Much More Than Your Average Thai Curry Stall in Bangkok’s Chinatown
It’s 4 pm.
Down a side soi in Yaowarat, just off Charoen Krung, there are already a few hungry men waiting. They may have even brought their own chairs (I can’t verify this, but it looked like it).
Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย), a serious Bangkok street food stall, is beginning to unfold down the sidewalk.
They serve the branch of Thai food known as khao gaeng (rice and curry).
This is the Somsak Boo Op (สมศักดิ์ ปูอบ) of Thai curry; They use high quality ingredients, don’t skimp on anything, and deliver incredible Thai food. Not to mention, they just have skills in the kitchen, street kitchen that is.
One of the most famous Thai dishes at Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย) is kaeng kari moo (แกงกะหรี่หมู), a yellow creamy coconut-ty curry with pork.
Upon ordering, the staff ask if you’d like that garnished with slices of fatty roasted Chinese sausage, to which your reply should be an obvious “yes.”
I also got a few pieces of glazed seekong moo ob (pork ribs ซี่โครงหมูอบ) on top of the curry.
First plate was good, really good in fact. Kaeng kari moo (แกงกะหรี่หมู), prepared Bangkok style, is not a southern Thai food power of spice. Instead it’s quite mild, yet super rich, creamy, and spiced just enough to make it very tasty.
And those pork ribs… wow… those were something to rave about. So I had to order more, but a bit later.
They call Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย) the curry musical chairs, because if you go at a peak hour, you have to pounce onto an empty plastic chair as soon as someone stands up.
I couldn’t stop at one plate, so for the next plate I got pad boo (stir fried crab ผัดปู) with a kai paloe (stewed egg ไข่พะโล้) on the side.
A scoop of de-shelled crab meat stir fried with chili, soy sauce, and a bit of fungus, over a plate of rice is something to rejoice about, and it was equally marvelous.
But I was still craving some more seekong moo ob (pork ribs ซี่โครงหมูอบ). So halfway through the crab, the owner kindly dished me out another helping, after I requested.
The ribs were stacked with juicy flavor, kind of a sweet and spicy tangy glaze. The kind that makes you want to lick the bone and then lick your fingers, and then lick the bottom of the plate.
The next thing you should do, is watch the video (below) so you can see the atmosphere of the restaurant and the food (up close). Press play now…
Thank you for watching. You can also see it on YouTube here.
Khao Gaeng Jake Puey ข้าวแกงเจ๊กปุ้ย (เจ้เฉี๋ย)
Open hours: 4 pm – 9 pm everyday except Monday, but they might sell out before 9 pm, so it’s best to arrive just as they open when the food is fresh
Prices: 60 Thai Baht per plate, it’s a bit more expensive than many other curry stalls in Bangkok, partly becuase it’s in Chinatown, and partly because they use high quality ingredients and maintain good quality
How to get there: Located in Bangkok Chinatown (video), at the corner of Charoen Krung and Mangkon
ซอยมังกร ถนนเจริญกรุง แขวงสัมพันธวงศ์ เขตสัมพันธวงศ์
เปิด อังคาร – อาทิตย์ เวลา 16.00 – 21.00 น.
ข้าวราดแกงกะหรี่หมู + ซี่โครงหมูอบ + กุนเชียง 60 บาท
ข้าวราดไข่พะโล้ + ผัดปู + ซี่โครงหมูอบ 60 บาท