I have been staying in Hat Yai city since mid 2010 and i can see many Malaysians and Singaporeans flocked the little town of Hat Yai during the weekends and public holidays. Most of them will patronize those familiar, famous and “language friendly” but over-commercialized or i would say over-priced food outlets or restaurants. So i would like to share with everyone about some “hidden gems” that seldom patronized by tourists.
The first that i would like to introduce is the Nan Yuan. The wonton noodle (also known as Mi Kiao in Thai) here is one of the best available in Hat Yai and the closest to what one can get in Malaysia and Singapore. The dishes here are priced between 35-50฿.
One of the reasons that tourists are reluctant to patronize new restaurants and food stalls is the language barrier. Don’t fret! Some of the waitresses here can converse in simple English and Mandarin. It has menu available in English and Chinese if you ask for it.
Wonton Soup Noodle with Roasted Pork (35฿). This is my favourite dish that made me keep going back for more. The portion is average Asian sized. It’s serves in either soup or dried. The wonton noodle in Thailand, unlike Malaysia’s and Singapore’s, doesn’t use black soy sauce in the recipe. There are a few choices of wonton noodle in the menu. One of them is wonton noodle in black pepper sauce that i would recommend to anyone.
(30฿). This is the must try dish here. During my first dine-in, i observed that almost every table in the restaurant had this serving on the table. Therefore, i gave it a try and fell for it ever since. The wonton is wrapped with a prawn (size not smaller than a 10฿ coin) and minced pork. There are about 10 wontons in a serving and it comes with a dip of Thai sweet chili sauce.
These are the typical condiments that you will find in all the restaurants and food stalls in Thailand. From left: soy sauce, chili sauce, chili flakes, sugar and white/black pepper powder. I always see Thai people add condiments into their food. It seriously give me something to ponder. Is it either Thai people has a more complicated taste buds or those food prepared are lousy? What do you think?
One tip for the tourists, you can order a glass of ice and serve yourself with the water jug on your table if you want to save on the drinks. It only cost you 1฿ unless you’re concern about the hygiene of the water.
If you like to explore with your legs or take a ride on a tuk-tuk to the restaurant, the closest landmark is the Emperor Hotel (if only you’re familiar with Hat Yai city). It just sits right opposite of the hotel.
Nan Yuan 南园
No. 32 & 34, Thanon Tanrattanakorn,
Hatyai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand
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