First Night In Bangkok Made A Food Snob Humble

Coming out of Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi Airport, we took to the left and traveled an hour or so before arriving at the hotel. It was slightly after 3pm (Thai time) when we boarded the vehicle and all plans to go to Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the 50 districts of Bangkok, Thailand, had to be aborted. Chatuchak, frequently called J.J., covers over 35 acres and contains upwards of 15,000 stalls. We’ll have to make do with Platinum Fashion Mall, an indoor version of Chatuchak, which specializes in wholesale fashion and accessories, with four floors of shopping space, packed with some 2000 shops, later on our agenda.

Finally on the road.

Finally on the road.

One can still see interesting cars in Bangkok unlike Singapore where car owners change cars like fashion every few years.

One can still see interesting cars in Bangkok unlike Singapore where car owners change cars like fashion every few years.

Overloaded motorcycles be it goods or humans are a common sight.

Overloaded motorcycles be it goods or humans are a common sight.

Street vendors (not just food) are set up everywhere.

Street vendors (not just food) are set up everywhere.

Bangkok is one hour behind Singapore and the sky was starting to grow dark welcoming dusk. The looming rain clouds also threatened to sneak in on us. We'd better hurry if we want to savour some street food in Pratunam Market.

Bangkok is one hour behind Singapore and the sky was starting to grow dark welcoming dusk. The looming rain clouds also threatened to sneak in on us. We’d better hurry if we want to savour some street food in Pratunam Market.

First stall we passed by and passed by literally.

First stall we passed by and passed by literally.

The vegetable stall above also sold these fish. This cuisine is not something tourist will take to easily. I was more intrigued by what the neighbouring stalls offered.

The vegetable stall above also sold these fish. This cuisine is not something tourist will take to easily. I was more intrigued by what the neighbouring stalls offered.

It must be meat! My kinda food :D I'm sold!

It must be meat! My kinda food 😀 I’m sold!

Tentacles! I love these. Most of the food on sticks cost 10 baht with a few exceptions at 20 baht per stick.

Tentacles! I love these.
Most of the food on sticks cost 10 baht with a few exceptions at 20 baht per stick.

Bangkok's air can be very polluted and if one has to be on the street for long, one usually puts on a facial mask.

Bangkok’s air can be very polluted and if one has to be on the street for long, one usually puts on a facial mask.

Every where you turn, there's something grilling.

Every where you turn, there’s something grilling.

I'm in catch 22. While enjoying my favourite deep-fried tapioca pancake, I saw these and bought some too. The pork balls were good but the fish cakes were different. Nice but not the bouncy type I'm accustomed to.

I’m in catch 22. While enjoying my favourite deep-fried tapioca pancake, I saw these and bought some too. The pork balls were good but the fish cakes were different. Nice but not the bouncy type I’m accustomed to.

Then, we spotted something that’s more finger licking good, so much better than KFC’s crispy version.

There were many fried chicken sellers and we tried about 3 stalls. This guy's stall sold the best as we all agreed his was the most crispy and non greasy. He was also the most handsome and we nicknamed him that. "Want to buy more chicken from handsome?", we'd chuckle.

There were many fried chicken sellers and we tried about 3 stalls. This guy’s stall sold the best as we all agreed his was the most crispy and non greasy. He was also the most handsome and we nicknamed him that.
“Want to buy more chicken from handsome?”, we’d chuckle.

Thai's deep-fried chicken parts.

Thai’s deep-fried chicken parts.

The chicken thigh (varying prices for the different parts and sized and this piece cost 25 baht) was so good you can even eat it on it's own, without any Thai sweet chilli sauce.

The chicken thigh (varying prices for the different parts and sized and this piece cost 25 baht) was so good you can even eat it on it’s own, without any Thai sweet chilli sauce.

I love eggs and the heavely smell of eggs sizzling in the huge hot plate captured my attention.

I love eggs and the heavely smell of eggs sizzling in the huge hot plate captured my attention.

This stall sells 4 items: Pad Thai with Egg, Pad Thai with Seafood, Egg with Oysters and Egg with Seafood. The intermittent rain started again and we had to look for shelter. We didn't get to eat here but we will be back tomorrow night, we promised ourselves.

This stall sells 4 items: Pad Thai with Egg, Pad Thai with Seafood, Egg with Oysters and Egg with Seafood.
The intermittent rain started again and we had to look for shelter. We didn’t get to eat here but we will be back tomorrow night, we promised ourselves.

We saw what looked like a good deal, grabbed some of these pre-packed meals and ran back to the hotel.

We saw what looked like a good deal (30 baht a packet), grabbed some of these pre-packed meals and ran back to the hotel.

The overcast skies threatened. We better make our way home.

The overcast skies threatened. We better make our way home.

But wait! We haven't bought dessert!

But wait! We haven’t bought dessert!

We made a mad dash towards to fruit stall.

We made a mad dash towards to fruit stall.

"Watch out for the car!" my friends yelled.

“Watch out for the car!” my friends yelled.

It was useless to wait for the cars to stop but they will slow down if I cross. Bangkokian drivers can maneuver comfortably in difficult road conditions and overcorwded places.

It was useless to wait for the cars to stop but they will slow down if I cross. Bangkokian drivers can maneuver comfortably in difficult road conditions and overcorwded places.

I braved the rain to get our desserts (Mango 50 baht and Pomelo 60 baht) but would they pass the taste test?

I braved the rain to get our desserts (Mango 50 baht and Pomelo 60 baht) but would they pass the taste test?

Bangkokians take great pride in their street food culture. Thais of all creed swear by the quality of their street cuisine which springs to life in the evenings at every corner. They certainly cook and eat them with a passion that makes every intrepid foodie want to try at least once in their lifetime and perhaps, be smitten by it. Watch out for the continuation of Thai street food in tomorrow’s post – “Bounding Pulse – Bangkok“.

Happy eating 🙂

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14 Responses to “First Night In Bangkok Made A Food Snob Humble”
  1. wow! the street food looks awesome!

  2. Having fun I can see. Rain was a bummer though huh? Eat and eat some more. Remember me every time you take your first bite.

  3. renxkyoko says:

    My Mom and I are trying to choose whicj country we’re going to visit next year… Thailand or Japan. we’ve checked out Japan, too expensive. we cannot afford to go to more places in Asia due to some major expenses like building a vacation house. Aaaargh. maybe Thailand then. What do you think?

    • Sam Han says:

      I think you see my next few posts and then tell me what you think? Lol… But seriously Bangkok has cheap and expensive hotels (depending on locations), food (if it suits your taste) is reasonably cheap after your US currency conversion so I think you get a valuable bargain in comparison to Japan. No bestest sashimi though 😉

  4. I love the photos and cultural experience you share in this post – looking forward to part two!

    • Sam Han says:

      Thank you, Shanna 😀 I am so happy you liked it. Thailand really is an amazing country with many fabulous cities. Most of the Thais are friendly and obliging, it is easy to get around.

  5. Laura Lynn says:

    That looks like fun! And such amazing good photographs. You are an artist with a camera. My mouth was watering looking at all the delicious food! Can’t wait to see more.

    • Sam Han says:

      How are you getting on, Laura? I thought of you when I was there. I know you will love the place, food and people (not necessarily in that order, lol…). 😀

  6. Lignum Draco says:

    Amazing array of street food. You’re turning into a street photographer now!

    Your photos really are very good Sam. 🙂

    • Sam Han says:

      Thanks Draco, food really was amazing! I’m trying to become a paparazzi but I think I’ll be fired, lol… I’m afraid when I take pictures of people (vendors too although they are most obliging). I’m afraid they may confront me, shudders! Your kind comment is really motivating me to learn photography, or at least get clear shots for now. Have a wonderful weekend. You just made mine fabulous 😀

  7. My favorite places to eat in Thailand are where you have a smiling plump woman out the front cooking A smiling woman cooking food – what more could a man ask for?

    • Sam Han says:

      Most of the women I’ve encountered looked slim, perhaps in this corner (pratunam) of Bangkok. Street food was delish! I’m missing them now that I’m back. 😉

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