

There were only three of us eating, and though I wanted to sample the entire menu, I tried to restrain my order… so we ordered 5 different dishes in total.

One of the house specialities at New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง) is Gai Chae Lao (ไก่แช่เหล้า), the Teochew style of boiled chicken, seasoned with liquor, and served cold.

As soon as the plate came to our table, I got a nice whiff of liquor, but I couldn’t actually taste it that much.

Price – 260 บาท

Teochew food
Boney but tasty!

The chicken itself was a little on the boney side, but you just got to love those Chinese style free roaming chickens – they maybe be bony, but they are so packed with flavor and texture.

Along with the fermented soybean sauce, which wasn’t too salty, the cold boiled chicken was beautiful.

Just look at those layers!

I actually, peeled off most of the skin myself – I’m not much of a fan of boiled skin. But the meat itself was almost duck-like, and had just a hint of liquor flavor to it.

Or Suan (ออส่วน)
Or Suan (ออส่วน) was absolutely incredible!

Then came the dish that stole my heart… their version of Or Suan (ออส่วน), an oyster omelet.

Price – 300 THB

I would go back to eat 10 plates of this!

At many Thai seafood restaurants, Or Suan (ออส่วน) is often served on a sizzling platter, and quite a greasy dish.

But at New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง) it was quite non-greasy, and they used just the right amount starch to egg ratio, plus those luscious meaty oyster on top. I could taste the breath of the wok in every bite. It was outstanding!

I loved it.

Khao pad boo (ข้าวผัดปู ), crab fried rice

For good measure, we also got a plate of khao pad boo (ข้าวผัดปู), crab fried rice.

Again, it was excellent, not too salty, and fried nice and dry – meaning they used an extremely hot wok yet made sure not to burn it.

Price – 200 THB

Teochew dumplings
Khanom jeeb Teochew (ขนมจีบแต้จิ๋ว)

We also ordered a plate of khanom jeeb Teochew (ขนมจีบแต้จิ๋ว), steamed dumpling filled with a mixture, of what I think was a bit of pork and bamboo shoots.

Price – 200 THB

Teochew restaurant in Bangkok
Teochew dumplings

The khanom jeep Teochew (ขนมจีบแต้จิ๋ว) were served incredibly hot, right out of the steamer, and what I liked most about them was that they were topped with a generous amount of deep fried garlic and a bit of the fragrant oil it was fried in.

For our noodle dish, we got pad mee Hokkien (ผัดหมี่ฮกเกี๋ยน), stir fried noodles with bits of shrimp, ham, and bean sprouts. The noodles had a hint of sweetness to them, but they weren’t all that flavorful. Good, but not my favorite dish of the meal.

Price – 200

Pla gow neung see ew (ปลาเก๋านึ่งซีอิ๊ว), brown marbled grouper

With so much food on the table, I had nearly forgotten about the final trophy dish we ordered: pla gow neung see ew (ปลาเก๋านึ่งซีอิ๊ว), a brown marbled grouper steamed in soy sauce and stacked with green onions and ginger.

Normally I’d order this same dish with a pla kaphong (barramundi), but I was feeling like trying a different type of fish – though I didn’t know this one would be about 3 times more expensive – that’s ok!

This gnarly looking fish, looks so mean, because it’s a carnivourous fish – but don’t worry he didn’t hurt me.

Price – 840 THB (I actually didn’t know it would be this expensive, so if you order it with a barramundi it won’t be nearly this much)

Teochew restaurant in Bangkok
Steamed grouper at New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง)

They just stacked it with almost a full gardens worth of shredded green onions, and a generous supply of shredded ginger on top.

For the actual fish, they made no mistakes – it was steamed to perfection, flaky, and juicy. The broth was a light soy sauce and wasn’t too salty, but just had a perfect balance of light flavors to it. The green onions and ginger also added such a wonderful dimension of flavor to the fish. It was fantastic!

New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง) Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

The Bottom Line

For a restaurant serving authentic Teochew food in Bangkok, New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง) is a great choice. I loved the food, everything we ordered was wonderful – and I would go again just to eat 2 plates of their Or Suan (ออส่วน) – all by myself!

New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง)

Address: 1790/1 Thanon Chan, Soi 27, Khwang Thung Wat Don Khet Sathon Bangkok 10120
Tel: 02-211-3719, 02-211-7614, 02-674-9682
Hours: 11 am – 10 pm daily

Prices: About 300 – 400 THB per person

ที่อยู่ 1790/1 ถนนจันทน์ แขวงทุ่งวัดดอน เขตสาทร กทม 10120
โทร. 02-211-3719, 02-211-7614, 02-674-9682
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 11:00-22:00 น.

How to get there:

New Peng Chieng (นิวเปงเชียง) is located on Thanon Chan Road, about 200 meters down Soi 27, right across the street from a school. The easiest way to get there is by taking a taxi.

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  • Tiffany Cheng

    3 years ago

    Nice post, Chaozhou/Teochew style Chinese food is one of m6 mis5 favorote Chinese regional foods.

    Actually the reason why Chaozhou/Teochew style Chinese food is less greasy and healthier than the other types of Chinese food is because Chaozhou/Teochew people by culture pay attention to cleanness.

  • Debbie

    6 years ago

    You’ve been to quite some Chaoshan (Chaoshan area=TeoChew+Sua Tao+Jie Yang) restaurants! Feel so lucky to come across your blog while searching for Chinese restaurants in Chiang Rai on google.

    I’m from TeoChew and just moved to Chiang Rai. A pregnant girl craving for Chinese food every day… Gonna start with the Gai ban tom sab boiled chicken at Ja Jaroenchai as I live close by.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Debbie, great to hear from you, glad that you’ve just moved to Chiang Rai. Hope you’re doing well and hope you enjoy the food in Chiang Rai!

  • Chris Barnes

    7 years ago

    Even though linguistically as well as genetically, there’re nearer to the Taihung pile spot throughout north-central China, not the Cantonese or perhaps Hakka. Teochew is unintelligible having other dialect groups other than Minute Nan, Hokkien dialect throughout adjoining Fujian state, keeping many Older as well as Heart Chinese lost by some other dialects.

  • Kitti

    7 years ago

    After some googled, I think Mark and Dwight should try ออลั่วะ (I think it spell like Orlua). It’s an variation of Orsuan with crispy crust on bottom but on top is like soft.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Kitti, alright, thank you very much for the suggestion. Do you know where to eat it?

      • Kitti

        7 years ago

        I’m not sure where is the best but Nai Mong Hoy Tod on Phlap Phla Chai rd. is a famous place that you should try.

        • Mark Wiens

          7 years ago

          Hey Kitti, thanks, just tried that place too, it was awesome!

  • Kitti

    7 years ago

    Mark, this might be the first same restaurant we went!! I already been to this restaurant maybe five or six times. My grandfather likes eat there with all his sons daughters grandsons granddaughters for his birthday party.

    Last time I went, I think it was Jun/Jul last year 2013.

    Gai Chae Lao (ไก่แช่เหล้า) used to taste more liquor. I think they lower the liquor amount but still has nice smell of it.
    Or Suan (ออส่วน) always great though I think other specialized Or Suan restaurant has better than this.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Kitti, ok great, glad you’ve been here too, the food here was excellent, and it’s a classic restaurant!

  • Trent @ Food Assault

    7 years ago

    Growing up in Sydney it seemed that the only foreign food was pizza or Chinese food. Our family loved Chinese food and it was always a special treat every couple of months. Amazing how things change with various Asian cuisine located nearly on every corner in most cities/suburbs these days.

    I love Chinese and always will however Thai is the winner for me these days. It was something I sought out often when living in Phuket……unfortunately none lived up to my expectations.

  • Karla Pengsagun

    7 years ago

    Nothing spicy in this menu, but looks very delicious! Most Chinese in Bangkok come from what region of Thailand again?

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Karla, many Thai Chinese are originally Teochew. Have you ever been to this restaurant?

    • Tara

      7 years ago

      Hi Karla, most ethnic Chinese Thais are from the Chaoshan prefecture with Swatow as the regional capital in Guangdong province, southern China. Very different from the Cantonese and Hakka, the other two main dialect groups in Guangdong.

      Though linguistically and genetically, they are closer to the Taihung mountain area in north-central China, not the Cantonese or Hakka. Teochew is unintelligible with all other dialect groups except Min Nan, Hokkien dialect in neighbouring Fujian province, preserving a lot of Old and Middle Chinese lost by other dialects.

      … Never imagined I would come to Bangkok to reclaim my half-Teochew roots.

      Hi Mark, you share my sentiments on the Or Suan. I usually have a plate to myself, no sharing!

      • Mark Wiens

        7 years ago

        Hey Tara, thank you so much for suggesting this restaurant to me, I really loved it! Yes, that Or Suan was amazing!