With a mission of eating my way through Bangkok, I sometimes stumble on to surprises. My visit at Tai Heng Pochana was one of those times. I looked at the raw egg and I looked around the room, a rather big one to be honest, cantina like. Empty. I thought Hong Kong was crowded. I was the only guest. I looked at the raw egg again, the beef in oyster sauce. I grabbed my knife and fork. Opened my mouth. I have never regretted it.
Tai Heng doesn’t sound Thai, and it isn’t. It’s Hong kong. It’s Hong Kong food on a plate. There isn’t to many good Hong Kong restaurants in Bangkok, but Tai Heng Pochana really is one of them, judging from the stir-fried beef with oyster sauce and raw egg (hue pad summon hoy kai dib). Absolute delicious. There are people out there that can’t get enough of dishes with oyster sauce. Personally I’m more of the occasional type. But if you’re a big fan, I recommend you to jump into the first taxi and pay the driver a few extra bath to hit the accelerator.
A supreme dish, I would say. So extremely simple, but at the same time, so extremely tasteful. It’s all about good ingredients and mastering the temperature. I have returned twice after that first lunch, both times long after normal lunch hours and long before dinner time. Of course I was alone. Both times. Who the hell meets up for lunch in a big road cross at 3.30pm.
Well, I do. But to my defense, it’s with a purpose. I write about the Bangkok food scene. I eat all hours of the day, and sometimes nights. Next time I will be there 1.pm sharp.
The chef here has the reputation of importing many of the ingredients from Hong Kong, just to make sure he get the tastes right. And he does.
The location is definitively not on the romantic side. A huge road cross, a cantina like environment, not very inspiring. But again, unless you’re out for a celebration, it’s about what you get on your plate, in your bowl, what’s the spoon filled with. I have not tried the other dishes, but i will for sure try a couple more next time, together with another plate of beef with oyster sauce and raw egg.
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Address: 593-595 Charoen Nakhon Rd
How to get there: Take the BTS to Krung Thon Buri and flag down a Taxi from there. Forget about walking. It will take you to the junction Charoen Nakorn and Mahai Sawan Rd (South of Soi 60). Make sure the driver cross Mahaisawan Rd. before he stops. You find it on the corner of the junction. Taxi bill is 60 bath one way. If you’re close to Rama III road, be aware that Rama III road changes to Mahai Sawan road on the other side of the Chao Phraya river, so just take a taxi directly from where you are.