Glorious Roast Duck and Pork at Bangkok’s Soi 6 Pochana

By Mark Wiens 22 Comments
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Some of the best roast duck and roast pork I’ve had in Bangkok

JUNE 2017 – I have not eaten here for many years and I’ve received reports that the food is average or not very good. So eat here at your own risk.

There are few things in the world as satisfying as roast duck and roast pork.

Bangkok has its share of duck restaurants, some of them are alright, some of them are too sweet for my taste, but others, like Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา), are about as good as it gets for me.

When I ate there, the duck was roasted so it was gloriously crispy and golden, the sauce was rich and flavorful, but not too sweet, and the meat actually melted in my mouth like a piece of chocolate.

Let’s move into the delicious food…

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The inside of the restaurant

The last time I ate at Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา), I was with a big group of friends, so we kind of ordered, ate, and then kept ordering and eating.

So in this restaurant review I’ll do my best to cover all the different plates we ate – but unfortunately I didn’t get all the prices since I didn’t pay (when I go back I’ll make a note of the prices and update this review).

You can either come to this restaurant to get a single plate of food, like khao na bet (rice topped with duck for about 45 – 50 THB) or you can choose to go bigger and order plates of meat like we did.

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The duck furnace

In the back of the restaurant, in the alley, you’ll find the owner, handling his prized ducks like they are trophies – they are.

I could actually hear the sizzle of the skin and even see it turning more and more golden brown in the few minutes that I stood and marveled.

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Golden goodness

The owner explained to me that his parents had migrated to Thailand from China and they had started this roast duck restaurant.

His recipes and his style of cooking are directly from his parents, and he doesn’t plan on changing anything.

Duck skin
Dark and golden perfection

I’m almost at a loss of words writing this blog right now, my mouth is literally watering and foaming at the same time, imaging that duck right now.

Anyway, once the ducks are fully cooked they are transported to the front of the restaurant where they hang on display to lure in hungry, duck seeking customers, like you and I.

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Liquid gold – duck sauce

The sauce sitting next to the duck is no ordinary duck sauce, it’s more like liquid gold.

Rather than being too sweet like some duck sauces tend to be in Bangkok, their sauce was just lightly sweet, but more smoky and rich in flavor, all the drippings of the duck accumulated into a sauce of heavenly flavor.

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A spoon of duck sauce for extra flavor

After a slice of duck was chopped and put onto a plate, a spoon of sauce was ladled over, to keep it moist and offer more flavor to the already succulent meat.

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We began with a plate of roast duck (เป็ดย่าง)

Roast duck (เป็ดย่าง)

We got things started with a plate of bet yang (เป็ดย่าง), roast duck.

The meat was juicy and firm, and the skin was crispy, with an undeniable smoky flavor to it.

This plate of duck was just about perfect for my taste buds, and in my opinion it far outdid this legendary duck restaurant in Bangkok.

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Then we moved onto crispy pork belly

Ok, now let’s proceed onto the roast pork, which was equally as delicious as the duck.

Hello crispy!

Trio of meat (หมูแดง หมูกรอบ เป็ดย่าง)
Trio of meat (หมูแดง หมูกรอบ เป็ดย่าง)

Trio of meat (หมูแดง หมูกรอบ เป็ดย่าง)

For our next plate, instead of just getting roast duck, we ordered a trio of meats, roast duck (เป็ดย่าง), roast pork belly (หมูกรอบ), and finally some moo daeng (หมูแดง, char siu).

When I didn’t even imagine things could get better, they did.

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All three meats were stunning

The moo krob (หมูกรอบ), roast crispy pork belly, was freshly cooked, insanely crispy on the skin, yet fatty and tender from the meat.

The moo daeng (หมูแดง), Chinese style red barbecued pork, was also wonderful, slightly sweet and cured, and tenderly delicious.

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Crispy pork belly – moo krob (หมูกรอบ)

Look at that little chunk of pork belly (หมูกรอบ) shining in the light, an absolutely beautiful thing.

One of my favorite roast porks I’ve had is from a small restaurant in Hawaii, but I think Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา) was equally stunning.

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Duck fried with holy basil (กระเพราเป็ด)

Duck with basil (กระเพราเป็ด)

In addition to plates of roast duck, the owner also makes an outrageously delicious plate of gra pao bet (กระเพราเป็ด), duck stir fried with holy basil.

Using slices of roast duck, he stir fried it on a high flame heat with dark soy sauce, chilies and garlic, and finally a handful of holy basil.

It was awesome.

I wanted to buy an entire duck for takeaway and make it at home as well.

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Then, on to the noodles

Along with the meat heavy plates, you can also choose to order egg noodles or dumplings when you go to Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา).

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Dumplings and red pork (เกี๊ยวหมูแดง)

Dumplings and pork (เกี๊ยวหมูแดง)

We tried a couple bowls of their giew moo daeng (เกี๊ยวหมูแดง), dumplings, which I think were filled with a combination of minced pork and shrimp, topped with some more slices of char siu.

Price – 35 THB

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They have great dumplings too

While it didn’t come close to being as good as the plates of meat, merely because of what it was, it was also delicious, a very good bowl.

Everything was fresh, the soup was piping hot, and not overly salty. The dumplings made a nice addition to our meat feast.

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Ultimate crispiness

Here’s just one more shot of their moo krob (หมูกรอบ), crispified pork belly, because I couldn’t bare to not share this photo.

That’s a bite of pure pleasure.

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Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา) – Restaurant on the corner

Conclusion

I’m a lover of nearly every type of food around the world, but offer me a plate of roast duck, and as far as meats go, I will come running.

Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา), located in Bangkok’s Sam Yan market area, just down the road from a pretty good curry restaurant, serves up some of the best Chinese roast duck and pork in the city (at least it’s one of my favorite places).

The duck and pork are both crispy on the outside, smoky flavored, and succulent beyond belief.

There are dozens of restaurants that serve roast duck in Bangkok, but Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา) is truly one of my favorites.

Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา)

Address: 247-249 Soi Chula 11, Thanon Rama 4, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Phone number: 02-216-0866
Open hours: 8 am – 10 pm daily
Prices: I have to apologize, since I ate here with a group of friends and things were hectic, so I didn’t manage to get all the prices, but next time I go I’ll get all the prices. If you get a single plate of rice topped with duck it’s just 45 – 55 THB, but for the full plates of meat I think it’s around 200 THB – 300 THB or so – but I’m not totally sure.

ที่อยู่ 249 จุฬาซอย 6 พระราม 4 ปทุมวัน , กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330
โทร. 02-216-0866
เปิดบริการ ทุกวัน 800 – 22.00 น.

How to get there: Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา) is in Sam Yan, and you can either get there by taking a taxi, or take the MRT to Sam Yan station, exit toward Chamchuri Square, proceed to walk across Phaya Thai road, and then make a right on Chula 11.

For the map, scroll down until you see Soi 6 Pochana (ร้านซอย 6 โภชนา), and click it to highlight the position on the map.



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  • Linda

    5 months ago

    Hi Mark, this is a delayed post after a visit we made here in January 2017. It was really, really ordinary. We visited about 7pm and we were of only 2 tables. The roasted meats were average at best. Warmish, not crispy. I watched them slice it and it looked like they’d been hanging there all day. The duck and basil was probably the best dish but overall it was such a disappointing meal. I am a massive food researcher and we travel for food and this was by far the most ordinary meal we had in 10 days in Bangkok.

  • Suenbo

    10 months ago

    We have just eaten there on base of this blog :) and must say, the comment of Nicholas Chong says enough. Worst crispy pork and duck we ever tasted in Bangkok :( overall the food was cold and tasteless. Oure favorite is still the small restaurant called Suzy @ Soi Silom 20 for crispy pork! Overall the spots on Soi Silom 20 are pretty good on quality and price.

  • Nicholas Chong

    10 months ago

    I was there last sunday 15th Jan 2017. Met a friend for lunch there and when we arrived, our hearts sank the moment we saw the color of the ducks. We went in anyway because of the reviews. True enough, everything was disgusting. Dry ducks, Chewy tough pork belly, and the char siu, I would imagine be similar to chewy on leather. Perhaps when this article was written, it was good then, but to date, one can tell that they have been riding off Mark’s review and hoping for the best, all the while dropping their quality over time. Based on the pictures on this review, they looked alot better. But not anymore. A real shame that their standard has dropped.

  • Nuchy

    11 months ago

    Checked in today, very very delicious and valuabale price. I try the crispy noodle with thick gravy and krapow ped. THX you that suggest a good restaurant 🖒

    • Mark Wiens

      11 months ago

      Hey Nuchy, great to hear you made it here and that you enjoyed the food!

  • Silvestras

    11 months ago

    The location is correct, I was here today (Dec 2016). Roast duck is amazing, but you gotta eat it quick while it’s hot – tastes better then imho.
    The pork dumpling soup is amazing as well. I checked the prices, it’s 150 thb for roast duck plate, as well as 150 thb for mixed meat plate. The dumpling soup was 60 thb. In the first pages of their menu, they actually have your blog post Mark :)
    They have other stir fried dishes as well, mostly with pork but i saw some beef as well. Also noticed fried rice with crab (90 thb) and Tom Yum Kung.

    • Mark Wiens

      11 months ago

      Hey Silvestras, great to hear from you, glad you enjoyed the roast duck and thanks for the update!

  • sknew

    1 year ago

    I tried to find it on your map & was unsuccessful.

  • Victoria Shen

    2 years ago

    I’m not sure if it was the time of night (7:30pm) but the meat dishes we tried were AWFUL. The roast pork was dense and hard throughout, the duck was thoroughly soggy. We also got an order of dumpling soup which was actually pretty good but I think something may have changed over with this restaurant. :(

    • sknew

      1 year ago

      I’m thinking that a different business has claimed this name on Google Maps, which might explain a bad experience.

      It would be FANTASTIC if you could supply gps coordinates for places. They would be definitive.

  • Sang kyu

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark. I’m sitting at this restaurant downing my third krapow ped. Absolutely incredible! Thanks for this post!!!

  • Sang kyu

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark. I’m sitting at this restaurant downing my third krapow ped. Absolutely incredible! Thanks for this post!

  • Amy M

    2 years ago

    Literally just came to your site to look at pictures of crispy pork belly and roast duck.
    You know you miss proper thai food when you start to search it out haha

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Haha, thanks for checking it out Amy. Did you live in Thailand previously?

      • Amy M

        2 years ago

        Yup, from 2013 to 2014! xo

  • Kitti

    3 years ago

    This one is pretty good !!!

  • Vinod Ponnan

    3 years ago

    I really liked your piece on the duck and pork place at Soi 6 Pochana. I have had duck in hong kong, but never in Thailand. I will definitely try it out in april end when i am there.
    Your i usd menu for Thailand is also good. One concern i have about Thai street food is there is no way of knowing how spicy or hot some of the food is going to be unless you buy it ( from the exhibited carts) like the market next to MBK. How can you enjoy food if you have a fire down your mouth and throat , however good the food may be.
    You could probably do a piece on some thai phrases we can use to ask if it is hot or not, although a thai’s version of spicy might still fire your ass, anyway

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Vinod, thank you very much, and definitely on your next trip give this restaurant a try for good duck. Thanks for the feedback, I’ll keep that in mind, and maybe right a post about some key phrases. For the time being, if you say “mai phet” it will be less chili.