Awesome Thai Street Food & Japanese in Sukhumvit Soi 26 – Bangkok
Bangkok is famous for amazing Thai street food and generally awesome restaurants all around. The Thaifoodies team recently visited a Soi 26, a busy soi (like a side street) off busy Sukhumvit road to review one of Bangkok’s most famous cheap Thai street food noodle shops Rung Reung, a traditional Thai restaurant called Kanya Thai Food and to visit one of Babe’s favorite Japanese restaurants Hakata.
Just a 2 minute walk from popular shopping centers Emporium and Emquartier right off the Phrom Phong BTS station on Sukhumvit road is Sukhumvit soi 26. This very long and busy soi features restaurants, hotels, massage, and shopping galore.
Check out our video review below:
We visited Rung Reung noodle shop first to have a few bowls of their famous noodles. The eat-in area is the bottom floor of a shop house and features utilitarian chairs and tables topped with bottles of water, spoons and chopsticks. There is no AC in this restaurant but they do have fans blowing full blast to take a bit of the heat off. The menu is simple and in many languages with dishes costing between 50 – 70 Baht ($1.56-$2.20) you can eat in or take away. The shop is only open from 8:00 – 16:30 so be sure to hit it up for breakfast or lunch. The noodles are really tasty and cheap. This is a great place to have an inexpensive meal when in the Phrom Phong area in Bangkok.
Rung Rueng Pork Noodle
10/1-2 Sukhumvit Soi 26
Outside Rung Reung are a couple a small carts making a traditional Thai desserts - Thai crepes and Thai steamed rice dumplings. We bought a box of each of these delicate and tasty treats for only 30 Baht ($.94) each.
We stopped off quickly at a small traditional Thai restaurant next to Rung Rueng called Kanya Thai Food. This restaurant is small but thankfully has AC so we dropped in to sample a couple dishes while cooling off. We had Deep Fried Shrimp with Basil and Grilled Pork Neck each cost 120 Baht ($3.75). Both dishes were freshly prepared and tasty.
For our last stop we decided to visit Hakata which is located about a kilometer farther into soi 26 from the main road (Sukhumvit Road) and we decided to walk to burn off the two meals and snacks we had just consumed!
Hakata is a traditional Japanese restaurant that is super comfy with large booths and tables. The menu features all your favorite Japanese dishes. The ambiance is warm and the staff friendly and helpful. This is a great destination to enjoy a high quality family meal in Bangkok without hurting your budget.
Hakata is HIGHLY recommended by Babe who has been visiting this restaurant for 10 years for the Tempura Don! We had Ikura or salmon roe for 130 Baht net ($4.06) and Gyoza 120 Baht net ($3.75) followed by the absolutely incredible Tempura Don or prawn tempura for 300 Baht net ($9.38). WE LOVED this dish! It was one of the best prawn tempura I’ve had in my life and if you are in Bangkok you must visit Hakata for a memorable Japanese meal.
No74 Sukumvit26, Klongton, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 662 258 8351
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