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Kai Thod Jai Kee, Bangkok

137 Soi Polo
Wittayu Road
Thailand 10330
Tel: 66 2 251 2772's insider take:

It may just be a basic storefront down a dusty alley off one of Bangkok's main arteries, but the owner of Kai Thod Jai Kee has sold enough finger-licking chicken, shredded papaya salad (available extra spicy upon request), and bamboo baskets of sticky rice to send his many children to overseas universities, build family homes around Thailand, and amass a collection of Benzes. Nearly everyone who takes a seat at the metal dining tables orders the addictively juicy, tender fried chicken topped with deep-fried shaved Thai garlic, and the eye-openingly spicy papaya salad. (In fact, that's all they serve.) Eyes open even wider at the shockingly reasonable prices.

Open daily 7 am to 10 pm.

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