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Yen Ta Fo Corner

Posted date:  August 10, 2006

Noodles are big in Bangkok, and at the top of the heap sits yen ta fo, a noodle-dish probably of southern Chinese origin that combines a sweetish red broth, fish balls and morning glory. There are countless restaurants serving this dish, but a new one caught my eye today. It is called Yen Ta Fo Corner, and is located in an small outdoor mall called Palm Street.

We started with a couple unusual appetizers. The first was deep-fried fish skin:


As bizarre as it sounds, this is actually pretty common find in yen ta fo restaurants, however this version was apparently made from salmon skin, and was served with an excellent nam phrik phao, a roasted chili dip–both divergences from the norm. Ironically, I dislike the skin when eating fish in other forms, but kinda like this dish.

This was followed by a variety of fish balls, topped with chinese celery and crispy garlic, and served with a spicy/sour dipping sauce:


They make some pretty good balls here, and the exceedingly detailed notes on the menu testified that they are made from 100% fish with no preservatives or borax! The long ball in the front is known as a “rugby” ball, the darker one behind it is a shrimp ball, and behind that is kiaow plaa, a “fish wonton” filled with ground pork, coriander root, garlic and pepper. The dipping sauce, a combination of tiny fresh chilis, garlic, lime juice and fish sauce, is standard in Thailand, but absolutely delicious.

We then made it to the restaurant’s namesake, yen ta fo:


This was somewhat disappointing. The broth was a bit too red and too sweet, the noodles limp and overcooked, and the morning glory on the skimpy side. But again, some pretty good balls.

A view from the top:


Yen Ta Fo Corner
Palm Street Shopping Complex
Located under the Ram Inthra Expressway, about 2 km from Lad Phrao.

6 Comments for Yen Ta Fo Corner

I found an awesome thai resturant near where i live but they didn’t understand what morning glory was, what’s the thai name for it?? they siad if i knew that they could probobly make me some mmmm morning glory. i love those greens!

Hi! O Thai food!! Delicious!! I love fish balls…
Just stunned upon your blog but already love it, will certainly check for new posts!
Have just started a foodblog myself actually, Really hope you’ll check it sometimes!

As always, great pix. Can you tell me what you think is in the spicy/sour sauce? It looks interesting,as does all this food. Keep up the great work!

That deep-fried fish skin looks fantastic. It reminds me a little of those tasty deep-fried salmon skin morsels you can get at sushi train (drool).

lexi: Morning glory is called phak boong! Tell them to make phat phak boong fai daeng (“flash-fried morning glory”).

julia: looks good, and welcome to food blogging!

frank: The seafood dipping sauce? It’s just chilies blended up with garlic, fish sauce, lime juice and a bit of sugar.

helen: sounds virtually the same, although I don’t know what sushi train is!

thank you austin!!

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