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Jek Pui

Posted date:  March 8, 2007


Exploring Chinatown with Khun Suthon last week I was pointed in the direction of a curious streetside curry shop with no tables. As illustrated above (take a look at the guy in the white shirt), diners sit at tiny plastic chairs, holding a plate of rice and curry in one hand while they eat with the other. We didn’t have time to visit the shop that day, but I was back in the area again and made a point of stopping by.


As you can see above, things were a bit more “busy” this time. Fortunately for me the line was made up of those wanting to buy curry to take home. I wanted the entire table-less dining experience, and squeezed my way into the only free stool. A very loud gentleman shouted at me to order, and I timidly asked for a plate of green curry with fish balls over rice. In the meantime I was given a cup of weak iced tea, which the other diners and I put on an unoccupied stool. A moment later I was served, and like the others around me:


raised my plate and dug in.

After a few minutes I realized that I was virtually the only one who ordered green curry. All the others had ordered kaeng karii, literally “curry”, a Chinese take on the Indian-Thai-Anglo dish. This was served over rice with sliced phrik chii faa chilies and slices of the deep-fried Chinese sausage, kun chiang. My green curry was pretty good–a bit bland perhaps, but with excellent homemade fish balls–but the kaeng karii looked pretty amazing, especially with all those unusual toppings. Unfortunately I had some more eating to do that day and couldn’t risk a second dish. Next time though…

Jek Pui Curry Shop
Corner of Thanon Mangkorn and Charoen Krung

7 Comments for Jek Pui

I love your blog!! I so makes me want to go back to Bangkok and explore more of the wonderful food.
I have a longer trip planned at the end of this year/beginning of the next (6 months) and I intend to do some good eating in Bangkok so I’m keeping a list of all the great places you are suggesting. But I’m beginning to fear I might never make it out of Bangkok if I continue to read this blog…

Is there a category for Best Food Blog in the World?
We have one or two Thai restuarants here in DC that we really like. But my jaw drops every time I tune in to your site. I feel like I’ve parachuted into Planet Food. It doesn’t make me want to make Thai food, although that would be something worth aspiring too. It makes me want to be where you are. And to tell you the truth, I’m not even that crazy about traveling anymore. I think you’ve created something extraordinary and extremely valuable for those of us who appreciate authentic ethnic food. Simply awesome. Please do continue…

going straight back to this place for the second week in a row. nice guy there who is the server…i have also gotten various friends to go too. i think the curry’s consistency works well with a foreigner’s palate.

anon: thanks muchly! actually there’s probably much more interesting food outside of Bangkok!

ed: that’s very kind of you, ed. your blog is interesting as well, particularly the matanza bit.

anon: yeah, I agree–the curry is good for those who fear heat.

So from a food perspective, where do you suggest travelling?

I’m willing to dedicate a good chunk of time purely to eating…:-)

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