Today, I’m going to take you to the main food hub in Bangkok!
Taking the MRT subway and getting off at the Kamphaengpetch Road station, you will arrive at Or Tor Kor market, the Marketing Organisation for Farmer, widely called ตลาด อ.ต.ก in Thai. It’s located in front of Chatuchak market, which most of you may be more familiar.
Why do we have to come to this market?
That’s a good hit before getting to know what this place actually is. You may think that all of the fresh markets are just the same, yet this one is not. It’s very special. All of the goodies at Or Tor Kor market are always high-quality and well-selected at the national level. It is one of the most top list fresh markets in Thailand.
A wide variety of local products is available here, including cooked food, raw ingredient, fruit, vegetable, Thai clothes, flowers and so on. Apparently, each vendor has its own section for different categories, so Or Tor Kor market’s environment is very clean and super organised all the time. This upscale market is always lively and full of people. Sometimes, you may even see many Thai superstars wearing casual clothes and shopping around the place! It’s a real place for both tourists and local residents.
The most highlight thing here is obviously food!
Coming to Or Tor Gor market without buying any food back home is totally impossible. Once you step closer to the food section, you will feel as if every dish is watching over you and calling your name. Without knowing, you hands are full of snacks, ready-to-eat foods, and desserts.
First of all, you cannot forget traditional Thai appetisers and snacks. It is more enjoyable when shopping at the fresh market and eating at the same time, so the finger food such as northeast Thai fermented sour sausage (Isan sausage), steamed tapioca dumpling, and grilled pork really comes in handy. They are fresh, safety and tasty.
The next thing you may recognise in the market is the colourful curries at cooked-food vendors. There are more than ten different pots of curries for costumers to select. Stir-fried vegetable menu and deep-fried foods are also served in trays alongside the curry. Just by looking at them, you can tell that the foods are very upmarket with higher prices, unlike those in normal markets. But it’s really worth for the taste!
Lastly, it’s Thai sweets and desserts! There are two main kinds of them: the ready-to-eat one and the iced one. For juice and herb drinks, they are the mixed type. You can buy both of them from normal vendors or famous brands like Kanomthai Kaopeenong (9 siblings Thai sweets), which is popular and commonly found at many department stores. Some desserts come in various sets according to either sizes or the meaningfulness for special occasions like merit-making and family gathering.
1. For those who are not convenient to buy takeaway foods, there is also a food court that sells pretty much like the food section: It covers snacks, main dish, drink, and desserts. You just go order at any food stands you favour and wait at available seats. No need for a coupon.
2. Many Chinese and Japanese travellers visit this place a lot as you can see from the signs that are written in those languages. Most of them are backpackers, at least on the day I went shopping.
3. Public toilet is not built within the main market. It is nearby the parking lot at the back side and charges 4 baht for the services. Unlike what most Thai people expect, the toilet is actually clean.
4. The best time to visit the place is during lunch hours, but if you plan to drive a personal car, it’s better to come earlier in the morning.
There are more interesting about this place, but now it’s your turn to explore the real place.
Hope you fall in love with Or Tor Kor Market!