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BKK for a couple of foodies!

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First I want to apologize for not frequenting these forums more often - the last time I was here was about 7 years ago when planning a trip to Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. The advice I got here was very helpful, for which I am very thankful! I spent a little time on the boards after my trip - both posting a trip report and answering some questions... but as time went on, I felt like my information was becoming dated and may not have been accurate any longer, so I stopped chiming in...

We're finally going back - this time spending a lot more time in BKK since we only had an overview the last time.

My question is about food - specifically street/shophouse food. (Sorry RHKKMK - I know you'll disapprove unless anything has changed your opinion in the last few years!)

I've been reading a lot about Jay Fai - all over the internet, and also in Chawadee Nualkhair's book - and she consistently raves about the place both on her blog and in interviews she has done. Is this place as good as all this hype (and expense - it's supposedly one of the most expensive shophouse restaurants)? I'd love to get some other people's perspectives. Has anyone had her 1500B tom yum goong? Can it really be that good to be worth that kind of price?

She also seems to wax on and on about Isaan food... is Isaan food that popular in BKK nowadays or is it just her penchant for it?

Are there any recommendations of other standout places? Not looking for trendy or modern restaurants - we're booked for Nahm for one night based on many recommendations, and will be stopping by Supanniga as well so I feel like we have that covered... Nor are we looking for other cuisines (like French, Italian, sushi, etc) no matter how good they may be. I'm looking for advice for good curry, grilled items, stew, and of course noodles! (not all at once... we'll be there for about a week and have no problems travelling to different neighborhoods for a worthwhile cause!)

I know a bit about the streetfood scene in Chinatown, as well as Sukhumvit soi 38.. any specific places that are your favorites?

Thank you!!

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