Saturday, October 17, 2009

Eating @ Chatuchak Market

Whenever I'm in Bangkok there are two things that are always on my itinerary during the weekends. The first is Sunday Brunch at one of the hotels and second a visit to the humongous Chatuchak Market.

This is one of the best places to shop despite being a little pricey because of the mass number of tourists that flock here. For those of you not familiar with Chatuchak, this is by far one of the biggest flea market I've been in. It sells everything from clothes, furniture, statues of all kinds, fishes, dogs, cats, monkeys and much more... Apart from all the merchandise this place also sells nearly every Bangkok street food and snacks.

Busy Market

This time we decided to try a snack store situated right in front of Chatuchak's main entrance. The store was selling Grilled Yam-Cakes, Khanom Krok (Coconut Pudding) and rectangular cakes with different fillings that I've never had before.

Grilling Yam Cakes
Kanom Krok: Crispy Coconut Pudding

We bought all three snacks to try but were disappointed. The Yam-Cakes were soggy and very mild in flavor. The Khanom Krok's shell wasn't crispy and the pudding was tasteless. We had the rectangular cake with Kaya filling but it was soft and soggy.

Pan-Fried Yam Cakes
Our box of Thai Snacks

For lunch we had Pork Combination Soup and a plate of Pork Trotter and Chicken Rice. The Pork combination soup was pretty good. The soup tasted like a sweeter version of Bak Kut Teh (Malaysia's Herbal Pork Bone Soup) and had a good mix of pork meat, intestines, lungs and stomach to go with the noodles. I also really liked the added texture from the crispy pork skin they added on top.

Assorted cuts of meat to be boiled for the noodle soup
Combination Soup Stall
Beef Combination Soup

The Pork Trotter and Chicken Rice was alright. The pork trotter was really tender and had a nice combination of fat and meat. However this cannot be said of the chicken where we were only given three miserable meatless slices. The rice was bland on it's own but tasted really good with the Pork Trotter Sauce poured on top.

Pork Trotter and Chicken Rice

Well... that was what we had this time in Chatuchak. There are a lot more snacks but we were saving our stomachs for tomorrow's Sunday Brunch at Four Seasons Hotel! Anyone that is visiting Bangkok for the first time should definitely make a trip down to this market.

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