Food Review: Jeh O Chula, Bangkok | How To Skip The Queue At The Popular Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant For Its Tom Yum Noodles
The Place One of the casual restaurants I was keen to try in my recent Bangkok trip is Jeh O Chula, a Michelin Bib Gourmand contender famous for its Mama Noodles Tom Yum located near Chulalongkorn University. The queue at Jeh O Chula is notoriously long with waiting times up to two hours during peak hours, where there is a booth right outside the restaurant to put your name down and get a queue number.
The restaurant is huge, as other than the indoor air-conditioned seating space, it extends by several metres with its outdoor seating as well.
Here is a tip on how to skip the insane queue and this is not a sponsored content – I managed to book a slot on Klook a few months before my visit where I have to first pre-select a set, date and time of my arrival. I thought that this would work best for me as I am not fond of queuing for more than an hour, and it also makes the ordering process easier for me. Simply inform the staff of your Klook voucher and you will be in a separate queue system, where it took about 20 minutes before my table was ready as opposed to the average waiting time.
The Food My Klook set costs S$34 and it includes: Small pot of Jeh O’s Famous Mama Tom Yum – Mama Noodles with Mixed Seafood (Prawns and Squid), Eggs, and Pork Meatballs; Small plate of Jeh O’s Signature Crispy Pork Belly; Small plate of Yum Salmon (Sour and Spicy Thai-style Salad with Salmon Sashimi); and a Plate of Stir-fried Morning Glory.
It is quite a good value in my opinion, and the portions for each dish are quite generous and can easily feed up to 3 people.
The highlight of my meal is definitely Jeh O’s Famous Mama Tom Yum, which is a pot of instagrammable Mama Noodles with Mixed Seafood (Prawns and Squid), Eggs, and Pork Meatballs. It is quite spicy and like I mentioned, the portion is huge, and my dining partner and I only managed to finish about half of it. Go easy on the noodles for a start to save more space for the other ingredients. The pork meatballs are quite good too, and overall, a comforting pot to have.
The Yum Salmon – Sour and Spicy Thai-style Salad with Salmon Sashimi – is an unexpected dish for me as I did not expect to find salmon sashimi in a Thai restaurant like this. The fresh sashimi spots a spicy flavour and it works well for me surprisingly, since I am used to having it the Japanese-style with soy sauce.
Jeh O’s Signature Crispy Pork Belly comes with a crackling crispy skin, sinfully good, though it is very greasy.
Rants Be prepared for the chaotic queue situation.
Will I Return Again? Good casual Thai food in Bangkok which is ideal for at least 3 people to share the signature pot of Jeh O’s Famous Mama Tom Yum. Other than the noodles pot, there are also other dishes on the menu which I do not mind returning to try.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Jeh O Chula
113 ซอย จรัสเมือง Rong Muang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 64 118 5888
Monday to Sunday: 4:30pm to 12am
Ranted by The Ranter