Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice

Name: Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice
Cuisine: Chinese
Address: Petchburi Soi 30, Bangkok.
Tel: Not available
Open: Open daily. Close at 3am.
Payment: Only cash payment.
Web: Nil
Remarks: Chicken rice in Thai is khao mun kai (ข้าวมันไก่)
Originally posted: January 2009
Last updated: February 2009

Touted as the best chicken rice in Bangkok, the eatery is close to Pratunam Intersection and directly across the derelict Pratunam Center which construction on the higher levels has halted for quite some time.

Not to be mistaken as the smaller chicken rice stall seated right at the corner of this intersection. Our subject is a minute walk away and located at the mouth of Petchaburi Soi 30. The stall helpers, all donning pink, are easily identified from afar.

I picked a small table at the inner corner of the eatery. Once seated, everything rolled out systematically. A waitress, who speaks no English, took my order which I have to complete entirely in my broken Thai. The chicken rice was served by another helper shortly.

After a few samplings, I found the rice to be dry and less oily than the Singapore style chicken rice. Furthermore, the strong fragrance coming from the aromatic pandan leaves and garlic was also noticeably missing. It almost tasted like any ordinary steamed white rice. In Thailand, chicken may be served with or without skin. Generally, Thai chicken rice has a milder taste and does not exhibit a strong characteristic like Singapore's Hainanese chicken rice. Having said that, it is comparatively less sinful, especially so if one is concerned about his/her cholesterol level.

Short of the uninteresting rice, Pratunam Chicken Rice stands out with their special dipping soy source with shredded chilly. The unpleasing color looked daunting at first but after several attempts, it goes really well with the chicken. And it is not as spicy as it looks. On the day of my visit, the middle-aged Thai woman who shared the same table as me, single-handedly emptied 2 bowls of this unique source!

My humble order also came with a small serving of boiled broth which, unfortunately, tasted nothing but peppery.

Table for two: THB30 per serving. Or THB40 with additional chicken innards. Coke THB10.

My verdict: For THB30 (~SGD1.30) a meal excluding drink, I find the food to be worthy. The strong crowd presents at the airy eatery is a good testimony. Service is responsive and food serves promptly. This place deserves my repeated visits.

Recommended dishes: NA

In a nutshell
> Fast and systematic service
> Cheap despite of its popularity

> Overly peppery broth

The eatery ...
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Our order ...
Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice: set meal 30BKaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice: chicken is tender but rice is slightly too dryKaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice: The special dipping source

Landmark & Map ...
Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice: Petchaburi Soi 30Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice: map

Getting there ...
The eatery is about 10 - 15 minutes walk from Central World Plaza.

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