Bangkok diaspora

Saturday was my day off, so we decided to go up to Chatuchak weekend market.

We grazed our way around the market for awhile, until a huge thunderstorm appeared out of nowhere (it’s the season for that now), which cut our visit a little short.
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We were there long enough to have some of these, though. They are basically little doughy squares with some greens inside, which are fried and cut into cubes, and served with a sweet sauce. I ate them all.the.time in Chiang Mai, but they’re a little harder to find here.

The market also has a nice selection of beverages.

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Gotu kola, according to my research, is in the parsley family and supposedly has many medicinal qualities (it has been used as treatment for everything from syphilis to epilepsy).

On the Skytrain home, we decided to get off at Saphan Kwai – a part of town we’d never been to before.

We were met with a Big C, the Thai equivalent with WalMart.  In the surrounding streets were dozens of street vendors, including the lady who sold me my first ever Kow Neow Ma Muang (mango with sticky rice).

Until yesterday, I had never tried mangoes with sticky rice.   I don’t know why…I love all three components separately, and it’s not as if it isn’t readily available in many Thai restaurants at home.

Mango season began relatively recently, and now carts selling this delightfully simple treat have popped up all over the city.  I realized I could not go another day in this city they call the Big Mango without trying it.

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I love simple food like this.  Just sticky rice, freshly sliced chunks of mango (and not the sour, weird-textured stuff I sometimes find in the grocery store – these are delicately sweet with a creamy texture) and coconut milk.

We also came across the new location of our favorite hotel in Bangkok, Reflections.  This place is pretty off the wall, as evidenced by this little number right in the middle of the restaurant:

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Our final stop before going home was the ridiculously ritzy Siam Paragon shopping mall. Their food court is a destination in itself.
One of the many outlets is called Conizza, and sells pizzas in the shape of a cone.  I read about these on a food blog a few months ago, and HAD to try one.  I have to say, it’s one of those novelty items you only have to try once!

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4 comments to Bangkok diaspora

  • rebel

    wow! I can’t believe you hadn’t had mango with sticky rice yet. I love that stuff and get it as often as I can. Yum!

  • I’ve always dreamed of going to Thailand someday and I love knowing what food is out there and where to find it, your blog is so cool! Looking forward to your adventures in Thailand! Thanks! Alisa@Foodista.com

  • brannyboilsover

    Good thing your view is absolutely gorgeous because your apartment is indeed a little monotone. Okay, a lot monotone.

  • I came across your blog on the nest and find your posts so interesting. I love this photo and what a view!

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