“My great-grandpa emigrated from China to Thailand and settled in Bangkok’s Chinatown,” says Khun Sivakorn, the fourth generation proprietor of Easae. “After starting out as a carpenter,” he adds, “he opened up this coffeeshop in 1927”. Over the years Easae, which is Hainan Chinese slang for prosperity, has relocated three times, but always kept the little Yaowarat community centre feel its customers – Chinese uncles mostly – savour.
The beverages haven’t much changed either, still including o-liang (traditional iced coffee), o-yua (traditional hot coffee) and cha yen (iced-tea). Being deliciousiced-teahunters, we can vouch that Easae’s version is excellent. Also a must try, but more unusual, is heng-yin, almond extracted blended with fresh milk. And who would have thought that jam could be drunk? Order in their cold marmalade jam drink and you’ll discover that it can be as good in a cup as it is slathered on bread. They also serve food, like soft-boiled eggs (very good with pepper and soy sauce), as well as some desserts, like their signature kanom pung sankaya: coconut egg custard, or sankaya, eaten either as a topping on toast or dipped into steamed homemade bread. Having grown up on sankaya, we can one guarantee you that Easae’s is the real deal, with a pure egg taste that you won’t find elsewhere. Other toppings available include jam or even chilli paste.
As for Easae’s atmosphere, lets just say that its fun perching on a wooden stool inside this tatty blue shophouse along with all the Yaowarat uncles nattering away in Chinese. Like your peace and quiet? Then order take-away, or visit in the late afternoon, when the sound levels are more bearable and you might even have this old Chinatown gem all to yourself. A tip: as it’s not on the main road finding Easae can be a tad tricky. When you walk down to Yaowarat Road’s Cha Learm Buri junction, enter the first alley on the right and you can’t miss it.
42 Yaowarat – Padsai Rd, Sumpunthawong,
02-221-0549, 081-573-3388 OPEN Daily 5:30am-9pm