Whenever we are hanging out in Ekamai, the weirder younger brother of Thong Lor, we tend to gravitate toward the repeating of events such as getting hammered at Nung Len or walking 5 feet and getting hammered at Escobar. A wise man once told us that ‘old habits die hard’. We were too drunk to listen. With new generic mini-malls, bland wine bars and fast food chains being a central competent to Ekamai development we are pleased to see that Baan Tawan Gai Yang is keeping its Isaan roots firmly planted on this Soi and thus offering a nice alternative to the mid-so routine so common in this part of Bangkok.
Baan Tawan Gai Yang won’t win any awards for interior decoration or ambenience. The TVs are extremely distracting, the fans push hot air onto your already sweaty face and the stifling traffic and exhaust absorbs most of the view. It’s open air. It’s hot. It’s perfect. Service is competent and satisfactory sans the cheerful beer girls who spend most of the time either pushing products that you don’t want, fixing their hair or playing angry birds on their phones. These girls represent the generation that will soon be running the country.
Thai Families, sexpats, expats, ballers, blue collar workers and theUS Ambassador to Thailand make up the customer base at Baan Tawan Gai Yang. Everyone has come here for one reason – to stuff their faces with delicious Thai food at reasonable prices. Let’s start with the basics: gai yang (grilled chicken), Khao Neow (sticky rice) and soma tam (shredded unripened papaya salad). Bann Tawan Gai Yang nails all three Isaan staples. The home made Jaew (dried chilli dipping sauce) and nam jim kai (sweet and sour dipping sauce) are used to highlight not drown the grilled chicken. The combination of homemade sauces and perfectly grilled chicken is the best we have ever had in Bangkok. Baan Tawan Gai Yang is different than other Thai restaurants in the capital who water down their dishes for foreigner palates so naturally the som tam comes out spicier than a romance novel. Other sure bets are the grilled beef, Fish and Prawn cakes and mekong cat fish with peppers and chilli.
Baan Tawan Gai Yang does the staples and does them right.
Baan Tawan Gai Yang
Location: Ekamai Soi 1 (on the corner)
Mass Transit: BTS Ekamai
Hours: 10am-midnight daily