Since I only had some 60 hours in Bangkok, I decided to make the most out of it. I signed myself up for the Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk which is operated by Bangkok Food Tours. Well, my parents didn’t want me to go alone since it would end at midnight and Southeast Asia, connect the dots. Right. So my wonderful reverse offspring came along with me.
We met up with our guide, Phang at Chit Lom BTS station situated at the central walkway just above Erawan Shrine. She gave us a map of our itinerary and it looked like we were really gonna be going around Bangkok. No two places were too near each other which I thought was a great way to experience riding a tuk tuk! All in all there were 15 of us: a French couple, a German couple, 2 guys from London, 6 girls from the Philippines (Hi!), and my parents plus I. After introducing ourselves we made our way to the tuk tuks parked below. Our tuk tuk driver introduced himself as M and Papa dJ just kept calling him 007. Such a dad 😛
We began our short journey at what is known as Bangkok’s best khao mun gai or chicken rice place. I’ve read about this place on multiple sites so I was quite excited to try Thai style chicken rice. I’ve actually tried khao mun gai in Portland, OR before because the food truck that serves it is one of the most famous in downtown Portland. We started with some papaya salad and a pork salad. Not your typical western salads, these babies were loaded with flavor and went better together than separate in my opinion. The papaya is unripe and pickled while the pork is peppered and sautéed with onions and cilantro then served chiled. Couldn’t eat too much because we still had a lot of food to take in.
Next came the chicken! I was overly excited because I really like chicken rice. A simple bowl-sized portion of rice topped with chicken, chicken gizzards, chicken livers, and a side of cucumbers. I almost dug in until I was told that we have to pour the spicy sauce over everything. Now that’s what made this different from Singaporean and Hong Kong chicken rice. The sauce tasted like a mix of soy sauce, Thai chopped chilis, and chili oil. It can be overwhelming. The chicken was a little bland but the sauce made it into something else. I really like spicy food so clean plate for me.
Halfway through eating my chicken rice, we were given a big plate of mango with sticky rice to share. Probably my favorite Thai dessert because I really like fruits especially mango! My parents encouraged me to eat more of the fruit and less of the sticky rice. Heh. Thai mangoes are giant and compared to Philippine mangoes which are known to be deliciously sweet, they have a good mix of sweet and sour. Definitely goes well with the sticky rice and coconut milk. CRAVINGS.
Our second stop was for guay tiew kua gai or stir fried rice noodles with chicken. Before our tables were ready we got to see the chefs at work at the outdoor kitchen. The owner/proprietor, Ann greeted us and allowed Phang to explain that they specifically used charcoal instead of a fuel and gas burner to cook the noodles.
Unlike the Chinese, Singaporean and Malaysian versions, this one included a whole egg on top. You could either pick a scrambled egg or a fried egg but I recently developed a liking for runny yolks so there you go. Sitting on a bed of lettuce and topped with green onions, the noodles looked more like a pancake with the strands sticking together forming an almost solid surface. I really liked the crispiness of the noodles from the cooking and the chicken bits stuck to it so it was easy to pick up with chopsticks. There was also a generous portion of chicken in each serving to enjoy. Another clean plate!
After some soda water to help digestion and lots of burps, Phang said we were going to talk a little walk to help digest even more. So off into our tuk tuks we went and after a short ride, we reached our destination and a different experience begins.
Note: Names of establishments are not mentioned just to be fair to Bangkok Food Tours. You can probably Google it if you really want to find out or if you take the tour, you’ll get the names and even a map.