World-Famous Mixed Seafood with Garlic and Cilantro at Fikeaw (Bangkok, Chinatown)

Famous Seafood at a Streetside Restaurant

by Fikeaw Yao Wa-Rat, Bangkok, Thailand (Chinatown)

If you find yourself on Yaowarat Road in Bangkok late at night, you'd really be missing out if you didn't stop for some of the city's most famous seafood.

Dining at Fikeaw is truly a sensory experience. Tables and chairs are set out on the side of the road and food is served from the open-air kitchen. Smoke fills the air as tuk-tuks and taxis zip past beneath the neon lights of Chinatown's gold shops, hotels, and restaurants.

If you want to have a true Bangkok street food experience, I cannot recommend eating here enough!

mixed seafood stir-fried with garlic, pepper, and cilantro
mixed seafood stir-fried with garlic, pepper, and cilantro

You never order just one dish at a Thai seafood restaurant. Especially if you come with a friend or a small group, it's typical to order several dishes to share family-style.

We started with a serving of stir-fried morning glory. At first I was a little skeptical. I mean, I enjoy morning glory, but I didn't think it was going to be worth it to order when there were so many other delicious-looking dishes on the menu.

Boy, was I wrong! This "red fire" morning glory was the most flavorful I've ever had! It was cooked in a wok with lots of oil, oyster sauce, fried garlic, red chili, and tons of other aromatics. Cooking it over extremely high heat in the fiery wok imparted the dish with a strong, rich, smoky flavor that I absolutely loved. I've never had morning glory like this before.

smoky morning glory and red chili stir-fried in a wok
smoky morning glory and red chili stir-fried in a wok

Next up was the first main course: mixed seafood served with fried garlic, black pepper, and cilantro. The dish came with thick pieces of squid, chewy and flavorful octopus, and large, juicy shrimp piled high with a mountain of aromatics.

shrimp, squid, and octopus stir-fried with fried garlic, black pepper, and cilantro
shrimp, squid, and octopus stir-fried with fried garlic, black pepper, and cilantro

A traditional Thai seafood sauce (green sauce) was included. This bright, spicy sauce is really tasty, but I thought that the seafood was perfect on its own. I normally love seafood sauce, but I don't think that this dish needed it.

The shrimp were my favorite.

garlic fried shrimp
garlic fried shrimp

Next, a very standard dish that I'm a sucker for any time it's offered: khao pad kung, or shrimp fried rice. There's nothing super special about this dish, but every seafood feast should at least come with a serving of Thai-style fried rice. 

I was impressed with how many shrimp were included in the dish.

shrimp fried rice
shrimp fried rice

Finally, we shared an order of Thailand's most popular national dish: tom yum talay, or seafood tom yum soup.

Tom yum is a sweet, spicy, and sour soup filled with rich herbs, mushrooms, and tons of fresh seafood (fish, shrimp, octopus, and squid).

tom yum talay (seafood tom yum soup)
tom yum talay (seafood tom yum soup)

I was really stuffed by the time we finished this meal. Everything was so delicious that I ate every bite and didn't regret it for a second.

shrimp in tom yum soup
shrimp in tom yum soup

I would absolutely come back here. I was eyeing the massive jumbo prawns that the chef was grilling over charcoal. I may have to come back to give them a try next time!

grilled squid and giant prawns at Fikeaw, Bangkok, Thailand
grilled squid and giant prawns at Fikeaw, Bangkok, Thailand

Menu

You can see the menu options below. Most seafood is served by weight.

The prices are incredible for a Thai seafood restaurant. All of this food cost us less than 800 baht (around $25 USD). It was so cheap that we thought they had made a mistake... but no, the prices are just that good!

The delicious food is 100% worth the price.

Fikeaw Menu, Bangkok, Thailand (Chinatown)
Fikeaw Menu, Bangkok, Thailand (Chinatown)

There are two outdoor kitchens. One chef works the grill while the other mans the wok. Since all of the seating is outside along the street, you'll get a good look at the chefs while they prepare your food. It adds to the experience.

Location

Fikeaw is located in Bangkok's Chinatown at Soi Yaowarat 11, Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100.

customers eating at tables on the street at Fikeaw, Bangkok, Thailand

All of the seating is outdoors at little metal tables set up along the street. The seating at the shop is as simple as can be, but the food speaks for itself.

Part of the fun is being able to watch all of the food being prepared as smoke and fire fill the air around the outdoor kitchen.

the chef preparing food at Fikeaw's outdoor kitchen
the chef preparing food at Fikeaw's outdoor kitchen

Enjoy the chaotic atmosphere of a Bangkok street food restaurant, take a seat, and watch the wild nightlife of Yaowarat Road pass by.

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