Rice Bar – Healthy Korean Food in Silom

By Mark Wiens Bangkok
Rice Bar Bangkok

Kimchi jiggae (soup)

The other day I was taking care of some business in Silom and needed to grab lunch.

Right in the area I was in I saw Rice Bar, a restaurant Dwight had mentioned to me a while back but I had never found time to eat there.

So I stopped in for a bite to eat.

Rice Bar Bangkok is a healthy Korean kitchen that serves South Korean food classics like kimchi jiggae (kimchi soup), bibimbap (hot rice salad mixture), and other favorites like kimchi ramen.

We started our meal off with kimchi jiggae, a kimchi based soup that’s packed with spicy and sour flavor and pork, onions, and mushrooms in our case (you could also order it with tofu).

It was really good, but perhaps just a tad too sweet.

Really good brown rice options

Really good brown rice options

What I really liked was that they serve delicious Korean brown and black rice. I eat way too much white rice in my life, and I’m trying eat less white rice and more complex grains – so it was nice to be able to order brown rice.

Adding the sauce to the bibimbap

Adding the sauce to the bibimbap

Then came the bibimbap dolsot, a Korean dish that’s composed of rice at the bottom topped with a variety of vegetables, fried chicken (in this case), and finally a raw egg on top.

You dump in the Korean chili sauce and then stir it all up as it continues to cook in the scorching earthenware pot. The result is like a rice salad that’s super hot in temperature, and you get a little crunchy rice from the scorch. When I was traveling in Seoul, this was one of my favorite quick meals.

Mixing up the bibimbap

Mixing up the bibimbap

Bibimbap gets gooey and delicious and it remains piping hot the entire time you’re eating it!

The bibimbap at Rice Bar was pretty good, but comparing it to the ones I had in Korea, it wasn’t quite there yet.

Rice Bar - Korean Healthy Kitchen

Rice Bar – Korean Healthy Kitchen

The Bottom Line

It’s a cozy little restaurant, and though the portion sizes are kind of small, I thought the food was decent. Another bonus is the brown rice that’s really good.

If you’re in Silom and looking for a soothing bowl of kimchi soup, Korean ramen or even some Korean street food classics like tteokbokki rice cakes, check out Rice Bar.

They don’t have Korean barbecue, if you’re looking for that, check this place out.

Rice Bar Restaurant – Silom

Prices: About 150 – 200 THB per dish
Address: Sala Daeng Soi 1, Silom Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10 150
Open Hours: Mon – Sat from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Phone: 086 625 3776

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How to get there:

It’s very conveniently located just about 50 meters down Saladaeng Soi 1. You can take the BTS skytrain to Sala Daeng station, exit towards Saladaeng Soi 1 and you’ll see Rice Bar on your left hand side.

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