Walk down Siam Square Soi 5 any night of the week and you are likely to see a gathering of the young, hip and scantily dressed uniformed Chula students waiting outside a restaurant, heavily sand-bagged though it is, just to get a rickety wooden table at Somtam Nua’s, the overly sweetened Issan eatery catering to post-modern palates adorning all things sweet. But if sweet is what you’re seeking you’d be better off to head right next door to the highly underrated Yingdeaw Homemade, a coffee, tea and sweet cafe of relaxing decor.
Yingdeaw is actually owned by Somtam Nua, but has a different concept: washed out cupboards in a rural kitchen offering mainly desserts. The place feels quaint more than kitsch, though there are plenty of plates, wreathes, lavender bundles and doodads. In other words, this place sets the perfect background for peace-sign photo shoots to post on Facebook, aka cash.
And while it doesn’t have couches, Yingdeaw does have free WiFi and decent coffee, meeting two of KohSpot’s three hangout criteria (its missing swag).
The eatery makes some pretty delectable sweets too, provided you stay away from their cheesecake. Yingdeaw’s strength ischocolate dishes, such as its version of the ubiquitous chocolate lava cake: chocolate sauce mixed with homemade raspberry jam inside the cake, served warm with cookie ice cream (135 baht). If that’s not your style, rocky road brownie with ice cream (115 baht) or Belgian chocolate fudge cake (90 baht) should sort you out, followed by Three Ladies: three layers of chocolate mousse (white, milk and dark) topped with fresh strawberries (98 baht).
Yingdeaw also does smoothies, and their berry (85 baht) includes cranberry along with blueberry, raspberry and black currant, adding a tart zing. The shop also has just the right vibe for students or conversations, playing their jazz and oldies softly, though the full-blast air conditioning could be toned down.
Next time you’re hungry in Siam Square, stop by this place and tell KohSpot we’re not crazy.
Location: Siam Square Soi 5, just past Somtam Nua, from Rama I Road walk most of the way down the soi before hitting Yingdeaw Homemade on your left before the first cross-street.
Mass transit: BTS Siam
Hours: Monday-Friday noon-9 pm, weekends 11 am-9 pm