I love Bangkok street food but my digestive system cannot stand the hygiene level for many of them. So Pier 21 next to Asoke BTS became my favourite street food fix whenever I come to Bangkok.
The Terminal 21 (Asoke) food court, formally known as the 5th floor Pier 21 Food Terminal, is the best friend for a traveler to Bangkok and the street hawkers worst enemy. It has all the taste of the classic street hawker dishes and none of the gastrointestinal dangers.
Store#9 – Kha Moo Nakornchaisri (ขาหมูนครชัยศรี)
This was what I came for, Thai Teochew-style braised pork trotters and offals. ข้าวขาหมู Kao Ka Moo is a meal by itself. It usually comes in four parts – a good serving of chopped braised pork trotters and offals, a stewed egg, some pickled cabbage and a Thai jasmine rice drenched with the sauce that has been simmering for a long time. The best was known to just top up the pot and not washed out overnight.
The offering here was really cheap and quite delicious. Any more authentic, you need to risk yourself to the street hawker version at Chatuchak.
Store#1 – Zing Zab (ซิ่งแซ่บ)
This is Russian roulette of the gastronomical kind. กุ้งแช่น้ำปลา Kung Chae Nampla was quite dangerous, quite a few times I ate it I got to do the Kassel run to the toilet. But I am always adventurous and tried it again. Luckily it was alright and the flavour was OK.
Store#5 – Pad Thai – Hoy Tod St. Louis (ผัดไทย – หอยทอด) Restaurant
Oyster omelette or หอยทอด Hod Tod is an inspiration from the Teochew immigrants to Thailand but the locals have made it their own. Remember to ask for oyster as the locals prefer to use mussels instead.
The busiest time to visit this food court is between 11.30am to 1.30pm on a weekday when the local office workers from all the buildings around the area come for a quick and economical meal. They don’t use cash at the store and you need to buy a stored value card before proceeding to order your food. Items are between 50-150 bahts (SGD $2-$6) per portion, so just work out how much you need to top up.
Pier 21 Food Court
288 Soi Sukhumvit 21 Sukhumvit Road,
North Klongtoei Subdistrict, Wattana District
5F Terminal 21, Bangkok Thailand
Visited in Jul 2022