It’s been said that more people die from
over-eating than from starvation. I rather doubt it
myself, (and I know which option I would prefer),
despite the fact that we in the West consume too much
food and much of that ‘too much’ is junk. Personally,
I’ve never been in one of the more famous fast food
outlets in my quite long life (which may account for
that longevity), whether it serves hamburgers, chicken
and fries, spare ribs or any other form of such food.
Vieng Joom On teahouse on Charoenraj Road.
Sadly an increasing number of Thais are being seduced
into this type of eating inspired (if that is the word)
by American eateries, and this, along with lack of
exercise, may account for a sad increase in overweight
youngsters which might in a few years start to rival
their contemporaries in the U.K., the U.S.A. and
Even so, Thais in general eat much more sensibly than we
do. The general rule is ‘less but more often’. No vast
quantities of killer meat, no excess of dairy products,
far less sweets and chocolate and no ‘all you can eat’
Living here, it certainly pays to follow their example
and certainly Thai food is generally far less expensive
than farang grub - unless one can afford the up-market
places where good foreign food is available it is also
infinitely better quality and fresher. That said, I’m
not too keen on spicy Thai food early in the day and,
since I don’t ‘do lunch’, my preference is for a late
breakfast, something light in the afternoon such as a
Thai salad or tea and then a dinner on the late side of
All of which brings me to suggest not one particular
restaurant this week, but a couple of places for a mid
morning meal and a particularly delightful tea house.
The couple of Amazing Sandwich outlets are reliable for
breakfast, whether it is one of their ‘sets’ at only 105
baht, (these can be modified, and I take the Continental
without the chicken and jam, substituting green tea for
the coffee and dark bread for the toast).
Other good options are the Art Café near Thapae Gate,
which offers a huge range of breakfasts until three
o’clock in the afternoon and where they serve excellent
yoghurt, and the little but always popular ‘hole in the
wall’ restaurant a few yards down Ratchadamnoen Road
opposite the actual ‘gate’, next door to Black Canyon.
Their mango and sticky rice at 30 baht is a real
bargain, although when in season that popular dish is
even cheaper on the lower ground floor of Central at Kad
Suan Kaew. That area and its larger equivalent at
Airport Plaza are both fine for cheap and cheerful
‘instant’ Thai food and also for excellent salads.
In the mid afternoon, should you be in the mood for tea,
there is simply nowhere better than the Vieng Joom On
teahouse, located facing the River Ping at 53 Charoenraj
Road. It’s a large pink building, with a pretty garden
and a relaxing interior, both for taking tea and all the
nice things that go with it. They also have a super shop
which sells countless varieties of tea and accompanying
Their tag line is ‘we serve you more than tea’ - very
apt since you can mull over countless choices of tea and
select cakes and even cucumber sandwiches amongst other
edible delights. The staff are very helpful (that’s also
true inside the shop), and the setting is delightful.
The teas are of exceptional freshness and quality and
served in elegant cups and teapots. It’s a tranquil
experience amidst the often noisy environs of this
beautiful city. Phone 053 303 113.
Inside countless varieties
of tea and accompanying items await the customer.