Bangkok, Thailand: For the weekend

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.

Fluffy Catfish

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:

Pork Bone Stew

Here’s the stew. . . stewing

Pork Bone Stew

And then on the plate

Pork Bone Stew over Rice

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).

Soi Polo Fried Chicken

We also had a salted crab som tam . . .which I didn’t like as much.

Som Tam

Coming up in the next few posts: Don Wai Market and Muay Thai!

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4 Responses to Bangkok, Thailand: For the weekend

  1. uzbekcelia says:

    Oy oy oy! It’s literally ‘pork leg’ stew, not pork bone. The place you went to was in Bang Rak, along Charoen Krung Road (aka ‘New Road’, the oldest street in Bangkok.)
    As to finding it in China, hmm, maybe it can be found in Swatow (the Chaozhou area in Guangdong province?) Or maybe it’s like Hainan Chicken Rice, famous throughout SE Asia, but not found on Hainan Island itself?

    Sorry about the som-tam. I figured you might want to try a slightly different version. Well, at least you know now that you prefer the regular ‘som tam Thai’ (i.e. with dried shrimp.)

    I’m rather homesick for Thai food now that I’m back. Although as always, the first meal we had on our return was . . . Mexican food!

  2. Terence says:

    @uzbekcelia – well, its not like I actually speak Thai! I actually chose the salty crab som tom – I was thinking it’d be shelled crab meat rather than unshelled crab – while I’m not opposed to shelling crabs for crab meat, these were pretty small. Isn’t the closest Thai food to you in Los Angeles?

  3. Dingle says:

    Not sure about fluffy catfish but everything else looks pretty damn good!

    It’s been too long since my last trip to Thailand…

  4. terence says:

    @Dingle – the fluffy catfish is awesome – in fact I think its what you’d like the most. Imagine . . .deep fried .. . stuff. With the faint touch of catfish flavor. And then contrast that with a bite of papaya salad (som tom). Excellent.

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