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The best Thai restaurants in Kowloon City

Experience authentic Thai flavours right here in Hong Kong

By Time Out Hong Kong
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From cheap street eats to must-try restaurants to cafes and coffee shops, there are plenty of places that can settle your grumbling stomach in Kowloon. Kowloon City, also known as Hong Kong's Little Thailand, is a perfect example. Home to more Thai restaurants than you can shake a stick of lemongrass at, the area is filled with some of our city's most authentic Thai food. Here’s our pick of the finest ones.

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Kowloon City’s best Thai restaurants

Amporn Thai Restaurant

Restaurants Thai Kowloon City

Somewhat hidden away from the casual foodie, Amporn Thai Food, housed inside Kowloon City’s cooked food centre, serves a mean pad thai packed full of meaty prawns, peanuts and crunchy green onions. It goes great with just about any dish on the deliciously varied menu and the chefs don’t skimp on the spice either.

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Cambo Thai Restaurant

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Cambo is popular with the resident Thai population of Kowloon City for its authentic flavours and fresh ingredients. The decor and service are pretty rustic, so don’t expect too much on those fronts, but this is a great spot for a genuine Thai meal at a reasonable price. Two signature dishes not to be missed are the fried shrimp balls and the raw shrimp sashimi.

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Chai Rung Thai Food

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Shrimp sashimi, boiled cockles, and grilled chicken are the most frequently ordered dishes at this Nam Kwok Road spot, but we think the main attraction is the grill and hotpot combo. This culinary creation consists of an elevated, sloped charcoal grill surrounded by a moat of broth. A ball of beef lard sits on top, which lubricates the grill and lends the meat an extra flavour. The meat juices then trickle down into the broth, making it perfect for cooking your meatballs, veggies, and vermicelli.

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Chao Phraya

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Named after one of Bangkok’s many rivers, Chao Phraya serves up all kinds of seafood delights in a funky street food style. What's especially good is the soft-shell crab and pumpkin curry – served overflowing from a hollowed-out pumpkin – which the restaurant is well known for. You can’t miss Chao Phraya – just look out for the giant neon sign in their shop window!

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Friendship Thai Food

Restaurants Thai Kowloon City

Styled like a traditional pagoda on the outside, Friendship serves up seemingly every Thai dish you could imagine, from Thai hot pot and tom yum soup to won tons and curry crab. First-timers have to try their signature spicy fried crab and pineapple seafood fried rice, a perfectly proportioned balance of sweet and salty. Wash it down with a fresh coconut water served in a husky shell.

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Lung Jie Thai Restaurant

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You wouldn’t think it from its shabby appearance but this is one of the very best Thai restaurants in Hong Kong. Try the green and red curries and the tom kha soup too. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, go for the raw prawns, topped with garlic and chilies and served with a lip-numbingly hot sauce on the side. Don’t forget to cool that burn with a bottle of Chang beer fresh from the motherland.

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Wong Chun Chun Thai Restaurant

Restaurants Thai Kowloon City

A safe bet for unpretentious Thai food that's packed with flavours, Wong Chun Chun delivers on the price point too with a large menu of bargainous dishes. It’s hard to miss the bright purple building on the corner of Tak Ku Ling Road, which is one of the largest and oldest in the area. The curry fried crab is a must.

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