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Choy Tii

Posted date:  January 17, 2008

Ever find yourself in a rut? There’s so much good stuff to eat in Bangkok’s Chinatown, but somehow I always find myself going to the same places. Thus with the intention of trying something new, I stopped by Choy Tii, a shophouse noodle joint on Thanon Plaeng Naam in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown. What initially drew me in was the shop’s sign (above), which advertised phat mee hong kong, Hong Kong-style fried noodles. Unfortunately Choy Tii was out of the thin, pale wheat noodles used to make this dish and I was asked if I’d rather have mee haeng, ‘dry noodles’. I agreed, reluctantly, and received this:

The noodles, the flat kind known as bamii, were par-boiled along with a few leaves of lettuce, and the whole lot was topped with cubes of fatty muu waan, ‘sweet pork’, and generous lashings of thick dark Chinese-style vinegar. The dish was meaty, oily and sour, and I thought it was one of the best bowls of noodles I’ve had in a long while. I ate every last bit.

Looking at the sign again it appeared that yen taa fo was Choy Tii’s signature dish, so I decided to try a bowl. I was highly disappointed: the soggy noodles, tasteless factory-like fishballs and weak broth were particularly disappointing, especially after the wonderful yet simple bowl I had just eaten. It was almost enough to make me order another mee haeng.

Choy Tii (Google Maps link)
59 Th Plaeng Naam
02 222 6087
Lunch & dinner

6 Comments for Choy Tii

isn’t it funny, post after post of yours I read and think, that looks yummy but I never feel intense envy. Except for today. All over a bowl of mee haeng. I don’t know why. There’s just something about the perfect bowl of baa mee noodles that is just so comforting

bummer I’m leaving monday

you must take me on one of your famed eating tours one day, after all you did get the famed E Pochana dinner experience with none other than the master stomach

Mee haeng is very popular. It is so tasty, especially when you put a little bit of chilli powder, lemon juice and sugar in it.

I wish I was in Thailand right now!

Something I wonder, do you read Thai?

I mean how do you know about what a shop in the street may sell?

I very nearly took a bite out of my monitor over that bowl of noodles and sweet pork. I’m going to try to cook the dish… I can make the sweet pork – there also seem to be some scallions and Chinese celery on there too besides the wilted lettuce. Are the noodles Cantonese-style egg noodles? Also, do you think they were seasoned with anything more (soy, fish sauce, etc) than what I assume is Chinese black vinegar? Thanks…

If you are not sure what a shop on the street may sell, you only have to ask. And if you’re concerned about the quality and cleanliness of the food, look for Thai office workers or students eating in the restaurant (not manual workers!)

Austin —

This is a great blog and unfortunately makes it clear how much great stuff I missed when I was in Bangkok.

One suggestion: Since most people reading this won’t be able to read Thai, it would be great if you would provide photos of the sign or other identifying characteristics of the places you review, to go along with the general location and map. Otherwise us poor non-Thai readers may get to the block in question, but have no way to tell which exact establishment we should eat at!

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