grilled sweet-and-sticky marinated pork skewers (so delicious!) | every-kind-of-‘ball you could want
there’s no better way to start a deluge of bangkok posts than with the famed chatuchak weekend market – a market square north of the city centre that’s packed with stalls selling nearly everything you could want (and most likely don’t need).
we went with the best of intentions – there are zones demarcated by category (the work of an optimist, really, as the whole place is really just a mix-and-match of stalls that set up wherever they can) – but we ended up just doing a stroll through alleys that caught our eye. which might, actually, mean we covered not half of the market that afternoon.
but you’re here for the food – so let’s go!
big-head prawns grilled with some deliciously-burnt shells – incredibly meaty and full of that seafoody sweetness (and so cheap at barely 8sgd a basket!)
what the market is, really, is an education in how well you can eat in thailand without ever stepping into a brick-and-mortar institution. stalls are set up every couple of steps selling delicious-looking-and-smelling (-and-usually-tasting) food of every kind: fresh cut fruit, meat skewers, fried chicken skin, whole salt-grilled fish – the list is endless and rather hunger-inducing.
cantonese-style roast pork (or siew yoke), sold in a huge slab or chopped up – layered with belly fat and a crisp, bubbled golden skin
when in bangkok, wake hungry – and skip that hotel breakfast. there’s so much on offer, at prices that are still ridiculously low, and we’ve found it to be both safe and extremely gastronomically-rewarding to eat at street stores.
best bet? go to a stall where the thais queue up at.
sugar-coated-and-cooked sticks of tamarind | adorably tiny fritters of fish cake and chicken balls – you’ll find fried bits-of-things like this all over the market
an asian tradition – bit of meat paste moulded to resemble other bits of meat (like those prawns in the corner), as well as sausages spliced to form different shapes | and what’s in this jar? next post!
more to come!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
to get there: take the BTS to Mo Chit station, take exit 1, and follow the crowds past the garden and into the market square