rows of them all over: Choose a small place for fresh food
Instead of stopping by a posh/big restaurant, just stop at one of the small places, you will get freshly made food in a jiffy. What more, they can even customise it for you. We wanted a vegetarian thai curry without mushrooms and they obliged us each time in these small places. The food was delicious.
KORU JA TOR ( AYUUTHAYA)-II: Tofu with Fish, Chicken & Lamb
This tip is dedicated to my Thai friend :Phitchaya Charaswongphokin FB: https://www.facebook.com/nootchadaporn
We had this wonderful food at Koru Ja Tor . The menu has been translated by our friend :Phitchaya Charaswongphokin FB: https://www.facebook.com/nootchadaporn
Favorite Dish: 1.Rice
2.Tom jeut tao hoo
6.Tom yam "pla-tap-tim"
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KORU JA TOR ( AYUUTHAYA): CHIMNEY FISH SOUP & MIXED WANTON
We had the best authentic Thai food of our life here in Koru Ja Tor in Ayuthaya on 21st October'12. After whole night awakening and small breakfast at Bangkok, we could leave for Ayutthaya around 12.00. After visiting Bang Pa Palace and Ayutthaya , Wat Mahathat, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutythaya Historical Park and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, it was already 3.30PM and we were very hungry. Our driver Kai did not understand English a bit but he called Bangkok guide Ms.Cynthia for help. After driving out several miles and rejecting several places I could not convince the driver that I wanted to have authentic Thai food in a village! However, after I noticed Joe place, I stopped the car and discovered the best Thai food we ever had. The owner Joe ( Ann) could not understand English then again our driver called Cynthia at Bangkok whom we narrated what we want to have , she then narrated to Joe in Thai. The result was the most delicious food cooked by Joe and her husband Andann Ant (https://www.facebook.com/andann.ant.1). This is a family owned restaurant run by Joe, her husband, her father, mother and sister!
The ambience and the location is great and food is really delicious! Situated on the banks of The famous Chao Parya river opposite Palace you can watch lifeline of Thailand on the river! It is also frequented by the locals also! Joe, her husband and father runs the restaurant. You can be assured of great hospitality with great food! For the last 15 years we had thai food but certainly it was the best. For all those heavenly food and a 1.25 litre bottle of Coke we paid Baht 400 only ! The same food in a swanky restaurant would have cost us around Baht 1500 in Bangkok.
I request VT members to give this place a try if you are visiting Ayutthaya!
Favorite Dish: We had great dishes like Fish Chimney soup, it was superb! Grilled Chicken, Rice, Fried Fish, Fish and meat curry. Tofu with Fish, Chicken and meat cooked with exotic Thai herbs! I won't be able to translate the names in English and Joe could not write the menu or the food we had in English. But she gave me a bill writing in Thai, which I think, I shall ask our Thai VT friend Pattayaraj to translate for me. I need to send her a scanned copy of the bill.
They have Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/andann.ant.1)
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Na Wangchankasem: Night food market
We happened to stay in the Ayothaya Hotel on Naresuan street, which is in walking distance of the night market Na Wangchankasem. There are a lot of eateries near the hotel catering for tourists. But for a more authentic experience you better go to the night market. Have your dinner in the cool evening breeze at the riverfront from one of numerous stalls.
Open from around 17:30 to 23:00.
Favorite Dish: Grilled fish is the number one dish, but you can also choose the usual Thai dishes as well as Muslim food.
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Tony's Place: Favourite among backpackers
This is a big favourite among backpackers along the so-called "Farang (foreigners) Street" of Soi 1. The restaurant is open all day and serves a variety of western and Thai dishes. Had a breakfast here, one morning, but it wasn't all that good and cost 120B.
DA IVO Trattoria Pizzeria: Great New Restaurant!!
Why would I classify this reataurant as "other?" I was in the restaurant business for my professional career in America. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Marco (Italian) and his wife Dao (Thai) have just opened a new restaurant on the same block as Tony's Place and the others.
I walked by and stopped in the others on the webs sites I read and was not impressed at all. Then I saw the sign "Trattoria," not common in Thailand. I love Thai food but thought I would take a look, and who doesn't love pizza or Italian food once in awhile?
I ordered a pizza and a Singha and was listening to some great music on their system. When the pizza arrived it was "classic" thin crust pizza, absolutely delicious.
I spent the next few hours talking to Marco and Dao about music and mostly food. I found out that they make all their pasta, bread and everything fresh, homemade. While I do have to say Thai food is fresher than American, (yes that is true), this was even more amazing.
I ate my next 4 meals there, and never ordered off the menu. I described to Dao what I liked and she made it better than I have ever had before. She even went to market and bought me a fresh fish to make my favorite Thai dish that was not on the menu. (I did ask the night before so please give her time.)
I have to say this is a wonderful place and should not be missed. If you want fancy, will not get it, ...........want friendly??......lot's and more, ...........want good food???????.......... even better..........The best!!!!!!
Ayutthaya is not the fun capital of Thailand but is rich in history and culture.
Add DA IVO to your list of must things you must do.........
Favorite Dish: Everything I had was wonderful, far beyond what I expected.
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Lunch On Board: Lunch On Board
Lunch is usually included if you avail a package tour to Ayuthaya.
Their buffet lunch is really great with Thai, Chinese and Italian cuisines.
They serve unlimited coffee and tea and 50% discount on all other beverages at 3pm.
The facilities inside the boat is really nice, clean and well maintained.
Bann Kun Phra: Excellent Thai food in pleasant surrounds
We stumbled upon this place a couple of years ago after cruising the wet market nearby. The menu is astounding and the quality of the food is excellent. Try the 'jungle curry' dishes with the fresh peppercorns. Also 'winged bean soup with prawns' was memorable. All the conventional Thai dishes are made by the cheerful cook as well as what I guess to be creations that are unique to this kitchen. I've been to a lot of places in towns of this size in Thailand and Bann KunPhra is one of the warmest, most welcoming, and highest quality restaurants I've found. I look forward to returning and staying at the quest house, too.
The web site is bannkunpra.com. It includes images of the restaurant and the several homes in the compound. Online booking is possible through the web site.
Favorite Dish: Winged bean soup with prawns
Siam Restaurant: Vietnamese in front of the Temples
Siam Restaurant is a Thai / Vietnamese Restaurant, located right opposite the entrance to the Wat Mahathat at the Rama Park in Ayutthaya. (that is the east side of the park)
The very friendly waitress was a little surprised, when we said, we would like to try the vietnamese dishes she had on the menue. They turned out to be marvelous, too.
Favorite Dish: Chicken grilled on sugar cane sticks, glass noodles on a bed of fresh herbs.
Another dish was a "do it yourself", you get all the ingredients: meat, fresh herbs, vegetables, etc. and thin layers of dough in which you can roll the things yourself. Delicious, if a little time consuming.
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Market food vendor: Where else for authentic local fare?
At the market, you'll come across any number of food vendors selling a variety of local food, including mango salad, pad thai, noodles, barbecue and fresh fruits.
Some, like a noodle stall, will have tables and chairs for on-site dining, while others offer only takeaway. If, for example, you buy a packet of pad thai, you can watch the vendor fry it and pack it up for you. Disposable utensils like chopsticks may be provided as well.
Favorite Dish: Pad thai - flat noodles freshly fried with egg, chopped peanuts, bean spouts, etc., comes with a generous portion of spring onions and a piece of fresh lime. Only 20 baht!
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Malakor: Wooden House
Great location, simple environs, good food and reasonably priced make Malakor a very appealing option when looking to take a break from schlepping round the ruins.
Situated on the first (or second, American) floor of an old wooden building, the Malakor provides the choice of an outdoor balcony with half a dozen tables or a welcoming fan-cooled interior. Wooden building, with lots of nooks and crannies - simple, spotlessly clean, plenty of atmosphere and very friendly.
Favorite Dish: Extensive menu of local and international food from breakfast through to dinner. Competitively priced, but a little higher than the street vendors (as you would expect). 45 -60 baht (approx US$1.50/2) is the going rate for Thai main course. I loved the spicy chicken, basil and chilli served with rice and a fried egg sitting atop the rice)
Bannkunpra Hostel's attached restaurant: Riverside Dining
A cozy dining place by the riverside to while away the evening in. Offers both indoor and outdoor tables. The outdoor area is right by the river and is highly recommended on fine, breezy days or nights.
The evening I was there, it was drizzling, so I sat indoors. The place is cozy and tastefully decorated - wooden figurines and other artifacts, wooden chairs and tables, soft warm lighting - to exude the kind of Southeast Asian charm that appeals to foriegners.
The menu is in English as the upstairs hostel caters mostly to Western backpackers. The food is tasty and the portions are fairly large. In the menu are common dishes like fried rice and noodles, curries, thia-style chicken, and so on.
Further up U-Thong Road, there are many clusters of restaurants located by the river that cater to foriegn palates too.
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Humble Little "Foodcourts" - No Aircons!: Local Thai Food
Grab a bowl of the delicious Thai beef noodles. Very cheap (less than US$1.00 per bowl). If you choose to eat in such places, ensure that your food come steaming hot. This will kill any bacteria and will prevent you from suffering any side effects i.e. food poisoning or stomache.
Don't eat anything that's not been cooked in BOILING HOT water. And that includes the cut fruits or cold drinks. If you must drink, order those drinks that come in cans or order bottled mineral water. Ensure that the vendors open the canned drinks before your eyes.
Just trying to be extra cautious....
Favorite Dish: I really love the Thai Beef Noodles (a soupy noodle concoction). I can't even describe how delicious they taste!
Night Markets: Cheap Eats
The Night Markets are not only a cheap place to eat, but a fantastic way to experience local Thai life. As you wander along the street, your senses are treated to an array of sights and smells. There is a myriad of fresh produce, including fruit, vegetables, seafood and meats. If you're looking for something you don't have to cook yourself, you can choose from one of the many stalls. Whether it's fried insects, corn, meat, pad Thai, omlette etc, there is planty of choices that won't break the bank. We opted for some fantastic pad Thai, which cost us 20 Baht. Soft drinks and beer is also cheap and readily available. For dessert we tried these cool corn pancakes, which I highly recommend! There is outdoor seating along the middle of the sidewalk. When you've rested your legs for a while you can check out the clothing and trinket stalls.
Street Vendors: Colored Noodles? No, it's a Cotton Candy!
As I said before when you enter the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, there are vendors selling any kinds of foods and even interesting one but this one I haven't tried though as it looks like very colorful noodles, just figure out this one is a cotton candy;-) Was wondering why is it that it's in cellophane???..but I just took a photo for you to look at and share it with you instead.
Favorite Dish: Thanks to herzog for telling me it is a cotton candy...;-)
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