We’re all familiar with Jay Fai, both the iconic owner and the Michelin-starred street-side restaurant. Here are nine must-try dishes to order at Raan Jay Fai.
Bangkok is not Bangkok without street food, and Jay Fai is the coolest kid on the street food block. The street-side Thai restaurant has retained its Michelin star for four years in a row (2018-2022) now. Supinya Junsuta, more commonly known as Jay Fai, is the mastermind behind all the iconic dishes the outlet has to offer.
Her signature goggles have become as far-famed as her wok-fired food, setting a fashion statement flaunted in front of a coal-fired stove glistening with dancing flames. All hail the queen of Bangkok street food.
Located on Mahachai Road, the concert-resembling endless line is hard to miss. Now a hot pit stop for foodies as well as discerning diners and international chefs, this spot attracts anyone and everyone with a curious palette for the starred street food. Michelin Star, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Netflix – Jay Fai has ticked all the boxes.
The next time you’re dining at this world-famous street-side food joint in Thailand, make sure to order these must-try dishes (yes, crab omelette is on the list). These nine dishes here will make growing grey and old while queuing worth it, trust us.
9 must-try dishes at Jay Fai in Bangkok:
1. Crab Omelette
Of course, first on the list is the most popular dish of all, Crab Omelette. Eggciting.
2. Thai Stir-fried Rice Noodle
Thai Stir-fried Rice Noodle, locally known as Phad See Ew.
3. Seafood Drunken Noodle
4. Stir-Fried Prawns in Yellow Curry
Authentic stir-fried curry, anyone?
5. Dried Congee
The dish to order if you want to do your body a service.
6. Prawn and Holy Basil Stir-Fry
Cannot really dine at a Thai restaurant and not order Kraphao, can we?
7. Seafood Tom Yum
8. Stir-fried Rice Noodle with Seafood
Stir-fried Rice Noodle with Seafood, locally known as Phad Thai.
9. Stir-fried Crabmeat with Black Pepper Sauce
Sugar, spice, and everything nice? This is the dish to order.
Jay Fai is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9.00am-9.00pm. For reservations, email email@example.com.
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Jay Fai, whose real name is Supinya Junsuta (which is unfamiliar to many ears), is the 73-year-old commander behind the restaurant and the mastermind behind all the iconic dishes the outlet has on offer, for example menus, crab omelette, dried congee, phenomenal drunken noodles and dried tom yum. What has become as far-famed as her wok-fired food is Jay Fai’s signature goggles – a fashion statement she flaunts in front of a coal-fired stove glistening with dancing flames. So cool.
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Having been featured in Netflix’s latest Street Food – a series documenting Asia’s street food culture and directed by the very same director of Chef’s Table, David Gelb – it came as no surprise that Jay Fai has once again skyrocketed to be one of the world’s most influential chefs thanks to her incredible concoctions where grade-A seafood like gigantic chunks of crab meat and prawns meet classic Thai street food.
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And as we all know, Bangkok is a city booming with sumptuous street stalls. So one may debate that there are other vendors and street venues that equally deserve all praise. What we would say here, however, is that Jay Fai is arguably the well-suited representative of Thailand’s street food oasis. The food show’s stress on Jay Fai’s biography and the story behind her starred street stall undoubtedly has flung Bangkok’s street food scene onto the world stage.
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And although her iconic look is well recognised by many, some might not know what kind of food exactly her restaurant is serving. So here, we’ve curated a gallery of her famous dishes just for you to see why Jay Fai is the queen of Bangkok’s street food.
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