I have a confession to make. I am in love with food. I am a hard-core food fanatic.
This was one of the reasons I was giddy with happiness when I learned that I will be sent to Bangkok, Thailand for a workshop. I've heard so much about Thai food that I just have to see for myself what it is all about.
Ironically, the best meal I have ever had in Bangkok was dished out by a (pseudo) Chinese restaurant. T&K Seafood Restaurant is found on a busy corner in downtown Chinatown. It is not very difficult to miss, because the whole of Thailand eats there. Tables and chairs spill down the lengths of the street, never mind the errant taxi drivers and the dangers of getting hit. What matters is the food.
Busy street=Good Food
We did not plan to eat there, really. We just chanced upon an english-speaking taxi driver who told us that we should eat there. Now I have always trusted taxi drivers; in fact, here in Manila, I like eating at hole in the walls teeming with all sorts of drivers. That's my indicator that the food is cheap but good.
Anyway, the food is indeed cheap here. The place leans a little bit on the dingy side. Every table and chair in the makeshift restaurant extension found in the street was full, so we were directed to go inside the (real) restaurant. It was full, so we were told to go up. We climbed three (dirty) flights of stairs until we found an empty table. Yes, it is THAT FULL.
Do not be intimated by the dirty dishes =p (Promise, it's worth it)
And rightly so.
The food was amazing. I have always liked spicy food and this is no exception. We got a whole steamed fish for less than 200+ Baht, a plateful of fried rice for less than 100+, a magnificent vegetable dish (a must-try, except I forgot to take a picture) and a panful of steamed mussels (75 Baht). If my Mathematics served me right, we spent about 500+ Baht for the meal, including tip.
I always get dizzy when I'm hungry. In this food trip, I got dizzy because I was full. That was a pleasant surprise every Thai and tourist must get.
Eat where the locals eat, that way you are assured of great food. To go to T&K Seafood Restaurant, call them (check picture with the numbers), or have your hotel receptionist write this address down in Thai and show it to your cab driver:
T&K Seafood Restaurant49-51, Phadungdao Rd, Samphanthawong, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, 10100