Odean crab noodle shop.
Named after the colourful gate that marks the entrance to Chinatown nearby, Odean occupies a pair of narrow shophouses on an unusually quiet stretch of Charoen Krung Road, a stone’s throw from Wat Traimit. One houses the kitchen, while the other serves as simple but clean air-conditioned dining room with a few stainless steel tables. A two-page menu has brief English descriptions to go with photos of most dishes, making Odean easily accessible to foreigners.
The shop is also easy to spot thanks to the bright red steamed crab claws that “grab” passersby from a footpath display case. Saltwater crabs are sourced from a single town in Surat Thani province that’s known for the sweetness of its crab meat. With just about everything made from scratch, the shop itself is known for its attention to detail.