If you’ve ever looked at my photo blog, The Old Main Drag, you’ll have noticed that I tend to spend lots of time in Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown. For the last few months, I’ve been working on a photo project that will be shown Bangkok’s own Kathmandu Photo Gallery late next year. As a result, I’ve been going to Yaowarat at least once a week, often more. My favourite time to take pics in Yaowarat is early in the morning, and after a couple hours of walking and shooting, inevitably I get pretty hungry. Despite the variety of eats in Chinatown, I always end up eating at a streetside curry stall off of Thanon Phaatsaay called Jay Kii.
Jay Kii sells a variety of Chinese-Thai curries, stir-fries and soups:
These include an excellent kaeng khiaow waan look chin plaa kraay, green curry with fish dumplings, some nice soups, namely jap chai, the Chinese-style vegetable stew, or an excellent bitter gourd stuffed with pork in broth. But I always tend to go for her daily ‘specials’, such as this morning’s naam phrik kapi ‘set’ (pictured at the top of this post), or her excellent khao khluk kapi (shown in this post). After some eats, and a glass of iced coffee from the stall in the same soi, I’m usually ready to wander for another hour or so before heading home.