A hearty hour or cheating on your diet regime. Both options are available at Laap Paak. And they have a backyard on the doorstep to MRT station Hua Lamphong. In other words last stop before Chinatown and Yaowarat Road, a 10 minute walk away.
The backyard isn’t huge, but they have one, and it’s rather quite there despite all odds, being so close to gate 3 to MRT Hua Lamphong.
If you’re in for a cheat on your diet you should go for the deep-fried chicken and shrimp that is minced to a thick, crunchy pancake with mayo as a garnish together with fried and crispy lime leaves (bay makrood). It’s good, trust me.
But this time I went for the more hearty tom saep gradook moo which is a spicy isaan-style pork-rib soup. It’s lemony and spicy at the same time, but don’t worry, they ask how spicy you want it. And from my experience they are able to read the message. Another great spot for this dish is Hai Som Tam at Convent road,
Despite being very lemony the spiciness balances the acidity and make it a refreshing soup in the Bangkok lunch hour heat. The pork is basically small bony pieces with some meat on, juicy and tasteful. And they use lots of holy basil, which is the clue behind this dish. They are also generous with both the mushrooms and the cilantro. No seasoning is necessary and no options for it is on the table either. They know how it should taste. And they are right. No complains from my side.
The room is air-coned and also full of fans. It’s an excellent place to sit down and wait for friends or for planning your Chinatown journey a 10 minutes walk away if you haven’t already done it. There’s also a terrace outside with lots of plants.
The service isn’t super quick so try to get their attention when ready to order. Personally I don’t mind, it’s a relaxed environment and good food, and that’s basically what matters to me. It’s not the resto where you celebrate your anniversaries or where you bring someone for the first date, but a good spot to serve your stomach, especially if the alternative is hanging out at the train station waiting for your train.
Name: Laap Paak
Food: A mammoth menu with a broad range of Thai dishes, including appetizers like spring rolls, crispy minced chicken and shrimp crepe topped with sesame and mayonnaise. They have both rice and noodle dishes, steamed or deep fried whole fish – like sea bass, plenty of soups, Thai style salads. Other courses includes curries, stuffed squids, crab dishes etc, vegetarian dishes, simpler dishes like deep fried chicken wings, pork balls and battered fried shrimps.
Price: 160 Bath for a soup and a bottle of Soda water isn’t cheap. Moderately priced.
Open: Daily 10:30am–9pm.
Address: 518 Rong Muang
How to get there: Take MRT (Metro) to Hua Lamghong. Take exit 3 and as soon as you get out in open air you see a small stairs to the right and there it is to your left as soon as you have walked down the stairs.
Bangkok Railway Station
Bangkok Railway Station, also known as Hua Lamphong Station, is on the doorstep of Hua Lamphong Metro station. The station is officially referred to by the State Railway of Thailand as Krungthep Station in Thai. Krungthep is the common name in Thai for Bangkok. Be aware that all documents published by the State Railway of Thailand (such as train tickets, timetables, and tour pamphlets) the station is uniformly transcribed as Krungthep.
It took 6 years to construct the station and it opened on June 25, 1916. Before the construction, the site was occupied by the national railway’s maintenance centre, which moved to Makkasan in June 1910. At the nearby site of the previous railway station a pillar commemorates the inauguration of the Thai railway network in 1897.
More importantly, the station is built in an Italian Neo-Renaissance-style, and has decorated wooden roofs and stained glass windows. The architecture is attributed to Turin-born Mario Tamagno. Together with Annibale Rigotti (1870–1968), they are also responsible for the design of several other early 20th century public buildings in Bangkok. The pair designed Bang Khun Prom Palace (1906), Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in the Royal Plaza (1907–15) and Suan Kularb Residential Hall and Throne Hall in Dusit Garden, are some of the examples.
The station has 14 platforms and two electric display boards. It serves more than 130 trains and approximately 60,000 passengers each day. The station was connected by with the subway system and Hua Lamphong Metro Station in 2004. The station is also a terminus of the Eastern and Oriental Express luxury trains.