Visiting—or staying in—Bangkok during Songkran, Thailand's most celebrated festival? Besides the water wars taking place around town, one of the activities every Thai (and you, too) loves to do throughout the kingdom's longest break is to hunt down flavorful food from the newest and hottest eateries—not to mention the traditional summer foods that can only be forked up during these few months.
Wondering where to start? Look no further than OneSiam—an alliance of three world-class lifestyle destinations favored by both locals and tasteful visitors: Siam Paragon, Siam Center, and Siam Discovery—in which, alongside top international and Thai fashion labels, hundreds of to-die-for eats are gathered. Here, we've rounded up the hottest openings around the OneSiam establishments you simply can't miss this season.
Korean BBQ fans, assemble! Palsaik, one of the most famous, delightful BBQ chains from South Korea has touched down in Bangkok at Siam Center.
For years, meat lovers have been raving about Palsaik's famed "8 Colors" premium-quality pork soaked in eight different ingredients—ginseng, garlic, wine, pine leaves, herbs, curry, miso paste, and gochujang—resulting in eight different unique flavors. The first Thai outpost of Palsaik is located on the second floor of Siam Center.
Here's the one for those with the sweet tooth! Now you can scoop up the hearty cream custard apple pies from the Hokkaido-born brand RAPL right in the heart of Bangkok!
Famous for its signature 144 layers of puffs and heavenly cream stuffing made with apples from some of the best apple fields around Japan, RAPL has just opened its first outlet in Thailand at M floor, Siam Center.
Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen
The renowned pork-broth ramen from Osaka, Tonkotsu Kazan Raman, has finally boiled its way to OneSiam to churn out al dente ramen served with slices of tendered pork and flavorful broth in the hot-stone bowl at its new outlet in the second floor of Siam Center.
The house's drooling dish is unarguably the Kazan Pork Sukiyaki (B260) that features homemade ramen served with slices of shabu pork molded in the shape of a volcano. The stone bowl that contains the mouthwatering eat was heated to 300 degrees Celcius to make sure your noodles and the broth remains warm longer. Love noodles? One serving is surely never enough!
Fire Tiger by Seoulcial Club
The Korean-influenced Seoulcial Club in Siam Square is inarguably one of the best in the city and frequented by bubble tea enthusiasts, thanks to its bubble milk tea topped with burnt creamy foam. Now, the popular bubble tea parlor has traveled across the street to open its newest cafe in the city, dubbed Fire Tiger by Seoulcial Club, on the M Floor of Siam Center, right next to the BTS entrance.
The chewy tapioca pearls in the tea, along with the black sugar jelly, make it such an utmost delight. Oh, did we mention that the tea itself is oh so fragrant! Don't miss it!
Khao chae is a traditional Thai dish usually served during the hot summer months. (That means it's not easy to find the dish off-season.) Refashioned from a Mon dish a few hundred years ago, khao chae is steamed rice soaked in jasmine-scented water and served with mix-ins such as luk krapi (deep-fried shrimp paste balls), hom daeng yud sai (deep-fried shallots and shredded pork), prik yuak sod sai (egg-wrapped steamed green chili stuffed with minced pork) and moo foi (sweet shredded pork). The more toppings added, the merrier.
The epicurean heaven of OneSiam is, no doubt, one of the best places in Bangkok to savor some of the best khao chae treats in Bangkok—and here are the top pick
- Nara Thai Cuisine (G floor, Siam Paragon, 02-129-4863)
- Bombyx by Jim Thompson (M floor, Siam Paragon, 02-129-4840)
- The Mandarin Oriental Shop (G floor, Siam Paragon, 02-610-9845)
- Khao Dessert Cafe (G floor, Siam Paragon, 02-129-4369)
Booking trick: Call the restaurants in advance to reserve your khao chae as they are limited in serving.
Bonus: Get lost in the wonderful world of Natureology
Once you’ve done your dining journey, don’t miss your chance to delve into the mesmerizing world of the fictional forest of Natureology created by rising illustrator Spun Intawong. The University of Arts London graduate reimagines the wonder elements of Mother Nature to reflect on the lush, fresh summertime. The result is the “Siam Center Idea Avenue Presents ‘Natureology The Summer Creation’” art exhibition.
This interactive art installation, situated at Siam Center’s Atrium 1 Zone, Ground floor, provides unlimited photo ops for all Instagrammers! If you do some shopping you’ll even get to participate in some of the activities. There, you’ll get the chance to win souvenirs like summer pocket belts and ice cream cones. You can also customize your own t-shirt in lieu of the concept of nature.
From now until May 5, register your tourist card at the OneSiam Tourist Information Center to receive a free pack of dried coconut to enjoy throughout your shop-till-drop hours. For you big spenders, every purchase of B8,000 will earn you a free limited-edition to help cool down from the summer heat. Every purchase of 2,000 THB will earn you a Siam Gift Card worth B500 so that you can shop your way through OneSiam! For more promotions, click here.
Don’t miss the opportunity to delve into an ultimate world of gastronomy at OneSiam—Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery—and explore cuisine no other venue has whenever you’re in Bangkok!