Chinatown, Bangkok – Night and DayJuly 23, 2009 | 6,719 views
Fried Meat Crab with Yellow Curry Powder @ 300baht/RM30
The crabs cooked with the thick, almost gelatinous curry powder and beaten eggs fared not too well though. The curry paste being a little overwhelming and rich, while the crab (only one, for we ordered the small portion) was nothing to shout about. (300baht for Small, 350baht for Medium, and 400baht for Large).
Oyster Omelette/Or Chien @ 100baht/RM10
Unlike sc’s version, this one did not come on a bed of bean sprouts, but instead akin to the average fried egg omelette commonly found everywhere. Not crispy at all, with meagre servings of oysters. Served with a sweet chilli sauce. Forgettable.
Steamed Squid with Garlic, Lemon Juice and Chilli @ 150baht/RM15
Fortunately, the steamed squids fared so much better. Springy, fresh squids complemented perfectly by the zesty sauce. Almost resembling the type of gravy used in steaming fish, Thai-style.
Sweet, cooling and soothing …. who cares if they’re real or made from jelly?
We passed by Nam Sing, a few shops away from T&K Seafood, and instantly drawn to the two shoplots, air-conditioned restaurant serving shark’s fins and bird’s nest soups. Of course, at Chinatown, you can savour a full bowl to yourself, at almost dirt cheap prices.
The accompanying ginkgo, red dates and longan in syrup
At Nam Sing, we were served with cooling chrysanthemum tea the instant we sat down. Welcomingly refreshing, given the hotter than ideal weather in Bangkok right then.
The bird’s nest is segregated into 4 different classes, with 1st class being the most pricey (1000baht/serving!), and the 4th being cheapest (200baht/bowl). We picked the 3rd class (hehehe, being 3rd world mentality and all?) at 300baht/RM30 per bowl. Enough to be shared amongst two, served with sides of either longan, or ginkgo nuts in syrup. A lovely end to the meal, and call it placebo effect if you would; We felt soothed, refreshed, and radiant almost instantly. LOL.
Location : Nam Sing Bird Nest @ 39-47 Soi Texas, Phadung Dao Road, Yaowaraj, Bangkok, Thailand. Various other branches elsewhere, even in Pattaya, and Hong Kong! Opens from 9.00am – 2.00am.
Daytime in Chinatown …. a little lonely, but not without its charm
Then one fine morning (after we’ve moved to a boutique hotel in town – more on that in later posts), we’ve lost all opinions on where to have our breakfast. Sure the omnipresent 7-11 was tempting, with cheap hot dogs, burgers, pizzas and buns, but we practically had them for breakfast almost every single day during the last trip, 3 years ago.
And so, round and round we went on foot, desperately seeking for a dim sum place to satisfy our hunger. We woke up rather late that morning, since it’s a Sunday after all.
But to no avail. Most shops were not even opened that early, and directions from the locals ain’t helping at all.
Thankfully, as the locals spoke Mandarin fluently around the area, one lady guided us to Soi Sukon for breakfast. Or wait …. that has to be brunch, by that time.
A very old and classic coffee shop, it reminded us of Penang’s typical kopitiam, with several stalls all around, lining up to satiate the hunger pangs.
We had some hawker grubs, particularly memorable was the porridge with pork meat balls, and a raw egg, and the unassumingly-delicious popiah (julienned vegetables + pork slices wrapped crepe-style, served with a sweetish sauce).
This uncle was even featured in the papers! Frying some Or Chien/Oyster Omelette