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Talad Rot Fai Ratchada: The night market in Bangkok you should be visiting

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September 10th, 2017 Posted 9:19 pm

Just got back from a 5D4N trip to Bangkok with my mum and bro (I know, I know, I just returned from Guangzhou two weeks ago LOL) which is also another eat-shop-sleep-repeat kind of holiday 😛

Bangkok is a destination that has been blogged to death plus it’s my 4th time there, so I won’t be writing a lot about it, but I did visit Rot Fai Market Ratchada for the first time and feel that it’s still quite underrated. So here are some food photos!

Rot Fai Ratchada food

Known as the “New Rot Fai Market”, it is located in the Ratchada area and just beside Esplanade Shopping Mall. The closest MRT station is Thailand Cultural Centre but we took an Uber because Grab/Uber in Bangkok is super cheap. The original Rot Fai Market in Srinakarin, while larger, is also a lot further and not as accessible.

I read that prices at Talad Rot Fai Ratchada are even cheaper than the famous Chatuchak and I wasn’t disappointed. We headed straight to the food stalls for dinner and coming here on an empty stomach proved to be a wise decision 😋😋😋

Talad Rot Fai Ratchada food

Food at Rot Fai Ratchada

Duck rice and pork leg rice at only 60 baht each! I love that most pork/duck/chicken rice in Bangkok is tasty without being greasy and always comes with eggs and vegetables. This one even had both leafy greens and salted vegetables.

Anyway I got so excited that on my first mouthful of rice, I choked on the chilli powder, coughed and started tearing. Two girls seated beside us were very stunned when they saw me crying (I was touched by how nice the food was la hahaha).

Bangkok night market

Curry chicken noodles for a mere 50 baht.

Bangkok street food

It even comes with a juicy drumstick! I don’t like the crispy bits on top though.

Chatuchak street food

Sooo refreshing to have this while strolling down all the stalls in the humid weather.

Bangkok watermelon dessert

This iconic watermelon dessert costs only 60 baht (around S$2.50) and you can find them everywhere in Chatuchak for the same price, if I remember correctly. Yet people queue like mad and pay like $12 (?) for it at Geylang Serai…

Bangkok big bowl noodles

This is freaking glorious!!! Think of it as upsized bak chor mee with braised pork, different kinds of meat balls, eggs and ‘mini crabs’ (not actual crabs but there’s minced meat with crab roe under the shells).

One bowl for only 170 baht and there’s an even bigger bowl for larger groups 😱

New Rot Fai Market Ratchada

My finger for comparison… wahaha.

Rot Fai Market giant noodles

Damn tasty and a must-try, but I recommend ordering it only if you have at least 3 to 4 pax. Well, you can try 1 or 2 pax too if you don’t plan on eating anything else at the night market, which is quite a shame.

Train Night Market Ratchada

If you are wondering how we can finish this and still manage to eat so many other things, that’s cos you haven’t met my brother and/or witnessed my full eating prowess hahaha.

Bangkok fried insects

Okay I didn’t eat any insects. Have never tried them either.

Bangkok fried giant water bug

These look like very fat cockroaches ugh…

Rot Fai Ratchada seafood

Seafood is very affordable here too. Somehow the river prawns and cockles I saw at various places are all damn huge. Even the couple of prawns accompanying your pad thai from the food court are big and fresh.

Bangkok street seafood

Bangkok grilled prawns

Looks damn good huh??? Sadly I didn’t try the seafood at Rot Fai Ratchada because I was too full, but there were plenty of stalls (you can get sashimi at 50 baht) and one was even crab-in-da-bag style.

Grilled squid street food

I have no idea which part of the sotong this is, but it’s sooo good that I returned to dabao 3 more sticks. Grilled to perfection and of the right texture, plus it goes so well with the chilli sauce. And yeah only 10 baht per stick!

Bangkok mini pancakes

Super cute mini butter pancakes for 20 baht per cup!!!

Bangkok mickey pancakes

Really damn cute and true to the display sample, mickey mouse ears and all. You can drizzle your own sauces too so I chose maple syrup (nothing beats this) and it was heaven.

Bangkok Thai roti

Thai roti is another must-eat when I’m in Thailand… it’s the same thing that I was craving during my solo trip last year and went out with a torchlight to buy late at night hahaha.

Thai roti street food

My favourite flavour is just plain with egg and drizzled with condensed milk woohoo. But there are loads of other combinations involving bananas and nutellas and whatnot.

Rod Fai Night Market

The highlight of Talad Rot Fai Ratchada for me would be the wide array of cheap but delicious food. Besides live bands, there are also lots of bars (you can even sit on the “roof”), and shops selling clothes/souvenirs/etc (though I think Pratunam is still the cheapest for shopping), so it’s really quite a bustling and exciting market to visit at night.

Hopefully the prices don’t go up like what has happened to many other places in Bangkok due to tourism. But quickly pop by just in case! 😃 (I also went to Talad Neon but it’s quite overrated and not as cheap so skip that).

Opening Hours: 5pm – midnight daily
Location: Ratcadaphisek Road, beside Esplanade mall
Nearest station: Thailand Cultural Centre MRT

Foodfull

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March 19th, 2016 Posted 8:25 pm

“What happened to your leg?”
“She fell… which is nothing new for her.”

Tripped over a kerb and injured my foot… AGAIN. It’s like the third time in nine months? First was in Dubai (June) and second was during Super Summer Beach Party (August). It hasn’t even been a year since I broke my tooth (April). So four times in 11 months actually.

I should stop eating so much and being so clumsy haha. Feeling so out of shape because all I do is work, eat and sleep these days. See what I’ve been doing the past week.

Monday

Menya Musashi ramen

Dinner at Menya Musashi (Raffles City outlet) with Robert. I liked everything except the meat because it’s not fatty or melty enough. But they have lots of different types of pork so maybe I just didn’t order the right one. So hard to find the perfect ramen, where every single part from bamboo shoot to broth is perfect.

Menya Musashi

Menya lets you order up to 5x noodles for free wtf. I was so full after just one serving, how can anyone finish five bundles of noodles?!

tuxedo cafe carlton hotel

Walked over to Carlton Hotel’s Tuxedo Cafe because I wanted dessert and that seemed like the nearest cafe that was still open. Actually it was Pi Day so everyone was posting photos of pie online. But all I really wanted was a lemon meringue tart hahaha.

tuxedo cafe carlton

Came with caramelised bananas and chocolate sauce too. Damn nice but super sweet and sinful ok omg.

tuxedo cafe waffles

This wasn’t outstanding and I think I’m gonna get diabetes from everything. But we were on a couch so I got to nua so not complaining about the ambience!

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Seriously it was only Monday and I was tired?! But to be fair, I work weekends so the days of the week don’t make that much of a difference for me.

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Thanks for this Pikachu from Tokyo! 😀

pudding emoji

Was about to go home when I texted Kumar the pudding emoji with a question mark and he was like, “Huh? You serious?” Because earlier before leaving the office, I told him it’s Pi Day and we have to eat pie.

Anyway, he had just finished his shift and really came from Braddell to Orchard to meet me HAHAHA. I was damn surprised because his usual style is dishing some insult at my randomness and weirdness instead.

Went to The Connoisseur Concerto at Shaw and he called me racist when I said it’s my first time trying TCC because everyone goes to Starbucks and Coffee Bean instead. OKAYYY.

The Connoisseur Concerto menu

See, eating again. Surprised that I like their coffee though because everywhere always makes their frappes too sweet. This espresso frappe was so good.

tcc wings

Fiery pepper wings that I really liked.

tcc shrooms

This disappointed both of us because we expected more mushrooms and less crust/pastry… Nevertheless, it was a good Pi Day because of the nice food and great people, even though I didn’t actually eat any pies! Ha.

Tuesday

cotton candy ice cream

Cotton candy ice cream from opposite office! There are bits of gummy bear candy inside. I only bought it for the colour. The classic paddlepop ice cream tastes much better though.

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum exhibit

Went to take photos at NUS’ Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum with Jacki and Ryan (who’s probably judging me for this picture lol) for work in the late afternoon.

It was quite last minute because I only knew about the event that day itself, but luckily I was dressed quite decently. Some days I wear shorts to work when I cbf and I wore slippers on Friday for the company doctors to examine my foot.

The Jubilee Whale Exhibit was actually quite underwhelming, I was more fascinated by everything else. Lots of preserved animals and fossils.

ricoh theta s

Got to use the Ricoh Theta S which is a 360-degree camera that can take a photo of the entire room. You can even navigate on the photo/video itself to view the entire 360° view if the website/platform supports it. Ever seen 360° videos on Facebook before?

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Tried to take a selfie with it but I’m so unskilled that you can see my arm. That’s a dinosaur exhibit behind me. My website doesn’t support the original 360° photo but on a platform that does, you’ll be able to hold and move your mouse around to see the entire room.

Went for a buffet dinner afterwards but it was so horrible that I’m going to dedicate a separate post to it. Yes, it was THAT bad.

Wednesday

nandos peri peri chicken

Went to Nando’s for lunch with colleagues. Their peri-peri sauce is nice but quite salty. Everyone said I was crazy because I asked for double extra hot and then still kept drizzling extra hot sauce on my food. So shiok though.

Azhar, in a rare moment, couldn’t finish his food so I polished off them off and then he said “You eat a lot leh” LOL. Woah woah, look’s who talking…!

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Simple dinner with my parents at night. What a strange day… We drove to a hawker centre in Ang Mo Kio but the whole place wasn’t open. So we drove to Chong Pang Hawker Centre and it was closed as well. So we gave up and went somewhere near home.

I ate so much rice on this day…

Thursday

SCDF came to SPH to give a talk… and also to present us with an award 😳 You can read all about what happened here.

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Lunch buffet afterwards. Had a bit of free time in the afternoon for once so I went downstairs to meet Meredith and we went to get coffee. The walk back was when I tripped 🙄 Geez it was a straight and flat pavement but my right leg somehow slipped off the kerb.

Stayed in office till almost 9pm to put up press releases and Kumar asked if I’m OCD lol. By the time I got home, my leg hurt so much that it was throbbing and I couldn’t even walk.

standing sushi bar

Was browsing Standing Sushi Bar’s website because I was craving sashimi and my brother brought all these home hours later. I didn’t even mention anything!! So amazed at the coincidence omg. There were sandwiches and croissants from Starbucks too. He got them and the sushi all free because his friends work there. Now I want a frappe…

Friday

jollibee chicken novena

Tried Jollibee for the first time during lunch! Yum yum. They also had spaghetti which I was very tempted to try but didn’t. Anyone knows if it’s nice?

Was supposed to meet Meredith but dinner but I went home early because I was actually on MC for my leg. Thankfully, it was a lot better when I woke up but I was still limping.

So yes, a very foodfull week as you can see. Do check out my last two posts which I didn’t share on Facebook too:

Marching on
Sunday in a nutshell