There is a new boy in town and its Talad Rod Fai Market in the Chatuchak area. ”Talad” means market and “Rod Fai” means train in Thai, an apt name for a market set beside an old set of train tracks topped with abandoned, rusty coaches open for exploration, but bear in mind that the market runs only on Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight and sits on land owned by the State Railway of Thailand
I tell you I sadden beyond words when I heard Suan Lum was closing down in past. Suan Lum was one one of the night market in the city that opens till late, I am one who adore going to night market for a bargain cause of wanting to escape the Bangkok heat.
At Rod Fai Market, the vendors will spread their fares on the ground with all kinds of collectibles and memorabilia from the yesteryear, from antique furniture to hippy fashion to Guns (YES GUNS). Rod Fai Market definitely stands out from the hordes of outdoor markets across Bangkok but it could be hard to find, as it’s tucked behind what appears to be an abandoned warehouse near the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Check out my pictures when I was there.
On our way to the market.
Best part in Bangkok is when you are hungry and looking for a bite, there is never short of place to eat and chill out in Rod Fai. Check out the amount of stalls available in Rod Fai, if you are not those that likes stalls, there is a few chillout cafe that most tourist frequents. Oh bring a Thai friend cause most menu (if not All) here are not in English.
Look at the amount of people at this market.
Prepare to sweat it out and being squeezed with all the people around.
Taxi drivers usually don’t know it exists and will probably give you a blank face if you mention it, so the best way is to start at the MRT underground’s Kamphaeng Phet Station (opposite Or Tor Kor Food Market) and make a double back from the station, means you on the main road but against traffic. walk about five minutes in the opposite direction of Chatuchak Market.. or just follow the crowd.
Opening Hours: 17:00 – midnight (Sat-Sun)
Location: Khamphaengphet Road (behind Chatuchak Weekend Market)
I truly enjoyed walking in this market , please do visit this market if you are in Bangkok. AWESOME !!
Bangkok Thailand is known for its street food, every corner in every street you will definitely see vendors in their push cart selling food from salad (Som Tam), Hotdog, Fried food, drinks etc..etc..
I am bringing you on my journey on the road of Silom, First stop is to get off Sala Daeng Station and exit to the left, as on the left side of the streets there are a plenty of restaurants that sells local food, I am only covering less one from here cause I only have one stomach to fill. The right side are more of massage parlor and store selling clothes and fast food like Burger King and Starbucks
If you follow the red line drawn on the map, you will see the path that I have walked.
First stop was this famous shop that caters to both the noodle and rice lovers, they have been here for a long time and you will see customers streaming in and out of the restaurant from lunch time till they close, while the take away counter is also busy. The boss spots crew cut and looks like he works out.
Just by looking at all the roasted meat on display sure will make anyone hungry.
If you look at this display this one has a crab sign on it, I believe they sell crab meat with their noodle, which you can clearly see on the left side of this picture, each meat is carefully selected and peeled by hand.
The walls of the shop is filled with newspaper clipping of their shop and other accomplishment
The usual suspects on a Thai eatery.. Sugar, Chili flakes, fresh cut chili, dark soya sauce.. imagine putting all this into your piping hot noodle.. just by adding one would already alter the dish taste but maybe that’s what makes Thai cuisine so unique cause you are your own chef.
This is the wanton noodle soup with crab meat and sweet sauce pork, I was looking into this dish and it kind reminisce the time when I had it when I was a little kid but minus the crab meat and with Wonton. The soup taste fresh with a hint of crab sweetness, it does not coat your tongue with oil or a heavy salt base like some noodle store does.
As for the noodles, I find it a bit soft (overcooked) I like it Al Dante style where there is a crunch to every bite.
This is the roasted pork rice dish with their famous sauce poured all over it, maybe it’s a norm for them to smother the rice with the sauce and I liked it, cause it has this tangy sweetness that compliments the rice, the roast pork would have been better if it was eaten hot and freshly prepared but with the volume of the store, I don’t think that is possible to prepare when ordered.
The roasted pork has a crunch to its skin and it was cut just right in thickness. If you like roasted port this will surely please.
I figured out I would also try the dry noodle as well since I am here, the dry version could do a bit with more flavor or even from its sauce, think of this as having the soup base with out the soup to compliment it, just the noodle drain out in hot water and top with the meat and veg, I would most definitely go for the soup base.
Knowing Thai for their portion size, they serve noodles and rice in very small portion maybe like a fist size, (girls fist size) so walking down the street you will see all the street vendors on your left and right lined up on the tiny walkway.
Aunty in red was not too happy with me touching her packed desserts. (First Thai vendor I met that has a unhappy face) but she was selling this glutinous rice ball in ginger soup which was my favourite, so in-fact I was just confirming which was it.
More yummy street food that will get your waist expending within days.
Fried Instant noodle with your own selected protein and vegetable (mind you this packs a punch) Think Jalapeno soup
Mr James Bond here is selling soup noodle where you can sit on the road side and pick your own veg to be added into it.
I did not want to include this place because I am sure many people have already reviewed it in their blogs and many have known about it, but since Its one of my have to visit I should just add it in as well.
That is Hai Som Tam, this places is famous for its Somtam (DuH), known for serving food from the northeast Isan region of Thailand meaning that the sticky rice is plentiful and (those blasted) chillies feature heavily. This laminate table eatery is buzzing at lunchtime with office workers grabbing a quick feed, the staff are friendly, the vibe is inviting and some people even linger under the fluorescent lights. It is normal to squeeze in a table with another as this place is usually packed.
What more to finish those spicy lip burning tongue ripping Somtam with a cool and refreshing coke served only in a metal cup filled with crush ice, sitting by the road side looking at the world go by.
I found this stall selling fried stuff at the corner of the Silom road just by the bend near Saladaeng BTS, this tasty snacks make one hell of a compliment to a night supper in the room. The batter that she fries with sure is lip smacking, it makes a great compliment to any beer that you are having Reasonably priced
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