New York, Montreal or Jerusalem? Where can you bag in Bangkok?
Bangkok’s roll-with-hole scene is suddenly booming. Looking for a fully loaded sandwich or a sesame bagel with emery? Here are six bagelries – and what makes them unique.
BKK bagels has been serving hand-rolled New York-style bagels to hungry office workers and downtown residents since 2011. They come in a variety of flavors and toppings – sea salt, poppy seeds, cinnamon raisins, and more – and are designed to be served with homemade cream cheese. Bagel sandwiches like pastrami (THB250) or lox, broth and bagel (THB240) are a must, but there are about a dozen to choose from on the menu. There is now a second shop in Phrom Phong that also serves middle and upper sukhumvit.
518/3 Maneeya Center, Phloen Chit Road, 02-254-8157. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Break bread BKK
This new kid in the block conjures up Montreal-style bagels made to order with a variety of classic toppings such as onions, black or white sesame, sea salt and poppy seeds (THB 30 each; THB 420 for 13). They also sell a version of cinnamon with real cinnamon bark. In addition to bagels, they make a wide variety of freshly baked goods for delivery, from English muffins (240 THB / 13 pieces) to brownies (85 THB / 5 pieces; 260 THB / 16 pieces; 580 THB / 36 pieces) and cheese cake. At least 24 hours in advance for all orders.
Order via Facebook or [email protected].
Lat Prao Soi 109, 065-815-4481.
J Cafe Sukhumvit 20th
The Phrom Phong’s kosher restaurant and deli serves a variety of Israeli baked goods, including the signature Jerusalem bagel. Aside from their oval shape, they are very different from New York or Montreal style bagels. They’re flat, a bit sweet and crispy – but also absolutely delicious. Try the Israeli Emek Cheese Bagel Toast (THB199) stuffed with yellow cheese and olive tapenade or the Balkan Bagel Toast (THB229) stuffed with salty white cheese and roasted red pepper pesto to see what it’s all about .
3 / F, Unit 302, Mille Malle, 66/4 Sukhumvit Soi 20, 02-106-4930. Open Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Earlier this year, the folks behind Roots and Roast launched this kitchen that sells Montreal-style bagels, the denser, sweeter counterparts of those associated with New York. The bagels are poached in honey water, which gives them a bleached appearance with a hint of sweetness. There are four varieties to choose from – classic, onion, sesame or everything (60 THB each) – as well as open sandwiches such as The Monty’s (250 THB), filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese, and the breakfast with bacon, egg and cheese bagel (THB220) . Monty’s can only be delivered from the Thonglor branch.
The Commons (Thonglor), Thonglor Soi 17. Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Singapore-born coffee chain recently expanded with New York-style sourdough bagels. They are left to go for three days – the only way to do this – which gives great texture and depth of flavor. Try them with a smoked salmon bagel sandwich (THB320) filled with generous servings of cream cheese and wood-smoked lychee salmon. You can also get bundles of bagels to take home (THB250 / 6 pieces). Wash it off with a single origin Northern Thailand coffee (from THB299 / bag). Available on-line.
101-103 Charoenkrung Soi 44. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Sherry and Volk Jensiriwanch siblings’ affinity for New York-style bagels led them to the mission to recreate them here. The classic cooking-and-baking technique leaves your bagels with the coveted chewy crust and bite. They come in a variety of flavors or toppings, including Asiago cheese (from THB60). Pair them with droolable add-ons like garlic cream cheese, opt for one of their new twists like the peanut butter and jelly bagels (Ari store only) or grab a bagel sandwich like the caprese (THB220), Avocado and Egg (THB220) or Bacon, Egg and Cheddar (THB240).
40/12 Pradiphat Soi 13, 080-102-7190. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tue-Sun.
This story originally appeared in BK.
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