Hoy Tod, or Thai-style crispy oyster omelette

Hoy Tod - หอยทอด

at Wang Lang Market

Crispy, oily, fatty, delicious! Hoy tod is one of my all-time favorite Thai dishes! A crispy omelette of egg, batter and sweet juicy oysters is fried up in a cast-iron pan and arrives sizzling and steaming hot and fresh in front of you. Hoy tod is often served at pad Thai restaurants, and is a classic dish from Bangkok / central Thai cuisine.

Thai hoy tod on a cast iron skillet

Hoy tod can be made with either oysters or mussels, but I prefer the version with oysters. Sometimes I find mussels a little too tough, but fresh Thai oysters are always delicious. Bangkok sits right on the coast, and the seafood here is always super fresh!

Hoy tod starts out with a thick batter made from starchy rice flour and eggs. Generous portions (and I do mean lots and lots of fresh, sweet oysters!) are whipped into the heavy batter, which is poured onto a heavily-oiled pan and left to fry until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Hoy Tod (crispy fried oyster omelette) - 80 THB

The dish is usually served over a bed of fresh beansprouts and topped with fresh green onions and the optional sweet chili sauce (recommended!).

I found this particular dish at the Wang Lang market in Bangkok, but you can order hoy tod all over the city at food courts and street markets wherever pad thai is found.

Wang Lang Market

80 THB ($2.50)

Unfortunately, I lost the name of the restaurant. It's located in the famous Wang Lang Market near Wat Rakhang Temple and Siriraj Hospital on the Thonburi side of the river in Bangkok, Thailand. The market itself is a foodie's paradise, and is one of the best less-known spots to find some amazing Bangkok street food.

Travel Tips
After eating, spend an hour or so at the nearby Wat Rakhang (the Temple of the Bell), a beautiful royal-grade temple of the second class that sits along the banks of the Chaophraya River across from the Grand Palace. The temple is best known for the huge bronze statue of Somdej Toh, a famous 19th century monk, that sits looking out across the river. 

a bronze statue of Somdej Toh, Wat Rakhang, Bangkok
a bronze statue of Somdej Toh, Wat Rakhang, Bangkok

It is FREE to visit Wat Rakhang, but you should be sure to dress politely and respectfully if you want to enter the temple buildings.