Street food is aplenty in the streets of Bangkok and we were spoilt for choice. however i am inclined to believe that we didn’t eat as much this trip as we did last year, but still, here’s roughly what we had during the few days there.
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Our first dinner at one of the smaller shops nearby our hotel. The meatballs were very nice, and had quite a firm texture to it.
As we spent an entire day at the exhibitions in Impact Convention Centre, we had lunch at their Food Court, the Sky Kitchen. These are the Vietnamese Dumplings from Viet Cuisine, which was basically minced pork and some other vege strips wrapped in the thin, white skin. Served with fresh mint leaves and chilli sauce.
Saw many stalls of women selling these mini meatballs at Chatuchak Market. At only 10 Baht per stick, these were firm, flavourful meatballs were dunked in a sticky chilli-like sauce. After we bought 5 sticks, we went back for more.
Lunch at Chatuchak Market was at a corner lot restaurant selling various types of noodles and rice. We decided to try the “Noodles in brown soup with Steamed Pork” which was priced at 30 Baht per bowl.
Thin vermicelli (米粉) was used and apart from the tender steamed pork, two fishballs were also given, along with blanched kangkung (water spinach/convolvulus/蕹菜).
After a long day at Chatuchak Market, we stopped in front of this stall which sold a grass jelly dessert and couldn’t resist getting a bowl to share. the jelly, or as locals call it – chao koay is topped with crushed ice and demerara sugar. A very refreshing dessert.
We actually had this for supper one day during our last trip to Bangkok as we were staying only across the road. We remembered it as being very tender and flavourful, hence the search for it again. The stall is along Phetchaburi Road, not too far from a corner lot 7-11. A sweet, young lady tends the stall, handling the cleaver with ease and expertise, as she goes about chopping up the braised meat.
Another day at Chatuchak Market and we stumbled upon a food court like space somewhere in the midst of the hustle and bustle. On most tables, bowls of raw salad awaits you. Yet our eyes catches sight of the roast pork first and soon we were munching on crunchy, juicy, roasted pork bits.
At the same food court in Chatuchak Market, we ordered lunch in the best way we could as few of the hawkers spoke any english, it seems. a lot of pointing and gesturing later, we ended up with thai style belachan (shrimp paste) rice and more braised pork. the latter was rather bland in taste actually but the rice, or khao kluk kapi as the thais call it, is fragrant and mouthwatering.
The rice is fried with shrimp paste (kapi in thai) and served with sweet pork (stir-fried with shallots, fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar), grated raw mango, egg omelette strips, onion slices, chopped long bean, chilli, dried prawns and lime wedges. Smells and tastes heavenly even if some people may find the smell of the shrimp paste off putting. But as an anak Malaysia, the smellier, the better!
Now the thing about Chatuchak Market is that little surprises are constantly at some corner, waiting to be discovered. And after a great foot massage, we saw this dessert stall outside with quite a long queue. Eager to see what the fuss is about, we also waited in line and chose from a myriad of colourful ingredients to concoct our own thai mixed dessert. the cold, sweet liquid instantly refreshes and the various ingredients provided an explosion of taste.
Just outside Chatuchak Market were more food stalls but we weren’t very hungry anymore after having the thai mixed dessert earlier. yet i couldn’t resist the inviting looks of these fried insects and ended up asking for 20 baht worth of fried grasshoppers and worms. the lady scooped the bugs into a small bag and sprayed them with a soy sauce mixture. i loved how crispy and crunchy it was despite it being a tad too salty.
Found these oval, bite-sized hotcakes when I was walking down Soi 21. Made of a rice flour batter, corn is added into the mixture when it’s being cooked, and topped with coconut cream before being served. This lot cost me 10 Baht.Khanom Krog is quite a popular street snack in Thailand.
This is another place we remembered from last year. Situated along Phetchaburi Road in Pratunam, at a corner lot somewhat diagonal to the Platinum shopping mall, this restaurant whips up one of the best dry tossed wantan noodles ever. the portion is rather small though, but for what it lacks in quantity, it makes up in quality. garnished with blanched leafy vege, pork wantans, char siew, spring onions and crispy lard, it is almost similar to sarawak’s kolok noodles. the amount of noodles stacked up in its glass display shows that this place is very popular. my only complaint is that the noodles are a little too oily. as for the braised pork, it is definitely one of the best we have had in bangkok so far. and i thought i’d be tired of braised pork by now…
Our last meal in bangkok was at Yum Saap in Central World Plaza. Not exactly street food but we were rather pressed for time and entered the first restaurant we saw. The rolls you see in the first photo is not from Yum Saap though, but from a roadside stall opposite the mall. The chilli dip is excellent, hitting the right spicy & sour notes. Also had a minced pork omelette, a pad thai (fried flat noodles) and a minced pork noodle soup. The noodles used were akin to those instant ones from Maggi, which was a disappointment. The other dishes were somewhat mediocre.
we chose two salads – my favourite yum woon sen (glass noodle salad) and a crabstick & longan salad. the latter was much better than my usual choice. and i had better glass noodle salads in back home. but both were very spicy and i found myself reaching for my glass of tea. and i normally can take rather spicy food without breaking into a sweat.
Well, hope you enjoyed this post. :)