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Culinary Tourism: Experiencing of Thai Street Food in Chatuchak

Walking around Chatuchak the tourist area around Thailand boosting up my energy to explore and gaining knowledge to my passion in culinary and street food.

Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 3.29.08 PMChatuchak (or Jatujak) is a weekend market in Bangkok. It is the largest market in Thailand and the world’s largest weekend market and frequently called J.J. As a huge market, it covers over 35 acres a(0.14 km²) and contains upwards of 15,000 stalls. It is estimated that the market receives 200,000 visitors each day. Most stalls only open on Saturdays and Sundays though Jatujak Plaza. In the north west corner is the J.J. Mall, with three floors of assorted oddments as well as eateries.

Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 3.29.56 PMThe fist culinary pop up in my eyes is Som Tam. Som Tam is Green papaya salad with spicy taste and made from shredded unripe papaya. Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam) is the #1 most popular salad in Thailand, and is especially loved by Thai women because it is very high in taste, helping you stay slim, low in calories and fat and give eating satisfaction.

After finished my Som Tam, I look around and find interesting spot in the corner of the street with Pad Thai.

 Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 3.30.12 PMPad Thai or Phat Thai. Phat Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand. It is made with soaked dried rice noodles which are stir-fried with eggs and chopped firm tofu, and flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar, and served with lime wedges and often chopped roasted Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 3.30.23 PMpeanuts. It may also contain other vegetables like bean sprouts, garlic chives, coriander leaves, pickled radishes or turnips and raw banana flowers. To make it more delicious usually we may add some fresh shrimp, crab, chicken or another protein.

 

The slightly tart flavor of the green papaya combines wonderfully with the spice of red chili and the saltiness of fish sauce and the sweetness of honey. This is the secret why papaya salad is a beautifully unique and flavor-filled dish that will make a great impression.

Still wanting something to fulfil my curiosity, I look around and finally find something interesting for my desert. My eyes captured with Thai coconut ice cream.

Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 3.30.32 PMWhenever we visit Chatuchak Market, we will definitely not miss this popular coconut ice cream stall. It is a great way to beat the blistering JJ Market heat. The ice cream is served in a coconut husk, complete with slices of coconut flesh, two toppings and complimentary cup of pure coconut water

 

It is truly experiencing for me to taste the best street food in Thailand. My curiosity still hunger and need to be feed. But unfortunately I do not really have much time to explore more about culinary in Thailand. So, I will come back and find my other culinary experience when I visit Thailand next year 🙂

 

– Vitria Ariani-

5 December 2013

 

 

 


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