Burmese Street Food in Bangkok with a Touch of Motherly Love

By Mark Wiens 39 Comments
Bangkok's Phra Khanong
Burmese Street Food in Bangkok

In my mind, the exploration of street food is one of the best way’s to put yourself into an opportunity to have a spontaneous travel experience.

One of the reasons I just can’t get enough of Bangkok is that it’s a never ending city with infinite neighborhood streets…

… and the streets are filled with not only delicious Thai street food but also a broad range of international street food.

Burmese street food
Burmese Restaurant in Bangkok

One day as I was exploring the tangled market walkways of Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district, I noticed a number of stalls selling Burmese products and all signs were written in Burmese.

My Food Mind

Now let me tell you that I sometimes have an over obsession with cuisine, so when I noticed Burmese signs, I had no idea what they read, but I thought “food.”

Lo and behold, where there are people, there will be food – that’s the way human’s function!

Burmese food in Bangkok
Delicious Burmese Food

Just a few moments later, I was sitting on the folding chair and tables provided and contemplating what scrumptious Burmese dishes to order.

I had spent a few weeks in Yangon months before, so I knew a few Burmese foods and that’s about it.

Luckily Mona, the owner of the restaurant was ready, willing and super excited that we had stopped by to get a taste of her Burmese street food cooking in Bangkok!

After mentioning that we were interested in eating Laphet Thohk (a Burmese tea leaf salad), she took motherly care in the preparation of the other dishes – just like Mama Chapati in Tanzania.

Bangkok Burmese Street Food
Mona's Restaurant in Bangkok

Of all my previous street food endeavors, I have never had a vendor take so much care in making a dish look so perfect so I could take a photo of it.

I first took a photo and then Mona came running over saying “wait, wait, wait.” She proceeded to sprinkle the dishes perfectly with cilantro and add just the right amount of chili and other condiments.

She really took pride in her Burmese street food – I loved seeing that!

Burmese street food
Khao Swè Thohk

Along with mohinga (click link to watch a video), the restaurant is a popular spot to eat Khao Swè Thohk, a dish of mixed noodles covered in a tomatoey sauce and garnished with slices of chicken, peanuts, pickled cabbage and chilies.

It was mouthwatering fantastic, Burmese street food that radiated with motherly food love.

Burmese Tofu Salad
Burmese Tohpu Thohk Salad

Not knowing what else to order, Mona escorted me into the kitchen and presented a huge platter of vibrantly yellow something.

I did remember eating it in Burma, and though it’s known as “tofu,” it tasted a little more like mozzarella cheese than the Chinese style tofu I grew up eating.

Mona explained to me that this variation of tofu is actually made from ground daal (yellow lentils), giving it a hearty starch. When  chopped up and made into a salad, the Tohpu Thohk was outstanding, so amazingly tasty!

Burmese Tea Leaf Salad
Lahpet Thohk

I wasn’t going to ever leave a Burmese street food restaurants without a plate of Lahpet Thohk, a mixed Burmese salad made with pickled tea leaves.

Along with the pickled tea leaves, Mona added cabbage, sliced tomatoes, a handful of fried chickpeas and a generous amount of sliced red chillies and garlic.

The combination was spectacular, perhaps the best Lahpet Thohk I’ve ever experienced.

The Burmese meal was outstanding, the ambiance was fantastic, and the motherly love of Mona’s cooking could be felt with every single bite of her food!

Looking for Burmese street food in Bangkok?

Mona’s restaurant is actually not on the map, I tried to locate it on Google Maps with not much luck, so I just added it to the map about where I think the location is.

Just start walking through the clothing section of Phra Khanong Market and you’ll eventually comes to a small Burmese section. This Burmese street food restaurant is located right in the midst of all the clothing, kind of at the market crossroads.

I know this isn’t that clear, but part of the fun is the exploration, right?


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Have fun!

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  • Bradley Campagnac

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark are there any non veg Burmese resturants in central Bangkok?

  • Claire

    3 years ago

    I found Mona’s yesterday in the market and had a great meal! Thank you for posting these directions. We asked no less than 20 people (none of whom had any idea) and eventually found it in the midst of the clothing section. It was wonderful and I’m hoping to go back before leaving Bangkok.

  • Nazneen Salahuddin

    4 years ago

    I am going to Bangkok next week. I love Burmese food as my mothers family have roots there. Where can I buy and eat Burmese food

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Nazneen, glad you’ll be coming to Bangkok. This is one of my favorite spots, and if you walk around the Phra Khanong market, you’ll find Burmese community.

  • Elle Kyu

    4 years ago

    Now I am at Bangkok and craving my local foods. I miss my country foods when I see the pictures. Laphat Thok is my favourite one. Thank you for posting and sharing this.

  • garen

    5 years ago

    Anyone know if this stand still is at this location?

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Garen, I haven’t been there in a while, but as far as I know, it’s still there.

    • Nina

      1 year ago

      I just went yesterday and it’s still there! 🙂

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  • SN

    7 years ago

    Thank you so much for info of Burmese food in BKK. I went to BKK many times: but could not figure out where to find them.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      No problem SN. This place if motherly and serves great market style Burmese food – and it’s delicious. Let me know if you go there!

  • Aidan

    7 years ago

    Brilliant Mark! We visited here over the weekend and tried everything you suggested (isnt Laphet Thohk incredible!) and for that half an hour we could have been sitting in a back street downtown Yangon….great experience! Thanks for sharing

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      No problem Aidan – it really is just like being back in Yangon! Did you have any trouble finding it?

      • Aidan

        7 years ago

        No problem. Heading east on Sukhumvit, cross Soi 71, under the walkway and first left. Its at the end of that alley. Doesnt look like a restaurant (only one table?) but they will make you very welcome

  • Bethaney Davies

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I was just about to put a post on the LP Thorntree asking where I could find some Burmese food in Bangkok! I had read an article about restaurants being clustered around ABAC University too. Definitely going to give your lady a try. Maybe I should print out a picture of her and the sign so I can ask for directions?

    We have ONE Burmese restaurant back home in NZ and it is ridiculously expensive and impossible to get a table at. I’ve been hanging out for some Burmese food since I was there in 2009.

    Bethaney

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Great to hear that Bethaney! I’m out of the country right now, but otherwise I may have been able to show you there. Get to the Phra Khanong market and then just ask from there – you’ll find it! Let me know how it goes!

  • aaron

    7 years ago

    oh my god! u’re awesome markk!
    even tough I’m a burmese student in Bangkok, I dun know dat street food. I’ll definitely go and eat there! cool man! keep it up!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Aaron, yes, I’d really recommend this place. If you can’t find it exactly, just ask a few people around the Phra Khanong market and they’ll point you in the right direction. Let me know how it is!

  • Stephen

    8 years ago

    I was happy to stumble upon a Burmese cafe in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna, China. Where there are Burmese Jade Dealers, there will be Burmese food!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Cool to hear that Stephen – Did you eat there? How was the food?

  • Bama

    8 years ago

    Mark, I just went to Yangon last week and I like Mohinga very much! I still can’t figure out how they say it in local language though, because for me it sounds like mo-he-waa..But anyway, I simply love the combination of rice noodle, fish gravy and everything else in it.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Great to hear this Bama, cool that you had a good time and enjoyed Mohinga! My mouth is watering right now – thanks for sharing!

  • TheWorldOrBust

    8 years ago

    Damn, that’s looks like some serious gourmet stuff!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      It was really tasty – simple and delicious!

  • Scott – Quirky Travel Guy

    8 years ago

    I wish that much care went into every dish, everywhere we eat!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Haha, yes, Asian’s really have a special culinary touch!

  • Thuza

    8 years ago

    If you love to take Myanmar food, there are several food shops around ABAC University. There is one of the Myanmar communities in Bangkok. You can find food, things, etc. Please come and try.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Cool, thanks for sharing Thuza, I’ll try to stop by when I’m in the area next time!

    • aungkyitun

      4 years ago

      ok .i come to this location.

  • tunimaal

    8 years ago

    It seems so delicious. As we say here in Japan: OISHII DESUNE (delicious isn’t it)….. Would lov to try it

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      It was really really delicious! Thanks, I’ll remember Oishi Desune!

  • sully86

    8 years ago

    mark: i almost lick the screen of my laptop… Anyways awesome pictures