Frequented by local people, Pathum Thani market is an ordinary fresh market and certainly not on a tourist map. And that makes this riverside market interesting. It is a kind of place where Thai people in the past could buy anything from fresh produce to household goods.
The Taste of Thailand
Located on the riverbank of the Chao Phraya river, the market was recently renovated but still maintains a vibrant atmosphere, especially in the morning. Our Mekhala boat stops here for a short visit.
Besides fruits and vegetables, there is a variety of food and dessert that are worth trying. There are our picks.
Steamed Sticky Rice and Sweetened Pork or Beef
You may have seen this dish almost at any market or street hawkers in Thailand but hesitate to buy it. This is indeed a typical food Thai people can eat any time and any place. It’s cheap and delicious, especially when it’s hot!
Thai style Roti
Thai people may call this Indian flat bread “Roti” but it is actually similar to ‘Paratha’. Unlike Roti, which is a staple accompaniment of other food, Thai Roti is eaten as a hot snack. The classic Thai Roti is a fried Roti dough drizzled with condensed milk and sugar. The soft Roti with egg or banana are also popular. Other variations of Roti include different types of flavors such as chocolate, honey, jam, coconut shreds, resin and peanut butter.
Kanom Krok is an epitome of classic Thai hot snack that has been known in Thailand since the Ayutthaya Kingdom (1351-1761). A short description of this snack could be “coconut rice pancake”. It can also be found in Cambodia, Burma, Laos and Indonesia with variations in ingredients and recipe.
The traditional Kanom Krok has simple ingredients that consist of ground soaked rice, steamed rice, coconut milk, sugar and salt. It’s savory and sweet. In the past, you could only find Kanom Krom in morning market since it’s part of a Thai breakfast. Nowadays, it’s available all day has different kinds of flavor.
Sakoo Sai Moo and Khao Kriab Pakmor
These two savory food are sold together because they share the same filling. They are traditional Thai food that may not be adapted from foreign dishes. Sakoo Sai Moo or steamed tapioca ball with pork filling may have evolved from similar food served in the Siamese court about 200 years ago. Khao Kriab Pakmor or Thai dumplings is probably influenced by a Vietnamese crepe “Banh Cuon”.
Both dishes have savory stuffing whose main ingredients include ground pork, cabbage pickles, peanuts and spices. They are usually eaten with lettuce and parsley.