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Mangkorn Khao

Posted date:  September 23, 2007


Bamii, wheat noodles served with muu daeng, barbecued pork, is a dish you can find just about anywhere in Bangkok. The vast majority of stalls are leased out by a franchise called Chai Sii, and are mediocre at best. The noodles at these stalls tend to be quite pasty, and the barbecued pork is largely flavourless meat that appears to have been painted with a overly-sweet red sauce. I’m sure there must be some good bamii out there, but the only place that has reached my lofty standards thus far is Mangkorn Khao (‘White Dragon’), way out in Chinatown.

I always order kiaow naam:


wontons in broth. The wontons are filled with ground pork that has been mixed with an ungodly amount of ground black pepper, garlic and coriander roots, and wrapped around a single shrimp. The broth is subtle, but fragrant, and includes a few bits of greens and deep-fried pork rinds. Eat this and I can guarantee you’ll still be tasting the warm black pepper/garlic/coriander root flavour a good half-hour after leaving. It’s a nice feeling.

I like to follow this with a bowl of bamii haeng muu daeng, ‘dry’ noodles with barbecued pork:


The noodles at Mangkorn Khao are slightly thinner than those you’ll find elsewhere, and are toothsome and have a pleasant nutty flavour. The barbecued pork appears to have really been barbecued, and is slightly crispy and fatty, almost bacon-like. If pork is not your thing, you can also get crab meat, which I usually do at lesser stalls, but the pork here is so good I can’t pass it up. If you order your noodles ‘dry’, the broth is served on the side, and I like to add just a couple tablespoons to loosen up the noodles.

Mangkorn Khao was mentioned previously here.

Mangkorn Khao
Corner of Thanon Yaowarat and Thanon Yaowaphanit (across the street from the corner of Th Yaowarat and Th Plaeng Naam)
Every day 7pm-12am (but they often run out as early as 10 or 11)

9 Comments for Mangkorn Khao

there is a place on ekamai soi 19 that sells bamii moo dang out of a pickup truck, and it’s incredible. the best bamii in bangkok. it comes with a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg, the recipe for which is secret, perfect handmade noodles, and you mix all the ingredients together before you eat. heaven!

You beat me to it! Keep meaning to blog my favorite in Chinatown, though I believe this one is a different stall.

I can highly recommend the one in my hood on St Louis 3/Sathorn 11. I’ll get around to blogging it some time.

As usual, a torturous post. Your blog should boldly display a disclaimer of ‘do not read if you are hungry’.

lovely blog. I personally LOVE Thai food.been to Thailand a couple of times n just love the place =)

what about the yellow signs with #4. my husband & i ate that at least 10 times on our honeymoon! love that noodle soup. we wanted to open a #4 back here in MN. .. =)

Good bamii on Sukhumvit mainroad just near the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 1. It opens in late afternoon, the chef is a man who knows how to make delicious and tasty bamii. :))

You really should omit chinese dishes since they are not true Thai. I find chinese food disgusting, compared to real Thai.

    Chinese food disgusting?!!!! Person who post this revolting comment must have a disgusting palate her/himself!
    Thai culture always has a welcoming and tolerant attitude toward everyone, including disgraceful racist like you. Shame on you!
    Chinese cuisine has become a essential and integral part of our Thai’s life, if you don’t like Chinese food in our country, just don’t have them, there is absolutely no reason to post such a nasty comment on this wonderful blog.

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