Food is the language of love for most people. Without a doubt, Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok is where foodies reunite for a great time. Having a wide array of tasty Thai food and desserts would mean that your taste buds are definitely in for a good treat.
Although there may be many restaurants and street vendors serving up Thai food at every corner, finding Halal food that can cater to our Muslim friends may still be a challenge.
Here, we went on a food hunt to find Muslim-owned food eateries around Bangkok’s Old Town district that’ll not only make your mouth water, but keep you wanting more.
1. Aisyah’ Rod Dee
Located just a few steps away from the popular, Khao San Road, Aisyah’ Rod Dee is a humble Muslim-Thai family owned restaurant that has been a favorite among the local community for more than 5 decades.
Offering a menu of well-cooked dishes at affordable prices, customers can look forward to hearty unique flavors that does not incorporate the typical normal Thai flavors we are so very used to. Having said that, we decided to order a few dishes to share as everything on the menu sounded delicious.
The first thing that was served to us was beef satay. At just 10 baht per stick, customers are able to enjoy a well-marinated juicy beef stick, accompanied by a light dipping sauce that falls slightly on the sweet side. All in all, the beef satay that had a required minimum order of 10 sticks, was definitely a good starter to begin with.
Next, we tried the Khao Mok Khai, which is an Indian-style curry rice with chicken. You can anticipate being served perfectly glazed and well-cooked rice, as well as a chicken drumstick that is pretty huge and succulent for 50 baht. This dish is definitely worth ordering when you visit!
You can’t say you’ve indulged in Thailand street food without trying their staple beef noodles… That being said, Aisyah’ Rod Dee’s beef noodle is definitely to die-for. The broth had a good mixture of herbs and spices, which meant it was super flavourful. Meat chunks that were served together were filling, and definitely worth every dollar!
The last dish we savoured was the Sup Kai, chicken soup. Fret not, in any case you’re in the mood for a beef or oxtail soup, Aisyah Rod’Dee provides you with that option as well! Be prepared to try this soup as the flavours would completely catch you by surprise. Being light, sour and spicy, the broth was refreshing and was definitely one of our favourites!
One great thing about this place is that the food was prepared real quick giving our hungry tummies nothing to complain about! This is definitely a spot that Muslim foodies should check out, so as to divulge in a unique Thai experience that also offers scrumptious value-added meals.
How to find it: Located at the west of Rambuttri Alley Roundabout, Thanon Tani, Opposite a 7eleven store
Address: 178 Soi Ram Butri, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200
Using Tuk Tuk Hop: Alight at Point 9, Bang Lamphu
Approximate spendings: 100 baht/person
What to order: Beef Noodles, Chicken Soup
2. Karim Roti Mataba
This classic Bangkok family owned-restaurant is located across the street from Phra Sumen Fort and serves scrumptious Muslim-Thai dishes. Being opened for many years, Karim Roti Mataba is known for their amazing murtabak, as well as Indian style bread, “Roti”, a popular snack among the locals.
Having an upstairs air-conditioned dining area means that customers can take a break from Bangkok’s immensely hot weather and enjoy some yummy Muslim delicacies! The menu which is almost 7 pages long offers a wide variety of dishes rooting from the Indian, Muslim and Thai culture! That being the case, we were definitely spoilt for choices.
Since this restaurant is known for their murtabak, we knew we had to give it a try. We decided to go for the chicken murtabak although there were other options like beef, seafood, vegetables and fish.
The chicken murtabak was delicious and had a good amount of filling surrounding the roti. In addition, the chicken filling was well-cooked and not too dry, making it very tasty. The only drawback was that the portion of murtabak was too small to be shared.
So if you’re ever heading there in a group to dine, and plan to have murtabak as the main course, make sure you order one for each of you!
The 50 Baht chicken thai green curry was next on our list, and we had also ordered a separate plain roti to complement it. Upon taking the first sip, we could taste the sweetness of the curry followed by a tad bit of spiciness from the seasoning. However, the flavours were not too over the edge and overall, the soup had a good mixture to it. The roti on the other hand was just amazing – crispy outer texture, while being soft and firm on the inside, definitely ticked every box of expectations I had!
To end our meal on a sweet note, we had to order desserts! We settled for the banana roti with milk, and it was definitely one of my favourites. With the roti being super crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, the balance of texture was just impeccable! The banana filling was the right amount, and the drizzling of condensed milk just sealed the deal. That to me, is definitely the right way to end a hearty meal!
How to find it: Walk towards Phra Sumen Fort, restaurant is located opposite
Address: 136 Phra Athit Rd, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200
Using Tuk Tuk Hop: Alight at Point 15, Tha Phra Arthit
Approximate spendings: 150 – 200 baht/person
What to order: Roti with Chicken Thai Green Curry, Banana Roti with Milk