Supinya ‘Jay Fai’ Junsuta
Street food with a twist: Located on Maha Chai Road, Raan Jay Fai has become a culinary institution in Bangkok. The seven-table restaurant may have had humble beginnings as a hawker stall (and to this day keeps its hyper-casual format), but it has also become a Michelin-starred, unmissable destination for food lovers. Over the years, one constant has been the chef: legendary Supinya ‘Jay Fai’ Junsuta, who can still be found in the kitchen wearing her trademark goggles.
What should I order? On the menu you’ll find Thai street food like you’ve never seen before. Don’t miss the pad kee mao talay – seafood with drunken noodles which are dry-fried and extra crispy – or the khai jiao poo, Jay Fai’s famous interpretation of a crab omelette. While the price might be higher than its hawker contemporaries, Raan Jay Fai’s luxury ingredients promise an unforgettable culinary experience on the streets of Bangkok.
A family affair: Septuagenarian and chef-proprietor Junsuta has lived by her circadian rhythms for the past 40 years. Having opened the restaurant in the early 1980s, she has worked six days a week at the same wok, and now stands side-by-side with her daughter, Yuwandee.
Icon for the ages: Junsuta has become an unlikely celebrity in the world of gastronomy. Hailed for her backbreaking techniques, use of top-quality produce and commitment to Thai culinary excellence, she was recognised with the Icon Award at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021.
327 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand+66 2 223 9384 Visit Raan Jay Fai on Facebook Visit Raan Jay Fai on Instagram