Je Ngor is perhaps Bangkok’s most popular restaurant chain, specialising in Thai-Chinese-Taechiu and seafood dishes. Started in 1999 by Mrs. Na-Chanok Sae-Ung aka Je Ngor, her namesake chain has become the eponymous Thai middle-class go-to spot for some dependable, back-to-basics dishes.
Hae cho (deep-fried pork-prawn fritters) - a Chinese-Taechiu delicacy. Very popular here, although I much preferred the ones I find in Bangkok-Chinatown’s top Taechiu restaurants: Tan Jai Yoo, Sin Kwang Meng and Jim Jim, which tend to be more meaty and firm in texture.
Braised goose-web with egg noodles in sizzling claypot - another Chinese-Taechiu favourite. Pretty average rendition here, unfortunately - I’d have preferred the goose-webs to be cooked longer, for a softer, fall-off-the-bone, sticky texture. Noodles were okay - not really garlicky or peppery enough for me. My fave renditions are from Ping’s in Asoke, or Scala in Siam Square.
We had one of the house specialties - a spicy-sour rice noodle dish with prawns and mimosa leaves. The flavours were a bit too extreme for me, but much enjoyed by my friends/dining companions who are regulars here.
This dish was ordered “accidentally” - I wanted braised fishmaw in oyster sauce, a Taechiu classic, but my friend who did the ordering got us the fish stomach stew/soup instead. So we had essentially large lobes of tender fish stomach with shitake mushrooms in an unctuous savoury “soup”.
Dessert was one of the most popular Chinese-Taechiu options: sugar-coated batons of taro - truly one of my favourite sweets from childhood, and done perfectly here.
Je Ngor has grown to a chain of 11 outlets throughout Metropolitan Bangkok today. This one was the Sathon branch, but cooking standards are fairly consistent throughout all the branches in the city.
25 อาคาร กรุงเทพประกันภัย
South Sathorn Rd, Thung Maha Mek
Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Operating hours - call to enquire as each branch may have different times:
Phone: +66 2 677 3927