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Three of Bangkok’s best Khao Man Gai + more. You can eat three meals with this.

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This is TKJ@Bangkok, tasting the delicious food of Bangkok.

Today, I’d like to write a report about my visit to several restaurants that serve the famous Khao Man Gai, one of the best Bangkok foods.

 

About Khao Man Gai

Khao Man Gai is commonly referred to as Hainanese chicken rice, a dish of boiled chicken and seasoned rice, served with chili sauce and usually garnished with cucumber. It was created by immigrants from Hainan Province in southern China and was inspired by a Hainanese dish called Wenchang chicken. It is considered to be one of the local dishes of Singapore and is most commonly associated with Singaporean cuisine, but it is also found in Malaysia where it has become a culinary staple.

 

Hainanese chicken rice is a common dish in Thailand and is called Khao Man Kai, which literally means “chicken fat rice. In Thailand, the chicken used for this dish is usually a free-range chicken of the local breed, the military chicken (Siamese) meat, which is derived from Thailand’s former national name, Siam. The lean meat makes for a tastier dish, but in recent years, meat chickens from large-scale poultry farms have been used, so Khao Man Gai in the purest sense of the word is also on the decline year by year.

Khao man kai is served with cucumbers, sometimes chicken blood curd and fresh cilantro garnish, and nam soup (chicken broth that often contains sliced radish). Accompanying sauces are almost always made with tau chu (also called yellow soybean paste), thick soy sauce, chili, ginger, garlic, and vinegar.

In Thai, “khao” means rice and “gai” means chicken.

 

Pink Pink Khao Man Gai

Pink Khao Man Gai

Now it’s time to introduce you to the carefully selected Khao Man Gai. First up is the Goan Khao Manggai Platinum, probably familiar to you from other blogs and such, with its pink concept color. In other blogs, the name of the restaurant was “Larn Gai Thong Pratunam,” but the signboard in the store had a different name, so I followed it in this blog.

Well, at first I thought I was going to get a pink Khao Man Gai, but it was only after the Khao Man Gai was served that I realized that the pink color was the concept of the restaurant and not the pink Khao Man Gai.

Khao man gai is 40 baht. Water is 10 baht, and you have to drink the bottled water, which seems to be their product, placed on the table beforehand if necessary. Ice is 2 baht.

 

Khao Man Gai Chicken

The chicken in the Khao Man Gai here is quite tender. As you can see in the picture, when you put half of the chicken on the spoon, the other half will drip out.

 

Tare on a spoon

The sauce is light and refreshing. If you are looking for a hearty meal, this may be a little too much for you. The Thai couple in front of us didn’t have any sauce at all.

 

Condiments and bottled water

If you want to season your food, there are seasonings on the table, so you may use them. As mentioned above, only bottled water is placed on the table beforehand for some reason.

 

Goan Khao Man Gai Platinum Menu

Pink Khao Man Gai Restaurant Menu

  • Khao man gai: 40 baht
  • Khao man gai with meat only: 60 baht (small), 120 baht (large)
  • Rice: 10 baht
  • Chicken liver: 60 Baht (small), 120 Baht (large)
  • Steamed pork: 60 Baht (small), 120 Baht (large)
  • Bitter gourd and pork bone soup: 50 Baht
  • Duck and mushroom soup: 60 baht
  • Chicken leg soup: 60 pesos

 

Pink Khao Man Gai Restaurant Menu

  • Chicken blood jelly: 20 Baht
  • Chicken soup and bones: 20 Baht
  • Cola: 10 Baht
  • Est: 10 baht
  • Sprite: 10 Baht
  • Splash: 12 Baht
  • Bottled water: 10 Baht
  • Ice: 2 baht

 

Pink Khao Man Gai Restaurant Menu

  • Honey Lemon Tea: 35 pesos
  • Thai milk tea: 25 pesos
  • Chrysanthemum tea: 25 pesos

 

Map and Directions

The nearest train stations are Chitlom or Siam. You can also get there from Ratchaprarop on the Airport Link.

 

Canal crossing Ratchadamri Road.

If you are coming from Chitlom or Siam station, go straight north on Ratchadamri Road and cross the bridge with the boat in the picture.

 

Intersection of Pechapuri Street

You will come to an intersection with Pechapuri Road, turn right.

 

Street lined with restaurants

I had read on blogs that if you walk straight after turning right, you can see the pinkish-pink atmosphere, but the pink light in the photo was just neon.

 

A clerk wearing a pink uniform.

I was expecting the exterior of the store to be pink, but the only thing pink was the uniforms of the waitresses.

 

A busy store.

The restaurant was as busy as the rumors said it would be.

 

Waiting time sign

Shifting the time zone does not matter in the tourist city of Bangkok. There was a 10-minute waiting period.

 

People waiting for take-out

There was even a slight queue for take-out.

 

Khao Man Gai at On Nut Tesco Lotus food court

Khao Man Gai at Tesco Lotus

The next place I will introduce is Khao Man Gai in the food court of a mall called Tesco Lotus located at the BTS On Nut station.

Don’t underestimate the importance of food courts. The food is one of the best I’ve ever had in Bangkok.

This time I had a mixed Khao Man Gai with boiled and fried chicken. While the volume of the rice was very satisfying, the chicken was not that tender, yet it had a lot of flavor. If you get a bad Khao Man Gai, it will be too soft and taste like raw meat, but this is not the case with this Khao Man Gai.

 

Khao Mangai condiments and sauce

You can add as much sauce as you like. There are two types: chili sauce and sesame sauce. I thought that something like sesame sauce would go well with it, but when I tasted it, I found that something like chili sauce was a surprisingly good match, which was a new discovery for me.

How to Order

The Khao Man Gai here is quite tricky, as it is in the food court, unlike the regular stores.

 

Cashier at the food court

Food court cards

The first step is to purchase a prepaid card at this cash card section. I thought it was in units of 100 baht, but I was able to purchase 60 baht worth, so even if you only use it once, you won’t waste any money.

 

Location of khao man gai store

Then I will head to this Khao Man Gai section. Think of it as just near the escalator.

 

Self-serve spoons and forks

There is a spoon and fork by the escalator, so I get them. Sterilize them in boiling water just in case.

 

Menu

Khao Man Gai Menu

The menu is simple: nine items.

  • Fried spicy minced chicken and rice: 60 Baht
  • Khao man gai: 45 baht
  • Fried chicken and rice: 50 Baht
  • Fried chicken and khao man gai mix with rice: 60 baht
  • Fried pork and rice: 50 Baht
  • Steamed chicken only: 100 Baht
  • Fried chicken only: 100 Baht
  • Rice: 15 Baht

 

Other Basic Information

 

Pi Chai Ngai Thong, near Hua Lamphong Station and Chinatown

Khao Man Gai at Pi Chai Gai Thong

There is also a restaurant in Chinatown that serves delicious Khao Man Gai. Pi Chai Gai Thong has been advertised in the media, and many Japanese people have come to this restaurant. The all-you-can-eat secret sauce in the photo is quite good. 50 baht per plate is reasonable.

【Other Basic Information】

  • Opening hours: irregular
  • Closest Station: Hua Lamphong Station
  • Phone Number: +66 2 238 3778
  • Facebook: facebook.com

For detailed directions, map, and menu, see this article.

Khao Man Gai restaurant in Chinatown, Bangkok with a friendly mom.

 

I’ve never been to this place, but it’s a hot topic.

Green Khao Man Gai

This is a khao man gai shop called Midori’s Khao Man Gai, which I found in my neighborhood when I looked up pink khao man gai on Google Maps.

I looked it up on the internet and found out that it is quite famous and the taste is not much different from the pink Khao Man Gai restaurant (laughs).

 

Other Basic Information

 

Relocated Khao Man Gai Restaurant

The restaurant is called Somjai, which was moved again after the famous restaurant Mongkolwattana moved.

 

Other Basic Information

 

Extra (special) edition

Although I don’t particularly recommend it, I would like to introduce here the Khao Man Gai I ate during my stay in Bangkok because Khao Man Gai itself is rarely out of line.

 

Food court in Hua Lamphong Station

Khao Man Gai restaurant at the station

There is a food court in Bangkok’s Huarampong train station, where I also had Khao Man Gai. The counter is the second one from the left in the row of stores, so it might be a little hard to find. You can add as much sauce as you like.

The entire food court adopts a voucher system, so you have to buy a voucher worth 40 baht at the cashier in advance.

 

Simple Khao Man Gai

The khao man gai itself was neither good nor bad. I’ll talk about how I regretted this Khao Man Gai a little bit later in another article.

 

Stores near Phrom Phong Station and JP Guesthouse

Local Food Street

Khao Man Gai at a local stall

This is a food stall near JP Guesthouse, a Japanese owned guesthouse. It is best to go at night, as it is not open during the day. Tender chicken is the specialty.

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