Vanishing Vegetarian: Silom Soi Convent’s Hidden Street Food À la Carte Stand

By Mark Wiens 6 Comments
The Cinderella of Street Food Vegetarian Stands
The Cinderella of Street Food Vegetarian Stands

This place must be a secret. I don’t know how you would know about it any other way. You would have had to have gone there to know how to find it because we haven’t seen it anywhere on the web and the signs to lead you this place are pretty bad. To make matters worse there are even obstacles (i.e. super popular and meat filled street food stands along the way) to overcome if you’re not a confident vegetarian. To summarize, it’s a trek deep in a small street that you may make while hungry and will need to pretend to be ignorant to some serious lunchtime munching stalls that are sure to tempt you along the way. Not an adventure for the weak.

The confident smile of vendor who will sale all her food during lunch
The confident smile of vendor who will sale all her food during lunch.

That’s right, this is the Cinderella of vegetarian Thai street food places. Like many food stalls in Silom’s business districts if you show up for a late lunch the place may have already vanished! Also, like many Silom street eateries, it doesn’t help to tell you the name of the restaurant (Tai Sin) as we’re sure even regulars don’t know. What you can expect is a brief lunch period where the woman above appears in front of an old house with tons of curries and typical Thai dishes that have been made with tofu or mushrooms instead of meat.

A la Carte: Vegetarian Mushroom Larb, Spicy Yellow Tofu Curry or Both!
A la Carte: Vegetarian Mushroom Larb, Spicy Yellow Tofu Curry or Both!

You can pick a two item plate for 30 THB or $1. I was a big spender with the 3 item plate which costs 45THB. This place is cheap and tasty. Would be better with some brown rice, but if you’re in the area and you want some good flavors with even some deep fried options, then I recommend this stand. You can go crazy here and won’t be able to spend much over $2. Just don’t show up too long after the lunch hour, because the closer you come to 1pm, the more likely it will be that the food has sold out and the chummy seller has begun her packing up rituals.

A full plate of tasty, cheap vegetarian Thai food
A full plate of tasty, cheap vegetarian Thai food.

My Plate Clockwise (with my sketchy English translations): Spicy curry with morning glory (ผักบุ้งผัดพริกแกง), a spicier yellow curry with coconut shoots (ยอดมะพร้าวผัดพริก), and mild banana leaf curry (ต้มข่าหัวปลี).

To find this vegetarian you place (and you gotta really want to) use our map to lead you to into Soi Convent (closest to BTS Sala Daeng) and then into Soi Pipat 2. You will know you’re on the right track to the vegetarian stand if you see a sign for ‘Sam’s fish and chips’ or smell a stack of grilled meat at the front of the even smaller soi. Stay focused! Walk into the soi and look to your right you’ll find food waiting—or not!

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  • Manfred @ Renegade Travels

    4 years ago

    You might also enjoy these other vegetarian restaurants I found in Silom. 11 in total, including the one above. The one above is mostly for local office workers which i think why it doesn’t get advertised. I found it about 2-3 year ago, as I lived around the corner and just spotted the sign one lunch time. But I’d walk down that streets lots of time later in the day and had no idea it was there. The sign and stall only appear at lunch time, so you’d never if you walked passed another time of day. I think a permanent sign would be helpful. Anyway, here’s the link to those 11 veggie places I found… http://www.renegadetravels.com/vegetarian-restaurants-silom-bangkok/

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Manfred, thank you for sharing, nice article!

  • Nadir K

    6 years ago

    My name is Nadir and I am a producer with BBC Worldwide.

    At present my team and I are researching for a potential show on “Endangered Dishes of Asia”. The idea is to find dishes/recipes that are on the brink of extinction and only a select few or “A” particular restaurant/joint/eatery are able to prepare an almost extinct dish (e.g. Berry Biryani of Mumbai or Sufiyana Biryani of Hyderabad)

    We are currently facing some difficulty in finding dishes/recipes/foods from various Asian countries (barring India). The internet is proving to be of virtually no help in this matter, considering that we really need to get down to grass-root level, if we plan to find anything substantial. I was wondering if you could help us out with some leads or know of any professionals/experts on this particular subject who might be able to aid us in our research.

    I would really appreciate it if you could provide any information.

    Thank you so much
    Nadir

    PS – Please do get in touch with me on [email protected]

  • Pooja Kishnani

    6 years ago

    this line cracked me up “To make matters worse there are even obstacles (i.e. super popular and meat filled street food stands along the way) to overcome if you’re not a confident vegetarian. ” haha :) well you made it through!

    • Dwight Turner

      6 years ago

      All thanks to you! Really appreciate you taking us to lunch here. Talk to you soon.