The Place My go to Thai restaurant whenever I am in Bangkok is Khua Kling Pak Sod, even before it received the Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2017. With 3 outlets in Bangkok including one in Thonglor, Khua Kling Pak Sod is a family run Thai restaurant specialising in Southern Thai cuisine with recipes created by the founder’s Grandmother. I have visited both outlets before, and unlike most of the commercialised Thai restaurants brands in shopping mall, the feeling I get from both outlets is that it feels like a meal in someone’s residence. I like the homely experience.
The Food The very extensive menu means the ideal group size is at least 3 to 4 persons to try a good variety. Otherwise, come with a very empty stomach for couples. We started with the Pad Woosen Moo (160 Baht), essentially glass noodes stir fried with pork. The flavourful glass noodles here is complemented well by the tender pork meat.
I can’t resist a good Thai omelette, and the Kai Jiew (140 Baht) with sweet basil and chilli is fried to a perfect light and crisp texture.
The crab dishes are one of the signatures at Khua Kling Pak Sod. One memorable dish we tried previously but not on our most recent trip is the Kai Jiew Nua Pu (280 Baht), Thai Omelette with Crabmeat. What’s not to love about fresh crabmeat with eggs? This is a must try.
One of the recommended dishes on the menu is Moo Hong (180 Baht), which is tender stewed pork in Thai southern style sweet sauce. The thick pork meat has distinct layers of lean and fatty meat, though if I were to nitpick I find that the sauce is a tad too sweet. That said, it is delicious with white rice.
For soup, I recommend the Tom Yum Platu (180 Baht), which is spicy and sour soup with thick chunks of mackerel. The clear soup is very appetising, though as harmless as it seems, it is quite spicy.
To balance our meal, we also had the Pad Boong Pad Kapi (160 Baht), wok-fried morning glory with ‘kapi’ shrimp paste.
Rants The location is not near BTS so the best option is to get a car in.
Will I Return Again? I like the home style dishes at Khua Kling Pak Sod. The food is very good, simple Thai dishes with very reasonable prices for its high quality. Most importantly, it is not too touristy a spot, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping malls in Bangkok.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Khua Kling Pak Sod
98/1 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 2.30pm; 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Tel: +66 2 185 3977
Ranted by The Ranter