Much More Than Your Average Thai Curry Stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown

By Mark Wiens 28 Comments
Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย)
Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย)

It’s 4 pm.

Down a side soi in Yaowarat, just off Charoen Krung, there are already a few hungry men waiting. They may have even brought their own chairs (I can’t verify this, but it looked like it).

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย), a serious Bangkok street food stall, is beginning to unfold down the sidewalk.

They serve the branch of Thai food known as khao gaeng (rice and curry).

The curry, barely out of the kitchen and ready to be served
The curry, barely out of the kitchen and ready to be served

This is the Somsak Boo Op (สมศักดิ์ ปูอบ) of Thai curry; They use high quality ingredients, don’t skimp on anything, and deliver incredible Thai food. Not to mention, they just have skills in the kitchen, street kitchen that is.

Kaeng kari moo (แกงกะหรี่หมู)
Kaeng kari moo (แกงกะหรี่หมู)

One of the most famous Thai dishes at Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย) is kaeng kari moo (แกงกะหรี่หมู), a yellow creamy coconut-ty curry with pork.

Upon ordering, the staff ask if you’d like that garnished with slices of fatty roasted Chinese sausage, to which your reply should be an obvious “yes.”

I also got a few pieces of glazed seekong moo ob (pork ribs ซี่โครงหมูอบ) on top of the curry.

First plate was good, really good in fact. Kaeng kari moo (แกงกะหรี่หมู), prepared Bangkok style, is not a southern Thai food power of spice. Instead it’s quite mild, yet super rich, creamy, and spiced just enough to make it very tasty.

And those pork ribs… wow… those were something to rave about. So I had to order more, but a bit later.

Serious eating goes down
Serious eating goes down

They call Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย) the curry musical chairs, because if you go at a peak hour, you have to pounce onto an empty plastic chair as soon as someone stands up.

Pad boo (stir fried crab  ผัดปู) with a kai paloe (stewed egg ไข่พะโล้)
Pad boo (stir fried crab ผัดปู) with a kai paloe (stewed egg ไข่พะโล้)

I couldn’t stop at one plate, so for the next plate I got pad boo (stir fried crab ผัดปู) with a kai paloe (stewed egg ไข่พะโล้) on the side.

A scoop of de-shelled crab meat stir fried with chili, soy sauce, and a bit of fungus, over a plate of rice is something to rejoice about, and it was equally marvelous.

Seekong moo ob (pork ribs ซี่โครงหมูอบ)
Seekong moo ob (pork ribs ซี่โครงหมูอบ)

But I was still craving some more seekong moo ob (pork ribs ซี่โครงหมูอบ). So halfway through the crab, the owner kindly dished me out another helping, after I requested.

The ribs were stacked with juicy flavor, kind of a sweet and spicy tangy glaze. The kind that makes you want to lick the bone and then lick your fingers, and then lick the bottom of the plate.

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย) - one of the best street food stalls in Bangkok
Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย) – one of the best street food stalls in Bangkok

The next thing you should do, is watch the video (below) so you can see the atmosphere of the restaurant and the food (up close). Press play now…

Thank you for watching. You can also see it on YouTube here.

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย)

Open hours: 4 pm – 9 pm everyday except Monday, but they might sell out before 9 pm, so it’s best to arrive just as they open when the food is fresh
Prices: 60 Thai Baht per plate, it’s a bit more expensive than many other curry stalls in Bangkok, partly becuase it’s in Chinatown, and partly because they use high quality ingredients and maintain good quality
How to get there: Located in Bangkok Chinatown (video), at the corner of Charoen Krung and Mangkon

ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย)
ซอยมังกร ถนนเจริญกรุง แขวงสัมพันธวงศ์ เขตสัมพันธวงศ์
โทร. 02-222-5229
เปิด อังคาร – อาทิตย์ เวลา 16.00 – 21.00 น.
ข้าวราดแกงกะหรี่หมู + ซี่โครงหมูอบ + กุนเชียง 60 บาท
ข้าวราดไข่พะโล้ + ผัดปู + ซี่โครงหมูอบ 60 บาท



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  • Kendra

    5 months ago

    I’m spending a month in Bangkok, and although I haven’t made it to as many of your recommended restaurants as I would like I have been here twice. It is so delicious and unbelievably inexpensive even by Bangkok standards. I actually really liked the beef curry and the Penang pork as well. Really hoping they have crab the next time I’m there!

  • mark

    2 years ago

    hi Mark
    is there any place i should not eat as i dont want to get sick while im there
    cheers

  • Marc Mitlewski

    2 years ago

    Hey Mark, I´ve eating here a couple of times during my last visit in BKK and yes, the ribs are amazing! Just wondered where they sell there food inhouse on mondays as you mentioned in your 2weeksinbangkok-ebook? further down which road?number,adress?

    Thanks for your work and research, it helps so much finding the most yummy food!
    Marc

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Marc, thank you, glad you enjoy this place. You walk about 20 more meters down the road, then turn left, and in the afternoon you should see some tables set up where they sell food for takeaway. I’m not sure of the exact address though, but they are easy to find just down the same road. Enjoy!

  • Amanda

    3 years ago

    Was so excited to go here after reading this, it was at the top of my list. But they weren’t open, despite it only being 5pm on a Saturday. A lady told me they’d be in the next day. Devastated!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Amanda, so sorry to hear they were closed. Hope you found some good food.

  • ken

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Is this the lane where the Tesco Lotus is located?

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hey Ken, I don’t think so, are you talking about the tesco right off Yaowarat Road? This restaurant is on the other side of Charoen Krung, just inside the soi at Charoen Krung and Mangkon. I think the map got messed up, but here’s the map link: https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211508968387771851914.0004b7c1ee5c4f7b908df&msa=0&ll=13.743168,100.508637&spn=0.001678,0.002411

      • ken

        3 years ago

        Hi Mark,

        Thanks for your fast reply.

        I know where it is now. It’s on the right hand side of Charoen Krung Road. On the left side, along Mangkon road, there’s a Tesco Lotus.

        The last two trips back, wanted to go Talat Phlu and try the seafood but didn’t managed to as it rained. I was stuck at The Mall Talat Phlu.

        Is Wong Wian Yai worth a visit? I went there the last trip but couldn’t find the train station. Only saw many shops selling fashion related accessories like zippers, shoe sole, etc.

        Btw, are you living in BKK?

        • Mark Wiens

          3 years ago

          You’re welcome Ken! Yup that’s right, on the other side of Charoen Krung. I personally like browsing the Wong Wian Yai wet market, it’s more relaxed than Klong Toey. I haven’t been to too many restaurants in the area, but there’s this amazing place for goong ob woon sen (http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2013/07/thai-seafood-somsak-pu-ob-bangkok/). Yes, I’m living in Bangkok, my wife is Thai! How often do you come to Thailand?

          • ken

            3 years ago

            Hi Mark,

            Guess I got to have a map with me the next time I go over to Wong Wian Yai side. Quite like that place as it’s more of a reflection of Thai way of life. Heard there’s many nice places along Talat Phlu side too.

            Is Wong Wian Yai wet market anywhere near to the train station? And are there anything worth exploring near to the statue (is it King Mongkut?)?

            And managed to explore this school area which is after crossing the bridge over Chao Phraya at the flower market. There’s a Big C there.

            Usually go BKK two to three times a year.

            By the way, is it too hot to visit Ayuthaya this month? Heard it’s HOT.

          • Mark Wiens

            3 years ago

            Hey Ken, yah, I love those areas too. I’ve been to Talat Phlu quite a few times, a really good evening restaurant there is Khao Tom Hua Pla (http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2011/05/khao-tom-hua-pla-restaurant/). Haven’t done too much around Wong Wian Yai other than the wet market.

            As for Ayutthaya, I think it will be hot, but wear a hat and and drink water – you’ll be fine!

  • Rakhal

    4 years ago

    Finally got to try this place last night and it was delicious!! I had the Penang Moo, Sekong Moo Ob, and Pad Poo, all were very good. It makes such a difference when you find a khao gaeng place that uses quality ingredients and obviously takes pride in their food.

  • Hee Chan

    4 years ago

    Hey Mark,

    first of all, I am a big fan of your Youtube videos!! Love all the food you’re having!!
    I’m heading to Thailand in Jan ’14 and I wondered how do you get to know the names of the dishes. I presume everything is written in Thai. I want to make a personal food journal of my trip to Asia.

    Thanks!

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Hee, good to hear from you and glad you’ll be coming to Thailand soon. In touristy areas, foods are normally written in English. In local area, like this, you either just have to know the names of the dishes or just pointing to them works pretty well too! All the best for you upcoming food trip!

  • Kitti

    4 years ago

    It’s quite expensive for Thai street food.

  • Trent @ Food Assault

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark, these street stall restaurants is one of the things it miss most when living in Thailand. I love sitting at a communal table and chatting with people you’ve just met, they trying their English and I my Thai while tasting a great curry or multiple.

    Something I really wish we had here in Australia…….unfortunately most developed western countries just won’t allow it. I’m eager for our next trip back to LOS.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Trent, great to hear from you. I agree with you, it’s a joy about being in Thailand, or other places as well. When are you coming back?

      • Trent @ Food Assault

        4 years ago

        Hey Mark, unfortunately not until November next year. Would love to catch up with you and Dwight for a feast at your favourites if you’re not too busy :)

  • SY

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    wow… that’s soooo tasty! I don’t speak Thai, can I order by just pointing what I want? Can I get by using English or any alternate dialect?
    great vid and photos.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey SY, thank you for checking this out. Yes you should be able to order without speaking, just pointing should work fine! Enjoy!

  • Frans

    4 years ago

    Beauuutiful pics!