The Sor Hueng Restaurant sells Teo Chiew porriage... It is the only porriage restaurant that I came across in Hatyai... All the dishes that go with the porriage are displayed in a large warmer for your selection... The ambience is good and the restaurant clean, with the ever attentive staff to serve you...
Favorite Dish: There are at least 30 types of dishes to go with your porriage... with the usual salted egg, salted vegetable, braised parts of pigs (such as trotters, intestines, ear, mouth etc), braised duck, chicken, fried toufu... and many more... You need only to point what you want and say how many people there are on your table... and the correct portion will be delivered to the table...
This place is a seafood place for tourist and surely enough the prices are for tourist as well. Expect to pay almost 30-40% more on seafood prices in this place compared to the other local seafood restaurants but in return the you get good food and the feel of a busy local thai seafood restaurant with good service and good looking waitress...
Favorite Dish: A type of clam which i dunno what it is but fried with loads of chili. Taste unique and surprisingly good. Avoid their barbeque squid!!!
This is one of the places where I would go to take my breakfast. It's a small shop selling won ton mee and I can safely say it is one of the better won ton mee in Hatyai. Cannot say the best since everyone has different taste.
Their won ton noodles also have crab meat added.
Favorite Dish: Dry Won Ton Noodles.
I think this is the cheapest and tastiest Kuay Tiow Ler you can find in Hat Yai. Kuay Tiow Ler literally means "Boat Kuay Tiow". This system was adopted in Thailand since very long time ago when hawkers sell their food from boats like sampans, along rivers.
So now those places that don't have river, bring the boat up and use it as a "showpiece" to promote their food. The Kuay Tioe Ler is different from the normal Kuay Tiow in the gravy. The gravy here is thicker and not clear soup.
This place sells a bowl for only 20 Baht. If you ask for special, then its only 30 Baht. Also Kuay Tiow Ler also have beef, unfortunately this place sells only the pork version.
The owner "Meow" is a tough looking guy who looks like a "Hell's Angel" rider. Anyway, he's hobby is riding and I believe he can assist groups who wants to go Motor Cross riding too.
Favorite Dish: Kuay Tiow Ler (tell him a little spicy) together with a packet of deep fried prok skin mixed in.
Many would say that the fish head/meat soup behind Pink Lady complex is good. No doubt about that as I do go there too. But many doesn't know that there is also a very good shop which does it both Chinese and Thai Style with Tom Yum soup.
You can have it with plain rice or with noodles and the advantage of this shop is that it opens in the day.
Favorite Dish: Mixed fish head with meat, fish eggs, etc tom yum style with plain rice.
Ter Huang Kiam Chye directly translated to "Pig's internal organs with salted vegetable" is a "must try" when you come to Hat Yai. This shop is the most popular in Hat Yai and has been around since many many years back.
The soup is a clear soup with pieces of the pig's instestine, liver, pancreas, blood, etc, etc and of course a few pieces of meat and salted vegetable. Taken with steamed rice in the early morning for breakfast will be very feeling.
The place opens at 7.30am and close after lunch.
Favorite Dish: The standard bowl of soup with steamed rice and don't forget a plate of roasted pork which is the best in Hat Yai.
Personally I think, here the chicken rice is more suited to the M'sian/S'porean taste as it is not so dry like those starved chicken.
In additional to Chicken Rice, they also have Char Siew and Roast pork, not forgetting Braised Pig Trotters. Other stalls also sells noodles, porriage and also Bak Kut Teh, all above average taste although not necessairly the best.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Rice "Piset" which means special so more ingredients.
Hatyai has their own version of roti prata or roti canai which they just call plain "roti". They normally eat it spread with sweetened milk and sugar, rolled it and there you go. Some islamic stalls do provide you plain or roti with egg and their own curry but they taste nothing like what we use to get from from Malaysia or Singapore..
Anyway, for those of you who wants to eat "real" roti prata or roti canai, Rinchen Restoran gives you just that. Owned by Indians from Malaysia, their roti comes with good quality Chicken or Mutton Curry, something which is quite difficult to get in Hatyai. They also serve good Southern Indian lunch.
Favorite Dish: Plain Roti with Mutton Curry and a glass of good quality Teh Tarik.
First of all, I had passed this cafe twice and never awared its existence. After encountered a man who hanged around the area (actually he is one of the staff of this cafe), with his help I discovered the Hidden Delight - Cello Thai Cafe.
Cello, is a tiny restaurant with a BIG taste. It is literally hidden, on the corner next to the Tongfoon restaurant and the High Society.
The following comment by Jeeem (another VT member who recommended Cello):
Cello might be tiny, but the quality they dish out is out of this world!
Nice, pleasant atmosphere with featured artwork, plants, comfortable chairs, air-con, clean bathrooms, etc...tiny, address book-size menus that prove to be extremely diverse, offering up Neo-Thai dishes as well as a few Western delights to calm the feverish palate.
Just basically a really nice feel to this place, which, if you ask me, is a better choice than the Vietnamese restaurant next door.
Favorite Dish: Since the crusine offer by Cello Thai Cafe is out of this world, my advice is give it a try - it worth!
Quoted by Jeeem:
Golden fried appetizer baskets
Roast Duck in Green curry
BBQ Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce
Pork Ribs in Marmalade Sauce
*Please excuse the fact that these were NOT the EXACT descriptions on the menu...only what I could remember hours later!
You gotta try this place. Their Thai food is not the conventional Thai food that you get in every other Thai restaurant throughout Hat Yai...it's a step different...in the GOOD FOOD direction!
EXCELLENT...a hidden delight.
A restaurant with a very creative interior design. Appearently, the owner of the restaurant like to collect all types of currencies notes from all around the world. He framed his colection according to country and hanged on the wall. Dinning inside the restaurant, seems like travel the world in 80 minutes.
Owner also practice his creativity on the breakfast menu, since lots of items featured inside the menu, my piece of advice - go there and try it!!
Favorite Dish: All the crusines inside the breakfast section
Kan Eng Restaurant is one of the many Chinese restaurants in Hatyai... The restaurant is non-airconditioned but airy... it is clean and the eatery pleasant...
Favorite Dish: The restaurant specialises in Chinese and Thai food... its Tom Yum Kung is great and so are its fish dishes... but i particularly like its braised pig trotters... For those who are not conversant in Thai dishes, braised pig trotters is a speciality in Thailand and is available in most restaurants and hawker stalls...
As there are many muslims, particularly from Malaysia visit Hatyai, the city has many muslim restaurants and outlet... One such example is the marati muslim food court located diagonally opposite the Hatyai railway station... There are also many muslim hawkers selling food along the shopping and entertainment area around the three Niphat Uthit 1, 2 and 3 Roads...
Favorite Dish: The speciality hawker food seems the ever popular fried chicken, fish and crab... Nasi campur (mixed rice) is also widely available here...
This is the juice from the green skinned orange grown in Thailand and although it is bottled, it tastes just as good as the freshly squeezed ones I drank in Bangkok.
Just costs 20 baht a bottle. Ask for it by its name, Splash.
Hot and spicy but ooooh, so delicious! Even just a mention of its name is enough to set off salivating!
Favorite Dish: This is a dish made of fish steamed in coconut milk and eggs and topped with strips of a type of vegetable that gives it a distinct taste.
In Malaysia, it is usually prepared in small packets of banana leaves or in large dishes but in Thailand, they like to steam it in small bowls.
One of the thing that i wanted to eat in Thailand before i actually go there is GREEN CURRY. Once i was in Hat Yai, it is hard to find a restaurant serving green curry, or maybe i don't really know what they called it. But then i came across a pub with live band, offering Green Curry. Without wasting any time, i straight away went into it.
I like their green curry very much... it was very nice (if you like to eat hot & spicy food).!!! yummy.... some more they have live band after 10pm.... our timing was so nice that we can relax after the meal, listening to the live performance from the locals.
Favorite Dish: Green Curry is the BEST! beside, i also tried their pineapple fried rice, honestly it was not good as what i expected.