Bangkok's oyster omelettes had attained an almost legendary status in my food-obsessed mind for some years now...
I've been wanting to get my hands on these omelettes ever since I first watched a wrinkled old lady fry one up on a promo for The Hairy Bikers' Cookbook. It seemed to have all the ingredients of a winner - salty oysters, eggs, various sauces, dips and vegetables haphazardly stirred together into a hodgepodge filled with creamy and crispy bits.
So, when I heard that our hotel was not too far from one of the best place to try them in Bangkok - Thip Hoi Thot Phu-khao Fai (translated to mean volcanic fried mussels - a name with promise if ever there was one) there was no way I was going to miss attempting to finally fulfill my wish!
Thip Hoi is located in busy Bang Rak - just round the corner from Robinsons department store - and proved incredibly easy to find even for someone as directionally-challenged as moi.
The restaurant's name comes from its earlier avatar as a street stall that cooked up oysters over a flame-spewing stove. While it may have evolved since then, don't go there expecting a fancy restaurant - Thip Hoi is not much more than a few tables and chairs piled into a small shop, with a large wok in the front display window and a pot of sweet and tangy sauce on the main counter.
We opted for the mixed oyster and mussel omelette and it proved to be everything I had hoped it would! An eggy mound stuffed full of plump, briny oysters and tiny, tasty mussels, topped off with crunchy bean sprouts.
The restaurant claims to make an oyster omelette with the "perfect ratio of gooeyness to crispiness" and I am happy to say it is a claim that is well-founded. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back for a plateful doused in sweet, vinegary sauce :)
Thip Hoi Thot Phu-khao Fai is located at 3 Soi Charoen Krung 50 (next to Robinson Bang Rak). BTS station Saphan Taksin and is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 am -7:30 pm.
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