Bangkok Street Food – Chatuchak Market (Street Food – Pork Chop and Coconut Ice Cream)

Chatuchak Weekend Market (Street Food – Pork Chop and Coconut Ice Cream)

Before starting my post, here is a photo of the coolest biker dog that i saw in Chatuchak Market’s Pet Section:

Chatuchak is the ultimate destination for street food lover. I took a train and alight at Mo Chit BTS station and it’s walking distance to Chatuchak Market (or JJ Market). You can also alight at Kamphaenpetch MRT station.

I am more than happy to start my eating spree in Chatuchak, but, i have a specific objective this time. I need to fill my tummy with two specific food – pork chop bun and the famous coconut ice cream. Pork chop bun? Yes. Super tender Pork chop bun in Chatuchak. So the next question is where?

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*I had marked the location of the two stalls in Chatuchak’s map and you can see the map at the end of this post

Coconut ice cream

Coconut ice-cream is very commonly found in Chatuchak market but where exactly is the authentic coconut ice-cream? Accordingly to reliable source, i must look for the stall that is in between section 1 and section 2 that is near Kamphaenpetch MRT. You know that you are at the right stall when the crowd at this particular stall is more than usual.

I had my first serving with corn and nata de coco and shortly after,I found myself having the second serving with atap chee and roasted peanut! I thought the coconut fragrance of the ice-cream goes very well with the slightly char-roasted peanut and adds on a crunchy texture to it.

Previously the flag toothpick is a symbol of authenticity but apparently i was told that many stalls also ‘enhanced’ their ice-cream with flag toothpicks. This coconut ice-cream cost 35 baht (less than S$1.45) with two selected toppings.

You can imagine what i can buy with S$1.45 in Singapore. Some stalls in Singapore is selling S$2.50 or more for fresh coconut juice. And now on top of the free coconut juice ( I got four cups of juice from the auntie), I got to eat the coconut meat, get a scoop of coconut ice-cream, and two more toppings of my choices. Plus the hot weather in Bangkok, I welcome a ice cold scoop of coconut ice-cream anytime!

There is a stall selling Iced Thai Milk Tea near the Ice Cream stall. It’s really thirst quenching but it’s REALLY sweet.

Pork chop bun

The pork chop bun stall is situated at  Area 22 Soi 4. This stall is not easily noticeable but not tough to find. I just need to slow down my pace while in Soi 4 of Area 22 and peek into smaller lanes at the side. Just keep in mind to look out for this signage:

I stood in front of the stall for a while, staring at the pork chops and i think i was salivating. The pork chops were freshly grilled in the stall.

They sell their pork chop by weight, therefore to order, you just tell them the weight you desire, and purchase the bun separately and they will wrap it for you.  I was so happy that i didn’t take note of the price of the pork chop. I only remember i bought three buns with total of 200g of pork chops.  The bun itself cost 10 baht.

The photo of my pork chop’s surface looks a little dry, as you can see that the bun had absorbed all the oil into it which makes the bun really tasty. This portion should be about 70g then. Some locals bought 200g of pork chop to go with one bun.

As for the pork chop, i can simply describe it in one word – tender. Actually i am still not able to understand how they make it so soft and tender.  I believe they should have used lean meat for pork chop which is tougher in nature. It felt a little like i am almost eating Kong Ba Bao (braised pork belly bun), just a little tougher, and that the pork is grilled.

I had also tried another interesting item from their stall. They call it the “Chilli Ginger Salted Egg”. It’s sold in individual cup with a piece of salted egg on it at 30 baht. This chilli minced meat is quite spicy with a lot of lemon grass. Skip this if you hate lemon grass or very spicy food. I would say this is interesting, but not a must-try.

Directions and Maps

I had marked the location of the coconut ice-cream and pork chop bun in red. Feel free to save the large version of Chatuchak Map into your phone.

Click to enlarge

Other Stuff from Chatuchak

Section 47/2 – Freshly Toasted Bread Cracker

I also came by this stall that sells Toasted Bread Cracker. There are a few flavours like Black Sasame, Garlic and Butter Sugar and only cost 35 baht for a small packet. I find it especially enjoyable to get a pack that is freshly toasted from the oven. I had the Garlic flavor and it taste almost like our Garlic bread, but much more crisper.

Chatuchak Toasted Bread Cracker

The boss is a little shy as i took a photo of him

Pet Section

You got to punch a wall to feel manly again after visiting Chatuchak’s Pet section. All these furry friends are too cute and are running around freely in a open-top cage and feel free to play with them. However you got to be more tactical if you wish to take photos as momento as many stalls do not allow photography.

 Some Other Street Food

Grilled Chicken Skewer that looks fantastic

Frozen Banana dipped in molten chocolate with toppings. This thing is rather hard. Try it only if you have good set of teeth.

Toasted garlic bread on stick near the coconut ice cream stall

 

Mr Jones Orphanage (Bangkok – Thonglor)

Mr Jones Orphanage

Address: SeenSpace Thonglor 13, Bangkok, Thailand 10110

Operating hours: 10.00am to 12:00 midnight (last order at 11:00pm) daily

Introdution

Mr Jones orphanage is located at the ‘atas street’ of Thonglor. You may have noticed that the address is exactly the same as Roast Coffee and Eatery. Yeap, this cosy little cafe is at level one of the SeenSpace, just below Roast Coffee & Eatery. I guess as a child everyone would had dreamt of such a place where there are endless candies, cakes, chocolate and ice cream. Mr Jones orphanage is exactly such a place, only that you need to pay for it. LOL.

I would have to say the selling point of this cafe is the design of their cafe instead of just food. Upon entering this “wonderland”, on the left lies a kitchen that is literally full of pastries, with the ceiling decorated with a giant wooden clock.

In the middle, there is a long table arrangement that reminds me of of mini Harry Potter’s Hogwarts dining hall.

On the right, it’s labelled as “The Playground” where there is this large carousel-design dining table in the center. The area is the most well lit and if you want to get some good food shots, dining at this area will never go wrong.

However, I am most impressed by their attic dining area and this is where i choose to have my meal. There is a ‘secret attic’ that is leaded up by a flight of narrow wooden stairs. I have to bend my knees and lay low so that my head won’t knock onto the ceiling while exploring the “secret hiding place”. Low seating sofas and tables are placed at various corners of the attic with decorative items like toy soldiers, library books and plush toys are scattered all over the dimly lit attic, with no ‘adult’ (the waitress) looking at what you are doing.

It’s like you had been transported out from Bangkok, and into a place that only exist in a story book.

As i reach there quite early at about 11 am, i had the whole attic to myself with the freedom to walk around, sleep flat on their sofa, or do anything you want. Best chill-out place ever.

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Pastries and cakes:

Since I just had my breakfast at Roast Coffee and Eatery, I didn’t get to try Mr Jones’ main course and I only ordered their desserts. Mr Jones Orphanage do offer brunch menu like Egg Benedict, Sandwich or a full breakfast platter. But now the problem is, WHICH DESSERT SHOULD I ORDER?! There are a wide selection of desserts like Lemon Meringue, Passionfruit Sponge Cake, Rocky Road, Chocolate Fudge cake, Coconut Cake, Chocolate Ferraro, Oreo Pie,  Berry Sponge and even M&M + Kit Kat cake, which they call it the “Kit Kat Monster”.

In the end, i finally settle with their coconut cake at 100 baht (cus Thailand is famous for their coconut), Chocolate Ferraro at 110 baht and their Chocky Mud Pie (135 baht).

Their coconut cake is divided into four layers, first layer with the fresh coconut shavings, then the coconut cream, the sponge cake with a layer of fresh coconut meat sandwich between the sponge cake. I thought this is something that is not commonly found in Singapore. For those who like coconut, this is worth a try.

The staff recommended their Chocky Mud Pie and this pie was served piping hot from the oven. Nothing beats a molten chocolate center that goes with a mouthful of dark chocolate ice cream.

Conclusion

Mr Jones Orphanage has actually little main courses to offer therefore i would suggest having your breakfast at Roast Coffee and Eatery at level 2 and pop by to experience this cafe and to have desserts. Don’t be fool by it’s plain-looking main door.

I think it’s worth the visit cus this is something that we don’t have and will not have in Singapore. And apology if my photos focus a little too much on the interior design instead of the food, but that is because i really really like the interior of the cafe. Definitely an eye opener and a place not to be missed, especially if you are already at Thonglor area.

Directions

The nearest BTS station to Mr Jones Orphanage is Thonglor station and takes a 15 minutes walk. Direction is exactly as coming to Roast Coffee & Eatery. Taking a cab to this place will be much easier. If you choose to walk, you just need to walk on one straight road on Sukhumvit 55 and turn left into Akkhara Phat when you see a building call “Home Place”.