Pad thai under the Moonlight! It sounds and looks equality romantic and this pad thai spot has long been known among Thai as Padthai Wat Lieb, even though the real name, as said on the sign, is “OK Pad thai”.
More important, though, is the taste of food and the ambience. Here, you can inhale the delicious taste and exhale the beauty of the surroundings. This is because the stall is set inside the temple grounds, with a stunning view of a corncob-shaped pagoda glowing at night.
Padthai Wat Lieb was run for many years by the current cook’s father and has always used the same ingredients and recipes. As the cook wil tell you, “there is no secret in cooking, you just need to know the right balance of taste”.
But there is a secret to ordering here – you have to know what you’re doing to experience the local taste. But it’s not about big fresh shrimps or special vegetables. No – the secret is in the eggs!
Sure, you can order regular pad thai, just noodles with peanuts and all the basic condiments which you see on the cooking station. Or you can order with one egg. But to make it ‘super OK’, you want Padthai Khai Koo, which means ‘eggs in pairs’. Once you have two eggs cracked open over the pad thai, it looks like there’s a little pad thai hiding inside the eggs blanket.
Each plate comes out fresh from the stove, wok by wok. Sometimes, depending on how busy it is, you may have to wait to get a table or wait at the table to get your pad thai.
But it doesn’t matter to me or any of my friends who choose to eat there – we love sitting there, watching her cook and eating the fresh hand-crafted pad thai while soaking up Bangkok’s night-time atmosphere. I haven’t had a bad visit yet.
Padthai Wat Lieb
Wat Lieb Temple, Thanon Chakkrapetch Open daily 5.30pm-11pm