For me, there’s not too much in life that’s more comforting than good, home cooked Muslim Thai food so any time I have the opportunity to try somewhere new in Bangkok, I jump at the chance! My usual go to spot for Muslim-Thai cuisine is Muslim Restaurant on Charoen Krung in Bang Rak. That could be about to change now I’ve discovered Barakat Restaurant on Chan Road!
I came across Barakat while I was walking off a crispy pork feast I’d just devoured at Mr Joe (also on Chan Road). The thing that caught my eye was the massive posts of curry that were on display in the open kitchen. I asked the lady cooking what it was and she told me ‘kuay tieow gaeng’, or curry noodles. Now I had to come back and give it a go seeing the combination of noodles and curry does something to me that no other dish in Thailand seems to (regular readers of my blog will note my obsession with the Northern Thai curry noodle dish, Khao soi).
After the kilo or so of pork I’d just consumed at Mr Joe Crispy Pork, I decided to come back another day and give Barakat Restaurant my full attention…and an empty stomach.
What we ordered.
There is a pretty lage menu at Barakat so I had to pick wisely. We ended up going for the kuay tieow gaeng nuea – curry noodles with stewed beef, the khao mok gai – Thai chicken biryani, gai tod – fried chicken and a separate plate of rice from khao mun gai that they sell there. I really wanted to try the murtabak – stuffed roti bread but they had sold out by the time we got there. Oh well, I guess that will be my excuse to go back!
So let’s take a look at the dishes:
Kuay Tieow Gaeng Neua – 50 baht
The beef curry with noodles was just as good as I’d hoped, the coconut based curry sauce was rich, creamy and well spiced. It was maybe a touch on the sweet side but the flavour was incredible. The chunks of beef in the sauce literally fell apart in my mouth and there was a nice texture to the soup coming from the addition of crunchy peanuts as well as crispy fried onions. There’s also half a boiled egg on top making this a very filling meal by itself. I, however, had more dishes to get through so I had to plough on. On my video review at the bottom of the page I describe it as ‘one of the best things I’ve eaten’…In hindsight, I may have got a little carried away with that statement but this is still a serious bowl of noodles!
Khao Mok Gai – 40 baht
Khao mok gai, or Thai biryani, is one of my go to dishes, especially when I’m travelling in the south of Thailand and I wasn’t going to leave Barakat without trying theirs. Khao mok gai is one of those dishes, like khao mun gai, in which you don’t really get a bad one until you get a really bad one. Thankfully, Barakat’s version is on point. The rice was perfectly cooked and really well seasoned, with a really strong flavour of cumin coming through. Often, the resounding flavour from a khao mok gai in Bangkok is cinnamon, so that made a nice change. The chicken thigh fell off the bone as expected (but not always delivered) and the mint sauce was perfect for my taste; sour, spicy and not too sweet. If something is going to let me down with a biryani in Thailand, it’s usually the sweet sauce being too sweet.
Gai Tod with rice – 50 baht
The fried chicken was a little hard to judge as it was the last thing we tried, meaning it was pretty cold by the time we got around to eating it. That being said, the batter was great; really crispy and reminiscent of the batter you would find on fish and chips back home, rather than a classic southern Thai fried chicken coating. The chicken itself was moist and tender and the mound of crispy shallots on top was delicious. I would order it again but maybe eat it first next time! I’m not a sweet chilli sauce fan so I ate my half with the mint and chilli sauce from the khao mok gai which went together well.
All in all, Barakat Restaurant is a fantastic place to try Thai-Muslim halal food in Bangkok. The staff are really friendly, the food is delicious and it’s seriously good value. Our three dishes cost 160 baht (£3.70/$5.00) with two bottles of water. I would like to go back and try the murtabak before fully switching allegiances from Muslim Restaurant, Bang Rak but for the price, Barakat will be hard to beat.
You can check out the full video review on my YouTube channel below:
Where is Barakat?
Barakat – บารอกัต is located just inside Bangkok’s Sathorn district, about a 15 minute walk from Charoen Krung Road in Bangkok. There’s no sky train or MRT stop nearby so I would suggest taking a taxi or tuk tuk from Saphan Taksin BTS station. With food this cheap, the taxi kind of pays for itself! You can always combine your trip to Barakat with stops at Mr Joe Crispy Pork and Tuang Dim Sum which are two of my personal favourites and both within walking distance of the restaurant.