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Saneh Jaan
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The best khao chae restaurants in Bangkok

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

By 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.

Baan Suriyasai
Baan Suriyasai
Baan Suriyasai

Baan Suriyasai

Restaurants Thai Surawong

What’s special about it? This elegant Thai-western restaurant has prepared the khao chae platter that stays true to the original recipe for you to experience the real taste of this exotic snack.

How much is it? B590++ (per set)

Available until May 31. For reservation and information, contact 0 2237 8889.

Conrad Bangkok
Conrad Bangkok
Conrad Bangkok

Conrad Bangkok

Hotels Phloen Chit

What’s special about it? There's no place to revel in this cooling snack platter in such elegant and peaceful vibes like Diplomat Bar and City Terrace at Conrad Bangkok.

How much is it? B500++ (B588.50 net) per set

Available until April 30. For reservation and information, contact 0 2690 9244.

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Khao Chae/Sindhorn Kempinski Bangkok
Khao Chae/Sindhorn Kempinski Bangkok
Sindhorn Kempinski Bangkok

Flourish

Hotels Langsuan

What’s special about it? The khao chae here is infused with a scented candle, adding more aromatic touches to the chilled jasmine water. The condiments also include steamed banana chili stuffed with minced pork and a choice of crispy pulled pork of beef.

How much is it? B490++ per person

Available until April 30. For reservation and information, contact 0 2095 9999. 

Khao Khao Chae
Khao Khao Chae
Khao

Khao

What’s special about it? This Michelin-starred restaurant has added a rare Thai snack called "Ma Ouan" to the platter to add more exotic touches to the whole experience.

How much is it? B450++ (per set) for dining in and B790+ (per set) for takeaway

Available until May 31. For reservation and information, contact 0 2381 2575 (Ekkamai Branch) and 0 2252 1619 (Phloen Chit Branch).

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Khao Chae/Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
Khao Chae/Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

What’s special about it? Here you will have khao chae made according to a royal recipe that comes with nine condiments that are garnished with gold leaves as well as beautifully carved vegetables.

How much is it? B780 per set for dining in and B990 per set for takeaway

Available from April 1 to May 31, with one-day advance booking required. For reservation and information, contact 0 2131 1111 (ext. 1750)

Khao Chae/Capella
Khao Chae/Capella
Capella Bangkok

Phra Nakhon

Hotels Chain hotels Charoenkrung

What’s special about it? This elegant Thai dining room at Capella sticks to the original recipe with simple yet delectable condiments and a choice of red rice for those who wish to try something different.

How much is it? B650++ per set

Available until April 18. For reservation and information, contact 0 2098 3888

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Royal Osha/Khao Chae
Royal Osha/Khao Chae
Arpiwach Supateerawanitt/Time Out Bangkok

Royal Osha

Restaurants Thai Phloen Chit

What’s special about it? New executive chef Vichit Mukura has elevated this traditional snack platter with high-end ingredients like pure spring water with a pH of 8.88 and other seven condiments.

How much is it? B888 per set and B2,250 per set for takeaway

Available until May 31. For reservation and information, contact 0 2256 6555.

Saneh Jaan
Saneh Jaan
Tanisorn Vongsoontorn/Time Out Bangkok

Saneh Jaan

Restaurants Thai Phloen Chit

What’s special about it? It's khao chae from the four-conservative-year Michelin-starred restaurant, so it pretty much guarantees that the platter here is going to be so good. There's also watermelon served with dry fish that increasingly impresses all of us with such an authentic Thai sensibility.

How much is it? B850++ (per set) for dining in and B990++ (per set) for takeaway

Available until May 31. For reservation and information, contact 06 2534 3394.

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Khao Chae/Siam Tea Room
Khao Chae/Siam Tea Room
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Siam Tea Room

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Thai Khlong Toei

What’s special about it? There are almost ten condiments accompanying the chilled rice, with some highlights being butterfly pea stuffed with prawn and the refreshing watermelon soda, not to mention the zingy santol granita at the end

How much is it? B590++ per person for dining in and B490++ for takeaway (excluding the drink and dessert)

Available until May 31, with one-day advance booking required. For reservation and information, contact 0 2059 5927.

Spice Market
Spice Market
Spice Market

Spice Market

Restaurants Ratchadamri

What’s special about it? The name Spice Market ensures that you will get the taste of all essential condiments that complement the refreshing rice in jasmine water.

How much is it? B580++ per set

Available until April 15. For reservation and information, contact 0 2126 8866.

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Sra Pathum Palace

What’s special about it? The recipe from Sra Pathum Palace guarantees the authentic royal recipe of this traditional snack platter. The rice also has two colors—blue and white—while the jasmine water is infused with a scented candle.

How much is it? B400 per set for takeaway

Available now. To pre-order, please call 0 2257 0943 (daily; 09:30-16:00), and the pick-up spot is the Queen Savang Museum booth at Siam Center (G Floor). The pre-order requires two days in advance.

Khao Chae/TAAN
Khao Chae/TAAN
TAAN

TAAN

Restaurants Thai Siam

What’s special about it? TAAN has created its own version of khao chae with “scrubbed” jasmine rice soaked in Korat osmanthus green tea and jasmine-infused water. The side dishes are totally different from others, with new condiments like lacto fermented lychee, crispy shredded chicken, and chilli smoked oyster, not to mention lobster stuffed in green chilli.

How much is it? B490 per set for both dining-in and takeaway

Available from April 1 in limited numbers. For reservation and information, contact 06 5328 7374.

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Up & Above Restaurant
Up & Above Restaurant
Up & Above Restaurant

Up & Above

Restaurants Tea rooms Phloen Chit

What’s special about it? The khao chae experience here is wrapped up with all-time favorite Mango Sticky Rice to reinforce the summer happiness.

How much is it? B590++ per set (including drinks) and B790++ per set (including drinks and Mango Sticky Rice)

Available from April 30. For reservation and information, contact 0 2687 9000.

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