Roadside hawker Supinya Junsuta, better known as Jay Fai, found fame for receiving a Michelin star two years in a row, however, she still cooks every dish at her Bangkok stall.
A drive on Maha Chai Road in the evening may mean the encounter of a long line planted in front of Jay Fai restaurant, or as many referred to as a “Bangkok street food” destination. Having been the first street-side eatery to be awarded a Michelin star in Michelin Guide Bangkok two years in a row (2018-19), the venue which was once a nightly stop for neighbourhood folks and the city’s hungriest drivers is now a hot pit stop for foodies as well as local and international chefs with a curious palette for the starred street meal.
Having been featured in Netflix’s latest Street Food – a series documenting Asia’s street food culture and directed by the very same director of Chef’s Table, David Gelb – it came as no surprise that Jay Fai has once again skyrocketed to be one of the world’s most influential chefs thanks to her incredible concoctions where grade-A seafood like gigantic chunks of crab meat and prawns meet classic Thai street food.
Be prepared to wait several hours to sample the goods at this Michelin-starred street stall in Phra Nakhon, which (rather unluckily for you) doesn’t take reservations and is immediately identifiable by its long line. You’ll spot the eponymous Jay Fai — and one of the city’s most recognizable foodie personalities wearing her signature goggles, cooking furiously over an outdoor wok, essential protection from a searing inferno of hot oil, she cuts a distinctive figure Inside is similarly no-frills: just a handful of nondescript tables and chairs in a clean, bright space.
Raan Jay Fai’s ‘khai jeaw poo‘ or crab omelette is definitely one not to miss.
The omelette contains half a kilo of fresh crab meat, wrapped in a simple layer of eggs fried to perfection. Cutting into the fluffy pillow reveals succulent, generous chunks of sweet lump crab, held together by just enough egg.
The drunken noodles (Phad-Kee-Mao Talay) are stir-fried flat rice noodles with a hot and spicy sauce, basil leaves, fresh chili and a selection of seafood. These chewy noodles are simply to die for.