Chatuchak Weekend Market & Mon Nom Sod Toast and MilkSeptember 12, 2009 | 8,069 views
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The myriad of colours and flavours @ Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
On our fourth day in Bangkok (given that it’s a Saturday), we took a cab from our hotel (S2S Boutique Resort @ Pratunam) to Chatuchak Weekend Market to fulfill that insatiable lust to shop (not me, the gals’ of course!), and in search of good Thai food. The ride cost us 80 baht/RM8 per way, which can be considered a steal, in comparison with the common cut-throat rides here in Malaysia.
Breakfast @ a random stall in the market – Pork Noodle Soup, Chicken Noodle soup and the lady smelling her own cooking!
You see, the phrase ‘The Early Bird Gets The Worms’ may not necessarily fit all occasions. Especially when the traders only start setting up their stalls and commencing business at a rather late hour, about 9.00-9.30 am (Thailand timezone) if I’m not wrong. That translates to about 10am Malaysian time! So much for an early excursion (gleeful smiles turned to frowns when everywhere we turned to, the stalls remained closed at 8am+!!), we hurriedly went in search for breakfast.
Thai style chicken rice resembles our very own Hainan Chicken Rice, complete with the smooth poached chicken, sliced cucumbers, garnished with coriander leaves, and served with a bowl of chicken soup. But notice THE only difference?
Thankfully, most eateries were already opened for breakfast. Not intending to stuff ourselves silly, we omitted the famous stalls selling rice and dishes which were already thronged by the early morning crowd. Instead, we chose a rather obscure stall that sells chicken rice, and various type of noodles. Kind of reminds me of a typical Chinese food stall in our very own country.
The chicken rice (yeah yeah …initially tended to abstain from too much carbo early in the morning, and I went for the chicken rice. Ironic?) was good, almost reminded me of the Hainan style chicken rice being sold here in Malaysia. With no options for roast or poached chicken, I was only served with the poached version. The chicken was firm and tender yet not tough nor under-cooked. And surprisingly, the piece of coagulated blood added much texture to the overall dish, not to mention the complementing aesthetic value. What? You think that dark greyish piece of blood ain’t tempting?!
The dishes were priced from 25-30 baht (RM2.50-RM3) each.
The charming souvenir shop at one of the corners
Navigating around Chatuchak Market may need some really good sense of directions, or a handy map to prevent yourself from going around in circles thus destroying your aims of shopping ‘intelligently’ (minimal time, maximum buy). There are more than 15,000 stalls (!!), separated into 26 sections, covering a massive 35 acres of land. Remember, if you’re entering from the any of the main entrances, get a free map that’s being distributed, or walk over to the nearest location guide on the boards. If all else fails, don’t worry. There is an information centre around Section 25, and various patrolling guards.
Stopped for a customized shot of caffeine at this stall – Aromatic & lovely, just perfect to perk up your day!
There is a freshly-brewed coffee stall, but poor me had no recollection of its exact location. But you can either ask the locals or guards where this stall is, OR let your nose leads you to the aromatic scents of the brewing beans. Choose your coffee beans, and let the girl manning the stall works her wonders. The ratio of coffee to milk (if you’re ordering the white version, or you can just go black to fully savour the robust flavours of the beans) was perfect, a heaven sent caffeine shot to jump-start that rickety engine.
The coffee is priced from 25-30 baht (Iced) and 25-35 baht (Hot).
Way better than a Petting Zoo !!!
One of my personal favourite section in Chatuchak Weekend Market, is the Pets & Pet’s Accessories sections (Section 9,11,13 and 15). There are a lot of puppies being sold here, with every breed imaginable, at almost a fraction of the market price here in Malaysia. Best of all, you can pet them, squeeze them (not recommended, really), pose with them and snap some photos, or if you wish, BUY them and save them from their poor fates of being caged in a restricted enclosure. But if you’re intending to bring them back to your home country, be sure to check the rules, regulations and requirements before getting ahead of yourselves! You wouldn’t want to see your puppy being transported here and there, and ended up at the airport wandering like lost sheep.
Other ways to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market include taking the buses or the skytrain to Mo Chit station, about 5 minutes’ walk to the market. Not too worry about getting lost, as you’ll notice the ‘herd’ heading towards the same destination. Thus follow the crowd and never get lost. Unless, you’re there on a weekday, and start to curse J2Kfm for supplying you with the wrong information. Ahem, they’re called Chatuchak WEEKEND Market for a reason, ya?
Typical, rebellious Motormouth. =P
Anyway, we did not go crazy with the purchases as the weather was horrendously warm that morning, and the lack of circulation plus wearing the face masks (it was the PEAK of the pandemic that time, mind you) rendered us almost incapacitated to shop, bargain or even cover most of the sections. IWhich by the way, may not be possible unless you’re doing a marathon around the market, running across every stall there is, as imagine passing by 15000 stalls in a day …. surely you’ll be seeing stars.
Sweet and Delightful Toasts served in a variety of manners, and the colourful beverages
One of the more interesting outlet we visited for teatime at MBK Shopping Centre was Mon Nom Sod, a kopitiam-like outlet in the shopping centre, serving nothing but toasts and drinks. But unlike our very own Old Town White Coffee, the toasts here are served in a variety of interesting options, such as steamed or toasted, and with a number of mind-boggling toppings ; from the usual kaya (pandan and an orange-coloured version), to thick & rich chocolate sauce, marmalade and even condensed milk! The steamed bread came in soft, warm cubes, meant to be dipped into your choice of dipping jam, while the crispy, buttered toast was smothered/drizzled generously with the delectable toppings. The chocolate sauce was good, almost too sinful for a teatime snack.
The flavoured milk can be served cold or warm, and went really well with the toasts. Especially the warm strawberry milk, which was not reeking of artificial flavourings, but just a mild hint of strawberry essence.
Mon Nom Sod (or Le Mond, from the logo outside of the shop) is routinely crowded especially come teatime whereby we had to queue for some time. But if you’re tired of the usual food courts, and fast food outlets, and your feet ain’t listening to your pleas anymore, you know where to stop by for some treats.