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