=Thailand-Bangkok= Food Hunting @ China Town

China Town in Bangkok is located at Yaowarat road, and you can be easily recognized it due to many giant Chinese signboards on the both sides of the road.

Many tourists come here for shopping, especially for dried goods, but Gibson was here solely for food. Besides all the typical Chinese foods, Gibson had also discovered a lot Thai foods in this area too.

For a start, Gibson likes to have some famous fresh mini pineapple, which is sweet and crunchy, according to his friend in Thai, this mini pineapples are mostly planted in the north of Thailand. However, you can get this almost everywhere in Bangkok, but why China town? Simply because it is quite cheap, for a pack like this only cost 20 Baht (About RM2.40).

Lotus root tea that taste like water chestnut and it is believe to work as a herbal tea to cold down the heat in our body. It is also sweet and cheap as a cup of this only cost 10 Baht (About RM1.20).

Gibson walked into the alley that sells lots of dried goods, and at the end of the alley he saw someone cooking a big wok of vegetables. He later found out that this is preserved Chinese olive vegetables that looks like Meigan cai (pickled vegetables).

These olive vegetables need to be cooked for at least 4 hours with olive oil and olive fruit, a pack of it costs 100 Baht (About RM12), and it can last in the refrigerator for about a month.

It also tastes like Meigan cai but has a unique blend of saltiness and sweetness, plus you get to taste some olives if you are lucky.

This shop is located at Soi Charoen Krung 16, which is between Yaowarat road and Thanon Charoen Krung; you will see this friendly owner in the shop.

Weng Yueh Gee shop
Address: 100-102 Soi Charoen Krung 16, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100.
Contact: 02-2214666

After happily walk around China town, it is time to enjoy a hefty meal, and our choice is Hua Seng Hong Restaurant. Established since 1973, tourists mostly come here for their signature dish which is Shark's Fin with Crab Meat in Red Soup that costs 1000 Baht (About RM120).

Fried Noodles with chicken & Chive in Stick Soup 200 Baht/ Large

Besides shark’s fin, this restaurant has much more to offer. In Gibson’s opinion, this looks like braised noodles instead of fried noodles as they claimed. It is a must order dish as it tastes like the combination of the Chinese “Birthday noodles” and the Chicken wan tan noodles, with all the ingredients seemingly coming together in a perfect match.

Stir Fried Scallops with XO Sauce 5 pcs/ 500 Baht

The scallops are huge which you can’t finish in one bite. The XO sauce taste a bit like our Sambal shrimp paste.

Stir Fried Beef with Oyster Sauce 200 Baht/ Large

The beef is very tender and easy to chew.

Fried Crispy Oyster with Egg in Hot Plate 200 Baht/ Large

The oysters are fresh but the dish was way too oily; it has to be eaten together with bean sprout to neutralize the oiliness.

Roasted Trio

The Roasted Trio can be anything you fancy, we ordered roasted pork, roasted duck and fried roasted pork. Gibson is satisfied with all of them, but does not fancy the sauce that comes with it, as the taste of cinnamon and star anise is overwhelming, and the skin of the fried roasted pork is too hard.

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Hua Seng Hong Restaurant
Address: 371-373, Yaowarat road, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand.
Contact: 02- 222 7053

The price list presented here is as on 4th September, the day when I visited the restaurant; when the exchange rate was RM1 to 8.30 baht. All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT.

September 12, 2015



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