Soei (ร้านเส่ย) – One of My Favorite Restaurants in Bangkok

Soei (ร้านเส่ย) - One of My Favorite Restaurants in Bangkok
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Soei (ร้านเส่ย) is honestly one of my favorite, and one of the best restaurants in all of Bangkok, if the not the world. More details here:

Soei (ร้านเส่ย) is a famous restaurant in Bangkok that’s especially known for its strong use of flavors – I think everything on the menu is extremely flavorful – sour, spicy, herb driven, flavors like that. So if you love strong flavors, you’re going to probably love eating at Soei (ร้านเส่ย) as much as I did. P’Soei, who is the owner and the chef of the restaurant, was a former sports player. Walk into the restaurant and you’ll immediately be greeted by photos of sports teams posted around the entire sides of the kitchen.

One of the most famous Thai dishes on the menu at Soei (ร้านเส่ย) is kaem pla too tod (แก้มปลาทูทอด), or fried mackerel fish cheeks. Really they were a bit more like entire fish faces, deep fried to a crisp and seasoned with little more than fried garlic and a pinch of salt. The kaem pla too tod (แก้มปลาทูทอด) is so popular, that you can’t actually order them off the menu, and instead you have to call ahead and order them on the phone – Ying called them at 10 am before we came to eat for lunch, and reserved out plate. They were sensationally good, almost an unbelievable snack. Also for an appetizer or snack type of a dish we got goong chae nam pla (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา), which is a common Thai dish, kind of like the Thai version of shrimp ceviche. Normally goong chae nam pla (กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา) is just marinated in lime juice, chilies, and garlic, but at Soei Restaurant (ร้านเส่ย), they add in a ton of wasabi to kick up the flavors a couple notches. It was sensationally delicious – the burn went all the way up my nose, and it was incredible. For the main dishes, first we ordered tom yum pla too (ต้ำยำปลาทู). The tom yum pla too (ต้ำยำปลาทู) was made with mackerel, and what I really loved about it was the glorious amount of holy basil which they added. It was incredibly spicy with chilies, very sour with lime juice, and then that hit of holy basil gave the soup a wonderful herb earthy flavor. For curry we ordered chu chee pla too (ฉู่ฉี่ปลาทู), a Thai curry made with mackerel fish, in a spice flavored coconut milk based sauce. Finally for the trophy dish of our meal, we ordered pla goong pao (พล่ากุ้งเผา). A Thai pla is sort of like a salad, but more of a deluxe salad, a traditional form of a Thai salad. For this recipe they used jumbo freshwater prawns, first grilled up, and then sliced in half like butterfly cut. They were then anointed in a thick layer of sliced lemongrass, chilies, garlic, shallots, and tomatoes, dressed in lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar, and then finally sprinkled with sweet basil leaves. It was one of the most amazing Thai dishes I’ve eaten in a very long time.

Soei (ร้านเส่ย) is doing an incredible job of making Thai food the right way – using delicious ingredients and not holding back on ferocious flavors. When I ate here, luckily it wasn’t too busy, but sometimes the restaurant can be so busy that you have to wait for your food for 2 – 3 hours because P’Soei is the only one who cooks. So it’s best to eat here on off meal peak hours, and on weekdays if you can.

Address: Thanon Setsiri, Sam Sen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: 081-563-3131, 086-203-6603
Open hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm from Sunday to Friday, closed on Saturday
Prices: Our total bill was just over 1,000 THB
How to get there: Soei (ร้านเส่ย) is located right at the Sam Sen Railroad Station. To get there it’s easiest to take the BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument and then catch a taxi directly to the restaurant at Sam Sen Railroad station.
ที่อยู่ : อาคาร ตรงข้ามสถานีรถไฟสามเสนฝั่งขาเข้า ถนนเศรษฐศิริ แขวงสามเสนใน เขตพญาไท กรุงเทพฯ
เปิดให้บริการ อาทิตย์ – ศุกร์ 11.30 – 22.00 น. ( ปิดทุกวันเสาร์)
โทร. 081-563-3131, 086-203-6603

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  1. those are the ugliest motherfuking faces I ever seen in my life you piece of s*** you're lucky you don't do those faces No More you will take a f**** burning cart when you do that your wife sucks on other men's dicks because of that face you piece of s*** lowlife c******* I really wish you wish you could read this

  2. After seeing this I ate here tonight. Very average food, over 1hr 30 min to get fed, and service which was legitimately rude. Food was ok but not special, like a hundred places just like it. Avoid this it was a bad enough meal to motivate me to leave some negative reviews.

  3. Yo mark! Just wanted to say thank you for being a huge inspiration on my journey to becoming a YouTuber. My wife and I visit Soei in our latest video. Goal is to one day do a colab video with you haha ?

  4. This video came up on my feed, and it was a wonderful throwback.
    And I get to see that signature foodgasm face you make. Been wondering why you never do so in the newer videos. The series in Switzerland, the ones in Israel and Palestine, and the recent Japan series, you never did the face you did in this video.
    People commented that you've toned it down, but in my opinion, it's cause none of their cuisine comes close to Thai food, or SE Asian food in general.

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