Khao Chae/Siam Tea Room
Siam Tea Room

Best restaurants to enjoy 'khao chae' in Bangkok

We list down our favorite restaurants offering the best khao chae, a traditional Thai dish serving in the hot summer months

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Time Out Bangkok editors
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The Thai Meteorological Department has just announced that Thailand was moving into the summer season. Cringe. A moment while we whack our heads against the wall and start putting aside money to pay for our soon-to-become-exorbitant electricity bills. Foodies, however, see this season as the chance to feast on their favorite Thai summer dish, khao chae

Khao chae is a traditional Thai dish usually served during the hot summer months. 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. Khao chae was, in the past, eaten only in the royal court and at the homes of the affluent because it required fine ingredients, culinary craft and a lot of time. Today, however, khao chae has become more common and is offered at many restaurants around town.

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Phaya Thai

What’s special about it? The in-house restaurant of this boutique hotel sells khao chae with three wonderfully-prepared condiments: luk kapi, stuffed shallots and stuffed green chili. 

How much is it? B390+ per set

Available from 16 March. For more information and reservations, contact 0 2160 5995.

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Phloen Chit

What’s special about it? Eathai’s khao chae is a pocket-friendly option that’s perfect for one. 

How much is it? B390 per set 

Available from 15 March to 30 April. For more information and reservations, contact 0 2160 5995.

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What’s special about it? It’s one-Michelin-star khao chae. No further explanation needed.

How much is it? B650++ for eat-in and B790 net for takeaway (excluding delivery fee)

Available from 13 to 15 April. For more information and reservations, contact 0 2659 9000 or mobkk-reservations@mohg.com.

  • Hotels
  • Charoenkrung
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What’s special about it? The seasonal treat is part of the delectable international buffet dinner at the hotel’s riverside restaurant. That means you’ll have so much more to savor aside from the refreshing khao chae.

How much is it? B3,500 net per adult and B2,400 net per child aged 6 to 12 for the buffet; B640 net for just the khao chae (for a classic box) and B2,250 net (for a Thai-style tiffin set) for takeaway. 

Available from 13 to 15 April. For more information and reservations, contact 0 2659 9000 or mobkk-reservations@mohg.com.

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What’s special about it? The long-established Thai chain of restaurants offers a khao chae of sticky rice with marian plum—a special afternoon snack for the summer season.

How much is it? B690++ for eat-in, and B750+ and B1,850+ for takeaway

Available from 1 April onwards. For more information and reservations, contact 0 2613 1658.

Ruenton Restaurant, Montien Hotel Surawong Bangkok
Ruenton Restaurant/Montien Hotel Surawong Bangkok

Ruenton Restaurant, Montien Hotel Surawong Bangkok

What’s special about it? There’s nothing unique about the offering at this restaurant, but it will surely give you an idea of what real khao chae should taste like.

How much is it? B420++ (for khao chae only) and B580++ (including a choice of mango ice cream or mango pudding)

Available until 15 April. For more information and reservations, contact 0 2233 7060.

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  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Phloen Chit

What’s special about it? Delicacy is injected into every detail offered by this swanky restaurant, including the use of pH 8.8 mineral water for the jasmine water that’s used to soak the rice.

How much is it? B1,200++ per person

Available from 1 March onwards. For more information and reservations, contact 0 2256 6555.

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  • Restaurants
  • Ratchadamri

What’s special about it? Every item in the platter is freshly made, assuring a great afternoon with one of the best khao chae sets in town.

How much is it? B890++ per person

Available from 13 to 16 April. For more information and reservations, contact 0 2126 8866.

  • Restaurants
  • Ratchadamri

What’s special about it? The restaurant on the 12th floor of this elegant Ratchadamri establishment will host a special khao chae set only during Songkran.

How much is it? B799++ for two people

Available from 13 to 16 April (12:00 to 15:00). For more information and reservations, contact 0 2207 7777 or fb.bangkok@stregis.com.

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