VIDEO: Eating Thai Chicken Rice in Bangkok’s Pratunam District

By Mark Wiens 19 Comments

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Thai Chicken Rice
Thai Chicken Rice

Hainanese chicken rice is basically boiled chicken served over fragrant rice that is cooked in chicken broth and chicken fat.

In Thailand, chicken rice is known as Khao Man Gai ข้าวมันไก่.

In this video I dine at a popular Bangkok street food restaurant that’s famous for Thai chicken rice in the Pratunam area of town.

It’s alright.

Not the dish I most enjoy eating in Thailand… but it is comforting and easy on the

stomach.

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  • Stephen

    8 years ago

    A plain dish as you say, but it is just the thing if you have had a heavy night on the drink and want something to settle the stomach. I wouldn’t eat it every day but I certainly enjoy a plate of khao man gai for breakfast.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Stephen, it does make a calm and pleasant breakfast!

  • AThaiHouston

    9 years ago

    I actually love this dish its great comfort food. These pictures are great. Fascinating site keep up with the good work!

  • Arti

    9 years ago

    The video gave the post the soul! Really impressed with your skills, it looks perfect.
    Wish you a wonderful sunday Mark:)

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thanks a lot for watching the video Arti! Hope you have a great day as well.

  • Krystina Marie Price

    9 years ago

    Very cool video Mark. Short overview of street was a nice touch. Good angle. Loved seeing you live, those big brown eyes and beautiful hands…

    I could almost smell the broth. Wished I was there sitting right across from you with my own bowels. The chili that was mentioned here made me miss Bangkok more than I already do… Fingers crossed, I’ll be back this summer as planned, and following up on your suggestions.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thank you for watching Krystina! I’m just getting started in all these video so I really appreciate your feedback. Hope you can make it back to Bangkok to get some more wonderful street food!

  • Nate @yomadic

    9 years ago

    I’m a massive hainese chicken rice fan, but never thought to have one in Bangkok (and I always stay in Pratunam as well!). I guess it’s like what you said – there are better options available in Thai cuisine.

    Still, I’m going to have Khao Man Gai next time I’m in BKK.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Cool Nate. It’s not the most flavorful Thai dish, but once in a while it’s not bad! Definitely check this restaurant out (I’ll be writing the actual review on http://eatingthaifood.com), and there are quite a few more in the Pratunam area.

  • sully86

    9 years ago

    mark: malaysian folks love their chicken rice too. Seem to bea generic version that the one that we have here.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Yup, very popular in Malaysia and really good!

  • Phil

    9 years ago

    One of my fav things to eat in Asia, I often find this dish very healthy and low in fat and when the chilli sauce is poured all over the rice and chicken, its heaven! I wish I was at this location feasting on khao mun gai but alas no.

    Your blog is amazing btw. Stumbled across when I was goggling pics of gung ob woon sen which is another dish I crave.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thanks Phil! Yah, I actually haven’t eaten goong ob woon sen in a while, sounds good! Glad to hear you also enjoy Thai food!

  • Sebastiaan Stokmans

    9 years ago

    It’s not the most flavorful of dishes, I agree.I used to eat it for breakfast around Sukumvit 93, Soi 36 in an alleyway restaurant, they only served in the morning in the weekends. (3 years ago, not sure if they still do)
    What I miss in this shot is the Thai garlic and small green chill’s on the side, you must have tried that combination as well I guess, that gives the freshness and kick of the dish to me.
    Keep up the good eating!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thanks Sebastiaan. Yah, I also enjoy the garlic and chillies raw, but come to think of it, this restaurant didn’t have any… Would have made it much better. Thanks for watching this video!

  • Eric B. Mahinay

    9 years ago

    That’s pretty common and the cheapest Thai food, I guess. My fave Thai food is Pad Kha Pao Gai..not sure of the spelling but I just simply love it so as the crispy fried fish too.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Hey Eric, yup, probably the most basic Thai dishes – and it all has to do with the sauce if it’s any good. Pad gra pao is a wonderful dish!