Authentic Street Food – Thaikhun

You may have noticed but my family and I LOVE our food. We think nothing of planning our weekends around what food we will be eating. We are also lucky that our boys seem to enjoy food as much as we do (although we do have our moments)

A couple of months ago I was invited to try out the opening of a new Thai restaurant in Guildford called Thaikhun (pronounced ‘tycoon’). I couldn’t make the opening so they very kindly invited us back to check it out at our leisure.

The first thing you notice on arrival is the décor. It has been decked out to give you an authentic feel of what it would be like on the streets of Thailand. I loved how quirky it was. There was so much to look at – furniture, shop signs, posters – all which had been brought back from Bangkok.

Thaikhun Guildford decor

Thaikhun aims to give you the best street food experience from the streets of Bangkok to the UK and I have to say it really delivers.

From a family dining point of view, my boys are already used to eating rice (a daily staple in my diet when I was growing up!) and are certainly no strangers to Asian food. We ordered some Thai prawn crackers which came with a sweet chilli sauce to start and the boys polished off most of them whilst we were trying to decide what else to order. E now has a newfound love of sweet chilli sauce and although he won’t admit it, it does end up getting a little spicy for him so he has to drink lots of water!

Thai Prawn Crackers and authentic drinks from Asia!

The Sukumvit 38 Platter seemed like a great option to try as it had a little bit of everything – spring rolls, salt and pepper squid, fish cakes and honey pork. Mr H and I didn’t get much of a look-in though. The boys were hungry (honestly – you’d think we never fed them!) and loved the squid and the honey pork, they were my favourite out of the platter too.

Sukumvit 38 Platter

Kids Menu
The boys had Bangkok Pop Corn Chicken (crumb fried slices of chicken served with chilli sauce) and the Kaho Moo Deng (BBQ pork slices with rice and BBQ sauce) to share.

I thought it was little strange that the Pop Corn Chicken didn’t come with any rice or noodles but luckily as the boys were sharing they had the rice from the BBQ pork between them.

Loving Thaikhun

For our mains, we chose to have the Pinto Siam which included a Chicken Massaman Curry, Stir Fried Pork Belly in Curry Sauce, Beef in Oyster Sauce and Jasmine rice. I LOVE Pad Thai so we just had to order some to share.

Pinto Siam: Chicken Massaman Curry, Stir Fried Pork Belly in Curry Sauce, Beef in Oyster Sauce and Jasmine Rice

I really liked the flavour of the Massaman Curry and the Beef in Oyster Sauce. The Pork Belly, however, was overcooked and a little on the dry side which was a shame but overall we thoroughly enjoyed our mains


We really had no room left for pudding but E wanted to try the Khao Niew Moon Pancake (Pandan pancakes with a Thaikhun twist, stuffed with sticky rice) served with a mango sorbet. It wasn’t to my taste really but again Mr Piggy E at every last mouthful of it!

Khao Niew Moon Pancake
The boys enjoying dessert!

We absolutely loved our first Thaikhun experience. Most Thai restaurants near us are only open in the evening and usually have quite a formal set up. I really liked the fact that Thaikhun has a relaxed and friendly feel to the place and is somewhere you can pop into for lunch or dinner. We went on a Saturday lunch time and the place was bustling with families and couples.

The Guildford branch is conveniently located near the main Friary Shopping Centre – perfect to pop into after a busy morning shopping. They also have branches across the UK.

You can find out more information about Thaikhun from their website. Or you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you Thaikhun for having us – E already keeps asking when he can go back!

Have you been to Thaikhun before? What did you think of it?

*We were invited to dine at Thaikhun, Guildford in exchange for this review

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  1. We are going to visit the new Metro Centre branch next week. Your meals look delicious & it sounds like you had a great family meal xx

  2. It looks delicious, and I love the setting, very authentic. Will have to give this a try soon. Sarah #PicknMix

  3. All these dishes look really yummy. It’s great to have a restaurant that caters and is family friendly, nice to have a change from the usual Italian food. My eldest is a very, very fussy eater, so we are very limited when eating out which is a shame as my youngest loves exotic flavours.

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