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  • Writer's pictureAlan Ho

The oldest Restaurant in Bangkok


BANGKOK, THAILAND: Mee Krob Jeen Lee, also known as Tek Heng, is not only the oldest restaurant in Bangkok, but also one of the most iconic dining establishments in the city. One of the main reasons for its popularity is its famous dish Mee Krob, Crispy Chinese Rice Noodles. The dish is so good that it has been given the name "Heavenly crispy noodles" by the King of Thailand, King Rama V. This dish is truly a must-try for anyone visiting Bangkok.


Mee Krob at Tek Heng (Mee Krob Jeen Lee)
Mee Krob at Tek Heng (Mee Krob Jeen Lee)


In the past, the noodles were fried in fragrant lard, stir-fried one by one, and then wrapped in dried banana leaf krathongs. The banana leaf was then tied with banana rope, and the dish was carried like a can of coffee. However, to cater to the health-conscious customers of today, vegetable oil is now used instead of lard. Despite the change in cooking method, the dish still retains its signature crispiness.


Michelin Bib Gourmand, Tek Heng (Mee Krob Jeen Lee)
Michelin Bib Gourmand, Tek Heng (Mee Krob Jeen Lee)

The secret to the crispy texture of the dish lies in the noodles themselves. The noodles are made from old rice, which gives them a distinct flavor and texture. The noodles are then fried until crispy, giving them a satisfying crunch with every bite. The combination of the crispy noodles and the savoury sauce makes for a truly delicious dish.


Menu of Tek Heng (Mee Krob Jeen Lee)
Menu of Tek Heng (Mee Krob Jeen Lee)

Mee Krob Jeen Lee, the restaurant that serves this iconic dish, is now run by Khun Tui Suparat Nitipornphisit. The restaurant was founded by Pae Liu, a Chinese immigrant from Hainan Island. The recipe for the Crispy Chinese Rice Noodles has been passed down from generation to generation and is now a closely guarded secret.




In conclusion, Mee Krob Jeen Lee is a must-visit restaurant for anyone visiting Bangkok. The restaurant's signature dish, Crispy Chinese Rice Noodles, is truly heavenly and has earned its reputation as one of the best dishes in the city. With a history that spans over a century and a recipe that has been perfected over generations, this iconic dish is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Thailand.


Tek Heng (Mee Krob Jeen Lee)
Tek Heng (Mee Krob Jeen Lee)

Opening Hours
  • Monday to Friday 10 am - 2 pm and 4 pm - 9 pm

  • Sat.-Sun and Public Holidays 10 am - 9 pm

  • Closed every 3rd Monday of the month


Address: 326-330, Talat Phlu, Thon Buri, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

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