Jok’s Kitchen Bangkok

I have not heard about Jok’s Kitchen until recently. Even though this is listed as a must go place by an American (and a lot of Asian distrust recommendations by any Westerners in general…lolz), I believe many local Thai’s and even Chinese folks in Asia also recommends this place. Be warned that you need to book about 2 months in advance it is basically a small shop house with a few tables. Any number of persons from two will do, but you don’t get to eat as much if you have only 2 persons.

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Overall, I must say that the food was really great with fresh ingredients diligently prepared with very well-flavored dishes. Even though these are Teochew dishes, the flavors are really awesome compare to what I can get in Singapore. For 10 of us, we each paid about 1,600 baht each which a steal for the number of dishes for about 15 dishes and with lots and lots of crabs. At the end of the meal, we could hardly eat anymore because they are really generous with the portions.

As we left the restaurant walking into the narrow street, I get the impression that the food vendors are not particularly impressed by the restaurant as much as we are. I am not a bit surprised, after all we are smack in the middle of a Chinese/Teochew area and perhaps those dishes that we ate is what a lot of them ate as they grew up and in their families.

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Food Court at Survarnabhumi airport

Just landed in Survarnabhumi airport in Bangkok and feeling hungry but tired of airport restaurant food? Have some spare time (which you should always have!) before checking in for your departure and want to quick bite but tired of the same tired airport restaurant food?

Well head down to the food court on the first floor for a meal of local fares and local prices. The food court is located on the first floor where the taxis and coaches are located at door number. Continue reading “Food Court at Survarnabhumi airport”

DK Bakery’s stuffed buns Bangkok

Along Silom Road near soi 13 (or Thanon Pan), where the Sri Maha Mariamman temple is, is an old styled Chinese bakery shop called DK Backery. Its here I found some comfort food in the form of stuff buns. For Singaporeans whose childhood comfort food became lost in the economy race, its often in places like Thailand or Malaysia where we can find them again. Now comfort food are not world class food, but foods that give you comfort or makes you happy, fills you up and helps you relive some of the memories of yesteryear.

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The bakery sells a variety of stuffed buns, cookies and breads. Their stuffed buns is what this shop is well known for. The prices ranges from 14 to 17 baht (compared to Breaktalk!) is really value for money. In my opinion, 2-3 buns can fill me up for breakfast or even as lunch. Continue reading “DK Bakery’s stuffed buns Bangkok”

Yang Gao Gorn (อย่างเก่าก่อน) Bangkok

Yang Gao Gorn or like the old times in Thai is an odd little Thai restaurant situated on the second floor of the Frank and Release futsal field. Its about 10-15 minutes walk from Ari BTS station.

We were there on a Sunday around 1 pm and it was quite empty except for one table of customers, so we did not have to wait for our seats nor food in general. The setup is pretty sparse since it is not meant to be a fancy place and aims to serve folks staying around that area or playing futsal.  The kitchen is located at the ground floor so you don’t get a greasy smell of cooked food in the restaurant. By the way, the toilet is also on the ground floor sharing with the futsal pitch. Continue reading “Yang Gao Gorn (อย่างเก่าก่อน) Bangkok”

Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Crystal Dumpling (聯發水晶包)

This local food is perhaps the least celebrated and yet requires great skills to make. In fact, you can hardly find Teochew crystal dumplings in most hawker centers in Singapore. And those that do sell pales in comparison with the ones that these brothers has been making for at least 40 over years.

I have to admit that is not everyone’s favorite, mostly because of the texture of the chewy skin. But I have been eating them for the last 30 years, since they were in Tiong Bahru market beside the ever famous porridge stall, and the tastes and texture has not changed a bit. They are probably the last generation of their kind to make these and its a bit sad to see this one go into history in Singapore. Continue reading “Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Crystal Dumpling (聯發水晶包)”