Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam: Hainanese chicken rice (or khao man gai in Thai) might not originate from the Land of Smiles – it hails from the Chinese island Hainan – but it’s been taken in and adapted as their own. It’s difficult to visit any street food market across the land without finding at least one vendor selling the deceivingly simple dish.
A heap of jasmine rice cooked in oily chicken stock is topped with roughly chopped poached chicken and served with a bowl of chicken stock soup. The whole thing is tied together with a zingy sauce made from chilies, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and lime juice.
For the best khao man gai in Bangkok, head to join the long queue at Go-Ang Kaomunai Pratunam in the heart of the capital’s shopping district. You don’t need to take our word for it though – Michelin awarded the tiny eatery their Bib Gourmand in 2018 guide.
Don’t be put off by the line, tables are flipped quickly, and you’ll rarely wait longer than 10 minutes for a seat.
Go-Ang Kaomunai Pratunam has perfected their khao man gai over more than four decades. A plate of their classic dish costs around 40 baht. Their rice is fluffy and slightly oily (as it should be with khao man gai), the poached chicken is moist, and the cucumber garnish adds crunch. But it’s the dipping sauce that’s the star of the show – spicy, with a kick of ginger and spike of Chinese black vinegar. The warm chicken stock soup is seasoned well.
If you’re feeling hungry, you can bulk out the meal with Go-Ang Kaomunai Pratunam’s Chinese spring rolls, chicken or pork peanut satay and boiled chicken livers.
Prices: $ - It maybe one of the most famous places to eat khao man gai, but they’ve kept their prices low. A plate of their classic dish starts form 40 baht (around US $1.30)
Address: Go-Ang Kaomunai Pratunam, 960-962 Phetchaburi Road, Ratchathewi, 10400
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday - 6am–2pm, 5pm–2am