Monday, 15 June 2015

Eat What Food at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok JK1152

Chatuchak Weekend Market (also known as Jatujak or JJ Market)
Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand (next to Chatuchak Park and Khampeng Phet MRT stations or Mo Chit BTS station)
GPS13.799666, 100.551566
Hours: Friday 6:00pm to 12:00 midnight | Sat and Sun 10:00am to 6:00pm

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Chatuchak Weekend Market is a bazaar style mega shopping hub popular with locals and tourist bargain hunters looking for handicrafts, toys, house ware, lights, paintings, bags, shoes, ladies' accessories, clothes and more. It's said that there are 8,000 stalls in Chatuchak Market.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is just a short walk from Chatuchak Park and Khampeng Phet MRT stations or Mo Chit BTS (Bangkok Transit System) station.

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Chatuchak Market is a labyrinth of small shops that sell practically everything you will ever need or don't need. Over the years, we had bought lots of knick knacks and souvenirs from Chatuchak Market, with most ending up boxed in the store room ;-p  Many tourists come here to buy gifts for friends and family.

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This gentleman entertains shoppers, playing nice country music with his banjo.

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The moment we hit ground zero at Chatuchak, my friends quickly disappeared into the dark maze of shops and stalls. Meanwhile, I circled the food stalls ringing the perimeter of Chatuchak market like a hungry shark diligent food blogger for two hours ;-D

I am very happy :-D

There is already lots of information online about the fabulous shopping at Chatuchak, so in this post, I shall focus on the food here.

Chatuchak is not a place where people come for food. None of the food here is the best in Bangkok. But, we will all be hungry and thirsty after all the high powered, mentally draining negotiations (bargaining) at Chatuchak. So, we all really appreciate that there is lots of Thai food and beverages to try and sample here.

The 200+ food stalls/ shops ring around the entire perimeter of Chatuchak Market, many selling the same kind of food. There is just too much street food - I wish I could try everything. Take a walk around the food stalls with me :-D

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There is a large shop serving Pad Thai with large river prawns. A bit too sugary sweet for my taste buds and charges a substantial tourist premium.

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If you see a long line queueing for coconut ice cream, stay calm and relax. There are up to 10 stalls here selling coconut ice cream.

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It is a scoop of generic commercially supplied coconut flavoured ice cream served in a half coconut with a choice of toppings like crushed peanuts, sweet corn, attap seed and red beans. All the ice cream stalls serve basically the same generic product, so just buy from any convenient vendor.

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Traditional Thai red ruby cold dessert.

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Toast bread with various flavours is a popular, convenient snack.

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There are a few toast bread stalls with the Hello Garlic brand.

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If you are one of those people who like to eat squids filled with roe, this is for you.

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Fried squid roe. Now we can eat squid roe to our heart's content.

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Fried squid roe sold in little plastic boxes. 

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Fried quail eggs.

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Grilled pork sticks are everywhere in Bangkok.

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Fried fish cake or sausage similar in style as Kelantan/ Trengganu lekor.

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Freshly made crispy crepe (like roti prata/ canai) with various fillings like banana slices and toppings like chocolate and evaporated milk. A very sweet snack.

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There is a sio bak/ siew yok stall selling impressive looking roast pork belly. Crackly skin, charred edges, still juicy fat, and tender lean meat, signs of good sio bak - it's all there.

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There is even a paella stand with a cheerful Spanish chef.

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The giant pan of colourful paella freshly made.

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Now at Chatuchak we can enjoy authentic feisty fiesta coloured Spanish paella.

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Braised duck noodle stalls are common in Bangkok. This stall in Chatuchak is popular for it's noodle soup with braised duck drumstick.

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The familiar teh terik or cha (Thai milk tea served hot or with crushed ice).

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In the end, the best thirst quencher is still simple plain water, fresh fruits or real fruit juice.

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There are toilets and a money exchange at the perimeter. This could be a convenient meeting point (with toilets) for friends in groups. (Another good meeting point is the prominent clock tower where the Chatuchak administrative office is located.)


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Map source <- click for full size view

There is plenty of food to taste and try at Chatuchak Weekend Market. So, remember to come here on an empty stomach :-D

Date visited: 13 Jun 2015 

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