The restaurant owned by Raan Jay Fai might not offer lunch buffet Bangkok but it is now one of the most popular in the capital city of Thailand. Its interior design is plain ordinary with tables similar to that used in cafeterias and the lightings are basically fluorescent bulbs. Despite this, various celebrities such as Martha Stewart who is known as one of the best interior designers came to the restaurant to try its food. After Stewart visited the restaurant for a meal, she referred to Raan Jay Fai as the best cook in the entire kingdom.
Jay Fai is currently 70 years old and is the only chef cooking in her restaurant’s kitchen. It was only a few months ago when her restaurant, a street food shop, was awarded a star by the Michelin food guide. From then on, a number of chefs who have been awarded a Michelin star or two before came to her in order to learn the art of cooking using traditional wok while very hot charcoal is blazing. Tourists no longer have trouble finding the restaurant despite not having a sign posted in English because luxury cars can be seen parked outside.
Jay Fai is cooking in her restaurant using two woks at side of the street and loyal customers keep coming because she gave her own versions of popular dishes in Thailand. One of her famous dishes is the pad kee mao which means drunken noodles in English. Other popular dishes include rad na which is similar to pad kee mao but without the spices and the crab omelet which sells for $25 per serving. The prices of her food proved that not everything on the street is cheap.
For those looking for a cheaper alternative, another noodle shop is located just a few steps away. The restaurant is called Thip Samai and is believed to have the best pad Thai one can have in all of Bangkok. The proof to that can be seen in the long line that starts outside the shop when it opens at 5 in the afternoon. It is not as grand as the lunch buffet Bangkok but one will surely enjoy their meal considering that their traditional pad Thai costs only 50 baht which is equivalent to $1.50.