If you’re tired of touristy restaurant and food in Bangkok, then maybe you want to try out this place and satisfy your late night cravings like locals. Saengchai Pochana is one of the local restaurant which is famous and open until late night. Here you’ll have a wide variety of menus. Some are good, some are so-so, but most of them taste good. I keep coming back again and again after my first visit, so would like to share some of the menus which worth trying and some that you might want to think twice before you order.
Located in 762/5-7 Sukhumvit Road, it’s a 7-10 minutes walking distance from Thonglo BTS Station. And make sure you keep cash in your wallet before coming down here, since they don’t accept cards (local or overseas card), both credit and debit. The nearest ATM is quite faraway, so you might want to prepare the cash beforehand.
This place opens daily starting from 7PM up to 4AM. Yes, you see it right, open from 7PM and close at 4AM. I’ve tried to come down here between 8ish, 11ish and 1.30ish, and I would like to recommend you guys to come down here between 8ish and 11ish. Because after midnight, the place will pack up with lots of noisy customers who just finish their clubbing time and come here to have some hangover food and/or go for the second round. So when I came at 1.30ish, I see lots of people throwing up here and there while waiting for their food to come out, which is really unappetizing I must say.
This place is really famous among locals, and even there are a lot of local celebrities came by here to have their meal. They have like hundreds of picture of the celebrities along with the owner along the restaurant wall. I didn’t know a lot about Thai celebrities, but the picture nearest to my table is Peach Pachara, the local celebrities, who is also a son of the owner of the Central Group (largest department store chain in Thai).
Move on to the list of menu I’ve tried in this restaurant are listed as below.
Deep-fried Pigs Entrail
At first I was quite confused with the word “entrails” but judging from the image in the menu, I pretty sure that it’s a pork intestine, and since I’m a huge fan of any kinds of internal organs, I ordered it. I normally eat the grilled one when I lived in Seoul before, so this is the very first time I tried out a deep fried pork intestine. And, I would say this is super good! The dipping sauce is slightly a little bit too sweet for me, but since it taste good enough even without the dipping sauce, for you who think the dipping sauce is too sweet, you can just eat it without the sauce. It still taste super great~!
Deep Fried Chicken Basil
Chicken Basil has always been one of my favorite Thai menu. So, when I see the ‘deep fried’ chicken basil in the menu, I was so eager to try it out. Wondering will it taste as good as the normal chicken basil. Since most of the menu I eat in Saengchai Pochana taste great, I must say that this one is kind of a disappointment. I still prefer having the normal chicken basil to this one. It’s not that it taste not good, it taste okay, it’s just didn’t meet up to my expectation.
Pork Tom Yum Soup
Another trademark of Thai food is Tom Yum soup. And surprisingly tom yum taste quite good along with a glass of whisky-soda water. But not the tom yum soup in Saengchai Pochana, it taste too sour and not spicy enough. Maybe next time I should try the seafood tom yum though. =D
I don’t remember the full name of this menu, since I ordered it once I saw the picture in the menu. Clam has always been one of my seafood, along with crab, so this is one of the must try every time I found this menu in any restaurant. The one in Saengchai Pochana, did not disappoint me at all. The spiciness is good enough and the green vegetables inside mixed really well along with the clam and the sauce. I even dipped the deep fried chicken basil in this sauce and it taste wonderful!
This might be one of the most common menu in Thai Seafood, but Saengchai Pochana are able to bring it up to the next level. The crab roll is crispy on the outside and soft yet juicy on the inside (but still no one can beat the crab in Raan Jay Fai, that’s god level). And the dipping sauce is slightly sweet and spicy just like how I imagined a Thai dipping sauce would be. This one is also one of the worth try menu in this restaurant. =D
So what are you waiting for? If you want to dine like locals, then go down to this place and have a taste of the food~!
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