Continuing my weekend series in Asian capitals that begin with “B” I went down to Bangkok over the July 4 weekend. (You’re next Bandar Sari Begawan!)
I’ve been going to Bangkok in one way or another pretty regularly since 1977 – but its always been for personal holidays or visiting (Chinese) family.
My cousin Celia who grew up in Thailand was there with her husband Joe, and spending time with the Thai side of her family. I am a big proponent of visiting places in the company of natives who speak the language who also like eating.
Getting delayed leaving Bangkok meant not getting into the (Asian) City of Angels until 2am, but that was the perfect time to get into some deep fried fluffy catfish and noodles before hitting the sack.
The next morning, Joe and I set off on my twin quests of finding some Pork Bone Stew and Soi Polo Fried Chicken. Karan at the delightful Focal Local Bed and Breakfast recommended a famous place for the pork bone stew (which . . .was written in Thai, so I have no idea of what the name of it was, but if you’re near the Robinson just north of the Thaksin Bridge, and you take that street leading away from the McDonald’s it’s about 200 meters on the left/North side of the street).
Here’s the actual restaurant:
Here’s the stew. . . stewing
And then on the plate
My friend Abs (and Celia) tell me this is a Chinese/Chaozhou dish and that I should be able to find it easily in China. Um, anyone? Anyone?
Next, for second lunch that day we went to Soi Polo (next to the Police Station) and ate at the famous Soi Polo Fried Chicken. Last time I went here – which was about . . . 1998? It was outdoors, with steel tables and it was about 90 degrees outside, while we ate the sticky rice and delicious delicious fried chicken. Success has enabled the owners to build-out a nice air-conditioned store front, but the chicken is still just as good (ignore the haters online – the stuff is still excellent).
We also had a salted crab som tam . . .which I didn’t like as much.
Coming up in the next few posts: Don Wai Market and Muay Thai!