Rice with Curry and Chicken Noodles at Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่)

By Mark Wiens Bangkok
Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่)

Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่)

While Terminal 21 food court offers some decent food for great prices in Bangkok, there are many other dining options in the Asoke area.

Just a 10 minute walk from Terminal 21, and across the street is Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่), a Thai restaurant that serves both khao gaeng (ข้าวแกง) and chicken soup noodles.

At lunch, Ran Krua Tong Mai is always packed with customers, giving hope and energy to all the office workers!

There's inside and outside seating at Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่)

There’s inside and outside seating at Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่)

The khao gaeng (ข้าวแกง) is similar in quality to the dishes served at Krua OV, but a little less specialized – meaning the curries are all very good!

My plate of rice and khao gaeng

My plate of rice and khao gaeng

Given a choice between rice and noodles, I’ll have rice 19 times out of 20, that’s just me (but don’t get me wrong, I do love noodles too, just not as much as rice).

I love khao gaeng (ข้าวแกง) so much because it’s such a joy to choose exactly what I want from the pans of prepared dishes.

This time I ordered yam pla too, panang moo, and a scoop of mixed vegetables on the side.

Yam pla too, or  mackerel salad, was deboned mackerel mixed with red onions, chilies, basil and garlic, and nicely seasoned with lots of lime juice. It was wonderful.

The panang pork curry was marvelous, not sweet like it sometimes is, but rather more spicy with both chili and spices. It was one of the better panang curries I’ve had at any Bangkok street food khao gaeng (ข้าวแกง) stall.

Price – 40 THB

kuay teow gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวไก่)

kuay teow gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวไก่)

My wife on the other hand often prefers noodles over rice, so it works out well for us to sample more dishes that way. She had their famous kuay teow gai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวไก่), or chicken noodles.

It came fully loaded!

Chicken feet, chicken blood jelly, an insanely tender drumstick, and the wonderful melt in your mouth chunks of bitter melon and turnip cooked in the soup broth.

I’m always a fan of garnishing my noodles, and even my rice in this case, with fresh slivers of bitter melon!

Price – 40 THB

Here's what you'll see outside of Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่)

Here’s what you’ll see outside of Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่)

The Bottom Line

Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่) serves delicious simple Thai dishes, with a setting somewhere in the middle of street food and sit-down dining; It’s like a food court, but a single restaurant.

I particularly loved the panang moo curry and the chicken noodles were also excellent, and portion size was large.

Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่)

Address: 44/33 Thanon Sukhumvit 21 (Asoke), Khlong Toey Neua Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Phone: 02-6643098
Open hours: Monday – Friday from 6 am – 7 pm

ร้านครัวทองใหม่
44/33 ถนนสุขุมวิท 21(อโศก) แขวงคลองเตยเหนือ เขตวัฒนา กรุงเทพฯ 10110
โทร : 02-6643098
เปิด วันจันทร์ – ศุกร์
เวลา 6.00 – 19.00 น.

How to get there:

Ran Krua Tong Mai (ร้านครัวทองใหม่) is located about a 10 minute walk from the Asoke and Sukhumvit intersection. From Sukhumvit, walk north on Asoke road until you see the restaurant on the right side. It’s directly across the street from “Pro Point.”

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